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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.”

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