Brookes plots out journeyman trail for 2017

Former BSB champion Josh Brookes says despite initial 2017 plans falling through he's aiming for an ambitious campaign which will take him around the globe.

Former British Superbike champion Josh Brookes says despite initial 2017 racing plans falling through he is aiming for an ambitious campaign which will take him around the globe.

After a frustrating campaign in World Superbikes with Milwaukee BMW, where Brookes openly admits he and the bike failed to gel all year, the Australian rider was constrained to 14th in the riders' championship with just five top ten finishes all year.

With the two heading separate ways for 2017, just 12 months on from clinching a memorable BSB title together, Brookes has been plotting his comeback but after a number of rides fell through due to various reasons he still finds himself without a team for next season.

In an honest and frank interview with Brookes says he turned down a lucrative offer from BSB squad Tyco BMW as he wanted to stay away from the German manufacturer while at the same time a couple more enticing options began formulating in BSB with Halsall Racing and Hawk Racing as well as a potential switch to the USA national series.

“I had a good offer equal to what I've had the past two years from Tyco BMW quite early on but I turned that down in favour of another possible offer,” Brookes said. “Also because I wasn't keen to spend more time on the BMW given the problems I'd had this season.

“Unfortunately those other three or four possibilities I had at the time have all fallen by the wayside. So I'm left in the position now where I don't want to ride for a team that doesn't pay a salary and there aren't a lot of top teams looking.”

Despite his tricky situation, Brookes remains confident of securing a racing campaign where he can earn enough money, albeit a slightly unorthodox one.

“My realistic options at the moment might be to secure a paying position at the NW200 and the Isle Of Man TT, maybe doing the Suzuka 8 hour with Yoshimura and I'm also talking about riding in a three round Chinese championship which actually matches my salary for this year,” he said.

“It's not quite the normal racing season structure but if I have to do that to keep racing and pay the bills then that's what I'm going to do. There are no contracts in place yet but they're in negotiation.”

The former BSB star also wants to keep his options open for later in 2017 if an opportunity opens up later in the season which he can fill.

“The other thing I've got to contend with is Sod's law is if I sign for any team in BSB and then get a phone call the next day from a high ranking Moto2 team to say they need someone.

“You've got to judge things carefully and while the rides I'm being offered aren't what I'm used to and happy to sign for I'll remain a private contractor.”

Brookes has confirmed he will stand in for the injured Ben Burke at the Australasian Superbike season finale.


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