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Brookes closes in on TT's fastest newcomer record

'I'm really starting to enjoy it as the laps are coming together now that I've completed about 15 or so' - Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes looks poised to become the fastest ever newcomer in the history of the Isle of Man TT races after lapping at 124.476mph in Saturday's final qualifying.

Steve Plater holds the TT record for the quickest lap ever set by a rookie in 2007 in excess of 125mph.

British Superbike rider Brookes made the most of perfect conditions to post a stunning lap of the Mountain Course in perfect conditions.

The Aussie was 15th fastest overall on his Tyco Suzuki Superbike as he prepares to make his full race debut in tomorrow's Dainese Superbike TT.

Brookes said: “I'm really starting to enjoy it as the laps are coming together now that I've completed about 15 or so.

“There's so much more to come, but I'm finding my rhythm and I'm super happy on the Superbike.

“I've been watching onboard laps and Guy [Martin] has given me loads of advice and encouragement and I'm really grateful to him for that,” added Brookes.

“I'm in the happy zone at this point and if I don't go any quicker now, well I'll just accept that I'm not ready for it yet.”

Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill hailed the TT newcomer's lap as 'fantastic'.

“Josh's 124mph lap was fantastic, although maybe a little bit faster than I expected from him at this stage, but he's building it up and progressing well.

“He's doing it smoothly and putting the work in so he should have a good run tomorrow.”

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Josh Brookes, Tyco Suzuki
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Steve Mercer
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.

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June 02, 2013 12:24 AM

Good lad Josh!!! To do such an impressive lap time, on his first proper visit to the iconic island, is staggering to say the least. I watched his 'moment' over the 4th gear crest at Rheucullen and I almost soiled myself!! Circuit racer to road racer is hard to accomplish but I think this Aussie has what it takes :) Good luck and save racing to all involved in this years TT.

Skiwi1 - Unregistered

June 02, 2013 1:10 AM

Indeed a most incredible performance and one that is seriously impressive. I still hope he is seriously riding within a safe degree of what he knows around there as I hate the tragedies that are sadly all too common there. Fantastic to see such a well known short circuit rider have the interest, respect and balls for the circuit to give it his attention in this manner. Respect is due. On TV the crest after Rhencullen (3?) looks just like another crest. I wish they'd taken the time to explain this is a point immediately following a high speed uphill left hand sweeper and the bike is still being straightened up for the hump - very little time at high speed to accomplish this cleanly!

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