Brookes excited ahead of BSB bow

Joshua Brookes is looking forward to getting his 2009 season underway after receiving his visa ahead of the second 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.”

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Glen Richards and Joshua Brookes pose for HM Plant Honda ahead of the new BSB season
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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]

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Captain Irrelevant - Unregistered

April 30, 2009 1:12 PM

I think the polite description of the Border and Immigration Agency is 'variable'. They have some very good staff there. And those poor rare creatures must be in despair at the rest that they have to work with. Simple test: If it wasn't OK for Brookes to race in the UK before, why is it now? Or put another way, if it is now why wasn't it then? And why ahs it taken so long to resolve even assuming Brookes might have not done a perfect job on his original application?

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