recently offered you the chance to get your questions to HM Plant Honda's newest recruit, Joshua Brookes, ahead of his debut in the British Superbike Championship.
Covering his hopes for 2009, his decision to snub the World Superbike stage in favour of the British series and his concerns about British cuisine, read on to find out exactly what the 'turbo skid king' had to say…
I noted Josh Brookes' arrival on the World scene in 2007, mid-season I believe it was, as well as participation in the Suzuka 8 Hours. So, I started looking at the Aussie Superbike/Supersport series. When I found out they don't run rain tires, just cut slicks, I told an Aussie friend and fellow ex-racer, "Well that explains the last 20 or so years of why you down under guys always seem to do well in the wet!? Anyway, a question for Josh, How was the 'spec" of the Stiggy WSS CBR600RR in comparison to the Ten Kate bikes?
Hey Randall – Hi to the US –my bike was down on power compared to Ten Kate a little – and in WSS that can be a problem, but that wasn't my greatest concern. The suspension was the biggest stumbling block for us in my opinion. Mostly it took until Sunday morning warm-up before we got a set up that I was comfortable with. And you don't beat Ten Kate that way. All credit to Stiggy and the Team for helping me achieve 3rd in the championship though.
Q – Alex
What I would like to know is..... Why do farmers hate foxes? Also if you were in a gun fight who would you want to be against?
Because they eat their chickens…and I'm a lover not a fighter – no guns for me.
Do you think broke back bringelly mountain would be a good place to raise kids? Hit me back I'm your biggest fan, this is Stan
Broke Back Crack'n'sak is a great place for kiddies – I grew up OK didn't I?
Q – Steve
What really happened at "Stiggy"? And how is Ant going to handle them?
Stiggy is a great guy, and the teams are pros and Ant will do great there – that's not BS, that's the truth. It's just that HM Plant Honda is a better option for me in the future and that's pretty exciting right now.
Q – the enforcer
You ever thought about racing V8s after your career is finished?
No, NASCAR for me. Or WRC, but Rossi already has that seat!
Q – Camden Rider
Did you have any other offers in WSS or WSBK or was it an easy decision to go BSB. Fly the Aussie flag brother!!
There were about 5 offers floating around from different teams, but really only a couple we actually considered. The decision with HM Plant Honda was easy.
Q – screamin eagle
I heard you had an offer to ride the Buell at the Daytona 200 next year in America, any truth to that?
No, the offer was to ride a Buell TO the Daytona 200. And ride a Harley back. I declined.
Q – on the goon
If you had the choice what would you of picked - Petronas triple in WSBK or Illmor in GP? Thanks
I'd have Petronas because they actually raced and they had deep pockets. I'd ask them for one extra cylinder though.
Q – Mark Birkett
Are you looking forward to working with Glen Richards next year?? Passing on the extensive track knowledge he clearly has could be a vital factor in whether you succeed or not - was this a HRC plan to put a quick youngster such as yourself with an 'old hand' such as Glen??
I am not sure what their plan was with me or the riders they picked, but for sure, I'll learn heaps from Glenn.
Q – Clive
How have you found the team to work with, last year you contended the last round on the Supersport, did you all get on??
They are the best I've worked with yet.
Q – Boo