Josh Brookes says he had to make it up to his Milwaukee Yamaha team after holding his hands up for a crash during FP1 at Assen and did so in some style by going under the existing lap record at Assen.

The MCE British Superbike championship leader has pulled out over seven-tenths on his nearest rivals and towards the end of FP2 was able to notch up consistently quick, low 1m 37s laps which the rest of the field struggled to even get close to.

The Australian rider says he knew his own potential heading into the opening Showdown round at the Dutch circuit and wanted to prove it to the team after an accidental slip off approaching turn nine in the opening stages of the morning session.

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"It was a case of not making any mistakes and to go to the top of the session, then after the rain in the afternoon I sat time out, waiting for the track to dry," Brookes explained. "I was able to go out, get into the rhythm that I know that I can here and I did that.

"I am just focussed on myself - everyone will be trying to do their best, either to try for the title, or with jobs for next season in mind."

Brookes has admitted his loss of concentration caused his FP1 fall as he was being mindful of marshals on track after John Hopkin's Lloyds British Moto Rapdio Ducati expired at turn nine and spilt fluid on to the track.

"I was quite surprised this morning as I slipped off the paint line on the edge of the track because I was not focussed on what I was doing, thinking ahead about the marshals on the track," he said. "I had an eye on the on the track and drifted too wide. I was a little tentative coming back onto the track afterwards and it gave the guys a lot of work on the bike, for something that was avoidable."

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider will be hot favourite to take pole position at Assen after creating a useful gap to the field. Brookes has already raced at the Dutch track on the new Yamaha R1 after acting as a stand in rider for German squad Team Yamaha MGM in the IDM Superbike championship, when he claimed two rostrum finishes in August.