Josh Brookes says he has a target on his back after claiming the lead in the MCE British Superbike championship standings last time out at Thruxton and is aiming for his first win at Cadwell Park since 2010.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider has overturned defending BSB champion Shane Byrne's lead in the standings with four straight race wins to grab a 12 point advantage after seven rounds.

The Australian rider has hardly been off Yamaha machinery since his double winner at Thruxton three weeks ago. The former BSB runner-up acted as stand-in with Yamaha in the IDM German Superbike championship at Assen, notching up a rostrum finish, and has also enjoyed a mid-season test at the Lincolnshire circuit ahead of round eight in BSB this weekend.

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Despite his strong form and securing a Showdown spot thanks to his two wins at Thruxton, Brookes says he is under pressure heading to Cadwell Park because he'll be the one his rivals will be aiming for.

"I will try to ride the wave of confidence at Cadwell Park," Brookes said. "Going to Cadwell also adds an element of pressure as you are carrying the number one and have the target on your back."

Cadwell Park has not been the kindest of tracks to Brookes in recent seasons with the Australian taking three podium finishes in the past four years. Last year he was disqualified from race two in damp conditions after sliding off a greasy track at the base of the Mountain before the race had begun. Under race rules any bike which crashes cannot rejoin the race and Brookes was subsequently disqualified.

Brookes says the Lincolnshire circuit is not one of his favourites on the BSB calendar but is solely focused on maintaining his winning streak.

"Cadwell Park is great for me with the jump," he said. "Normally I'm not a big fan of the rest of the circuit, I love doing to jump, it is great and everyone takes photos, but as a general rule it is not one of my favourite tracks. I'll try my hardest and see if we can have a good race there. If I can't win I'll go down trying."

Brookes heads the BSB standings by 12 points but trails Byrne by six Podium Points which come into play at the start of the three-round Showdown finale.


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Looking forward to watching Brookes fly over the mountain on Friday!!