BSB: Brookes dishes up the double in an intense Assen Showdown opener

BSB: Brookes dishes up the double in an intense Assen Showdown opener

Assen, 20 Sep 2015 – Josh Brookes proved he won’t buckle under the pressure of the Showdown in the opening round at Assen, claiming a double win for the Milwaukee Yamaha team in two intense races, as defending MCE British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne could only claim fourth and fifth place finishes.

In the opening race Brookes continued his impressive run of form onboard the Milwaukee Yamaha, hitting the front of the pack in the opening race to edge out James Ellison on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki to take the victory.

Michael Laverty scored his first podium finish of the season for Tyco BMW as Byrne on the PBM Kawasaki could only cross the line in fourth place as he held off the attack from American John Hopkins.

The second race took a dramatic turn with the conditions changing constantly before the start and as the track began to dry the majority of the grid had opted for the slick tyre choice, whilst Dan Linfoot gambled on the wet option.

Linfoot led the opening four laps before dropping back down the pack as an incredible scrap broke out for the victory. Brookes took the lead briefly, but then had a huge moment and dropped down the order. That handed the advantage to rookie Luke Mossey on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, but then Ellison pushed ahead.

Ellison was then under pressure as Brookes closed in, taking the lead with three laps to go and then holding off the late challenges of his fellow Title Fighter. Mossey matched his best result of the season in third place ahead of Richard Cooper on the Buildbase BMW.

Title Fighter Linfoot finished 22nd whilst Tyco BMW’s Tommy Bridewell, who had been running eighth, crashed out of contention.

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