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‘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!”

Brookes says sev­enth was good re­sult

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