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BSB star Josh Brookes to race Isle of Man TT!
28 November 2012
British Superbike star Josh Brookes will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in 2013.
The Australian, who finished as the runner-up in BSB this year behind Shane Byrne, will ride for Northern Ireland's Tyco Suzuki team in the Superbike and Senior races.
His participation in the Supersport and Superstock classes is yet to be confirmed.
The 29-year-old has long been a fan of the event and has been itching to compete at the TT proper after participating in a number of parade laps.
He's now been granted that opportunity by Tyco Suzuki team boss Philip Neill and the Aussie is 'relieved' the news can be made public.
“I'm glad it's out in the open now as all the questions about whether I was going to ride or not - and not being able to say anything - was getting a bit tiring,” he said.
“Since making the decision I've taken in some reconnaissance trips and spoken to a number of influential people.
“I fell in love with the place on my first visit back in 2009 and now that I'm with, what I regard, as the best team at the event in Tyco Suzuki - it gives me peace of mind.
“It's too early to be setting any goals. It's the beginning of a new project and we'll just see how it goes.”
Neill conceded it was only a matter of time before Brookes would be unleashed at the TT given his rider's enthusiasm for the event.
“As a team with a strong background in pure road racing I suppose it was inevitable that Josh would like to have a go at the TT,” he said.
“He's one of the highest profile newcomers to come to the TT in recent years, but I know it's not a spur of the moment idea - he has given it careful consideration.
“We won't be expecting any miracle results and there is certainly no pressure on him.
“Our job is to use our experience and guide him to our best ability, but Josh is a sensible lad.”
Brookes will ride alongside Guy Martin with Conor Cummins, who rode in Tyco colours in 2012, yet to announce his plans for 2013.