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Brookes: I can win at North West 200
23 April 2014
British Superbike contender Josh Brookes believes he is capable of claiming his first road racing victory at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in May.
The Australian rider only made his debut at the event last year, finishing an impressive seventh in tricky conditions in the Superstock race.
Both Superbike races were wiped out by bad weather, but Brookes returns this year with the Milwaukee Yamaha team for another bite at the cherry and has also entered the Supersport class.
“I think it is a real possibility that a win is on the cards,” Brookes said. “If I look at my BSB preparation it is the most confident I've been going into a new season.
“I felt like I had been riding the Yamaha for years right from the first day and at Donington I equalled the lap record on a track that wasn't in the best condition.”
Brookes, who finished as the runner-up in race two at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday as the MCE British Superbike Championship got under way, says a victory is achievable in both the Superbike and Supersport classes at the North West.
“As a racer you have to have that desire to win and I need to chase that. It is like a dog with a rabbit,” he said.
“But I do need a good week of practice at the North West to get a good feel for the road on the Yamaha.
“I think that I can win on either bike. I have an equal chance in both categories. I finished third in the World Supersport championship earlier in my career so I know I can ride 600s and Yamaha have a brilliant bike in that class.”
Brookes is joined in the team by Ian Hutchinson for the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, who is competing in the British Superbike series this year for FFX Yamaha.
Last year, the 30-year-old Aussie became the fastest TT newcomer in history with a brilliant lap of the Mountain Course at almost 128mph.
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