Posted: 12 Nov 2013
Rumours had been rife about Brookes departing the Tyco Suzuki team for weeks and were later confirmed as the Northern Irish squad announced the return of 2011 BSB runner up John Hopkins.
Brookes will take James Ellison’s seat at Milwaukee Yamaha, the Cumbrian having switched to GBmoto Kawasaki for 2014. Tommy Bridewell will line up for the Guisborough based team for his first full season next year. The West Countryman joined Milwaukee Yamaha for the few rounds of the 2013 season after a split with Halsall Racing.
The team will also continue to contest the major international road races with Ian Hutchinson returning to action at this year’s Macau Grand Prix and lining up in Milwaukee Yamaha colours again at next year’s Isle of Man TT Ulster GP and the North West 200. Brookes, who made his road racing debut at the NW200 and TT last season, will also return to the events as he combines the two disciplines.
Brookes said: “Three years with any team is fairly long so this is a good time for a change, and I believe Milwaukee Yamaha has a package capable of winning the championship. I have never ridden a Yamaha before but I know that when Leon (Camier) rode the bike and won the title he spoke very highly of it and I have been a rival to it for a long time and it appears to be a really strong bike! Shaun (Muir) wanted me to be a part of the team and seems really excited about the prospect of working together next season and that makes me look forward to returning again next year with this different opportunity.”
Bridewell said: “I am really looking forward to next season already and this is a great opportunity for me and one that I have worked so hard for many years to try and achieve. I am in a fortunate position where I have three rounds under my belt already so I intend on trying to use those to my advantage. I have a great bond with the crew and this year I upped my game and now I want to keep that momentum going into 2014. We know that the Milwaukee Yamaha package is capable of winning races so that is what we want to concentrate on from the start. It is great for me to be able to work with Josh too because I think we are quite similar and I think we can push each other. I ticked off one of my ambitions this year with a double podium finish, now I am ready to fight for wins!”
Team Owner Shaun Muir concluded: “We are delighted to confirm our line up for next season, and all of us involved at Milwaukee Yamaha are excited at the prospect of Tommy and Josh battling for race wins from the very first race. I have obviously watched Josh for several seasons and admired his guile, determination and aggression. I am also very pleased that we can welcome Tommy back into the team because his attitude and performances during the final rounds of last season have done nothing but impress me, the team and our sponsors. I believe we will see him mature in a genuine championship contender from the very start of the season. I can see these guys working well off the track and equally doing battle on it. I am sure the combination of Josh and Tommy puts us in a very strong position to win back the title in 2014.”
Image courtesy of Milwaukee Yamaha.