RR » BSB star Josh Brookes to race Isle of Man TT!

'I fell in love with the place on my first visit back in 2009'- Josh Brookes

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Sweeble - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 10:26 AM

I've always been a fan of Josh's no nonsense approach to racing, and as far as I'm concerned, taking part in the TT shows that you're a real racer. Once he has learned the circuit, he should be a front runner. Looking forward to seeing how he stacks up against the rest of the lunatics on the IOM!

Dave D - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 10:50 AM

This is pure stupidity. Brookes is a good rider but that is irrelevant at the TT as its about luck as any minor error means the ultimate price. I watch the TT but fear for him and this decision. Very few riders have been able to successfully combine the two and I would rather see him winning a BSB championship than finishing down the order o the IOM.

I hope it doesn't ruin his chances of winning BSB as that is what I would like to see.


November 28, 2012 11:13 AM
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Yes the TT is very different from short circuit racing.

But why do those of you criticising this decision automatically assume Josh has not already worked this out for himself and plans to ride accordingly?

JB has been doing the newcomers tours for several years. He already knows his way round the place and knows how it needs to be ridden.

He will have all the support he needs and much more, to have a successful and above all safe TT. The guy is not an idiot.


Sam Granger - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 11:18 AM

I agree this is a bad idea. It's not saying he isn't going to be careful but no rider ever crashes on purpose! Brookes isn't the kind of racer who will take it easy - red mist and all that.


November 28, 2012 12:05 PM

Best of luck Josh. I love watching him race in the BSB and am excited to think that he is going to tackle the IOM. I am sure that he as thought about this long and hard, but as previously posted, I hope it doesn't interfere with his BSB title chance - he definitely deserves to win it this year.

Smokin - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 12:45 PM

As ever, well put Oli.

He is going about it the right way,and has the right support team. It is wrong to assume that short circuit racers take their manic fairing bashing to the TT. in general they don't. A mate of mine has won a national championship on the shorts, then went to the TT and has taken his time to learn the place. Got his first top ten in his third year and is now looking to push. If Josh does the same he should be fine.

As long as he doesn't do a Simon Andrews! Too quick too soon and all ended very predictably. Plater got away with it, but uber talented all round rider.


bigphilsp1 - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 1:14 PM

Dave D there is no luck about winning round the TT course. The guys who are at the front all know the track, have loads of practice round it, plan their strategy and above all have the necessary skill and well prepared machinery. All races can throw up the unexpected and yes the TT is more dangerous than a short circuit due to its 37.75miles and natural surroundings but the majority of the top guys who race there are well prepared.It is a challenge which attracts people like Brookes.


November 28, 2012 1:20 PM

Good luck to him & I mean no disrespect when I say he will need it.

There is a massive difference between demonstration laps and full out racing, the island is not a place that is kind on mistakes so Josh will do well to use his first year there to learn both the bike and the course plus take all the advise his fellow riders offer.

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