Josh Brookes and Milwaukee BMW have completed their final European-based pre-season test ahead of their bow into the World Superbike championship with the Australian relishing his homecoming.
The 2015 British Superbike champion is preparing for his first competitive comeback on home soil for four years since acting as stand in at Crescent Fixi Suzuki for John Hopkins.
Brookes has recently completed European winter testing at Aragon alongside new Milwaukee BMW team-mate Karel Abraham and despite still searching for more from the BMW S1000RR he is raring to go for Phillip Island.
“We made some progress on the bike's suspension, but we still haven't got the correct shock in which is causing us some problems,” Brookes said. “The front worked pretty well, but we really struggled with the rear. We made a big change that improved turning and rear load, but I just lost my side grip.
"It warmed up on Thursday so I could push the bike a bit more. We used some set-ups from last year, and by the end I felt better but it's still not where we want it to be.
“We'll get some new parts from Ohlins and Suter in time for Phillip Island which should help, because we know the bike can still be a lot better. Ahead of the first round we now have to gather our data from Jerez and Aragon, and I'm excited to start racing in front of my home fans.”
Brookes has impressive form on home soil ever since he burst on to the World Supersport scene in 2004 when he won at Phillip Island as a wildcard. Since then the 32-year-old has also clinched a runner-up spot at the coastal circuit in 2008 in WSS while he has scored points in every WSBK event he's competed in at Phillip Island.