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