Brookes gets acquainted with new team

Josh Brookes has enjoyed his first outing with the HM Plant Honda team as he begins the countdown to his maiden British Superbike Championship campaign.

Brookes, who makes the switch to the national series after a successful season in the World Supersport Championship with Stiggy Racing, was on track in Almeria to sample the CBR1000RR he will ride for 2006 and 2007 champions HM Plant this year.

Being joined at the test in Almeria, Spain by Crescent Suzuki, Hydrex Honda and team-mate Glen Richards, Brookes took his time to learn both the circuit and the bike, but was happy with his progress over the course of the day.

"Today was the first day out on track working with the new team and to also ride the HM Plant Honda so I was taking it steady to start with as I had not been out on track since the final World Supersport race at Portimao,” he told the official British Superbike website.

“I felt a bit rusty in the first session but we worked through several different changes to see how the HM Plant Honda would react and we were improving on times throughout the day. It was a good opportunity for us to work together and familiarise myself with the new bike. We made a good start and I have been focusing on the changes I needed to make.

“I did some laps with Glen but he was lapping quicker as he had more knowledge of the track and by the end of play I was catching him up. I haven't paid much attention to the other riders on circuit today but I am sure as testing continues I will be seeing more of them."

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Glen Richards and Joshua Brookes pose for HM Plant Honda ahead of the new BSB season
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Brookesys No 1 Fan - Unregistered

March 13, 2009 11:37 AM

The Only thing I can say to All BSB fans is that you are in for a wild season with Joshua.... I have been following him in Aus for at least 6 years and I have never seen a rider slide or ride with a do or die style...I have been watching bikes for 30 years and Josh is the Man.... Multiple aussie champ, First WSS race as wild card 1st and first Bsb season CHAMP...MARK MY WORDS AND WATCH THIS SPOT! :p

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