Milwaukee Yamaha's Brookes celebrates first podium finish for new YZF-R1

Milwaukee Yamaha's Brookes celebrates first podium finish for new YZF-R1

The Milwaukee Yamaha team celebrated their first podium finish of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season at the opening round at Donington Park today (Monday) as Josh Brookes proved the capability of the next generation YZF-R1 with a third place.

In the opening race of the weekend Brookes fought with Dan Linfoot (Honda) on the closing laps to snatch the position to the line after carving his way through the pack. For Broc Parkes it was a tough opening race with the Australian finishing the opening race in 16th position.

In race two Brookes was again fighting with the leading pack, however as Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW) crashed out in front of him he was forced to take evasive action. Brookes held the Milwaukee Yamaha across the grass and rejoined, but dropped drastically down the order. A strong run of consistent fast laps but Brookes back up into sixth position and holding fourth in the overall standings. Parkes was determined to make improvements for the second race, but he crashed out at Goddards.

Josh Brookes – R1: 3rd, R2: 6th, Championship position: 4th

“We’ve been in and out of the pits all weekend and all through testing trying to fast track the learning of the bike – for me as a rider to learn the bike. I purposely didn’t ride the first few laps too hard in race one, because there was a lot of testosterone going on! I was all the way back, and it wasn’t an ideal situation – but I wanted to make sure I put a strong race together and not fade off at the end.

“I maintained my focus, kept looking at my own lap times and just keeping them steady. I picked away at a few other riders, and made it up through to third. We’re obviously expecting the bike to improve as the year goes on, but to put it on the podium at the first round is testament to what Yamaha have done with a brand new model.

“After race one we considered making changes, but we decided to stick with the set-up – we had a bike that was working and I went about trying to ride smoothly. It felt better and I was able to go with the front guys, but then Kiyo crashed right in front of me. I had to brake hard and stand the bike up to avoid him. Once I was back on the track, among the other guys who were racing on, with dirty tyres, I took it easy into the chicane and then had a battle to come back.

“I was pleased because when I rejoined I was nine seconds down, but by the end of the race I was four and a half seconds down so I did a good job. I’m pleased with what we did, it was just the circumstances – Kiyo came and apologised to me as he does, and I am just glad that I didn’t hit him. Now we go onto Brands Hatch and will take it from there.”
 
Broc Parkes – R1: 16th, R2: DNF, Championship position: –

“I didn’t have the best of starts to the season. I had a problem in race one when I only had half the handle bar grip so I just had to ride and couldn’t do anything about it. I had better pace in the second race, but lost the front into Goddards. I ran a bit shallow into the last corner and just lost the front.

“It is just so disappointing not to get any points today. I have to try and make up for it next time out at Brands Hatch which in the past had been a good circuit for me. I hope to be strong there as things just didn’t work out here today.”  

Team Manager Mick Shanley

“Overall we have to be happy – we’ve done a massive amount of work to get to this position.The lads in the team and the riders have worked so hard this weekend. For Josh to finish on the podium in the first race was a bit like a fairytale. It was such a shame for him that he got caught up in Kiyo’s accident; it was no-ones fault and again he showed he had the pace to be running up front.

“Broc had a tough weekend, but he was on the pace in the second race only to crash at the last turn over the bumps. We have a lot of data to take back and work on and we will come back stronger at Brands Hatch.”

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IDDON & BENNETTS SUZUKI TOP-5 IN BSB DEBUT

IDDON & BENNETTS SUZUKI TOP-5 IN BSB DEBUT

Bennetts Suzuki made its MCE British Superbike debut Donington Park today as Christian Iddon raced to a top-five finish in race two.

From his third-row grid-position, Iddon was circulating inside the top-10 in the early stages of the Bank Holiday Monday event, then after dispensing with Tyco BMW’s Tommy Bridewell, he found himself behind Peter Hickman in a battle for fourth place. The pair made progress towards the lead-group but Iddon was unable to put himself in a position to make a pass and crossed the line in fifth for positive start to the season.

Despite suffering illness throughout most of the weekend, Iddon still managed to convert his 13th-placed qualifying position into a top-10 result in race one, coming through the pack to finish seventh.

Iddon said of his first race weekend with the new team:

“To be honest I’m absolutely over the moon with the weekend. Through being ill we didn’t get the work done that we wanted to in the first few days, so we actually came to race day without the set-up that we should have had as I couldn’t spend enough time on the bike. I was very happy with seventh in the first race because it was a solid start to the year. We made some modifications between races and the guys have done a mega job with the bike. It was just brilliant in the second race; it was so good it almost rode itself and that’s a credit to all the guys and I’m really happy with fifth. I’m looking forward to Brands now and a weekend where I can smile a bit more and stand-up straight.” 

Josh Waters struggled with set-up over the weekend with grip issues costing him a better qualifying position. In race one the Australian was in the hunt for the final point-scoring positions, but slipped-back in the closing stages of the race to finish 18th.

The team made some changes to the bike for race two which saw him finish inside the points in 15th place; but with more work to be done in preparation for Brands Hatch.

Waters said:

“Not the best weekend. We’ve had some issues with set-up and chatter which we’re working to improve. We haven’t made the progress I’d have liked and the bike’s not quite how I need it to be to be comfortable on it. But we have a plan and we’ll keep working hard for the next round.” 

Team Manager Jack Valentine said:

“It was a bit of a shaky start and unfortunately on Christian’s side of the garage we had a really sick rider. He was doubled-up with stomach cramps and all sorts. At one point I didn’t think he was going to make it out on track on the first day. He had a good showing with a seventh place in the first race and moved up the grid as well so that set us up well for the second. The team made some changes before the second race, which obviously worked, and his lap-times were really consistent. There’s no question that if he was on the back of the leaders he could have run with them, because the lap-times were there. It was a very good fifth place with a really sick rider. 

“We’re struggling a little bit still on Josh’s set-up. He’s had some chatter all weekend and I we’re going to have a big sit down and work to address it. We work as a team so we’ll work together to find a solution and give him the bike he needs so he can get the results everyone knows he’s capable of. We just need to keep working. But overall it’s been a good weekend and it’s been good to show how competitive the Bennetts Suzuki is.”

The next round takes place on April 17-19th on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent.

Race One Result: 1. James Ellison 2. Shane Byrne 3. Josh Brookes 4. Dan Linfoot 5. Peter Hickman. 7. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000). 18. Josh Waters (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

Race Two Result: 1. Shane Byrne 2. Dan Linfoot 3. Stuart Easton 4. Peter Hickman 5. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000). 15. Josh Waters (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

Source: IDDON & BENNETTS SUZUKI TOP-5 IN BSB DEBUT

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