BROOKES GETS BRU­TAL

BSB champ’s an­gry out­burst forces ma­jor changes to his un­der-per­form­ing BMW in the nick of time

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - GOR­DON RITCHIE AT PHILLIP IS­LAND WSB REPORTER

Josh Brookes had high hopes in WSB af­ter storm­ing to the MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike ti­tle in 2015, but af­ter a tough time in test­ing things weren’t look­ing good for the con­fi­dent Aussie at his home round.

Some typ­i­cally straight-talk­ing at a key time gave Brookes a bike he could work with and find a set-up that was good enough to give him a tenth and a ninth-place fin­ish. He was be­hind the ri­val Althea BMWS of Jordi Tor­res and Markus Reit­er­berger in race two, but lit­er­ally in the Ger­man’s slip­stream.

Brookes ex­plained how he man­aged to turn things round: “Fri­day was the break­ing point. I was so numb with emo­tion that I was think­ing: ‘How can we con­tinue to make the same bike go around the same track and no changes be made in a for­ward di­rec­tion?’

“Overnight, from Satur­day morn­ing, things changed. I did not throw any­thing but there was some­thing thrown ver­bally! I threw a lot of stuff out and said: ‘If this bike does not be­come what it needs to be, what I am re­quest­ing it to be, then I we may as well pack up and go home, or put some­one else on the bike.’ I said this to BMW as they are the ones in con­trol of the ECU and the prob­lems I have been hav­ing.

“I am only as good as the feel­ing I get from the bike, and if I can­not have that con­nec­tion with the bike and the track and the tyres - and the en­vi­ron­ment - then I am no bet­ter than any­one. I need the right feel. Against their will they made changes and im­me­di­ately I was a se­cond faster. A se­cond a lap.”

The over­all BMW ef­fort was not as po­tent as some ex­pected but the in­jured Tor­res was still only 11s off the win in race one, and 13s from Rea in race two.

‘ They made changes and im­me­di­ately I was a se­cond faster’ JOSH BROOKES

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