Tyco Suzuki are looking to leave the opening weekend of the British Superbike season with a solid haul of points as their title bid begins. Josh Brookes and Alastair Seeley will fly the flag for TAS Racing in the new season and team manager Philip Neill has challenged his riders to fight at the front.
“Well here we are with another season about to start. With all the hard work over the winter re-branding to Tyco Suzuki colours and building new bikes to meet the new BSB specifications, it will be great to finally go racing. BSB is perhaps at its highest level in terms of competition, which will no doubt make it a very tough year for everyone. However the positive in that, is there is no better time to become the British Superbike champions.”
“We are really looking forward to the challenge this year and with the riders, team and machinery, I feel we have as good a chance as anyone this year. Brands Indy is a difficult little circuit which often brings fireworks, especially for the opening round. Our plan will be to score solid points and stay out of trouble, as you can really make it difficult for yourself as we found out last year. Both Alastair and Josh have tested well and the new rules are no bad thing for the GSX-R1000, so let's hope for the best.”
Brookes has been part of the title showdown in each of the last two years without claiming the big prize and is looking to kick off his 2012 bid with two strong results.
“I'm happy with everything as it stands at the moment. I now just want to get out and see how fast we can run in the conditions tomorrow; then follow that up on Saturday and Sunday by going faster or maintaining top spot. I'm not a great lover of the Indy circuit. The bits that make up the GP circuit I love, but not the rest. Although you don't have to like a circuit to go fast at it. I'd certainly rather be somewhere where my Superbike could stretch its legs, but we'll deal with the situation and on Monday, try to get the best out of the opening two races to start the year positively.”
Teammate Seeley is back in BSB after clinching the British Supersport title last year and is planning to mix it with the front runners right from the off.
“I'm really looking forward to four days on track. I want to get in amongst the boys who are supposed to be the quickest in BSB and do my best to match them. Two one-hour sessions on Friday will certainly let us know straight away where we are with the new GSX-R1000 Superbike, and also let us see the progress we've made since the first test of the year. The whole set-up looks superb from the bikes, the garage, right through to the hospitality unit. Everyone is already talking about it. Hopefully I can match that on track this weekend.”