Josh Brookes says his Anvil Hire Yamaha squad is investigating his recent ‘uncharacteristic’ front-end crashes suffered at Brands Hatch and Thruxton but feels it won’t hamper his momentum hunting a top six Showdown spot.

The 2015 MCE British Superbike champion claimed his first win of the campaign in race one at Thruxton and looked set to double up but on the penultimate lap of race two but tipped off while leading in the closing stages. Coupled with a similar fall in race two at Brands Hatch GP two weeks earlier, Brookes is eager to understand the cause and find a solution.

“There are a few small issues we have to iron out with the bike, we’ve had a few front-end crashes, which are uncharacteristic so we need to get to the bottom of why that is,” Brookes said. “The results at Thruxton are independent of the Championship, we can’t use it as an example of the bike or my performance as there were variables throughout that weekend as there is each year. But this weekend we need to focus on our own progress, as everyone else will be.”

Brookes feels his front-running pace at Thruxton can’t be assumed to translate to Cadwell Park due to the different characteristics of the circuits but is confident of making progress in order to secure a top six spot for the Showdown.

“Cadwell is a good circuit for me, I get a lot of good coverage for how high I jump the mountain, which always throws up excitement in the build up to the event,” he said. “But this weekend it’s business as usual for me, I’ve got to go out there and get the results we need, which is what I’m focussing on.

“The track is no different to any other, the jump is what everyone focusses on but the rest of the circuit is typically British, narrow and tight with chicanes, however the jump is certainly unique. It’s the same for everyone, but we’ll be focussing hard on getting the bike setup so I can push from the off.”


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