Milwaukee Yamaha‘s Australian pairing of Josh Brookes and Broc Parcs are raring to go ahead of this weekend’s MCE British Superbike Championship opener at Donington Park.
Brookes remains in the series for a seventh successive season and will be one of the championship favourites having never finished outside of the top five in the final standings.
The 31-year-old finished the 2014 season in fourth place, with four victories and 11 podiums to his name.
Following the final one-day test at Donington last week, Brookes knows that the opening race is a tough one to predict.
He said: “At the moment I can see that the first round is going to be really close as at the test there were a lot of riders able to run very similar lap times, but that is the typical nature of Donington – we have seen in the past in qualifying that everyone is really close together.
“At the moment we have to focus on and what we learnt from last week and have that as a priority for the first round. After that we can look at the rest of the season, get some more time on the new bike and use the experience to move forward and keep improving.”
Parcs joins the championship for the first-time as a full-time rider, having had a wild-card appearance at Brands Hatch back in 2009, after a year in Moto GP with Paul Bird Motorsport.
The 33-year-old has spent the majority of his career in the World Supersport Championship, where he finished as the runner-up in 2004 and 2007.
Parcs was left feeling satisfied with the final test at Donington, despite finishing just outside the top 10.
He said: “The test with everyone else was good to see where we were at and I think it was a pretty good indication. I was hoping to be in the top 10 at the test and I was just outside of it, but not too far on the times. In general I think we will come back with a good plan for the first race.
With the pre-season testing now completed, Parcs is wary of the challenges he and his team face this weekend.
He said: “It is definitely going to be an experience for me at the first round as I haven’t raced with many of the riders. There are a lot of young riders who want to make a name for themselves and we know the first round will be the most difficult for us. It is hard to know what to expect – but I am normally more of a racer, so I am hoping that we will be ready on race day.”
The team will be competing with brand new machinery in 2015, with Brookes and Parcs riding the new Yamaha YZF-R1 bike.
Team manager, Mick Shanley, knows that it may take time for everything to come together properly with the new machine.
He said: “As a team we have discussed the first round quite a bit because we have to remember that this is a completely new bike for this season and we have a big development plan this season. The first few rounds are almost like extra testing for us and we have to be patient.”
The first practice sessions for the BSB season opener at Donington Park get underway this Saturday, with qualifying on Sunday and the two races themselves taking place on Easter Monday.