World Supersports 2008 Phillip Island
Honda duo Andrew Pitt and Josh Brookes finished 1-2 in a breathtaking world Supersport race at Phillip Island on March 2.
Honda duo Andrew Pitt and Josh Brookes finished 1-2 in a breathtaking world Supersport race at Phillip Island on March 2. The pair broke clear of a tense six-way battle for the lead in the final lap, with the Gold Coast’s Pitt the winner by just 0.062 seconds over Sydney’s Brookes. It was Pitt’s second win at Phillip Island.
“It’s a great feeling to win here at home,” said Pitt, who started from pole position. “Since 2006, things have turned upside down for me, but I want to thank the Ten Kate team for having faith in me – and I am happy to repay their faith today. Brookes also gave me a hand in qualifying to get my hot lap, so I owe him a beer.”
Brookes was equally ecstatic, despite not being able to repeat his last gasp victory from 2004 over countryman Kevin Curtain. The ‘consolation’ is that Brookes now leads the championship on 33 points, from Joan Lascorz (Honda, 29), Pitt (25), Broc Parkes (Yamaha, 25) and Dane Robbin Harms (Honda, 25).
“It wasn’t as good as 2004, but it was a fantastic and very close race,” said Brookes. “I would like to thank the team for believing in me and for doing a great job this weekend. It was a very tough, hard race but great fun at the same time. I’m sure all my friends, family and fans really enjoyed the race and they must have been biting their nails at the end. Pitt and I put our heads down and charged for the line, but in the end he got it.”
Harms finished in third position, ahead of last year’s winner Fabien Foret (Yamaha). The 21-lap race was a superb exhibition of high-speed nerve, with Brookes, Pitt and Harms setting the agenda in the first half before Foret, then Garry McCoy (Triumph) and, finally, Brit Jonathan Rea (Honda), joined the proceedings. Pitt broke the deadlock with an aggressive final lap, and only Brookes had another left in the tank to go with him and set-up the thrilling finish.
Rea passed McCoy on the final lap to nail fifth position, but the diminutive Australian certainly proved that he’ll be a force in the 2008 championship on his still developing Triumph. Earlier, McCoy had started form a lowly 17th on the grid. Of the other Australians, Mark Aitchison (Triumph) was a respectable 12th, while Parkes crashed out of the lead on lap two. Lascorz was seventh, with Gianluca Vizziello (Honda), Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha) and Gianluca Nannelli (Honda) completing the top 10.
Round three of the championship will be held in Spain on April 6.
WORLD SUPERPORT RESULTS
1. Andrew Pitt Australia Honda
2. Josh Brookes Australia Honda + .062
3. Robbie Harms Denmark Honda + .597
4. Fabien Foret France Yamaha + .780
5. Jonathan Rea Great Britain Honda + .976
6. Garry McCoy Australia Triumph + 1.228
7. Joan Lascorz Spain Honda + 6.590
8. Gianluca Vizziello Italy Honda + 10.266
9. Massimo Roccoli Italy Yamaha + 10.594
10. Gianluca Nannelli Italy Honda + 10.991
12. Mark Aitchison Australia Triumph + 16.245
WORLD SUPERPORT STANDINGS (AFTER TWO OF 15 ROUNDS)
1 Brookes 33pts
2 Lascorz 29
=3 Pitt 25
=3 Parkes 25
=3 Harms 25
6 Craig Jones, Great Britain, Honda 16
7 Vizziello 14
8 Foret 13
=9 Rea 11
=9 Matthieu Lagrive, France, Honda 11
11 McCoy 10
19 Aitchison 4