BSB » 09 July 2013
BSB EXCLUSIVE: Josh Brookes - Q&A
For example, we could take a balancer shaft out of the engine because we've got a well-balanced four cylinder motor which has the shaft in there for mass production. If we took the shaft out, the engine would accelerate quicker, the problem is that we can't because Yamaha can't take theirs out because of the design of their engine, and because they can't, we can't. But then the Yamaha has a restricted airbox as standard, so the rule has opened things out so that they can use whatever airbox they want to make that the same as other bikes.
Likewise, the Honda has an air bleed system which is an add-on to the standard ECU, which is controlled for everybody even if they already have a system in place. They don't have a system in place for corner entry stability using throttle control whereas Suzuki has a stepper motor system which constantly resets the closed throttle position to keep the front and back wheels aligned as you enter the corner.
Because Honda don't have the system as a standard part, the rules then say they can have an air bleed system to bring them to parity. So basically the Suzuki's advantage is being taken away.
The Suzuki is already a very good package but the other bikes are getting add-ons to match it and at best we can only be equal to the other guys.
With the Kawasaki, I'm not sure where its strong or weak points are, one thing's for sure though, it's got a strong motor. They've got a lot of acceleration and that's where my bike suffers.
I think the Suzuki has superior handling and it may look as if I'm over riding the bike because I'm using that to compensate for the Kawasaki's acceleration. I'm not just satisfied to ride around and say that's as fast as the bike will go though, I want to win. I can either break my competition with fitness or mental strength or something or I've got to work to find the weak link in my opponents because our bike isn't the strongest.
So you feel the Suzuki is slightly down on performance when compared to the other three?
It appears visually to be that way. I can only say what I see though because it's easy to say that the grass is greener on the other side and I don't want to sound as if I'm blaming other things. Either way, if we are down in any area then that's something the team has to work on and they'll continue to find small areas of improvement within the rules.
I don't feel the rules disadvantage us, it's just that they bring the others up to compete. I think the BSB Evo rule concept is brilliant, when you look at the individual position though it's different. At first the Suzuki was fine, but Yamaha had a problem and solved it, then Honda had a problem and solved it and then suddenly Suzuki has a problem.
After Knockhill, you're 30 points down on Shakey at the moment, how do you feel?
The title is definitely fully in reach, we're only four rounds in and then of course there's the shootout which levels everybody off. It's completely wide open.
It's not just Shakey either, Alex Lowes is showing good form and there are three other guys going through too.
Kiyo's been very up and down for the past two seasons so you're not looking at him to be the strongest opposition but you definitely can't rule him out. For sure though, Shakey's in my sights as being the strongest challenge and then you look at everybody else and think you can't discount them either.
Do you think the Evo rules and shootout format have been positive for the championship?
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