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Brookes: "Brands Hatch is where the talking stops"

Monday, March 29 2010

HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes is gearing up for the opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch next weekend (2/3/4/5 April) and is determined to translate his form in pre-season testing to results at the first two races of the year.

Brookes has been one of the pace-setters so far, but despite having raced at Brands Hatch in the world championships and in the final round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship in 2008, this will be the first time he lines up on the BSB grid there. Aussie Brookes is eager to pick up where he left off at the end of last season, when he ended the year with a tenth podium finish for the HM Plant Honda team.

Brookes said: "I haven't actually had a BSB race on the Indy circuit yet, but I am familiar with the track from when I raced in the World Superbike and Supersport Championships, as it forms the majority of the full Grand Prix layout. We have been strong in testing and the HM Plant Honda is already better than what we had last year as we have had some changes to engine characteristics and suspension for 2010. We can see from testing that we have the potential; the times we have been running have been up the sharp end but I know we still have some work to do.

"There is always a lot of emphasis on the opening round of the championship as you have lots of speculation on how everyone is going to perform after the winter and then pre-season testing. What you have to remember is that testing is one thing and those performances don't always translate to the race.

"The first round you do get slightly nervous as it proves once and for all where everybody is at on track; the talking stops and how you perform on track will speak for itself. It is the time to bring out the big guns and make the most of the opportunities; I certainly won't be happy unless I am at the front."

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