Brookes Expecting Strong Race Pace From Suzuki

Relentless Suzuki's Josh Brookes is still confident of a successful weekend at Croft despite qualifying outside the top ten.

The Australian crashed out at Oulton Park, costing him a possible victory, but hasn't been able to reach the same levels of competitiveness this weekend.

Brookes will start on the outside of the third row in twelfth place, but feels there is still more speed to unlock from the GSX-R1000, starting in tomorrow's warm-up.

“It looks and feels like we are a long way off but if we keep looking at the areas where we are strong, then there are lots of positives. For personal satisfaction it’s not that great, but providing the weather stays good, we have a couple of little changes to make in the morning.”

“Once we get on the track tomorrow I know there’s a fair bit of time still to come from me and the bike. While the others seem to give it their all in qualifying, I hold a little bit in reserve so we have nothing to worry about. A bit of fine-tuning and we’ll be there.”

Phillip Neill, team manager of Relentless Suzuki by TAS was also bullish about the speed of the bike, and hopes they will be able to demonstrate it in tomorrow's two races.

“It wasn’t a great day for us but it’s hard to be down when your ideal lap time is good enough for P2 around Croft – which is a very difficult circuit to find the perfect set-up. I’m fairly satisfied with that performance, but obviously, like Josh, we are a little disappointed to have been bumped out of Q3 in the dying seconds by 100s-of-a-second – but that’s racing.

Race one gets underway at 12:25 BST tomorrow afternoon with the fastest race laps setting the grid for race two, which starts at 16:35 BST.