World Superbike: Milwaukee BMW Round 9 Superpole and Race 1 Report

Josh Brookes and Karel Abraham report from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Josh Brookes, Superpole, World Superbikes Round 9
Josh Brookes didn't get the greatest start in Race 1 and ultimately didn't get the result he was hoping for in Superpole.Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee BMW

Josh Brookes:

Grid: 15th
Race Finish: 13th
"The result in Superpole wasn't what I was hoping for. After we'd gone quicker in Free Practice 3 I expected us to take a step forward for qualifying but I could only manage to do the same lap times, which hurt us going into the race.

I didn’t get a great start in Race 1. I got my position wrong for Turn 1 and lost some places, but after that I was able to fight and move forwards for a few laps. I felt positive but I knew that I was riding on the limit, and I made a mistake which caused me to run wide and lose a few places.

It was a shame that I couldn’t make progress from there but I used the race to learn more about the track and about the bike. The lap times are definitely there and I think in tomorrow’s race we can make good progress for sure.”

Karel Abraham, Superpole, World Superbikes Round 9
Karel Abraham was also a bit disappointed with his Superpole result.Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee BMW

Karel Abraham:

Race Finish: 14th
"I was disappointed with Superpole. I tried to push really hard but I just wasn't able to make any fast laps. It was still useful for us and we got some good data on how we run in qualifying, but it would have been good to qualify higher for the race.

In Race 1 I tried to push hard again, but after a few laps I started to lose the front and I really wasn’t comfortable with it. The rear was sliding and spinning but I could manage it; the front made the race difficult for me and I had to slow down, which meant I couldn’t attack.

The morning warm-up session will be important for us tomorrow, and we’ll use everything we learnt today. The weather should be good again, so for sure we’ll be pushing to get the bike in a good position and get better results in Race 2.”

Mick Shanley:

Team Coordinator
"It was a tough race for both riders today. At the moment we are underperforming, and we need to understand why we are not reaching our potential in qualifying and race situations.

Josh and Karel both managed to make up positions in the race and get into the points, but their lap times from Free Practice and Superpole didn’t carry over to the race, which was disappointing.

However, we can still use today to go through all the data with the riders and try to spot where we are losing out and how we can improve. Looking to Race 2, the strong lap times are there for both riders, so we need to work hard and ensure that they deliver them consistently.”