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Brookes 'pushing Suzuki close to its limits'
7 March 2013
British Superbike Championship runner-up Josh Brookes wasted no time in pushing the Tyco Suzuki 'close to its limits' as the Australian rider completed a two-day test at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland.
Brookes and his new team-mate, series rookie PJ Jacobsen, both suffered minor crashes as the Co Down circuit, but not before both dipped under the lap record at the Irish championship circuit.
Both riders were caught out by plummeting track temperatures in the afternoon and went down within two laps of each other.
Brookes – who is also becoming acquainted with the team's switch to Ohlins suspension for 2013 – had few complaints.
“The second day has been quite productive again, even though we probably only had half the time out there compared to yesterday.
“We changed the Öhlins shock setting, which we had a few problems with yesterday, but we've improved it.
“Yesterday's conditions were freezing and today's were even worse but we've been able to match my lap times which indicate the bike is heading in the right direction,” he added.
“The weather prohibited us from getting any further on, but taking it into consideration, we did really good.”
Brookes, who finished as the runner-up in the British Superbike Championship in 2012 after pushing Shane 'Shakey' Byrne all the way in an exhilarating title showdown, said he is already able to push the Tyco Suzuki to its limit.
“For me it has shown that we have been able to push the bike close to its limits already, which is pretty impressive for a first test, and we both only got caught-out at the end because of the weather.
“We were both working in the same direction and everything was going well, so I'm happy with what we've done already and look forward to the next test now.”
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