THE LOWDOWN ON THE SHOWDOWN SO FAR: JOSH BROOKES

Josh Brookes heads to Donington Park for the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with a 14-point deficit to his Be Wiser Ducati teammate Scott Redding but is set to come out fighting to regain the advantage this weekend.

Brookes led the Showdown battle into Assen, but after a tough weekend for the 2015 champion, he was able to salvage a hard-fought podium finish in race one, but dropped to second in the standings.

Brookes said: “The recap on Assen really is that the results weren’t terrible considering it had been a difficult weekend. It shouldn’t have been but for whatever reason it was so I was happy to come away with I guess you could call it damage limitation.

“Looking at Donington – it’s going to be difficult because both Tommy and Scott were strong there earlier in the year. Although the track is slightly different [GP layout compared to National] it shouldn’t really make a lot of difference.

“I should also remember that I was going well at Donington before I crashed in race one and I did suffer quite a bit of trauma from the crash so afterwards it was harder to get back to competitive speed so I’m hoping all being well that won’t happen again and I can ride at my full potential. I think I should be able to put a good performance together at the circuit so I’m looking forward to it.”

The second round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown takes place at Donington Park on October 4/5/6. For more information and to book visit WWW.DONINGTON-PARK.CO.UK