Josh Brookes says he is seriously impressed with the new Yamaha R1 after testing the road bike specification at the world launch at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider returns for a second season with Shaun Muir's team after finishing fourth in last season's Showdown in the MCE British Superbike championship. The 31-year-old rider says he is hunting his first BSB title this season after finishing runner-up twice in 2010 and 2012.

The Australian rider took to the track in Australia on the road-specification version of the Yamaha YZF-R1 and will get to grips with the new race bike in the coming weeks.

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"I was impressed by the bike straightaway," Brookes said. "It has been a long time since I've ridden a street bike so it is hard to compare, but even without comparable experiences it feels so much closer to a track-bred motorcycle than some other heavy cumbersome touring bike. It has racing pedigree.

"It leaves you to think about the track rather than the bike. Normally with a new bike you have to wait to find out what it is like. You're not thinking about that and leaves your mind free to move freely and focus on what you're trying to get to."

Brookes added he quickly felt comfortable on the bike which is a very positive early sign for the 2015 BSB season.

"After a while I was starting to really push the tyres and feel know the electronics were helping," he said. "It was really smooth and progressive. It gives me confidence for the racing season ahead."

The BSB season-opener commences on the 4-6 April at Donington Park.