Josh Brookes will lead Milwaukee Yamaha in the British Superbike Championship next year after signing to ride for Shaun Muir’s outfit. Along with spearheading their BSB campaign, Brookes will compete at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT with Ian Hutchinson partnering him in Milwaukee Yamaha’s road racing programme.
The Australian is relishing a fresh start in his BSB career and believes the Yamaha package will enable him to challenge for the championship once again in 2014.
“Three years with any team is fairly long so this is a good time for a change, and I believe Milwaukee Yamaha has a package capable of winning the championship. I have never ridden a Yamaha before but I know that when Leon (Camier) rode the bike and won the title he spoke very highly of it and I have been a rival to it for a long time and it appears to be a really strong bike! Shaun (Muir) wanted me to be a part of the team and seems really excited about the prospect of working together next season and that makes me look forward to returning again next year with this different opportunity.”
Tommy Bridewell will race full-time for the team after joining midway through 2013 and the Wiltshire rider is determined to make the most of his opportunity.
“I am really looking forward to next season already and this is a great opportunity for me and one that I have worked so hard for many years to try and achieve. I am in a fortunate position where I have three rounds under my belt already so I intend on trying to use those to my advantage. I have a great bond with the crew and this year I upped my game and now I want to keep that momentum going into 2014. We know that the Milwaukee Yamaha package is capable of winning races so that is what we want to concentrate on from the start. It is great for me to be able to work with Josh too because I think we are quite similar and I think we can push each other. I ticked off one of my ambitions this year with a double podium finish, now I am ready to fight for wins!”