Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Brookes maintains same mentality for title decider

Josh Brookes says he will take the same mental approach to the British Superbike title decider as previous years despite his points advantage.
Josh Brookes says he will take the same mental approach to the MCE British Superbike title decider as he has done in previous seasons despite his superior points advantage going into the Brands Hatch triple-header.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider moved to the cusp of a maiden BSB championship last time out at Silverstone with another double victory weekend – his fifth of the season – to pull out a 47 point lead on Shane Byrne.

After a six year run of near-misses in BSB, most notably in 2010 and 2012 when he finished runner-up, the Australian says he is in familiar territory and wants to return to Brands Hatch with the same frame of mind.

“I am looking at this weekend as I have in any other year of coming into the final round,” Brookes said. “I feel pretty much the same, the only difference is in previous years I have gone into the event with the belief that I can win the title and then I have had the acceptance stage of not winning and thinking about how I could the next time.

“I am still in that same mental space right now; it is just that on paper I am in a more favourable position this year. I am just focusing on the racing this weekend. In my head I could try and work out the maths and the different scenarios but to hell with it, I just want to win all three races!”

Brookes' return to the Kent track is likely to evoke happy memories as it was the venue where the Milwaukee Yamaha team unlocked the new R1's full potential with his first wins of the season.

Since that pivotal round the 32-year-old has been almost untouchable by taking 11 wins in 13 races and can secure the crown if he outscores defending champion Byrne by three points in the first race on Saturday.

“The last visit to Brands Hatch was where it all came to the stage we are at now with the Milwaukee Yamaha,” he said. “Since then it has been fine tuning because the ideas we had worked with had come to fruition.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Kawasaki , Byrne , Brookes , Ellison

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