Fresh off the back of his maiden victories on the new Yamaha R1, Josh Brookes has been drafted into Team Yamaha MGM in the IDM German Superbike championship as a stand in after the squad recently sustained consecutive injuries.
Max Neukirchner and Damian Cudlin have been ruled out of competing which has paved the way for Brookes to ride at Assen in the German series the week after round seven of MCE British Superbike's round seven at Thruxton.
European Superstock 1000 front runner Kev Coghlan and MotoAmerica Superbike's Cameron Beaubier are also stepping into the German series as replacements, with the pair making their first outing in Schleizer Dreieck before Brookes joins up with the team for Assen.
The agreement sees Brookes get an early run at the Dutch track on the new R1 ahead of BSB's visit there for the Showdown in September.
Yamaha Europe's manager Andrea Dosoli passed on his best wishes to Neukirchner and Cudlin, who will return for the IDM German season finale at Hockenheim in September, and is intrigued to see what Brookes and company are capable of.
"Whilst it's disappointing to have both Yamaha MGM riders out of action with injuries we are happy that they will both make a full recovery and be back on form soon,” Dosoli said. "In the meantime we are fortunate to have three exceptionally talented Yamaha riders available to step in and fill the gaps. Kev, Josh and Cameron have shown great form so far this season in their classes on the new YZF-R1.”