Ti­tle-win­ning crew chief back on board

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One change Brookes has made with the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team in re­cent rounds is bring­ing in for­mer Mil­wau­kee Yamaha crew chief Ste­wart Win­ton.

Win­ton joined the team full-time from Knock­hill, en­abling Brookes to fo­cus more on his rid­ing rather than what needs to be done with the bike to find the feel­ing they en­joyed in 2015.

Win­ton played a key role in Brookes’ 2015 ti­tle suc­cess and has told MCN he be­lieves there’s ‘no rea­son’ they can’t get back to that point this year.

“We know what Josh is ca­pa­ble of and we know what we had in 2015 so it should be a case of see­ing where we can im­prove the pack­age to get there,” he said.

“There are a few things dif­fer­ent, we’ve got K-tech sus­pen­sion not Öh­lins and then there are other things like fac­tory sup­port, but there’s a fac­tory Yamaha team in the pad­dock so peo­ple can judge for them­selves whether that sup­port is ad­van­ta­geous or not.

“It’s pos­si­ble to get to the stage we were in in 2015, the team have enough mo­ti­va­tion and we know what makes a bike work. The big­gest thing work­ing against us now is time, we are now rac­ing ev­ery other week­end so test­ing is dif­fi­cult and you have to de­velop the bike dur­ing a race week­end where you can’t take big risks.”

Proven pack­age – Brookes and Win­ton

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