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Brookes back on top in second Thruxton clash

Josh Brookes was back on top of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship podium in race two at Thruxton as the McAMS Yamaha rider held off Peter Hickman by just 0.305s to claim his third victory of the season.

Jake Dixon had had taken the lead on the opening lap from Brookes as he launched off the second row with Luke Mossey and Hickman tucked in behind, but Leon Haslam was on the move and he had carved through into podium contention.

Dixon was holding on to the lead from Brookes and Haslam, but a lap later the championship leader moved ahead to grab second place on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki. Brookes was then under threat from Jason O'Halloran and the pair once again traded blows with the ‘O’Show’ moving ahead on lap four.

However Hickman was on a mission and within two laps he had moved into fourth as the pack reshuffled again with Dixon leading Haslam, Brookes, Hickman and O’Halloran with Tarran Mackenzie also making his way up the order on the second McAMS Yamaha.

In typical Thruxton style the positions were constantly changing and on lap seven Brookes took the lead before Dixon regained it, but into the Chicane and across the line Brookes was back in front for McAMS Yamaha.

Brookes began to edge a gap but Hickman and Dixon were then scrapping for second and Dixon originally had the edge but on the eleventh lap it was his Smiths Racing BMW rival who had moved ahead.

Haslam then moved third to push Dixon back to fourth with the leading five all in contention for the podium finish, but there was drama for Christian Iddon when the Tyco BMW rider crashed out unhurt on the exit of the Chicane on lap 15.

Brookes held on despite a late race surge from Hickman to claim his third victory of the season ahead of Hickman and Dixon, who made a last lap move on Haslam to snatch the final podium finish in the second race.

Mackenzie scored his best finish of fifth place ahead of O’Halloran with Tommy Bridewell equalling his best result of the season with another strong seventh position for the local Moto Rapido Ducati team.

Luke Mossey was able to get the better of Glenn Irwin in the closing stages of the race to score ninth place with Mason Law completing an incredible weekend of another top ten finish for Team WD-40 Kawasaki.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race 2 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha)
  2. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.305s
  3. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +1.727s
  4. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.854s
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +2.237s
  6. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +7.025s
  7. Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati) +8.465s
  8. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +9.070s
  9. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +9.525s
  10. Mason Law (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +11.453s

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