Brook climbs to third after mixed weekend

David Brook in action at Oulton Park

David Brook in action at Oulton Park

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DAVID Brook had mixed feelings after the fifth round of the Thundersport GB Superstock at Oulton Park.

The Bradford motor cyclist admitted: "My lines into four or five corners were poor due to a lack of track time and, above all, experience on the circuit.

"I had gone backwards on Cadwell Park's results, and that is disappointing."

However, after reflecting on sixth in qualifying and two eighth places in the races themselves, the Clayton Heights man added: "I couldn't be too unhappy as all of the riders in front of me were current or up-and-coming riders at British Superbikes, and to come away with a solid points haul was good.

"Also I finished in front of my championship rivals and improved my ranking to third in the championship, which is definitely no joke in the most competitive club class in the country.

"Rockingham is up next and I had my best result of the season there last year in the Elite 600s, so the only way has to be up!"

Brook admitted to feeling nervous in qualifying on what is a very technical 2.8-mile circuit, and confessed: "I just didn't really feel as though I knew where I was going, which sounds daft, but when you know a circuit, you would be always within a few inches of the same line from one lap to the next on any given day but at Oulton I was struggling to put the times in off my own back."

Feeling less nervous in race one, Brook rode a solid race after holding position off the grid, but reckoned it was necessary to change his bike set-up between races, which is always risky.

Nevertheless, he improved his grid position from the off in race two, and set his fastest lap of the weekend in lap two of 1min 43.7sec.

However, a silly front-end moment after glancing off a kerb and a false shift on lap five dropped him back to eighth.

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