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