Milwaukee Yamaha looking to challenge for victories at Oulton Park

The Milwaukee Yamaha team head to Oulton Park this weekend in a confident mood after topping the one-day test at the Cheshire circuit last Friday.

Josh Brookes smashed his own lap-record by 0.561s to top the timing-sheets ahead of reigning MCE British Superbike champion, Shane Byrne.

Brookes has a good record at Oulton Park, finishing on the top step of the podium twice out of the five races held at the circuit in 2014. The Australian finished in second position in all of the other three races.

This season Brookes has finished on the podium on three occasions and is now looking to get his first win of 2015.

He said: “This weekend at Oulton Park is going to be really close. The test last week was really positive for us and I feel that we have a good starting point for this weekend. I expect there is going to be the usual suspects going for the wins on Monday; Ellison has a good history of being fast at Oulton Park and so does Stuart Easton. Then you look at Kiyo who has had good results here in the past, then I hold the lap record, so that puts me into the mix and then obviously there is Shakey.

“It’s going to be a good four or five-way battle at the front for the wins, but we are confident we can make some more improvements and then it is down to me, so there is a bit in myself too.”

Broc Parkes experienced Oulton Park for the very first time at the one-day test, showing signs of improvement throughout both sessions.

The experience and knowledge gained through that day could be vital for the 33-year-old, who will be hoping to continue the momentum gained from the top-10 finish he achieved in race one at Brands Hatch.

Parkes said: “We had a good test at Oulton Park which was important for me before the races this weekend. The first time I went out on circuit I really enjoyed it. Everyone warned me before the test about how hard this circuit is to learn because of its characteristics, but it has a great flowing nature and undulations which I really liked.

“I am hoping now we can keep building up through the weekend ready for the races on Monday. The test was a good start so now we need to keep working hard this weekend.”

Qualifying for round three of the BSB Championship is scheduled to take place this Sunday at 14:35, with all of the racing action taking place on Bank Holiday Monday.