‘I’m scared ev­ery time ride a bike. I think it’s nat­u­ral’

Josh Brookes, for­mer BSB cham­pion and cur­rent Show­down con­tender, re­veals all

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Q1 What are you rid­ing?

Years ago when I rode for Honda in Aus­tralia I bought a Blade off them cheap and I’ve had it for years. It owes me noth­ing, costs me noth­ing and just sits there. A friend of mine dis­trib­utes parts for the Honda Mon­key bikes, so a group of us all have them mod­ded up. I ride that fairly of­ten. It’s fun! They’re fast for their size but you’re not go­ing to lose your li­cence.

Q2 Which liv­ing mo­tor­cy­clist do you most ad­mire?

It’s not very orig­i­nal but Valentino. It’s hard to look past him for in­spi­ra­tion. He’s bril­liant, isn’t he?

Q3 What’s your worst habit?

I’ve got re­ally bad rid­ing pos­ture! Luck­ily it’s not rel­e­vant on a race bike as you’re all tucked in but it looks aw­ful on a motocross bike.

Q4 If you could have one rid­ing su­per­power, what would it be?

It would be to over­come any is­sue with the bike by us­ing my mind!

Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve ever been on a bike?

I don’t know the ex­act fig­ure, but I guess it’ll be near 200mph on the Sulby straight or at the North West 200.

Q6 When were you last scared?

I’m scared ev­ery time I ride a bike. I think it’s nat­u­ral. If you’re not scared you’re not alive, or you won’t be for very long! Whether that’s fear of fall­ing or in­jury or even just not get­ting the best re­sult.

Q7 How many miles have you done on the road in the last year?

Prob­a­bly about 1000.

Q8 What’s the high­est mileage you’ve cov­ered in a day?

About 500 miles. In Aus­tralia, I went on a two-day event, rid­ing down and camp­ing and rid­ing back the next day but I rode back on the same day.

Q9 What ir­ri­tates you most?

When I’ve di­ag­nosed a prob­lem with the bike, come in and had a good chat with my team and then gone back out and found it hasn’t been fixed. You can ex­plain a prob­lem eas­ily but it’s not al­ways that easy to find a so­lu­tion.

Q10 You’ve two weeks off, where are you go­ing? Aus­tralia! Home. Q11 Have you got one tip you’d give to a new rider?

Do as much rid­ing as you can. Com­pare it to rid­ing a skate­board: peo­ple get good at that be­cause that’s all they do ev­ery day un­til they mas­ter what­ever trick they’re try­ing. It’s the same prin­ci­ple. Ride all the time. Motocross, dirt track, what­ever.

Q12 Have you ever fallen off in a car park (or some­where equally as em­bar­rass­ing)?

I fell off on a round­about on a pad­dock scooter last year with my girl­friend Aimie on the back. We were go­ing out for din­ner and I was cruis­ing around. I rode into the round­about and it was so sandy from the beach that I lost it. We were both fine, there was no dam­age – ex­cept to Aimie’s hand­bag.

Q13 Do you have one in­dis­pens­able item of kit?

I’m not a great role model for wear­ing safety gear, it’s so hot in Aus­tralia and it’s such a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence to ride with the sense of be­ing free. I’ll al­ways wear a hel­met though.

Q14 If you were to go out on a Sun­day blast which four peo­ple would you take with you?

Aimie goes every­where I go, so her plus my mates John and Wayne. And prob­a­bly Gordy Crockard, EX-MXGP rider who I live with in North­ern Ire­land.

Q15 Do you have a tool you couldn’t live with­out?

You need all the tools. There isn’t a sin­gle tool that can al­ways get you out of trou­ble.

Q16 Do you ad­just your own sus­pen­sion?

Yes, I en­joy hav­ing the knowl­edge to be able to do it and then feel­ing it first­hand when I’m rid­ing.

Q17 If you could have one of your old bikes back, what would it be?

My RS125 GP – my first real race bike.

Q18 What would you never buy?

An elec­tric bike. If that’s the fu­ture for rac­ing, I’ll have to find a new job.

Q19 Which road (or track) would you build on your desert is­land?

Oran Park in Aus­tralia. It was bril­liant, loads of el­e­va­tion changes and it had a Dun­lop bridge you’d go un­der in one di­rec­tion and then over in an­other. It’s been de­mol­ished in re­cent years and be­come a hous­ing es­tate. I miss it.

Q20 If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?

I’d make it so every­one on the road has to own a mo­tor­cy­cle if they want to own a car. With my law peo­ple would re­alise that a mo­tor­cy­cle is usu­ally the bet­ter op­tion, and it would im­prove con­ges­tion so much.

‘We were fine. There was no dam­age ex­cept to Aimie’s hand­bag’

Brookes: Loves Mon­key bikes, hates elec­tric bikes Aimie is still fu­ri­ous about that hand­bag… (see ques­tion 12) Brookes has got the R1 fly­ing in MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bikes

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