Josh Brookes says he isn't getting carried away after going quickest in the wet free practice two on his first time on the new Milwaukee Yamaha R1 in the rain.

The Australian rider stormed to the top of the timesheet with his very last lap of the session, pinching P1 from wet-weather specialist Howie Mainwaring by two-tenths of a second with a 1m 53.314s.

In an astonishing effort Brookes went fastest in his first session in the wet on the all-new YZF-R1 but the 32-year-old insists he won't get ahead of himself.

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"That was the first time I had ridden the new bike in the wet so I was looking for a flow and a rhythm with it," Brookes said. "Every bike handles differently and behaves differently in wet conditions so I didn't want to push it too hard initially, just wait for it to come after a few laps.

"It felt like the rear was a bit slippy but it was hard to say because other people were slipping around too so maybe it was just a slippy track.

"I never like to get too comfortable or excited because this is racing and things change very quickly. It is always nice to make good progress and gives everyone in the team motivation to keep pushing harder."

The wet session marked the first time a number of riders have competed in the rain on new machinery - including Brookes, Tommy Bridewell, Broc Parkes, Michael Laverty and Jason O'Halloran - and there was a feeling many riders were not willing to take too many risks in the afternoon after enjoying strong running in the dry in FP1.

"Every time you get on the track it is a chance to learn something and find out more about the bike," Brookes added. "So far we've done quite a good job at that. Every time we get on track we've been going quicker, dry or wet.

"There is still a lot of work to do but we are happy it is going to plan and everything is on the right track."

Despite his impressive performance Brookes remained seventh on the combined practice times, 0.899s off fastest rider Shane Byrne. However, Brookes has fine form around Oulton Park after ending last week's mid-season test quickest and winning race two around the Cheshire track 12 months ago.

The multiple race winner is targeting the front row for tomorrow's qualifying to give him the best-possible chance of grabbing his first victory of the year.

"I'm happiest when I am on a bike and when I'm on a bike winning," he said. "If we can qualify fastest tomorrow that would be the perfect situation. But most important is to get on the front row of the grid to get away cleanly, first second or third.

"There isn't a big difference but the front row is the key element to the race. Especially if I don't get the fastest time and we are a little bit slower than we need to be, you still need to be on that front row to give yourself the best chance in the race. I'll be happy on the front row and satisfied if I'm on pole."