Josh Brookes feels Assen has the potential to throw up the unpredictable after experiencing full highs and lows at the TT circuit as he launches into the Showdown as MCE British Superbike championship leader.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider holds a slim two-point advantage over defending champion Shane Byrne with the Showdown format taking effect and is confident he has the pace to return to dominating the BSB field after his race-winning run was ended by Byrne at Oulton Park.

Brookes has experienced mixed fortunes at Assen in BSB and isn't ruling out the weather or any of his rivals causing an upset. After a race win and a second place at the Cathedral of Speed in the Netherlands in 2012, the Australian has gone three consecutive races without a classified finish after rain caused havoc 12 months ago.

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"I've been racing long enough for good things and bad things to happen so I can't reflect on Assen in any specific way," Brookes said at Oulton Park. "I do like the circuit and was there a few weeks ago practicing. I have high hopes for Assen but as we saw during qualifying at Oulton Park [Brookes suffered an engine problem] anything can happen. I will try to maintain the best and see what happens."

What could work in the championship leader's favour is his experience of competing on the new Yamaha R1 at Assen earlier this year, when he notched up two podium finishes in the German Superbike championship.

Despite a slight hiccup at the triple-header in Oulton Park, Brookes is still in a rich vein of form after securing seven wins from the last nine races, but will be wary of the resurgent Byrne who grabbed two wins at the Cheshire track two weeks ago.