Australian Josh Brookes has signed to ride for the Stiggy Motorsport team to compete in the final five rounds of the World Supersport Championship.
Josh Brookes began the season riding for the new Italian Alto Evolution squad, but found himself without a ride at Misano after the race truck and bikes were hijacked by former team owner Sergio Bertocchi.
With no guarantees the team would be able to race for the remainder of the World Supersport Championship season, the 26-year-old Australian parted company with the Italian squad team to pursue other rides and has secured himself a place in the Honda backed Stiggy Motorsport.
Josh Brookes has good pedigree in the Supersport class for Honda having won the Australian Championship.
He also impressed on the world stage when he won the Phillip Island World Supersport race in 2004, beating Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge in the process.
Josh Brookes said: “After what has gone on this year, I just can’t tell you how happy I am to be joining Stiggy in World Supersport. The 600RR is a real weapon, and the team has had some top three results this year, so the bike is fast.”
“Supersport racing is almost the toughest class in the world, because the bikes are so even, so getting good results is where it is at now.
“I have got five rounds to make it happen. It’s great to stay on a Honda, and even better to know it’s a package that can potentially do great things.”
Josh Brookes will be hoping to follow in the foot steps of fellow Australians Anthony West, who stood in for the injured Kevin Curtain at Yamaha and won two races. Plus Andrew Pitt also made his mark on the class when he replaced world champion Sebastian Charpentier at Honda and secured two podiums.
Josh Brookes will get his first ride on the bike at a two day test in Vallelunga, Italy next weekend (July 7 and 8) in preparation for his first race World Supersport race in Brno two weeks later.