BSB: Andrews robbed of maiden Superbike win

MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider left fuming following yesterday's multi-bike pile-up at Mallory Park

MSS COLCHESTER Kawasaki man Simon Andrews was robbed of his maiden BSB win yesterday after rogue Aussie rider Josh Brookes punted Andrews out of the lead in Race One at Mallory Park.

Andrews was just seven laps away from victory when he got wiped-out of the lead by Josh Brookes at Mallory hairpin. The incident left a bitter taste for the hard-working team and particularly for the already injured Andrews who’d led the race for twenty laps.

Brookes’ spectacular mistake felled not just Andrews but the whole leading group – seven riders in total - promoting the distant chasing pack to the rostrum. Following the accident, confusion reigned as most of the teams, commentators and spectators assumed that only Brookes would be excluded from the final results (as the cause of the red flag) thus rewarding the innocent Andrews with a much deserved win. One such beneficiary of the unpredicted final outcome was Julien da Costa who took fifth place in the back-a-lap-minus-all-the-fallen results.

A bitterly disappointed Andrews was credited with a DNF.

For his actions, Brookes has received a two-event ban with a further one event ban suspended for two events.

Simon Andrews

‘We ran at the front for twenty laps. I don’t care what the race results say. I don’t care what happened. That was our win. We’ve proved today that the ZX-10R is a force to be reckoned with. I’m off to Belgium now to get my broken wrist pinned and plated. My chance to set the record straight is in three weeks at Brands Hatch, that’s all I’m focusing on now.’

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