Josh Brookes

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Ex-champ is out to prove a point

BROOKES IS ONE of the two men who’ve been able to beat the dom­i­nant Shane Byrne in the last five years. He re­turns to Bri­tish Superbikes this sea­son af­ter a dis­mal year in WSB.

While Brookes’ tal­ent is un­doubted, a ques­tion mark hangs over his choice of team. Anvil Hire Yamaha are some­what un­proven, hav­ing scored just three points in the se­ries with James Ris­poli last year. But they did achieve podi­ums with Richard Cooper on Kawasaki ma­chin­ery in 2015.

Brookes will be hun­gry for suc­cess, but with no sup­port from Yamaha it could be tough. How­ever, PB un­der­stands the team have made a step for­ward with the bike and while they didn’t get lots of track time in test­ing, Brookes re­mains pos­i­tive for now.

“Our pre-sea­son test was com­pro­mised by weather,” he ex­plains. “But for a quick shake­down test it did its job. I quickly felt com­fort­able on the bike and I’m con­fi­dent we can get to the front.”

Track time at Jerez has left him con­fi­dent

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