Josh Brookes says he still hasn't mastered the knack of nailing his Milwaukee Yamaha's start off the line and the Australian rider feels it will be vital around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit if he is to challenge for race victories.

The Milwaukee Yamaha racer says he's still to find the ideal setup with his new YZF-R1 and bemoaned a lack of front-end grip on his way to securing fourth place in qualifying for race one in the second round of the MCE British Superbike season.

The multiple BSB racer winner, who is lined up to make his 150th BSB start in race two at the Kent track, is searching for the optimal race start to join the leading pack rather than lose ground in a midfield battle.

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"I need to get a good start off the grid because at the first round I didn't have a very good take off with the new bike, the clutch and the new feel to it," Brookes said. "I haven't worked out the knack of it yet.

"If I do get a good start and maintain my fourth place then that will open up the race. But if I do have a dodgy start and drop a few places at the first turn I'll end up battling with a few people I don't need to and let the leaders breakaway."

The 31-year-old rider has tried a couple of different race setups during the morning warm-up which he hopes will allow him to run the lines he wants without losing faith in the R1's front wheel grip.

"For race day we are going to tailor the bike to get a better feel in the turns and the front tyre which I'm looking for," he said. "Despite that, our lap times have been consistent so we can put a good race together. In warm-up we've tried something new and if its better we'll be able to put a good race in."

Brookes begins the second round of the 2015 season sitting fourth in the championship after grabbing third and sixth place finishes at the curtain raiser two weeks ago.