Josh Brookes says he's given himself the 'luxury' to play around with the set-up on his Milwaukee Yamaha after dominating Friday practice and lapping under the existing record at Cadwell Park.

The MCE British Superbike championship leader immediately picked up where he left off at Thruxton and comfortably topped both free practice sessions at the Lincolnshire track, setting a new lap record of 1m 26.594s and pulling out a fourth-tenths advantage on his nearest challenger Danny Buchan.

Brookes is confident he's settled on a strong race set-up for Sunday and will use Saturday's FP3 to experiment with the Yamaha R1 ahead of qualifying.

Related Articles

"We are going to try something different now tomorrow as we know the setting we have got is comfortably good enough to race tomorrow," Brookes said. "Whilst we have that luxury we are going to try something a little more out of the window to see what we can achieve, it might work, it might be a waste."

The Australian, who enjoyed a successful mid-season test at Cadwell in the build up to this weekend, says track conditions in the morning came as a slight surprise but in the afternoon was able to quickly get on top of the issue.

"The session felt different this morning, even a bit slippery," he explained. "We did a really fast time at the test just a week ago so we expected to be similar and do much the same. I found it difficult and we thought it might have been a tyre thing, but a different one felt the same so it definitely wasn't that.

"We played around with a few settings in the afternoon session and everything seemed to be better."