Josh Brookes says working the percentages will be key to securing a maiden MCE British Superbike title after a tricky Friday free practice at Brands Hatch.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider's equation for the title may be simple - if he outscores Shane Byrne by three points in race one the championship is his on Saturday - but the mixed conditions have added an extra element for Brookes to calculate in.

The Australian says he did take it slightly easier on the slippery surface at Brands Hatch, guiding himself to third on the timesheet and 0.188s off Byrne, to avoid any catastrophic injuries akin to Ryuichi Kiyonari's broken left collarbone suffered on a wet track in FP3 12 months ago which ruled him out of the title fight.

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"You never want to take risks and I didn't want to take them on a Friday," Brookes said. "In a race it is different because there is a result that needs to be achieved. I'm trying to focus on it being just another weekend. It would be a lot easier if it was dry but I need to continue to do what works.

"Having said that you have to understand your surroundings. I'm leading the championship and if I don't need to take excessive risks then I won't. Being first in FP1 isn't going to achieve much but being 15th with a poor set-up isn't going to work well for the championship.

"So you've got to push the bike to the level to get good feedback but you just knock it off a percentage or two to bring it home."

Brookes also says the lack of running time in wet conditions with the new Yamaha R1 hasn't effected his pace too badly compared to his rivals and feels his strong dry set-up has made life much easier trying to adapt in the wet.

"We've only had about an hour and a half of riding in the wet but it doesn't mean we were pushed backwards," he said. "If you have a base setting for the dry it is generally a softer setting in the wet because the forces are less. If you have a well-handling bike in the dry with the correct adjustments it should work."