Josh Brookes is anticipating a tight contest at the MCE British Superbike curtain raiser this weekend as he prepares for the competitive debut of the new Yamaha R1.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider has been getting to grips with the all-new YZF-R1 during the winter and says he's been concentrating on getting the bike ready for Donington Park before he looks ahead to the rest of the 2015 BSB season.

At the official BSB test day last week the Australian rider finished ninth on the afternoon timesheets after sitting out the morning sessions due to the cold and damp track conditions caused by overnight rain. Brookes ended the day seventh-tenths off the top time set by PBM Kawasaki's Shane Byrne and feels the season opener will be a tightly-fought round between a number of the top riders.

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"At the moment I can see that the first round is going to be really close as at the test there were a lot of riders able to run very similar lap times, but that is the typical nature of Donington," Brookes said. "We have seen in the past in qualifying that everyone is really close together."

The two-time BSB runner-up also says he's been concentrating on getting his R1 ready for Donington Park before looking ahead to the rest of the season.

"At the moment we have to focus on Donington and what we learnt from the test last week and have that as a priority for the first round," he added. "After that we can look at the rest of the season, get some more time on the new bike and use the experience to move forward and keep improving."

Brookes is desperate to clinch his first British Superbike title after so many near-misses in the past six years. Since joining the BSB grid in 2009, the former World Superbike racer has never finished outside the top five of the BSB riders' standings but is yet to add a BSB championship to his name.