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Josh Brookes had Isle of Man TT written into contract

'Josh was the one who made the decision, he was the one constantly mentioning the subject and when it came to negotiation time, he simply stated that he wanted this included in his agreement' - Philip Neill
British Superbike rider Josh Brookes' desire to compete at the Isle of Man TT in 2013 was underlined by his insistence that the race be written into his new contract with Tyco Suzuki.

Brookes finished as runner-up in the BSB series this year after pushing eventual champion Shane Byrne all the way to the final round at Brands Hatch.

The Australian will again be one of the big favourites for the title next year, when he will compete at the TT races for the first time.

Brookes has been a regular at the event as a spectator in recent years and has also completed a number of laps around the 37.73-mile circuit, but will take on the high-risk challenge for real in 2013.

He is the most high-profile BSB rider to tackle the TT in many years but Brookes made his commitment to the event clear during negotiations over his contract.

Tyco Suzuki team boss Philip Neill said: “If I'm honest, neither the team nor the organisers can accept any credit for making this happen.

“Josh was the one who made the decision, he was the one constantly mentioning the subject and when it came to negotiation time, he simply stated that he wanted this included in his agreement.

“I don't think there was ever an ultimatum, however, I knew he was serious and after discussing the idea with Suzuki and our sponsors we agreed to it,” he added.

“Our main focus for Josh in 2013 though is still very much challenging for the BSB title."

Neill is adamant Brookes' TT adventure will not impact on his BSB goal as he attempts to lift the title for the Northern Irish team for the first time.

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Einar - Unregistered

December 08, 2012 11:39 AM

A real racer. Big respect for Josh Brooks I went to the TT for the first time this year( live in Iceland) and as spectator the wow factor is as big as it gets. I have been to Motogp,Wsbk and Formula 1 en nothing bets the craziness of seeing bikes go close to 200 mph through Bray Hill. If there is a motorsport event that I will be going to again and again it will be the TT.

m78 - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 12:36 PM

Good on him, I've been worrying about the future of the TT for years but it keeps getting better,it was after DJ died that I wondered what would happen next but the influx of new riders has raised its calibre further with a lap difference measured in thousandth of seconds rather than the big gaps we used to have,I only wish hutchy had two good legs to complete the Lineup

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