Josh Brookes says the strength of the Yamaha R1 at Oulton Park 'is set in stone' in his memory following his previous races with Tommy Hill at the Cheshire circuit.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider finished on the rostrum at the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in race two behind Shane Byrne after sliding out of race one after taking the lead from Chris Walker.

The Australian rider was also in the gravel three times during the wet qualifying for the season opener but says his confidence has been unaffected ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday meeting at Oulton.

"Brands Hatch was good for us apart from the obvious crashes, but now we are ready for Oulton Park. I have seen from previous years how strong the Yamaha is around that track, especially from the years racing against Tommy Hill - it is set in stone in my memory," said Brookes.

"I want to be able to emulate that pace and speed this weekend and that is the aim. Normally a few crashes on the same weekend would hinder your confidence, but it hasn't knocked it at all so I am looking forward to getting to Oulton Park because these races can't come soon enough."

Brookes is fourth in the championship standings after round one, 30 points behind Brands double-winner Byrne.


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