The 25-year-old qualified in sixth place, a position he retained for the opening lap. By lap two the Liverpool-based rider was running in third before being passed by the eventual winner Luke Quigley. Brogan settled in fourth and despite a strong challenge on Quigley, he was unable to bridge the gap. However as the battle for first and second intensified race leader Hudson Kennaugh and Brendan Roberts collided and spectacularly crashed out of the race on the final lap, handing the second place finish to the Honda rider.
Team mate John McGuinness, who qualified his HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in eleventh, had an uneventful race at the 2.21-mile track and came home in tenth place. McGuinness now occupies eleventh place in the Championship standings, one point shy of his team mate Brogan in tenth place.
Steve Brogan: “I got a good start and had a good aggressive first lap and made up four or five places. I got up to fifth and then fourth. I held fourth and tried to keep the pressure on Luke Quigley. Somebody crashed at the chicane and there was loads of debris on the track, which I hit and almost crashed and gave Luke over a second over me. I tried to close the gap but couldn’t quite manage it. I thought I would accept fourth and then the front runners crashed out and I was gifted second place so I am well happy, both for myself and Honda.”
John McGuinness: “ I got a strong start but had a bad first lap and should have been more aggressive. I’m a fair bit disappointed as I was lapping a second slower than in was in qualifying. I will just look to Brands now and hope for a strong result to round the season off with.”
Metzeler National Superstock
1, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) 22m49.576s,
2, Steve Brogan (HM Plant Honda) +2.913s,
3, Lee Jackson (Yamaha) +5.625s,
4, Marshall Neill (Suzuki) +8.749s,
5, Tristan Palmer (Suzuki) +8.962s,
6, Aaron Zanotti (Suzuki) +11.225s,
7, Guy Sanders (Kawasaki) +12.842s,
8, Adam Jenkinson (Suzuki) +13.912s,
9, John Laverty (Suzuki) +14.794s,
10, John McGuinness (HM Plant Honda) +15.461s.