BSB: Brookes wants more despite Thruxton win

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Josh Brookes believes there is still something missing with his McAMS Yamaha despite becoming a more frequent challenger for the win over the last few rounds.

The 2015 champion has been further towards the sharp end since a step forward at Snetterton, but he still believes he and the team can take further steps with the YZF-R1 to further help him close down Haslam’s lead.

Brookes finished fourth in the opening race after struggling for top speed on the straights, but a change of gearing for race two saw him storm to his second victory of the year and match series leader Leon Haslam’s points haul for the weekend.

“I don’t feel like I’ve got the competitive edge I’ve had with the R1 in the past, I actually feel reminiscent of the Suzuki days where I could win but not consistently be up there,” Brookes told MCN. “I’m having bad sessions and qualifying, it’s not all running smoothly!

“Some weekends I’m not going as quick as I have in the past, so that tells me there is more potential to come. I feel we are in a position to challenge every weekend, but I also think we are still missing something and I genuinely believe if we can get the bike to its full potential we can be bringing home guaranteed wins and podiums rather than just maybe getting a win or podium.

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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