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Brookes already thinking of TT return next year

11 June 2013

Josh Brookes returns to British Superbike action at Knockhill in Scotland this weekend but the Tyco Suzuki racer is already looking ahead to next year's Isle of Man TT races.

Brookes made a brilliant debut at the world-famous road race and became the fastest ever newcomer on the Mountain Course with an impressive lap at 127.726mph in the Superbike race to break Steve Plater's 2007 benchmark.

He was denied the chance to improve further in the Senior race after retiring at the end of the first lap with electrical problems but Brookes, who finished tenth in the Superbike race, will be back for more in 2014.

“I'm really happy how the TT started for me as I was under no pressure to perform,” he said.

“I did kind of have high hopes after the first couple of practice sessions, but that's a natural progression.

“The fact that I set the newcomer's lap record in the Superbike TT was a great thrill.

“I knew I'd done well but I still had lots to learn, so again I had high hopes of some progression in the Senior TT to possibly extend the newcomer's lap record a little,” he added.

“The first two sectors are not my strongest, but if you do the math from that first lap, for sure I'd have gone quicker.”

Brookes is now focused on the next BSB round this weekend at Knockhill.

“The boys all did a great job during a demanding fortnight, but now it's back to BSB this weekend at Knockhill, but for sure I want to go back to the TT.

“I've been doing laps in my head since I left the place,” he said.

“My focus this week will be on Knockhill and mentally preparing to win again in BSB.

“I'm sure the first session will seem a bit strange but after that I will be back in my normal routine.”


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