Josh Brookes will compete in the 2017 Bennetts Lightweight TT with Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki squad, it has been announced.
The Aussie will join Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Danny Webb in the former TT star’s outfit after South African Hudson Kennaugh withdrew himself from the North West 200 and TT.
The bike has good form and heads to the TT after Michael Rutter took it to first and second in the Supertwins races as he stood in for Kennaugh at the North West 200.
Brookes has been keen to secure a ride alongside his Norton duties at the TT as he didn’t want to have such a long gap between races. Without riding in another class, Brookes’ first race would have been the Superbike on Saturday 3rd June and he’d then have almost a week’s wait before the Senior the following Friday.
“When Hudson withdrew from the NW200 and TT, my immediate focus was on the North West and Michael did an absolutely brilliant job to take a race win after stepping in at the last minute. He’d already agreed to ride the Paton at the TT though so wasn’t available but having had tentative talks with Josh over the winter, I’m now delighted to welcome him on board. Having a ride of that pedigree riding for KMR is a terrific coup and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
“We were a little bit down on top speed at the North West but Michael showed what the bike was capable of, particularly in the handling department, and with four incredibly talented riders on the KMR Kawasaki’s, we’re confident of having a good TT. It’s going to be hard work, without doubt, but all four riders are more than capable of standing on the podium so we’ll be giving it our best shot.”
Practice for this year’s TT is due to get underway on Saturday 27th May with the four-lap Bennetts Lightweight TT scheduled to take place on Wednesday June 7th.
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