Josh Brookes will remain a British Superbike Championship rider in 2015 after inking an extended contract with the Shaun Muir Racing Milwaukee Yamaha team.

The Australian had been strongly linked to a move into World Superbikes next season after declaring earlier in the year that he would likely be exiting BSB, but says the possible introduction of a new Yamaha and the desire to secure that elusive BSB title has prompted him to stay.

Indeed, though Brookes has comfortably reached the Title Showdown phase each season since 2010 - and finished runner-up in the standings twice -, he is yet to turn it into a title win, while he heads into this weekend's Brands Hatch finale out of the running again.

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"I would feel like a quitter if I left the championship now without winning the BSB title and I believe it has just been circumstances that have prevented that happening at times. I know there was talk of me leaving BSB, but with potentially a new bike and high expectations I want to win this championship before moving on.

"Naturally the second consecutive season with a team is always better than the first because you have experiences to build on, so hopefully next year we can reach our potential of winning the championship. We need to come back next year and we need to crack it."

Team manager Shaun Muir, who has last won the BSB title in 2011 with Tommy Hill, was delighted to have Brookes remaining on board.

"I'm delighted that we have Josh on board with us for a second year because retaining him in BSB was always our prime focus. There are lots of positives coming from Yamaha and the future is very exciting. Josh understands this and also recognises that Yamaha YME and YMUK have made every effort to give him a longer-term future and are especially keen to see him progress within the Yamaha ranks.

"Deliver the results and we will both reward that success. I'm certain we will see a stronger and more polished racer with a second year on the R1."

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With the new R1 coming, it seems a reasonable choice to stay with what is one of the leading teams on what should prove to be a highly competitive machine.
I doubt he would have stayed however if he had been campaigning the 'old' R1 for another season.