Posted: 21 Mar 2013
Narrowly missing out on the BSB Championship win last year, Josh Brookes is back on UK soil and ready for action. We caught with him at the Snetterton test to find out who he thinks are the real champions of BSB, his hopes for the rest of the season and to get an update on the development of his water trike…
Q: What’s it like being back on the bike?
A: I’m very happy to be back on the bike, it’s always a challenge mentally to leave my family and friends back at home but it’s definitely worthwhile so that I can get back the UK and do what I do! I am probably as far away from home as I could be but I just focus on what I am here to do and that’s race. When I am over here I tend to try and forget about home and concentrate.
Q: What are your expectations for this year?
A: Every year I aim to try and win the Championship. I was extremely close last year. I’m just going to keep working on developing my technique and my skills so that I can get better and better and hopefully win the Championship this year.
Q: Who would you say was your biggest rival?
A: To be honest, I wouldn’t like to discount anyone! At this level everyone is extremely fast and all very competitive. Obviously Kiyo is back this year and Lowes has moved up to the official Honda team. All the riders in the championship have got great possibilities and opportunities to threaten for the championship. That’s one of the things I love most about riding in BSB is the competitive nature of it.
Q: What else do you love about BSB?
It’s definitely the fans that make the championship for me. It’s great to have such a strong following of the championship, their support and their attendance at races is a massive factor of why I love BSB so much. If no-one was here to watch it would be bizarre! The following makes the effort that all of us guys put in justified and worthwhile. As I said, the competition within the championship is also why I love it so much. I’ve done a lot of racing in WSBK and World Supersport and also in the Australian Superbike championship. Racing in those is similar at the front but the difference is in BSB, you can go back 15 places at some rounds and all of us are within a few tenths of a second of each other.
Q: How are you finding the bike so far?
A: Good. We’ve changed our suspension supplier this year so we are riding with Ohlins. At the moment we are just working through all the settings and finding something that’s comfortable for a case setting for us to start with at Brands.
Q: Looking forward to the first round at Brands Hatch?
A: Yeah! I am hoping that the weather will improve from what it is today and that we get a nicer day than we’ve had! Although whatever the conditions I am looking forward to the racing getting underway and I am sure the fans are looking forward to seeing us all back on track again!
Q: So it was announced you are going to be racing in this IOM TT. Are you excited, nervous or a bit of both?
A: I am not nervous at the moment but I think as we get closer to the event I will start to feel nervous! I am extremely happy to have the entry, it’s taken a few years to make this dream come true so to get the opportunity is very exciting. Ever since I visited the TT for the first time in 2009 I wanted to do it. I have been back every year and have done a few laps in cars and on a bike. The atmosphere and the history of the event are brilliant so to have the opportunity to be on the line is great. I have spoken with a few of the riders but not about anything specific, I shall probably see them around closer to the time and hopefully get their opinions and advice!
Q: We’ve been keeping up to date with your water trike on Twitter, looks great fun… any plans for mass production?
A: *laughs* No, I don’t have any plans for mass production, however I am looking to develop it further and make a faster and lighter version. However that will have to wait until the next off-season!
We for one can’t wait!