Josh Brookes Interview: Day 1 WSBK Testing
Josh Brookes Interviewed:
The leading Australian was Bringelly’s Josh Brookes in ninth position on his BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR, returning to the circuit where he won a slew of domestic races as well as the world supersport round in 2004 before he left for Europe. Brookes returns to WorldSBK as the current British superbike champion.
Josh Brookes (BMW Motorrad), crashed at the high-speed turn 11 in the later sessions but was uninjured and returned to work soon after, finishing day one in 14th position with a best lap of 1:32.714. That put him two spots ahead of compatriot and wildcard Mike Jones (1:33.051), who really started to ramp things up on his Ducati.
Brookes’ compatriots Josh Hook (Kawasaki) and Troy Bayliss-backed wildcard Mike Jones (Ducati) were 20th and 21st respectively on the timesheets, and will be looking to improve their stocks even further in this afternoon’s second session from 3:40-5:40pm.
Australians Anthony West (Yamaha) and Aiden Wagner (MV Agusta) impressed in sixth and eighth respectively, with Mitch Levy (Yamaha) the best of the other locals in 17th ahead of Glenn Scott (Honda, 18th), Alex Phillis (Honda, 19th), Kane Burns (Suzuki, 22nd) and Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki, 24th).
The kick-off of the 2016 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha Finance round will be held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit this Friday to Sunday (Feb 26-28). Tickets at www.ticketek.com.au or at gate.