Josh Brookes finished off the 2013 British Superbike season with a dominant hat-trick of wins from two pole positions onboard his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000. Brookes followed up his win on Saturday with one of the greatest victories even witnessed at a Brands Hatch BSB event, coming from 16 seconds behind to win Sunday’s opening encounter.
Brookes then went on to take a lights-to-flag third race win from pole position, securing him third place in this year’s championship on the final day of racing for 2013. His young team-mate PJ Jacobsen was fifth in the opening BSB race and retired from race two with visor problems in the wet conditions, which was disappointing for the 20-year-old having qualified beside Brookes on the front row in second place.
Taylor Mackenzie had a storming start in Sunday’s British Supersport race and having briefly led his first race in the class, he was comfortably mixing it at the front. Unfortunately the conditions caught him out and he slid off unhurt, but showed great promise all day on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600.
My attitude was that the championship was out of our hands going into Brands, so I went into the weekend wanting to finish the year on a high. I wanted to try and elevate the image of the team and the spirit of the mechanics and crew as we’ve had a couple of tough weekends. There was no game plan I just wanted to do my best for the team and all our sponsors, so two pole positions and three wins on the Tyco Suzuki was ideal. I want to thank the team and everyone involved for their support this year. We’ve finished the year on a high going into the off season and a long winter away from racing so I’m pretty happy.”
“The weekend wasn’t so bad for me with some good performances but the final race made me pretty mad when my visor steamed up and I couldn’t see. It’s not a great way to end the year but I just want to thank Philip and the team for everything , as they’ve done a great job and I’ve really enjoyed riding the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000.”
“I was second in warm up on Sunday morning which gave confidence for the race and the plan was to finish the season and have a good dig. I got a really good start and went round the outside of O’Halloran and when I got to the front, I felt really comfortable in second place. Even when Cooper was on the front I felt comfortable and was confident I could go with him, but I just out-braked myself a little bit. It was damp off line and I lost the front, but all in all it’s been a good weekend. I’ve really enjoyed riding the GSX-R600 this season in a year when the Supersport class has been really tough. Hopefully we can do it all again next year.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“What a way to end our season. The BSB Championship really does present the most exciting racing and today was no different. Josh once again proved his capability by mastering the damp conditions and the GSX-R1000 worked perfectly throughout the weekend. It is of course a shame that our championship hopes where realistically over before we reached Brands however, our first BSB treble victory certainly leaves us felling positive.
“PJ had another solid weekend and I’m sure if he hadn’t suffered with a misted visor in race three today he would have challenged for a podium finish after starting from second place on the grid.
“Again Taylor enjoyed a largely positive weekend even though he slipped off in the second race. Unfortunately these things happen, but it was nice to see Taylor have a go and actually take the race lead briefly on the GSX-R600.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every member of our team and also our sponsors, Tyco Security Products, Suzuki and all our loyal partners for their continued support.
“I would also like to congratulate former TAS Racing team member Tom Sykes on becoming World Superbike Champion today.”