Brookes shows his true po­ten­tial with dou­ble ros­trum re­sult at Snet­ter­ton

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When Josh Brookes signed for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team at the start of the year, no-one was sure whether the un­proven squad would be able to put to­gether a pack­age good enough for the 2015 Bri­tish Cham­pion.

With the Swadlin­cote-based team hav­ing scored just three points last year, they knew they would have to up their game to pro­vide Brookes’ with a bike to fight at the front. While it’s not been an easy start, their progress was ev­i­dent at Snet­ter­ton this week­end as they fought to two run­ner-up spots

And while Brookes ad­mits he was un­able to fight with Byrne for the win, he was able to get close to the Du­cati’s pace which he be­lieves bodes well for the fu­ture with more to come from both him and the YZF-R1.

“Re­sults don’t al­ways tell the full story,” said a philo­soph­i­cal Brookes af­ter the sec­ond race. “I know you can only pass judge­ment on re­sults but there’s some­times more be­hind it.

“I’ve had week­ends where the re­sults haven’t been right, but we’ve made a clear step for­ward. That kind of sums up our start to the year re­ally, I’ve been happy each week­end even though the re­sults haven’t been any­thing to shout about.

“We came into this year fac­ing a chal­lenge. I had to progress af­ter a poor year last year and the team had to grow with a new bike, rider and struc­ture so there were a lot of things that would have to fall into place be­fore we would see re­sults.

“It’s meant I’ve had to be very pa­tient, as it’s easy to get frus­trated when you know what’s pos­si­ble. I could be out there on track get­ting mad be­cause I know I can beat th­ese guys, but it’s so easy to let that frus­tra­tion get to you and then all of a sud­den you’re the next one in hos­pi­tal.”

From the start of the year, Brookes had one clear goal – to re­turn to the feel­ing he had with the Yamaha when he dom­i­nated the 2015 cham­pi­onship and even af­ter this week­end’s re­sult, he feels he’s not quite there just yet.

“At the mo­ment, 2015 is the bench­mark of what is pos­si­ble with me and the bike and I be­lieve we are just be­low that ceil­ing at the mo­ment. What I hope to do is reach that point and then progress fur­ther. From the start of the year we set out to progress and we have, we’ve made the podium now. I know we were on the podium at Don­ing­ton but I put that down to ex­pe­ri­ence and oth­ers hav­ing typ­i­cal ‘first round’ is­sues.

“As ev­ery­one moved into their more com­fort­able zone, where we were at started to show and I had to wait for the other pieces to fall into place. I can’t force that, but now I feel we’re mak­ing those steps for­ward and there’s even more to come.”

‘We’re tak­ing steps for­ward and there’s more to come’ JOSH BROOKES

It’s a good job Brookes brought his luck y gi­raffe along with him to Snet­ter­ton

OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­

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