BSB: Two-round ban for Brookes

Read the official MCRCB statement following yesterday's Mallory Park pile-up

JOSH BROOKES has been banned from the next two rounds of the BSB championship following the crash he caused at the Mallory Park round which took out six other riders.

The Australian has come under fire after the Race One accident which saw him lose control of his Fireblade in the approach into the Hairpin and skittle into the back of race leader Simon Andrews on the Kawasaki. Five other riders including Tommy Hill, Chris Walker, Karl Harris and John Laverty fell off on oil left by destroyed Honda.

Brookes caused severe damage to the tendon in his right thumb during the crash, the severity of the impact was such that the tendon actually pulled a chunk of bone away from his thumb. The injury is likely to take several weeks to repair.

After the event, a Judicial Panel met to determine Brookes' fate in BSB. Here's the statement in full:

The Judicial Panel comprising Mervyn Whyte (MCRCB Chief Steward) and Dave Francis (MSVR Judicial Clerk of the Course) in the presence of Norman Williamson (MCRCB Safety Delegate), considered the incident at Shaw's Hairpin on Lap 23 of British Superbike Race 1, which resulted in seven riders falling and the race being stopped prematurely.

Following a review of TV coverage, statements from marshals, an inspection of machine #25, and an interview with #25 Josh Brookes, it was concluded that he had been guilty of reckless riding and riding in a manner not compatible with general safety, in breach of MCRCB regulations B.2.6 and B.2.9.

A two event ban has been applied to Josh Brookes with a further one event ban, suspended for two events.

The rider, in the presence of his team manager(s) was informed of his right to appeal. No appeal having been received, the penalty is confirmed.

This is not the first time Brookes has come under scrutiny for his braking prowess, he collided with Suzuki man Sylvain Guintoli during the sighting lap at the Donington Park round of the British Superbikes earlier in the season. That collision left Guintoli with a badly broken right leg and effectively ruined the Frenchman's 2009 season.

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