Josh Brookes

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Joshua Brookes
Nationality  Australian
Born (1983-04-28) 28 April 1983 (age 31)
Sydney, New South Wales
Current team Milwaukee Yamaha
Bike number 3
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2006, 2010
Manufacturers Kawasaki, Honda
Championships 0
2010 Championship position 24th
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
20 0 0 0 0 9

Joshua Brookes (born 28 April 1983 in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia) is a professional motorcycle road racer. He has experience of Superbike and Supersport racing, both domestically and internationally.

Early career[edit]

In 2004 he won the World Supersport round at Philip Island as a wild card,[1] before a serious crash ruined his year. He returned to win Australia's Superbike and Supersport titles in 2005 on a Honda.

World Supersport and Superbike 2006–08[edit]

He then moved to World Supersport with a Caracchi Ducati for 2006, but left the team mid-season despite a 6th place at his home round. Brookes was soon racing again however, joining Bertocchi Kawasaki in the Superbike World Championship, debuting on the bike at the Italian round at Mugello.[2] He ran 4th in a wet race in the Netherlands before falling, but generally struggled, as it was his first time living in Europe, mostly on circuits he did not know.

He did enough to be retained for 2007, with the team gaining new investors, a switch to Honda Fireblade bikes,[3] and a new team-mate in fellow Australian Karl Muggeridge. Despite 9 points finishes in the first 7 two-race rounds, the team missed round 8 after a legal challenge from Sergio Bertocchi.

Brookes joined the Stiggy Motorsport Honda team in the Supersport World Championship for the final 5 rounds.[4] He continued with them in 2008.[5] Brookes scored his second win (and Stiggy's first) at Donington Park, moving up to second in the championship. He also made a one-off appearance in the British Supersport Championship for HM Plant Honda, qualifying on pole and finishing third].[6]

British Superbike Championship 2009–[edit]

For 2009, Brookes switches to British Superbikes with HM Plant Honda, alongside fellow Aussie Glen Richards,[7] however he was forced to miss the opening round due to visa issues. Round 3 at Donington Park was also a disaster, as Brookes collided with Sylvain Guintoli on the sighting lap on the way to the grid, causing a broken leg for the Frenchman. Brookes claimed to have experienced a brake failure, if proven these allegations would have left Honda liable: for this reason they neglected to give their support. He received a one-race suspended ban as a result.[8] In the next meeting at Thruxton he took seventh and third, with some fighting overtaking moves in race two especially. He followed this with a front row start and two third places at Snetterton.

Brookes was involved in further controversy at Mallory Park. While running fourth he lost control of the bike, resulting in a crash with the leader Simon Andrews. The Honda's engine case broke, spilling oil on the track and causing five other riders to crash. All riders involved in the accident were omitted from the result, even those who deliberately downed the bikes to avoid further carnage, due to red flag regulations.[9][10] Brookes apologised in a TV interview later in the programme for his mistake.[11] He had sustained a broken thumb from the crash. The BSB officials awarded him a 2-race ban following the incident, for "not riding in a manner compatible with general safety".[12] He finished 3rd on his return at Croft, defending from one-off team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari on the line.

Despite the bad blood felt towards Brookes, GSE Airwaves Yamaha boss Colin Wright told a Eurosport TV interview at Brands Hatch that he would like to sign Brookes for 2010, if he were to lose one or both 2009 riders. As it turned out, GSE Yamaha would not return in 2010.

For 2010 Brookes stayed with the HM Plant Honda team,[13] Brookes has changed to bike #4 and is also joined by former double British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari. He took his first win in the fourth race of the season.[14] He also took a win at Cadwell Park[15] and two wins at Snetterton.[16] His season was closely documented in the film I, Superbiker.

He also made a British Superstock entry in the MotoGP support round at Silverstone, and a World Superbike appearance substituting for injured countryman Broc Parkes at Phillip Island. Brookes will also make a wildcard entry with team-mate Kiyonari at Silverstone.[17]

For 2011 Brookes switched to the Relentless TAS Suzuki team joined by Alastair Seeley who is competing in British Supersport. He a poor start to the season with a massive crash at Oulton Park which wrecked his bike. By mid-season he started to get good results.

