Be Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes found 1.3s between free practice three and Bennetts British Superbike qualifying three at Assen today but is still struggling to find front-end grip on his Panigale V4R.
Brookes thought his bike might have been damaged from the Oulton crash but his team have checked it thoroughly and found nothing amiss. The Australian said he had found a direction for the setup and is hoping to make more progress in morning warm-up.
“I’ve been struggling all weekend. Ever since we rolled the bike out of the truck it hasn’t felt right and even then in qualifying we made good steps forward and at least now we have a clear direction,” said Brookes, speaking at the track.
“Hopefully we can grasp something in warm-up but all weekend I haven’t had a bike that feels like my own. I thought maybe the bike got bent in the crash but they have checked everything so we have to look in other areas.
“It feels like the front is sitting way too high in the corners and I can’t get it to load the front tyre and turn. It feels like I am dragging it.
“If you’re racing against the best, you can’t be disadvantaged like that so I need it to work with me. We need to make a few more changes.”