BSB: Brookes: 'We're in a position to fight for the win'

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Josh Brookes is confident of taking his first win of the season at Brands Hatch tomorrow after narrowly missing out on pole position this afternoon.

The Aussie struggled with quickshifter issues in the three-stage qualifying but his time placed him just 0.08 seconds behind polesitter Glenn Irwin.

Brookes’ first wins in the year of his title-winning campaign in 2015 came on the Brands GP circuit in the summer round and he’s confident of being able to emulate that tomorrow, but in true motorcycle racer style, he’s still striving for improvement.

“We started here where we left Snetterton, it’s a track that suits the bike so there’s not a lot we have to focus and work on to get things working; it all comes a little bit more natural,” Brookes told MCN after qualifying. “Having said that, it’s normal to always be in the pursuit of happiness. You’re always looking for something more.

“We made changes and some things have been valuable but nothing has really shone on track for lap times. I’ve kind of gone round in a circle and now we’re back where we started the weekend. The main difference this weekend is the heat, the grip level is lower so I’m complaining about a lack of grip but I think that’s the same for everybody. We’re looking for a bit more to challenge, but having said that I think we’re in a strong enough position to win, but I’d like it to be a bit easier and less of a dogfight!”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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