Fresh from his debut British Superbike podium of the season last weekend at Brands Hatch, and following his trip to the Isle of Man TT launch mid-week, Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes is anticipating the high-speed challenge of this weekend’s second round of the British Superbike Championship at Thruxton. The Australian scored one of the most memorable race wins of the season last year at the Hampshire circuit, racing from the fourth-row grid position to overhaul his rivals. Brookes’ 19-year-old team mate PJ Jacobsen had a solid BSB debut at Brands, but will be looking for more from both himself and his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike when practice and qualifying gets underway tomorrow (Friday). Josh Brookes: “Last year was pretty good for me at Thruxton with a podium in race one and that top step that everyone talked about in race two. If I remember rightly it was hard work, so as much as we will be looking for the wins again this weekend, qualifying strong is also important. We had an okay start at Brands last weekend but we have work to do, as has everyone else I suppose, but I know I have a good team and crew around me and the GSX-R1000, as we proved last year, is well up for the job.” PJ Jacobsen: “Back-to-back weekends keep us busy and it also gets me much needed track time on my Tyco Suzuki. I was happy with my first race at Brands but not so much the second one. I’ve talked to the team about our strategy for the weekend, where the wide-open nature of Thruxton is something that I’m really looking forward to.” In the Motorpoint British Supersport class, Taylor Mackenzie will look to build on his debut at Brands with Tyco Suzuki, and the young Scottish rider is also well-up for the challenge. Taylor Mackenzie: “The more track time the better at the minute. We made a good solid start at Brands, which gave me a chance to gel with the team, my crew and the GSX-R600, which I love riding. I would have liked two top-10 finishes at Brands, but it just makes me more determined coming into Thruxton this weekend. I can’t wait to get started.” Philip Neill – Team Manager: “Thruxton was good to us last year, but as Josh says, it was hard work. It’s always hard work these days if I’m honest, but it’s the big efforts that pay off in the end. We cannot be too disappointed with our start at Brands, but there is certainly room for improvement. Thruxton this weekend is a total contrast to the tight little Indy circuit at Brands, and I think the change should suit both our riders. It’s going to be a tight championship as expected this year and nothing is gifted, but I’m confident we can be in there looking for podium finishes this weekend.”
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