Anvil TAG Yamaha’s Josh Brookes ended his Oulton Park MCE British Superbike weekend with a brace of top-ten finishes after corner-exit wheelspin and a tyre problem in race one meant the Australian was unable to challenge for the podium.
Brookes’ held on to a steady fourth in the opening race but his rear Pirelli slipped on the rim, causing bad vibration and in race two Brookes wasn’t able to find a way past Luke Mossey but finished eight-tenths off second place.
The Bringelly man is happy with how his R1 is progressing and says it feels planted going into turns but is suffering with wheelspin on the exit, so more work needs to be done with the rear geometry.
“I know with the bike on these tracks I can go quicker, I’ve done that before, so I know not to be disheartened that the bike isn’t good enough, but we’ve just got to be patient now and wait for the settings to come,” said Brookes.
“We’re not a long way from where the pace setters are, it’s a small distance but it’s difficult to find that speed. I’ve just got to not be too disheartened by the results, just stay out of trouble, not crash, just keep chipping away at the points. Then just be patient for the bike to improve.
“I’m missing a bit of time on the exit of the turns, as soon as I tap the throttle I’m losing the grip. The bike enters the corners brilliantly, and it holds the line great but as soon as I open the throttle, the back just spins. That’s for the team to work on.
“I’m still pleased to be in the running for the showdown, of course, that goes without saying, it’s important, that’s what we’re all here for but obviously the focus at this point isn’t to continue coming fourth, fifth and sixth, the idea is to start winning so we have to keep focused on that.”