Josh Brookes has his sights set on a first win of the British Superbike Championship heads for the Brands Hatch GP circuit for the penultimate meeting before the 'Showdown' element of the season kicks in.
The Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider currently holds the sixth and final Showdown place heading into the weekend after a run of podium finishes, although the Australian has yet to make it onto the top step this season.
Eager to cement his 'Showdown' slot, Brookes insisted his focus for the Brands Hatch weekend was firmly on fighting for victory.
“I want to be getting more podiums next weekend, but ideally I'd like a race win, or two or even three!” he said. “With Hopper [John Hopkins] going really strong on the world scene, we've got to try and beat him now and the rest will look after itself.
“As much as I was jealous to see him out there, it shows we have a good motorbike in the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and it actually gave me encouragement, showing we are racing in a very strong championship in BSB.”
Team manager Philip Neill insisted that the Brands Hatch weekend was vital for the 2011 title race with strong points being key if the team is to challenge for honours.
“We are all looking forward to Brands next weekend and the triple header,” he said. “The next two meetings will be pivotal in the BSB Championship with another three races at Cadwell Park to decide to Shoot-Out places at the end of August. It will be very interesting next weekend as we practice on Friday on the short track then race on the full track on Saturday, obviously after the qualifying sessions. It's going to be a very busy day for everyone.
“The Championship cannot be won this coming weekend but it can certainly be lost, so we intend going in with a game plan to strengthen our position in the top six.”