Josh Brookes says he is ready to make his pitch for the 2011 MCE British Superbike crown as he prepares to begin testing with Relentless Suzuki at Cartagena in Spain.
The Australian, runner-up in 2010, is one of several riders adapting to new surroundings in BSB this year having switched from HM Plant Honda, with the first test of the pre-season scheduled for March 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th
However, having been given a 'tricked up' Suzuki GSX-R1000 to sample back in November, Brookes is confident he can hit the ground running when official testing gets underway.
“After riding different machinery for so long, I'm surprised just how quick the Suzuki felt so natural to me,” he said. “I did feel at home on it straight away. Yes it is technically a street bike, but it gave me the chance to set up things like footrest and handlebar positioning before Spain.
“I'm more driven than I have ever been for a season, after a spending time at home doing different activities every day to keep myself focussed, and I've never been so fit.
“I'm now looking forward to meeting all the guys in my new team and getting to know them before the season starts. I hear quite a few of them are into Mountain Biking and Motocross so that should be fun – we can have a laugh and hang out together.”