BSB: 'Room for improvement' for fastest man Brookes

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Josh Brookes says he was ‘comforted’ by his pace on the opening day at Oulton Park given he feels there’s still much more to come from him and the Anvil Hire Yamaha.

The Aussie lapped within a tenth of the lap record to lead the way after Friday practice at the Cheshire circuit, but feels there’s room for improvement with the R1.

His pace is even more welcome considering Oulton was one of the circuits at which he struggled earlier this year, showing just how far they’ve come with the bike since May.

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“We really struggled here earlier in the year, it was a difficult round and we were a bit unsure in which direction to go with the bike,” he said. “In this environment you have to be on your game every race and you have to be able to find solutions quickly if things aren’t right.

“A lot has happened since then and we’ve made a lot of improvements with set-up. I’m quite happy with the progress we’ve made. None of those laps I did then were as tidy or good as they could be so there’s still room for improvement. To be that close to the lap record knowing there’s still improvements to come is a really comforting sign.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing