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Better to have led and lost than not led at all for Josh Brookes as he keeps glass half full

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Josh Brookes, FHO Racing, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 BSB, Snetterton, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

After a disappointing, by his own high standards, weekend at Knockhill, Josh Brookes was back to his best at the weekend with the FHO Racing BMW rider taking a brace of second place finishes at Snetterton.

It could have been even better for the 2015 and 2020 Champion too had he not been forced to retire from the final race whilst leading.

Nevertheless, the two podiums made it seven for the season and kept him will in the hunt for this year’s BSB title,


Practice around the Norfolk circuit didn’t give any real indication of how strong he’d be in the races, his tenth place overall after the first day and some 1.1s off the pace.

However, he took another step forward on Saturday morning and in qualifying and challenged for the victory throughout the Sprint race.

“We had some setbacks early in the weekend, but we worked hard and got past those. We qualified good and then race one we had a podium,” he said.

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Second behind Tommy Bridewell was the outcome with the same result taken in Sunday’s opener and he then led the final race from laps three to nine.

A third win of the season looked very much on the cards but he slowed suddenly at the start of lap ten and was forced to retire.

“With second place in the first race and then another in race two, we kind of felt like we were building more and more momentum as we went through the weekend.

"We made a small change for the final race, and it felt like we’d really improved, maybe found that sweet spot and made it a littler sweeter.”


“I was in the perfect position leading the race and then we had a sensor failure and was forced to stop.

"I’ve said it’s better to have been in the lead and lost it, than never to have been in the lead at all, so I think that’s the most positive way to look at it.”

The retirement combined with Bridewell’s third victory meant he lost ground in the title race, the gap between him and the Ducati rider now 49 points but the next rounds at Brands Hatch, one of his most successful circuits on the BSB calendar

“We now move to Brands, we’re fit, healthy and everyone will be motivated to try and bounce back and get us back at the front again where we have been this weekend.”

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