Joshua Brookes is looking forward to getting his 2009 season underway after receiving his visa ahead of the second ViSK.com British Superbike Championship round.
Having had his previous application rejected shortly before the season opener, the former World Supersport front runner will make his belated debut for HM Plant Honda at Oulton Park, joining fellow Australian Glen Richards in the team.
Although the late acceptance means Brookes will have barely any time to prepare for his bow, he is merely delighted to finally be able to race.
“I can't tell you how relieved I am to actually have my visa,” he said. “I'd got to the point where I was beginning to really feel worn down with the whole situation as everything just seemed to be coming up against me with my visa application.
"Even up until the last few days when I couldn't get my visa on Monday as it was a Bank Holiday in Canberra, which is where the British High Commission is. I feel like I've had a hot line to there over the past few weeks I've called so often!
“I finally got it this morning and then drove three hours back to Sydney to catch the plane so today's been pretty flat out. With everything going on it's been a bit hard to fully concentrate on my mental and physical form for racing, so over this next 24 hours my aim is to clear my head of the visa stresses of the last few months and get focused for getting back on the Fireblade and being competitive.
“In an ideal world I'd have had at least a few days in the UK before Oulton Park but that wasn't to be, so I'm now just looking forward to getting my head down, learning more about the bike and the circuits and being up there with the front runners.”