Josh Brookes leads BSB field on Thursday at Cadwell Park

Images by Dave Yeomans

Overnight Josh Brookes set the pace in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship official test ahead of tomorrow’s opening free practice session at Cadwell Park, firing the Be Wiser Ducati under the race lap record to top the times ahead of Danny Buchan by 0.716s.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

Brookes’ 1m26.448 was enough to head the time-sheets ahead of this weekend’s eighth round of the British Superbike Championship, but is still half-a-second away from the fastest ever motorcycle lap of the Cadwell Park circuit which was set by Leon Haslam last year during qualifying at 1m25.932s. 

Despite it being a circuit that he is truly spectacular to watch at, and one which has brought him some success, Josh doesn’t list the track amongst his favourites.  We spoke to him before he went out on track at Thursday where he gave us his take on the circuit. 

Josh Brookes

“Cadwell Park is most known for the jump, and I’ve become popular with the fans for jumping it but that causes people to assume I love the Cadwell Park Circuit. The truth is I don’t particularly like it that much.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

“It’s a tricky circuit to get a set up for. The first half of the track is fast and flowing while the second half is all first and second gear, really tight and twisty. You can never get the bike to do both perfectly so that can be frustrating.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

“The circuit is also very narrow so at Superbike speeds you feel like your riding on a balance beam.

Cadwell Park Map
Cadwell Park

“This weekend there is an added three-hour practice on Thursday evening so this will be valuable to get some extra track time and attempt to find that set up with the least compromise. Everyone will be out there doing the same thing, so no advantage, but still nice to get the set-up closer.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

“I’m excited to see how the Ducati works here, it’s been very competitive bike at most rounds this year so far so hi expectations.”

He then went out and found the Ducati working pretty well there right out of the box. 

BSB Cadwell Park Test Danny Buchan
Danny Buchan

Danny Buchan had been running inside the top five for the majority of the test, holding off the improving Scott Redding, who moved up the order as the test progressed on the second of the Be Wiser Ducatis.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Scott Redding
Scott Redding

Christian Iddon was the leading Tyco BMW in fourth place, ahead of local hero Peter Hickman who completed the top five ahead of Tommy Bridewell and Andrew Irwin on the Honda Racing Fireblade.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Peter Hickman
Peter Hickman

Glenn Irwin was back inside the top ten on his second appearance on the Tyco BMW, holding off Xavi Forés and Luke Mossey who completed the top ten, but the OMG Racing Suzuki rider crashed in the final ten minutes sustaining an ankle injury. Josh Elliot also crashed at the end of the session at Park uninjured.

BSB Cadwell Park Test Jason Ohalloran
Jason O’Halloran

Jason O’Halloran ended the day 14th while countryman Ben Currie was 18th. 

BSB Cadwell Park Test Ben Currie

Cadwell Park Test Times
  1. Josh BROOKES AUS Ducati – Be Wiser Ducati 1:26.448
  2. Danny BUCHAN GBR Kawasaki – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:27.164 
  3. Scott REDDING GBR Ducati – Be Wiser Ducati 1:27.502
  4. Christian IDDON GBR BMW – Tyco BMW Motorrad 1:27.53889.65
  5. Peter HICKMAN GBR BMW – Smiths Racing 1:27.555 
  6. Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Ducati – Oxford Racing 1:27.608 
  7. Andrew IRWIN GBR Honda – Honda Racing 1:27.650 
  8. Glenn IRWIN GBR BMW – Tyco BMW Motorrad 1:27.685 
  9. Xavi FORÉS ESP Honda – Honda Racing 1:27.932 
  10. Luke MOSSEY GBR Suzuki – OMG Racing Suzuki 1:27.973 
  11. Dan LINFOOT GBR Yamaha – Santander Salt TAG Yamaha 1:27.979 
  12. Ryan VICKERS GBR Kawasaki – RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki 1:28.064 
  13. Bradley RAY GBR Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 1:28.153 
  14. Jason O’HALLORAN AUS Yamaha – McAMS Yamaha 1:28.203
  15. Claudio CORTI ITA Kawasaki – Team WD-40 1:28.453 
  16. Luke STAPLEFORD GBR Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 1:28.609 
  17. Josh ELLIOTT GBR Suzuki – OMG Racing Suzuki 1:28.757 
  18. Ben CURRIE AUS Kawasaki – Quattro JG Speedfit Kawasaki 1:28.896 
  19. Alex OLSEN GBR BMW – Smiths Racing 1:28.911 
  20. Shaun WINFIELD GBR Yamaha – Santander Salt TAG Yamaha 1:29.172
  21. David ALLINGHAM GBR Yamaha – EHA Yamaha 1:29.209
  22. Sam COVENTRY GBR Kawasaki – Team 64 Motorsports 1:29.307
  23. Joe FRANCIS GBR BMW – Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad 1:29.685
  24. Dean HARRISON GBR Kawasaki – Silicone Engineering Racing 1:29.768 
  25. Matt TRUELOVE GBR Yamaha – Raceways Yamaha 1:29.793
  26. Héctor BARBERÁ ESP Kawasaki – Quattro JG Speedfit Kawasaki 1:29.815
  27. Tarran MACKENZIE GBR Yamaha – McAMS Yamaha 1:30.206
  28. Dean HIPWELL GBR Kawasaki – CDH Racing 1:30.846
  29. Gino REA GBR MV Agusta – Bike Devil Sweda MV Agusta 1:31.440 
  30. Fraser ROGERS GBR Kawasaki – Gearlink Kawasaki 1:31.988 


British Superbike Standings

1Scott REDDING (Ducati)246
2Josh BROOKES (Ducati)226
3Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati)207
4Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki)150
5Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha)144
6Andrew IRWIN (Honda)139
7Xavi FORÉS (Honda)132
8Peter HICKMAN (BMW)123
9Christian IDDON (BMW)102
10Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha)90
11Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki)86
12Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha)73
13Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki)58
14Keith FARMER (BMW)54
15Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki)48
16Bradley RAY (Suzuki)45
17Glenn IRWIN (Kawasaki)44
18Héctor BARBERÁ (Kawasaki)31
19Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki)28
20Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki)25
21James ELLISON (BMW)23
22Michael LAVERTY (BMW)12
23David ALLINGHAM (Yamaha)6
24Dean HARRISON (Kawasaki)4
25Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki)3
26Sam COVENTRY (Kawasaki)1


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