Brookes and Abraham to make shock WSBK switch with Milwaukee BMW

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Reigning MCE British Superbike champion Josh Brookes will have his wishes granted for 2016, as he and his title-winning Milwaukee SMR team step to the World stage – but with a dramatic switch from Yamaha to BMW machinery.

And Brookes will be joined by regular MotoGP points scorer and former Moto2 race winner Karel Abraham, as the Czech rider sets out to make his switch to production machinery.

Speaking exclusively to MCN before the deal was announced, the Australian says that despite the switch from Japanese to German bikes (albeit with full factory support from Munich), he says there’s no reason he can’t be fast in his debut season.

A lot of people will do a month of testing and only take a week of positive time from it – and we just need to make sure that we have that one positive week. The British guy could win the Australian round and the Australian guy could win the British round at this rate!”

“I’ve raced against Jonathan Rea before – and I’ve beaten him before. I know it was years ago, but we’re still the same people, aren’t we? I have to maintain to myself that that should still be the goal for the year.”

For the full exclusive interview, see today Wednesday 2nd December’s Motorcycle News.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer