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Josh Brookes had Isle of Man TT written into contract

“The TT will be a major part of Josh's 2013 season, for sure, but it is very much a learning year which should not distract his focus from BSB,” Neill said.

“Our main effort in road racing will of course focus around Guy [Martin] and possibly a second dedicated road race rider, should we decide to run a three-rider programme.

“However, Josh has a strong desire to race the TT which we had talked about many times before we finally made the decision to give him the opportunity.

“It really is hard to put any targets in place, although with a rider of Josh's ability and reputation, there will obviously be some expectation.

“I think Josh will be very realistic and from my experience he will only know after his first few practice laps if the TT really is for him or not.

“Either way, I expect him to treat his first year with careful consideration and examination and if he decides it is for him, then I see no reason why he won't excel at this discipline of racing in the same way he has on circuits.

“On the other hand, he may participate for one year and decide not to take his career in this direction, only time will tell.”

Conor Cummins rode for Tyco Suzuki on the roads this year but has been linked to several other teams.

Brookes is also in talks over competing at the North West 200 for the first time as a warm-up to the TT.

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Josh Brookes at the Isle of Man TT
Action from the 2015 North West 200.
Lee Johnston in action at the Ulster Grand Prix
Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in action in the Senior Manx Grand Prix
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT

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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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