Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes has been clocking up the air miles during June and July, with trips home to Australia and also to Japan for some Suzuka 8-Hour testing, prior to this weekend's sixth round of the MCE BSB Championship at Brands Hatch.
Despite his globe-trotting exploits, Brookes remains focused, determined and upbeat and is looking to take his first BSB victory of the season this weekend, before heading back to Japan to represent Yoshimura Suzuki at the Suzuka 8-Hour in little over seven days' time.
Reflecting on his busy period of racing and planning, Brookes explained his desire for success this coming weekend at one of his favourite circuits on the BSB calendar: the Brands Hatch GP track.
“I'm looking forward to Brands, as it's one the circuits I do tend to enjoy riding more than some of the others. I really do enjoy riding the GP circuit, especially places like Surtees at the back of the pits and up over the rise and down into Hawthorns and Westfield.
“I pretty much love riding that whole back section of the circuit that you don't normally get to ride when we race the Indy circuit. It's certainly a cool track. I'm looking forward to it.”
On chasing that debut BSB win of 2013 he added: “I want to start beating Shakey as it's driving me nuts not being able to be more competitive. Along with the team I'm always trying to find ways to improve and I'm hoping we can do that this weekend at Brands.
“Shakey has created this aura that he's unbeatable around Brands, so if I can beat him this weekend, hopefully it can break his strategy and pattern running into the next few races. Of course it's easier said than done, but that's my motivation. I want to get to Brands this weekend and start turning things around.”
The popular Australian then explained the benefits of diversity in his season.
“I think coming back from Suzuka – where I was testing with the Yoshimura team prior to next week's 8-Hour – might help that, as I have learned some stuff about myself and also about adapting on a motorbike, by riding on a different machine, on different tyres.
“It's maybe five or six years now that I've been on Pirelli and adapted to them. You don't get complacent, but you get into a rut and stop experimenting and the learning process slows down, because you get so familiar with the product.