Brookes eyes top five on TT re­turn

Motorcycle News (UK) - - TT 2017 PREVIEW -

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

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