The MCE British Superbike Championship returns this weekend following a six-week absence and the Milwaukee Yamaha team head into Snetterton in a confident mood.
The team achieved a couple of podiums at last year’s race meeting and also broke the lap-record around the three mile circuit thanks to Josh Brookes at a recent test.
Brookes heads into round four of the championship still looking for his first win of the season. The Australian has finished on the podium in five of the six races so far and is hoping to continue his impressive form at the Norfolk track.
Brookes said: “We have been making really good progress with the bike and I wouldn’t have expected to go so far under the lap record as we have [at Snetterton official test] but it has come together right but really we can’t get too complacent. We have to keep our head down and we know Snetterton is going to be a good circuit for us as we proved at the test.
“Snetterton is considered to be a horse-power important track with the long back straight and the climb up the front straight and I know there are a lot of corners on the infield section so it has to come as a package. I don’t think I can pinpoint one rider [ahead of the races] as there is such a broad number of riders who I would be surprised to be in a battle with this weekend.”
Heading into the weekend Brookes currently sits third in the championship, 15 points behind series leader, James Ellison, and seven behind Shane Byrne.
On the other side of the garage, Broc Parkes will be hoping to continue his form from the aforementioned test at Snetterton into the race meeting.
The 33-year-old found some consistency at the test and was able to challenge the top five riders throughout the sessions, something he hopes to emulate this weekend.
He said: “I feel ready for this weekend. The test we had at the circuit was really positive and I started to feel quite comfortable and be able to use the front much better as I haven’t had the confidence in the front all year as I have had a couple of crashes. In general I feel I understand the bike a lot more now after the test.
“We tested the new tank and made some changes to my positioning on the bike and I feel we can move forward again this weekend at Snetterton, the top five is where I need to be and where I intend to be in the two races.”
The first practice session for the Snetterton 300 gets underway this Friday at 10:15, with the second session taking place in the afternoon, at 15:15.