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Thruxton Brings Back Special Memories For Brookes

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Josh Brookes will certainly have history on his side at Thruxton this weekend, as the Australian returns to the scene of his maiden BSB victory.

The Relentless Suzuki rider broke his duck here last year and also scored his first podium finish a year earlier, and counts the Hampshire track among his favourites on the calendar.

With conditions so difficult last time out at Croft, Brookes admitted he had taken a more cautious approach, but warns he won't be holding back this weekend.

“This week we go to Thruxton which is my favourite track of the year. It’s where I got my first BSB podium back in 2009 and my first BSB win was at Thruxton in 2010, so let’s see what it brings this year with Relentless Suzuki on the GSX-R1000. At Croft I rode with a safety margin in mind as I didn’t want to crash again but I’m looking forward to this weekend at Thruxton to start building on my points’ tally.”

The Relentless Suzuki by TAS outfit is in confident mood after Alastair Seeley took victory in the only race to beat the weather at last weekend's North West 200. The road racing calendar makes this time of year very tough for the teams and Team Manager Phillip Neill admits it is a stressful time.

“We are all looking forward to getting back into BSB action this weekend, even though it’s an extremely busy time of year for us trying to compete in both British Championship and on the international roads. With the schedules overlapping it can be a bit of a logistical nightmare having to split up our team with half at Thruxton and the rest of the boys already at the TT.

“As we proved at the North West 200, the GSX-R1000 is a fast Superbike and Josh will use the same engine specification that Alastair used to lead the Superbike race at the North West before it was stopped. It’s a favourite circuit for Josh, so we will be hoping for some success this weekend.”

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