News 16 Jun 2017

Brookes back in BSB mode ahead of Knockhill

Aussie charger reunited with title-winning crew chief Winton.

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Australian international Josh Brookes will quickly transfer back into MCE British Superbike Championship mode with Anvil Hire Yamaha following a glowing performance at the Isle of Man TT.

Brookes impressed with sixth aboard his Norton in the Senior TT and also registered satisfying results in the Superbike, Supersport and Lightweight races, before turning his attention to Knockhill.

In another boost for the versatile 34-year-old 2015 BSB champion, Brookes will be paired with Stuart Winton in his garage in Scotland. Winton was instrumental in Brookes’ title-run two seasons ago.

“As we finished up at Oulton Park I wasn’t happy with the results and we needed to focus on making the bike a little better,” Brookes said. “This weekend we have the presence of Stuart Winton, who was my crew chief in 2015, so he’s giving us a hand and will help us in the right direction with the bike.

“Things need to improve with the machine. If we look at the results from the last round, it’s not what I’m used to achieving in the British Superbike Championship, so it’s important that we focus on the areas of the bike that are requiring improvement and I’m ready to see what changes the team have made.”

Brookes hasn’t particularly been fond of the Knockhill circuit during his lengthy BSB career, but is taking an open mind upon return to the series in 2017.

“Knockhill isn’t a circuit I look forward to racing at, it isn’t a bad layout, the lap is just too short,” he continued. “It’s a shame because the corners that are there are fun to ride, but it can get monotonous on a Superbike.

“I want to like the track but I haven’t had the results there that I’m searching for, which leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. I’ve got to go there with the same outlook as every weekend, there all equally important and I’m hoping I can put things right at Knockhill and we can get some good results.”