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Thailand WSBK: Brake problems hamper Brookes in race one

Milwaukee BMW’s Josh Brookes will switch to a thicker front brake disc for tomorrow’s second World Superbike race at Buriram after suffering from serious brake fade in today’s opening encounter.

Brookes has been suffering with the problem since first practice as he believes the electronic engine braking system is not yet working at its best, meaning the front-brake setup is having to do more work than it should do in the high Thailand temperatures.

“I’ve had the problem since Friday but after race one a lot of other people were saying it affected them too, so they found it after doing a race distance. I was going ok in the first race but then kept running on into the slower corners so we are going to put in a thicker disc tomorrow to try and reduce the amount of heat transfer from the pads,” said Brookes, speaking to bikesportnews.com from his garage.


“We have changed the pads, calipers and master cylinder to try and cure it, so this is the next step. The engine braking system isn’t working at its optimal yet, the rear is still skipping around quite a lot so I think that is putting extra pressure on the front brakes.”

Brookes’ team-mate Karel Abraham was staring down the barrel of a top-ten result in race but crashed out in the closing stages.

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