BROOKES RELIGHTS HIS FIRE
Former BSB champ shows the world what he’s really capable of onboard the factory Suzuki at the 8 Hours
Yoshimura Suzuki rider Josh Brookes went a long way to impressing any future employers during this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours race by securing a podium finish.
Struggl ing in 2016 on the Milwaukee BMW S1000RR, the reigning British Superbike champion admits that Suzuka was possibly one of his most important races of the year. Presenting an opportunity to throw himself back onto the world stage after a poor season, he wasn’t going to let the chance slide by.
“Hopefully someone else sees me as a threat now, even if it’s with Suzuki. I’d like to stay in World Superbikes next year, but obviously my results haven’t been very satisfying so far this year. You’re only as good as your last race, and that leaves me in a compromised position up until now. Hopefully now I can reinstall some faith and regain some of my reputation as a top-level rider.”
Despite that, though, he was nonetheless left disappointed following Sunday’s race after a gamble with tyres left him unable to challenge as hard as he wanted to in his first run out on the GSX-R1000.
Betting on a softer tyre that had proved effective during practice, an increase in track temperature meant the Australian couldn’t push as hard as he wanted to when it came to the race.
“It’s slightly disappointing because I wish we could have put more pressure on the Kawasaki guys. Sometimes you’ve got to force a mistake, not wait for them to make it. A lot of mistakes made by other teams during the race were because they were under pressure at the time.
“I feel like I’m maybe a little respon-
Road racer Gary Johnson also had a successful weekend at Suzuka, taking an impressive 16th and only just missing out on championship points on his debut at the track. Riding for the Teamtras135hp BMW squad, the former Honda TT Legends endurance rider finished the race for the squad.