Roads: TT return still on the cards for Brookes

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Josh Brookes has revealed that a return to the Isle of Man TT is still on the cards for 2017 alongside his plans to race in the MCE British Superbike Championship with Anvil Hire TAG Racing. 

The Aussie made his TT debut in 2013 with Tyco Suzuki, becoming the event’s fastest ever newcomer until Peter Hickman took his title the following year. He returned to the mountain course in 2014 with Milwaukee Yamaha to set a fastest lap of 129.8mph, but missed the event the following two years. 

With no manufacturer ties, Anvil Hire Yamaha have given Brookes carte blanche to ride whatever he wants at the TT in 2017, and the 2015 Champion is also hoping to return to the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour race. 


Recent rumours place Brookes in talks to join the iconic Norton factory, which made significant progress with the Aussie’s fellow countryman David Johnson last year. 

“I’m talking to a number of people, but the beauty of riding for Rob is that he’s not the official Yamaha team so I’ve got the freedom to ride with a different manufacturer,” Brookes told MCN.

“However, I don’t want to confuse the whole programme and be riding six different bikes at different events as it will look a mess! I’m trying to find some sort of structure to my idea but obviously that takes time and a few different people have got to come to the table to make it work.” 

An announcement on Brookes’ TT plans is expected in the next week or so. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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