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Brookes confident of challenge for NW200 victory

'I absolutely believe that I can win there... I won't be disappointed if I don't but I believe the potential is there' - Josh Brookes
Tyco Suzuki star Josh Brookes is setting his sights high as he prepares to make his road racing debut at the North West 200 in May.

The 29-year-old will compete in the Superbike and Superstock classes at the international roads meeting in Northern Ireland on the GSX-R1000 machines before he fulfils a long held ambition of racing the Mountain course at the Isle of Man TT.

However, the New South Wales rider has no plans to treat the North West as a mere warm-up to the legendary TT races, predicting: 'I absolutely believe that I can win there'.

Brookes' entry at the North West is a massive feather in the cap of the organisers given the Aussie's standing as one of the British Superbike Championship's leading lights.

He is following in the footsteps of a number of high profile British championship riders by competing at the event, with Steve Plater perhaps the most comparable name in recent years to make the switch from the short circuits to the roads.

Brookes said: “I will take the North West every bit as seriously as I will the TT- you have to, it's no joke,” before adding, “I absolutely believe that I can win there.

“I won't be disappointed if I don't but I believe the potential is there to win if I can get enough practice and the right preparation.

'I will take it in stages and see how the first day of practice goes, see where I am on the first lap of the race.”

Brookes, who will rub fairings with established road racers in the mould of John McGuinness, Michael and William Dunlop, Conor Cummins, Michael Rutter, Bruce Anstey, plus Alastair Seeley and his Tyco Suzuki team-mate, Guy Martin, attended the event in 2012, where he provided pit-board signals for event specialist and ex-stablemate Seeley.

“I know that I can beat guys like Alastair on the short circuits and I don't want them to beat me at the North West,” he said.

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Tyco Suzuki`s Josh Brookes on a lap of the North West 200 circuit
Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Michael Dunlop has signed for Bennets Suzuki for the 2017 international road races.
Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Kneen has signed for the Penz13.com Racing Team for the 2017 road races.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.

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BOND - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 11:24 PM

Although josh has become a consistent rider, I can't help but worry for him doing the nw and tt. He does have the potential to win, just hope he learns to walk before he runs.

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