News 1 Jun 2011

Brookes remaining positive despite frustrating start to Suzuki career

Brookes took ninth and six place finishes in the wet at Thruxton.

Brookes took ninth and six place finishes in the wet at Thruxton.

Round four of the British Superbike Championship at Thruxton marked some positive outcomes for Australia’s Josh Brookes.

The 2011 season has been a frustrating one for Brookes. Since joining the Relentless Suzuki team, early season crashes and adjusting to the new machine have seen him fighting an uphill battle from word go. Despite the early season obstacles, Brookes and the team are making progress.

Thruxton saw Brookes qualify a sub-par fourteenth, however come race day, in treacherously wet conditions, he was able to move through the field to take a ninth in race one and a sixth in race two.

“Obviously starting from 14th was not the ideal preparation for today’s races. But we did make it up to ninth in race one with the seventh fastest lap and took sixth in race two with the fifth fastest lap, so we are improving,” said Brookes.

With a three week break in the series, Brookes and the team will look for improvements to build on this result

“I’ve now got to go away and look to see where we are losing out, as this time last year I was winning races,” Brookes stated.

“We’ll keep circulating and remain positive, and as long as we are in the top six by the end of round nine – then the job’s a dream.”

Round five of the British Superbike Championship will take place at Knockhill on June 17-19.