The field for the 2013 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy has been strengthened still further by the news that Josh Brookes will compete for the first time in his career. The Australian will compete for his BSB squad Tyco Suzuki alongside Guy Martin although it hasn’t been confirmed yet which classes he’ll race in.
Brookes is a two-time runner up in the British Superbike Championship and although that will be his main focus in 2013, he is looking forward to his competitive debut at the TT having participated in parade laps during the last two events.
“I’m glad it’s out in the open now as all the question about whether I was going to ride or not – and not being able to say anything – was getting a bit tiring. Since making the decision I’ve taken in some reconnaissance trips and spoken to a number of influential people. I fell in love with the place on my first visit back in 2009 and now that I’m with what I regard as the best team at the event in Tyco Suzuki – it gives me peace of mind. It’s too early to be setting any goals. It’s the beginning of a new project and we’ll just see how it goes.”
Tyco Suzuki team manager Philip Neill is refusing to make any bold predictions as to how Brookes will go but is looking forward to seeing him make his TT debut.
“As a team with a strong background in pure Road Racing I suppose it was inevitable that Josh would like to have a go at the TT. He’s one of the highest profile newcomers to come to the TT in recent years, but I know it’s not a spur of the moment idea – he has given it careful consideration. We won’t be expecting any miracle results and there is certainly no pressure on him. Our job is to use our experience and guide him to our best ability, but Josh is a sensible lad.”