BROOKES AND GUINTOLI UPBEAT DESPITE CRASH
‘It is hard to find motivation when you’re running in 60th place’ JOSH BROOKES
Josh Brookes and Sylvain Guintoli left Suzuka with mixed emotions, finishing seventh after an incredible fightback from last place.
The third rider in their team, Takuya Tsuda crashed on just the seocbnd lap of the race and they dropped to 68th, and last.
The squad had shown excellent pace throughout the weekend’s practice and qualifying, with Guintoli admitting after the race that he believes they had the pace to be the only team able to challenge the dominant factory Yamaha effort for the win.
“It was a great experience, but I’m disappointed with the result – and what makes it even more disappointing is that we had the pace to be on the podium and maybe even to push for the victory. We lost five laps in the crash, and we finished four laps behind. It is what it is, but we worked hard for it.”
However, team-mate and BSB rival Brookes felt for his Japanese teammate. He said: “It’s hard, because you want to be disappointed but you know that the pressure of the race, of being a Japanese rider in Japan with so much factory support – can take its toll.
“Then the bike didn’t start straight away, and he was obviously riding with that all going on in his mind. He lost 10 places and was carrying all that nervous energy.
“I feel for him, though, because any of us in that situation could easily have done the same thing and be feeling the same regret. Sometimes, bad stuff happens.
“It was hard to find motivation to push when you’re 60th, though. Trying to push like the leaders are when it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot to gain. But seventh was a lot better than we expected to finish on lap two!”