Josh Brookes feels the gamble with a new swingarm can prove to be the breakthrough he and Milwaukee BMW need to get their World Superbike season flying after notching up his equal best result of the year.
Having returned to familiar scenery at Donington Park the 2015 British Superbike champion had been struggling with grip and technical issues during Friday free practice but was thrilled to find a welcomed improvement with a new swingarm pivot on the BMW S1000RR after experimenting in FP3.
Brookes says Milwaukee BMW took a significant risk trying out the new part midway through the race weekend but was delighted to stick with it to grab ninth place in race two to match his previous best result taken back at Phillip Island.
“During FP3 we tried a new swingarm pivot which was a bit of a stab in the dark,” Brookes said. “It wasn't something we'd had experience with and it was a new setting so I was dipping my toe in the water a bit. The adjustment on its own wasn't an amazing set-up but it opened up an idea where we could place the bike and find benefits.
“In this morning's warm-up we put together the best of what we knew and it turned out to be quite positive so we were optimistic for the race. And it did!
“I could race with others, move forward, my lap times were consistent and better than yesterday's race. It was the feeling I could push with more and feel the edge to get the rear tyre working and be more at one with the bike.”
With refreshed confidence in the BMW package, Brookes is keen to continue to press forward with the new swingarm next month at Misano to ignite a strong start to the second half of the season.