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Josh Brookes - Q&A

"I would hate it if I went a couple of years further in my career and looked back and thought 'I should have tried the Yamaha'" - Josh Brookes.
An exclusive interview with MCE British Superbike star Josh Brookes, who is moving from Tyco Suzuki to Milwaukee Yamaha for the 2014 season.

Australian Brookes - who made his Isle of Man TT and NW200 debut last season, in addition to finishing third in the BSB championship and runner-up in the Suzuka 8 Hours - talks about the team change and explains why Milwaukee Yamaha could miss the 2014 TT due to the new ECU rules...

Crash.net:
Where are you at the moment?

Josh Brookes:
I'm just washing my motocross bike outside the back of my garage because I've been out riding today.

It's a bit overcast and it's about 25 or 26 degrees, but over the past few days it's been in the mid to high thirties. I'm at home [in Australia] and I couldn't feel more relaxed, I feel really lucky to have my career in such a great sport and at the moment nothing compares to being here.

I'm enjoying the time I've got to the full and certainly the thing I miss most during the season is being at home.

Crash.net:
What kind of bike is it?

Josh Brookes:
It's not a Yamaha so maybe I shouldn't mention it, but it's a 1987 Honda CR500. It's the two-stroke, most of the bikes in my garage and even the jet skis are two-strokes. I'm a die hard 2 stroke fan. I'm running Castrol A747 at the moment and it smells great. The CR will put some manners on you if you're not careful but it's a great bike to ride.

Crash.net:
And what did you get for Christmas?

Josh Brookes:
I got some new equipment for my jet ski from my girlfriend because I enjoy doing that a lot. A couple of days a week we like to go down the beach to ride the jet skis. I ride the stand up and she rides the sit down, so when I'm jumping the waves she's staying more in the calm.

Crash.net:
What's your take on why Australia, with such a small population (23 million), produces so many top riders?

Josh Brookes:
I think you've got a lot of opportunities to test your skill on a bike here. Getting out on a dirt bike is easy because you've got so many fields and paddocks, if you haven't got access to them yourself, there's always a friend or a neighbour who has.

Out of a small population almost everybody's had an opportunity to have a go on a bike and that means you can figure out if you're good at it. There might be a load more great riders in the UK but maybe they never got the opportunity to have a go. They probably got a chance to play tennis, rugby or football but never got the chance to get on a bike.

In Australia we live in quite a harsh environment in many ways including the weather and even getting to school sometimes can be a bit of a journey. I think you just get used to doing the hard yards and because of that hard environment Australians in general tend to stick it out. Whether it's driving huge distances to a race or moving to the other side of the world for eight months to compete, we tend to dig our heels in to get the job done.

Both Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser had that raspy attitude where you dig in and don't let the bullshit get in the way. It's that attitude that gets you on in racing.

Crash.net:
How would you assess your 2013 season?

Josh Brookes:
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