Be Wiser Ducati’s day one leader Josh Brookes believes he can carry his clean-sweeping momentum from the last round into this weekend’s Bennetts British Superbike triple header.
And after finishing the day just 0.036s behind practice pace-setter Keith Farmer, the Australian believes he’s set for a strong three races.
Brookes enters this weekend with 50 points under his belt after a dominant showing at Oulton Park three weeks ago, beating Oxford Racing’s Tommy Bridewell in both scraps after leading almost every session.
With a solid setup, the 2015 champ brought his V4 in very similar spec to Donington and despite a difficult second practice today, he feels he will be in a good position when racing kicks off tomorrow.
“We arrive with the bike much the same as the last round,” he told Bikesport News. “The bike felt good enough to be second and there was almost nothing apart between Scott and I. To be first and second [in FP1] was perfect for the team.
“We made a few changes for the second session, but everything we tried seemed to be the wrong way. Nothing we changed was strong or in a good direction, and if there was anything positive it had a counteractive effect somewhere else which was too big of a problem.
“The bike is really sensitive so you don’t have to make big changes to have a big effect. At the moment I’m happy, I know the bike’s strong, I know the pace isn’t going to get amazingly quicker and I’m already there. I can repeat the lap times pretty regularly, the tyres look fine, so I’m already in a good place – it’s just ‘can I be in a better place?’.”
Brookes also believe he can carry his unbeatable pace from Cheshire into this weekend where, if he’s able to make another clean sweep, he could take the championship lead.
“Unless something changes and the pace ups and I can’t match it, I think at the moment I can continue the form.”