BROOKES BATTLES BMW
After three rounds and six races the Milwaukee SMR BMW team have found life in WSB tougher than expected and for 2015 BSB Champion Josh Brookes, two 13th places at Aragon were not what he was hoping for.
The deflated Aussie said: “It is difficult to gauge our progress and what we are working on. From the outside you would say you can only look at results and two 13ths is in some way under-achieving.”
The BMW has a reputation of being a fickle machine, which has to be set-up in a particular way for each rider. Right now Brookes and his rookie Milwaukee team are not at that point.
Even Jordi Torres (Althea BMW) who was fifth in Aragon was 15 seconds back from the winner. But Brookes was 31 seconds adrift, albeit second best BMW finisher.
Brookes said: “Your first instinct is that this bike has so many adjustments, mechanically and physically. And then electronically – the list of changes is endless. So you think you can just change the bike and fix the problem but it’s not so straightforward. You have to be a little bit more adapting to the machine rather than adapting the machine to what you want.”