Josh Brookes is looking forward to riding the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for the first time as a British Superbike racer as he looks to put further pressure on series leader Tommy Hill.
Brookes was forced to miss the event last season following his mid-season race ban, meaning this will be his first outing around the track since finishing fifth as a World Supersport rider in 2008.
Arriving at the triple-header on a good run of form having finished on the podium in six of the last seven races, while his retirement at Snetterton has placed marginally behind Hill overall, the momentum appears to be with the HM Plant Honda rider.
“I'm really looking forward to Brands Hatch as it has been a while since I last raced on the Grand Prix track; it was back in 2008 when I was in World Supersport and I was disappointed that I had to miss it last year,” he said.
“I have good feelings of the circuit and I think that puts you in a good position ahead of the race. I think what we have learnt from Snetterton and the World Superbike Championship round at Silverstone gives us a good starting point and then we will just work hard, but we should be at the sharp end from the off.
“We had a good round at Snetterton and I think we will carry that through to this weekend. I want to be winning as I missed out on all three at Snetterton, so hopefully we can put that right at Brands Hatch.”
Team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari is also scaling the overall standings and, having won at Brands Hatch as a World Superbike racer in 2008, he is confident of another good performance this weekend.
“I am looking forward to racing in BSB again after the Suzuka Eight Hour and World Superbike races. I have had good results at Brands Hatch in the past, so hopefully I can have more this weekend and I can score some good points in the three races. I am trying to win for sure as I want to repeat the good weekend we had at Snetterton.
“We will focus on the settings and what we have learnt and improved on over the past few rounds and I think then we will challenge in the races. It is important for the championship that we have three good races as we need to get on the podium as many times as possible before the Showdown.
“I know what we need to do so I will be working hard with the team to get the results for the championship.”