The 2017 MCE British Superbike season gets underway this weekend and Josh Brookes is more than ready to get back out on track.
The 2015 champion is back in the series following a year away in the World Superbike Championship and will compete for the Anvil Hire Yamaha team alongside Shaun Winfield.
Brookes heads to Donington Park after a challenging pre-season, which saw him restricted to just one day’s worth of dry testing.
Despite spending most of the winter in the rain, Brookes is still in a positive frame of mind and only has one objective as we head into the season opener.
He said: “I’m happy with the bike in the conditions I have ridden it in, but it’s no way to gauge the performance of me or the bike it’s just been bad conditions, it’s certainly no yardstick, so we’ll just have to wait for better weather.
“I don’t feel frustrated about it, that’s just the facts. Logic states that better weather would have been more suitable to our preparation and we just haven’t had it. It’s the same for everyone, everyone wants to get out and start riding properly. We have to win, the plan is to win, that is our goal and that is what everyone wants to start the season of on a high.”
The 33-year-old finished on the podium the last time he rode around the 2.4 mile circuit and will be hopeful of a repeat in front of the team’s home crowd.
The Anvil Hire Yamaha squad are based just seven miles down the road from the Leicestershire circuit, which always creates some entertaining racing.
Team Manager Gary Winfield added: “It’s great to say that this weekend we go racing, it’s been a long time off and we’re more than ready. Our pre-season was challenging with four out of the five days we had on track being wet, however we are still ready for this weekend.
“It’s our home race and we want to start the season off well, Josh has only one goal that is win and we will be backing him all the way. He knows Donington extremely well, the bike is working brilliantly and he’s up for the challenge and ready to race.
The action at Donington Park gets underway this Friday with the first practice sessions of the new season. The Datatag Extreme Qualifying session will then take place on Saturday afternoon, at 16:02.
The two races are scheduled to take place at the regular times of 13:30 and 16:30 respectively.