Milwaukee Yamaha head to Knockhill in search of first win


Milwaukee Yamaha head north of the border this weekend in search of their first win of the season as the MCE British Superbike Championship invades Knockhill.

Josh Brookes has seven podiums to his name in 2015, including a couple of second-place finishes last time out at Snetterton.

The Australian finished just outside the podium places in both races at the Fife circuit last season but is hoping that the new R1 machine can elevate him up the field this time round.

Brookes said: “I have had mixed results at Knockhill in the past, I have had wins there but last year we just couldn’t perform like we would have wanted to and so this year we are definitely hoping for more. I am hoping to recover the pace that we had when I claimed victories there and I think the new Milwaukee Yamaha will react differently to the previous model like we have seen at other tracks.

“I want to get out there and do the job, which ultimately is to screw the life out of it until we get the results that we know we are capable of and I have the desire as always to win.” 

After Shane Byrne’s dominating double-win at Snetterton, Brookes now finds himself 17 points behind the reigning champion in the standings heading into Knockhill.

On the other side of the garage, Broc Parkes heads to the Scottish track for the very first time as he looks to continue his recent form.

Parkes showed some good consistency at Snetterton, both at the one day test and in the free practice sessions during the race weekend. Unfortunately Parkes was caught-up in the rain during qualifying and had to battle through the mid-field in both races – eventually finishing with two 11th place finishes.

Speaking ahead of Knockhill, Parkes said: “I really want to have a good weekend at Knockhill – I haven’t been there before but I have heard a lot about it and I feel ready for the races. The next three rounds are obviously really important for me if we want to be in the top six for the Showdown so I need to get in with it and really push on this weekend.

“I was disappointed with Snetterton because we showed we had the pace and it just didn’t translate into race results. I am approaching this weekend the same way as I did the last, which is to get in as many laps as possible to learn the track and then do the best job I can.”

The former MotoGP star will need to finish high-up in the points this weekend if he is to stay within touching distance of the top six.

Action at the 1.3m circuit gets underway this Friday, with free practice one scheduled to take place at 10:30 followed by the second practice session of the weekend at 15:10.