Isle of Man TT[edit]

On 28 November 2012, it was announced that Brookes would compete at the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races.[18]

Brookes will be the highest profile 'newcomer' since Steve Plater, and will compete for the Tyco Suzuki squad in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport categories.

In the 2013 Superbike TT, Brookes became the fastest ever newcomer, with a lap of 127.726 mph and finished in tenth position.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of 9 July 2012

All time[edit]

Series Years Active Races Poles Podiums Wins 2nd place 3rd place Fast Laps Titles
Supersport World Championship 2004-08 22 0 7 2 3 2 1 0
Superbike World Championship 2006-07, 2010, 2012 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
British Superbike Championship 2009- 81 9 38 8 12 18 10 0
National Superstock 1000 2009 2 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
Total 140 9 47 12 15 20 12 0

By championship[edit]

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts Ref
2004 Honda ESP AUS
1
SMR ITA GER EUR GBR NED ITA FRA 15th 25 [20]
2006 Ducati QAT
10
AUS
6
ESP
11
ITA EUR SMR CZE GBR NED GER ITA FRA 21st 21 [21]
2007 Honda QAT AUS EUR ESP NED ITA EUR SMR CZE
5
GBR
Ret
GER
16
ITA
Ret
FRA
7
28th 20 [22]
2008 Honda QAT
5
AUS
2
ESP
Ret
NED
6
ITA
2
GER
2
SMR
14
CZE
3
GBR
5
EUR
1
ITA
12
FRA
3
POR
11
3rd 162 [23]

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2006 Kawasaki QAT QAT AUS AUS ESP ESP ITA ITA EUR
Ret
EUR
18
SMR
18
SMR
Ret
CZE
18
CZE
Ret
GBR
20
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
NED
15
GER
20
GER
23
ITA
15
ITA
17
FRA
15
FRA
16
28th 3 [24]
2007 Honda QAT
Ret
QAT
13
AUS
12
AUS
12
EUR
12
EUR
15
SPA
9
SPA
7
NED
Ret
NED
13
ITA
11
ITA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GBR
C
SMR SMR CZE CZE GBR GBR GER GER ITA ITA FRA FRA 17th 40 [25]
2010 Honda AUS
19
AUS
14
POR POR SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA RSA RSA USA USA SMR SMR CZE CZE GBR
16
GBR
12
GER GER ITA ITA FRA FRA 24th 6 [26]
2012 Suzuki AUS
16
AUS
15
ITA ITA NED
NED
ITA
ITA
EUR
EUR
USA
USA
SMR
SMR
SPA
SPA
CZE
CZE
GBR
GBR
RUS
RUS
GER
GER
POR
POR
FRA
FRA
24th* 1* [27]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
2009 Honda BHI
BHI
OUL
10
OUL
Ret
DON
DNS
DON
Ret
THR
7
THR
3
SNE
3
SNE
3
KNO
3
KNO
2
MAL
Ret
MAL
DNS
BHGP
EX1
BHGP
EX1
BHGP
EX1
CAD
EX1
CAD
EX1
CRO
3
CRO
3
SIL
3
SIL
3
OUL
NC
OUL
7
OUL
3
4th 188 [28]
2010 BHI
5
BHI
Ret
THR
2
THR
1
OUL
6
OUL
8
CAD
5
CAD
1
MAL
2
MAL
2
KNO
3
KNO
C
SNE
1
SNE
1
SNE
Ret
BHGP
4
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
6
CAD
2
CAD
1
CRO
6
CRO
8
SIL
2
SIL
3
OUL
5
OUL
3
OUL
2
2nd 6252 [29]
2011 Suzuki BHI
Ret
BHI
DNS
OUL
6
OUL
Ret
CRO
8
CRO
4
THR
9
THR
6
KNO
5
KNO
13
SNE
7
SNE
2
OUL
2
OUL
C
BHGP
1
BHGP
6
BHGP
Ret
CAD
DSQ
CAD
4
CAD
2
DON
6
DON
5
SIL
4
SIL
1
BHGP
2
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
6
5th 5983 [30]
2012 Suzuki BHI
10
BHI
C
THR
3
THR
1
OUL
3
OUL
3
OUL
4
SNE
3
SNE
3
KNO
4
KNO
4
OUL
2
OUL
2
OUL
3
BHGP
2
BHGP
2
CAD
6
CAD
2
DON
1
DON
1
ASS
2
ASS
1
SIL
4
SIL
3
BHGP
3
BHGP
2
BHGP
2
2nd 6554 [31]
2013 Suzuki BHI
3
BHI
5
THR
2
THR
4
OUL
3
OUL
2
KNO
2
KNO
2
SNE
SNE
BHGP
BHGP
OUL
OUL
CAD
CAD
DON
DON
ASS
ASS
SIL
SIL
BHGP
BHGP
BHGP
3rd* 96*4
  • * Season in progress
Notes[edit]
1.^ – Brookes was excluded from the rounds due to causing an accident during Race 1 at Mallory Park.
2.^ – Brookes qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the Croft round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 3,2 and 1 points awarded respectively.
3.^ – Brookes qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the Donington Park round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 3,2 and 1 points awarded respectively.
4.^ – Brookes qualified for "The Showdown" part of the BSB season, thus before the Assen round he was awarded 500 points plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd, with 3,2 and 1 points awarded respectively.

