Team Suzuki Press Office – October 14.
Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes has finished in a fighting second place in the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship after an exciting triple-header showdown at Brands Hatch in Kent today at the final and 12th round of the series.
Brookes led the final race from the start from arch rival Shane “Shakey” Byrne (Kawasaki), but the former British Champion overtook him in the closing stages to claim the race victory – and the his third BSB title – to win the series by 28 points from the GSX-R1000-mounted Australian.
Brookes produced his usual fully-committed effort at Brands, finishing on all three podiums, taking his season-long tally to 20 and finished all 26 races. There were no mechanical issues and no crashes, which is testament to the whole Tyco Suzuki team and the package they have produced in BSB.
Second place overall in what is regarded as the world’s toughest domestic Superbike Championship is certainly worth being proud of and Brookes will be back next year hungrier than ever to land the BSB crown for Tyco Suzuki.
“After the first two races of the weekend I admit I was off as I could see the Championship slipping away from me. But now that it’s over, I’m fully relaxed and happy with the effort we all made this year. We’ve been really consistent, finished every race; and I haven’t crashed during any of the races; I’ve given it my all.
“If we were working on conventional points I would have won the Championship but that’s the way it goes. The Showdown format can work for you or in this case against you. Shakey is a great rider and full credit to him, but I’ll be back looking to take that number one spot next year.
“Thanks to everyone for their effort: To our sponsors Tyco and all the other associate sponsors who showed up in force this year to support the team; to Suzuki for a great bike; and of course my team who I cannot fault. It’s back to Australia now to recharge the batteries then I’ll be back for more in 2013.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“Although we are obviously a little disappointed not to deliver the British Superbike Championship for Suzuki and our sponsors, I am immensely proud of my team and of course Josh, for what has been a superb season of racing. Josh and his crew have a 100 per cent finish record this season; the only rider within the Championship Showdown to achieve this record.
“Obviously it means little but if we were running under a standard Championship points system Josh would be the champion. However we all know the Showdown can work for you or against you and the system certainly does provide an exciting end to the season.
“In another exciting climax PJ also enjoyed a strong end to his brief season in the UK in National Superstock with another hard-fought podium; the kid really does have a bright future. Unfortunately Alastair endured another tough weekend in BSB, however we will look back and remember his magnificent treble victory at the NW200 in summing up his 2012.
“For the final time this year I would really like to say a massive thank you to Suzuki, Tyco Security Products and all our other loyal partners for their support during what has been an amazing season. Come back and do it all over again with us again next year.”
Final British Superbike points: CLICK HERE