Josh Brookes admits he is excited by the prospect of making a return to the World Superbike Championship for the first time in over two years at Phillip Island.
The HM Plant Honda British Superbike rider will compete at Phillip Island with the Echo CRS Honda team after the Italian outfit was forced to find a replacement for Broc Parkers following a training accident that leaves him on the sidelines for at least six weeks.
With Parkes out of action, Brookes will return to WSBK racing for the first time since 2007 at his home event and he admitted he couldn't wait for the opportunity to race on home soil.
"I'm leaving home today to drive down to Phillip Island to do a test ride this weekend, which is great because I don't know a single thing about the bike or the team,” he told the official BSB website. “This test will allow me to get to know the bike and the guys I will be working with before the race weekend.
"I am excited to be in WSBK again but I really don't know what to expect just yet because history tells us that jumping on someone else's bike at the last minute doesn't always make a good race result. I always try my best and I have had great success at Phillip Island before so you just never know what will happen. Regardless of the result, it means I will be on a bike for five days more then I would have been if I didn't take this opportunity.
"It would be great if I can get a good set-up that I can go fast on so there is another BSB rider sticking it up there. Also to ride in front of the Ozzie fans again will be amazing. I have lots of support here at home but they don't get BSB on Australian TV so they have been missing the JB action recently."