News 20 Apr 2022

Brookes looks ahead to important test following Silverstone

BSB contender eyeing steps forward with V4 R at Oulton.

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The opening round of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbikes Championship (BSB) at Silverstone was challenging for MCE Ducati’s Josh Brookes, the two-time champion looking ahead to an important test at Oulton Park.

Brookes, 38, entered the opening round hopeful and notched 13-11-18 results, leaving the Australian V4 R rider motivated to return to the top and improve on P12 in the points standings

“We came here with high expectations particularly as we took two podiums last year but whilst we’ve been able to match our times from 2021, the pace has obviously moved on,” Brookes explained. “We had a few issues in the last race so can’t really use that as a reference but we need to try a few things at the Oulton Park test next week to try and improve both the grip and the lap times.

“We tried a few settings this weekend and did make progress but not enough clearly, so we’ve got work to do. The test obviously has more importance now but it’s a circuit I like and suits the Ducati, so we’ll be working hard to get back to where we need to be.”

Brookes is currently the second-highest Ducati in the championship standings, with teammate and former World Superbike champion Tom Sykes also experiencing a difficult first round, currently 16th overall.

Following Oulton Park’s test on Thursday,  BSB resumes at the 4.307km circuit on 30 April – 2 May for round two of the 11 round 2022 championship.