Brookes eyes top five on TT return
He might have been away from the TT for two years, but 2015 BSB champion Josh Brookes is determined to make his mark as he returns to the Mountain course with Norton this year.
Brookes’ praise for the V4-RR SG6 shows just how far the bike has come with the Aussie even claiming it handles better than his BSB bike on certain sections of Oulton Park.
“Having ridden the bike at a couple of unfamiliar tracks, I was worried I was maybe glorifying or fantasising the idea of the bike being as good as it is,” Brookes confessed. “I was worried I might ride on a track I know and find it’s not as good as I thought it was, but I rode at Oulton the other day and that’s not the case.
“At the start of the BSB race I was doing 1m 35s laps and 1m 36s laps at the end. On the Norton I was doing 1m 37s laps so it’s not too bad considering it’s a bike set up for the TT! Earlier this month at the BSB round on the Yamaha, over Clay Hill I was having to do everything I could to get the bike to stay straight, but on the Norton I think I could have done it with one hand on the handlebars. It was so stable there.
“I’m building confidence
with the bike and I’m optimistic, but I think I still need to be aware of my own experience at the circuit. If I was really disappointed with the bike I would probably be targeting top 10 or near the top 10, but as I’m getting more and more confident about the bike I should hopefully be pushing more towards the top five. You can try to predict it but you really don’t know until you get there and ride. I’d like to think we’re going in more of the direction of the top five than just the top 10.”
Brookes has high hopes for the V4