Josh Brookes is keen for his Anvil Hire Yamaha squad to find solutions to his lack of grip on corner exits during the mid-season break as he heads to the Isle of Man TT.

The 2015 MCE British Superbike champion banked a healthy helping of points at Oulton Park with a sixth and a seventh to strengthen his place in the top six Showdown spots.

Having been involved in the sharp-end scrap for the rostrum places in both races, Brookes felt the lack of grip and spinning rear tyre on his Anvil Hire Yamaha prevented him from charging through the BSB field and challenging for race wins.

"I know with the bike on these tracks I can go quicker, I've done that before, so I know not to be disheartened that the bike isn't good enough, but we've just got to be patient now and wait for the settings to come," Brookes said. "We're not a long way from where the pace setters are, it's a small distance but it's difficult to find that speed.

"I've just got to not be too disheartened by the results, just stay out of trouble, not crash, just keep chipping away at the points. Then just be patient for the bike to improve."

"I'm missing a bit of time on the exit of the turns, as soon as I tap the throttle I'm losing the grip. The bike enters the corners brilliantly, and it holds the line great but as soon as I open the throttle, the back just spins. That's for the team to work on."

Brookes feels once his team is on top of its issues he can fight for race wins in a similar manner to his 2015 BSB title charge when the Australia didn't win a race until the mid-point in the campaign before notching up a runs of wins to clinch the championship with two races to spare.

"I'm still pleased to be in the running for the showdown, of course, that goes without saying," he said. "It's important, that's what we're all here for but obviously the focus at this point isn't to continue coming fourth, fifth and sixth, the idea is to start winning so we have to keep focused on that."

Brookes sits fourth in the BSB championship on 67 points with a nine-point gap on the first rider outside of the top six Showdown spots which is defending champion Shane Byrne.

The Australian rider will now return to the Isle of Man TT competing for Norton at the iconic international road racing event during the BSB mid-season pause.


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