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Tyco Suzuki team boss says Brookes under no pressure

'I've always said and I will reiterate; there is absolutely no pressure on Josh at the TT' - Philip Neill
Tyco Suzuki team boss Philip Neill says there is 'absolutely no pressure' on British Superbike title contender Josh Brookes at the 2013 Isle of Man TT races.

Brookes, who finished seventh on his road racing debut at the North West 200 in the Superstock class, set the fastest lap of the opening night's session for TT newcomers and Lightweight Supertwin competitors on Saturday at 114.620mph.

Practice on Monday night was hit by poor weather, with wet roads and low visibility leading the organisers to declare an untimed session.

Neill said Brookes had his 'own goals' this year but stressed there were no expectations on the highest-profile TT newcomer in years to break any records.

“I've always said and I will reiterate; there is absolutely no pressure on Josh at the TT,” said Neill.

“He's in a unique position compared to what he is used to in BSB. Josh has his own goals, but we are not chasing any fastest newcomer records.

“If he likes the TT and goes on to win one in the future, no-one will care if he was the fastest newcomer on his debut.

“We all have to remember it's not just the TT but road racing that is brand-new to Josh, so I just want him to make steady and safe progress, riding within his own limits,” he added.

“I don't care what his final speed is at the end of TT2013; I do not want him chasing a lap time.

“Those will come as he learns the circuit; and so far he is doing a good job.”

Following his first competitive outing on the GSX-R1000 on Saturday, Brookes admitted he felt 'uncomfortable' as he sought to find his bearings.

“The first was a controlled lap behind [Richard] 'Milky' Quayle, which was not difficult to do as you just emulate the man in front of you.

“The next lap on my own was really uncomfortable as it was a guessing game knowing how fast to go,” he said.

“There's one thing knowing the corners - and I know them pretty well - but it's another thing trying to judge how fast to enter them.

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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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gremlin - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 1:50 AM

IIort, what a *****ic statement. Joey Dunlop said his lack of success on short circuits was due to not being able to get his head around it being OK to fall off. 2nd rate??? Road racers are a DIFFERENT BREED. Its like comparing F1 to WRC. Is Sebastien Loeb second rate? I wont rubbish circuit racers, I respect their talent but 'proper racers'? Get off your **** and GO to a road race, ANY road race and then rubbish road racers and their skills if you dare. Condolences to the family and friends of Yoshinari Matsushita. RIP.

Short173 - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 11:26 AM

Llort, Here is a couple of TOP riders that were not second rate, and excelled at WORLD as well as British level short circuits, Carl Fogarty, Steve Hislop, Jock Taylor Hutchy, Joey, Phil Mcallen, the list can go on and on!!!! Thats just a few off the cuff but to write a statment like you have is just pure insulting to what these men have done and achieved!! Proper Racers..........you boil my piss!!!

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