Superstock 1000[edit]

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts Ref
2010 Honda BHI THR OUL CAD MAL SIL
1
SIL
1
KNO SNE BHGP CAD CRO OUL OUL 13th 50 [32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parkes Fourth as Wildcard Brookes Takes Aussie Win honda.com
  2. ^ Josh Brookes Successfully Completes Shake Down Race at Mugello feeds4all.com
  3. ^ Brookes signs for 'new' Honda backed Bertocchi. crash.net
  4. ^ Josh Brookes joins Honda in World Supersport motorcyclenews.com
  5. ^ Stiggy Motorsport Honda is pleased to confirm Joshua Brookes for 2008. stiggy.com
  6. ^ BSS: Richards wins final event for Embassy | BSB News | Oct 2008 | Crash.Net
  7. ^ "HM Plant Honda confirms Richards, Brookes". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Suspended ban for Brookes". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  9. ^ "MSVR clarify red flag ruling". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  10. ^ Pinchin, Gary (2009-07-20). "The BSB Race Director’s Guide to Red Flags". Motorcycle News (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Brookes apologises for Mallory mistake". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Brookes receives two race ban". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  13. ^ "Brookes: I am really positive about BSB 2010". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  14. ^ Fern, Dave (2010-04-18). "Tommy Hill keeps Josh Brookes at bay to lead British Superbike Championship chase". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari & Josh Brookes win at Cadwell". BBC Sport (BBC). 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  16. ^ "Honda riders win, but Hill retakes title lead". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  17. ^ "Brookes, Kiyonari to race Silverstone WSBK". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  18. ^ http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=62673
  19. ^ http://www.iomtt.com/News/2013/06/02/Dunlop-takes-maiden-Dainese-Superbike-TT-win.aspx
  20. ^ Standings
  21. ^ Worldsbk.Com | Standings
  22. ^ Worldsbk.Com | Standings
  23. ^ Worldsbk.Com | Standings
  24. ^ Worldsbk.Com | Standings
  25. ^ WORLDSBK.COM | STANDINGS
  26. ^ Sbk.Com | Rider
  27. ^ http://sbk.perugiatiming.com/pdf_frame.asp?p_Round=ROUND&p_Anno=2012&p_Manifestazione=02&p_Gara=01&p_Sessione=002&p_Stampa=STD
  28. ^ "Round 12 - Standings: Oulton Park, 9–11 October 2009" (PDF). British Superbike Championship. MotorSport Vision. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  29. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/2037688/standings.pdf
  30. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/407432/standings.pdf
  31. ^ "Round 7 - Standings". MotorSportVision Racing. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  32. ^ http://www.britishsuperbike.com/media/1307295/standings.pdf

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