Day one leader Josh Brookes has revealed he’s not getting comfy despite dominating today’s Bennetts British Superbike practice action at Oulton Park.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider led both free practice sessions today at the Cheshire circuit, beating TT star Peter Hickman in the first by just 0.050s before stamping his authority with a 0.723s lead over Danny Buchan in FP2 while dipping under the lap record.
Brookes knows he must stay focused on improving the new V4, however, and says he doesn’t want to get settled into a lead only to let his rivals catch up.
“I never like to get too ahead of the game, it’s nice to be confident but in the next session a bunch of the guys could find their form and be at the same speed I am,” he told Bikesport News.
“I don’t want to get complacent, but I feel a bit of confidence.
I’m going to try and use the confidence to try and keep the team working hard and focus on making more changes and trying to maintain that advantage.”
The Australian comes into this weekend with the most wins at Oulton of any BSB rider on track today with four to his name, with the potential to tie Steve Hislop on six come Monday’s two races.
And although he has been dubbed the man to beat at round two, Brookes feels that it’s not the track that suits him but rather his experience and work with the new Ducati.
“I think one of the things that’s my strength is being one of the older guys now, I don’t feel that old, but I know the tracks and I’ve got loads of experience and I know where to put the bike.
It’s a brand-new motorbike, we’re always going to find little things and I’m still dancing around the package that I want. Even though I’m going quicker I’m still finding a load of problems.
“I think one of the things that’s quite positive at the moment is we’ve got two settings and they’re both quite different, and both I’d be confident to race on. It’s not like we don’t know where to go, we’re almost in search of the best while we’ve got two security blankets.”