I agree with what you say about the shoot out, but I think you could say the pressure didn't get to Josh Brookes, judging by his pre race 3 interview!!
Nah, he wasn't fooling anyone. You could hear it in his voice and his awkward laughs. Seems JB has an interesting personality. But what a racer! And standing up on the podium at Brands in mid-October in just his pants was a heroic feat. Paul Bird was, er, enthusiastic in helping him remove his leathers.
Brookes's team manager Philip Neill had something interesting to say before Sunday's first race. Brookes had a brake balance issue during Race 1, and in his panic (owing to nerves, said Neill), he moved the adjuster the wrong way and made the problem worse. By the time he'd noticed his error and sorted out his bike's handling, the leaders had gone and his championship was basically over. Really felt for him.
Meanwhile, it's Swan Yamaha's turn
to be facing an uncertain future during the off-season. IIRC it was Crescent Suzuki not knowing whether they'd have a team going into 2011 that caused Tommy Hill to move to the Swan team, before Jack Valentine pulled off the coup of the century and signed John Hopkins.
I reckon BSB needs a couple more really top-line riders to reach critical mass and get everyone to really take notice, but Yamaha's factory squad pulling out, and Tommy Hill being rumoured to be WSBK- or CRT-bound, would be serious setbacks. Promote Keith Farmer and PJ Jacobson to their respective BSB squads, and sign someone from the world championships to a big team with a real testing budget. Scassa and Smrz are very talented riders, and are being wasted where they are, IMHO. Easier said than done eh.
In all honesty, if he's still in British Superbikes, Alex Lowes alone will make the 2013 season worth following closely.
Edited by Risil, 17 October 2012 - 22:32.