News 10 Oct 2018

Brookes confirmed for Be Wiser Ducati switch in 2019

Former BSB champion to partner Redding from next season.

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Australia’s Josh Brookes will make a sensational move to Be Wiser Ducati for the 2019 British Superbike Championship (BSB), set to pilot the brand new Panigale V4.

Brookes, 35, will partner current MotoGP racer Scott Redding to complete an all-star roster in a bid to win the title for the first time since 2015.

“PBM have been the benchmark during much of my time in BSB and have always set the bar very high,” Brookes commented. “With Shakey [Shane Byrne] being my arch-rival, I never really saw myself riding alongside him, but when things changed, it became a real consideration, although I wish him a full recovery.

“The Be Wiser Ducati V4 will be an awesome bike and I’m excited to be a part of this, and to start winning regularly again. I know the team will be at the forefront once again in 2019 and I’m really looking forward to this challenge.”

Brookes boasts a wealth of BSB experience including over 220 starts and is currently fourth in the list of all-time race winners with a total of 39 victories prior to this weekend’s season finale at Brands Hatch.

As well as his domination en route to the 2015 title, Brookes has been runner-up three times in his BSB career as well as winning the 2005 Australian Superbike Championship. He also has two World Supersport Championship race victories to his credit.

“We are the first team to announce our riders and plans for 2019 so we can now concentrate on winning the BSB title back next year which is our sole aim,” added Be Wiser Ducati team owner Paul Bird.

“Josh is a quality act who is totally focused on winning and is capable of that when he has the right tools as he has proved. We will give him exactly what he needs, as we will Scott, and that should provide some healthy rivalry within the garage. This is an exciting time and a new era for PBM and we can’t wait to get started in our quest.”