Josh Brookes has said that he is 'ready to take steps forward' in 2010, following confirmation this week that he has inked a second-year deal with HM Plant Honda to join forces with former champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Brookes, who raced on the global stage for three years before switching to the British Superbike Championship in 2009, eventually finished the season fourth in the overall standings.

His maiden campaign though was fraught with controversy, including a suspension for his part in an accident at Mallory Park. Despite this however, the Australian still managed to establish himself as a regular front runner and he will now go into 2010 searching for a debut victory.

"I am definitely excited about coming back and I now know the whole process so there won't be any of the issues I had at the start of this season," Brookes told the official BSB website.

"I come back for my second season knowing the tracks, knowing the competition and having more of an idea of what to expect, whereas last year was my first season so it was all unknown.

"I have an advantage now as I am back home in Australia training hard and keeping myself sharp; I have been motocrossing and that speed and focus translates to road racing so I am feeling strong.

"I am feeling really positive about 2010 and ready to take steps forward with the HM Plant Honda team next year as soon as we start testing."