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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
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Alastair Seeley leads his Tyco BMW team-mate Ian Hutchinson in the Superbike race at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin won the feature Superbike race at the North West 200.
Honda Racing riders John McGuinness and Guy Martin
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200.
Guy Martin on the Wilson Craig Honda.
Michael Rutter with Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams at the North West 200 in 2012.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda FIreblade.
Guy Martin on the 2017 Honda Racing Fireblade SP2
William Dunlop on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha R1.
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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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