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More on the table still from Brookes as Silverstone test beckons

Josh Brookes is gearing up for the final test ahead of the opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone, with next Tuesday’s (April 9) official test at the Northamptonshire circuit his first taste of the Be Wiser Ducati on UK soil.

The only previous champion on the grid, the 2015 title-winner worked through a multitude of changes at the opening tests at both Monteblanco and Portimao, despite suffering from illness at the Spanish circuit.

Brookes continued to work through vital groundwork during the opening tests with the new Ducati V4 R, improving throughout to end inside the top five at the Portuguese circuit.

“The bike is special, but to a rider it is still wheels and handlebars, you have to ignore the rest and get it to go around a track fast,” said Brookes. “Monteblanco was a bit frustrating as I didn’t feel the connection and then at Portimao we made some good progress on the opening day and the bike really came into a position where I felt I could push and start to show my skills.”

“Obviously you can’t stand still so we moved and tried other settings on the final day at Portimao and there were areas that could be good, but needed more work, and then also changes where there was always a trade off in one area against another, so we finished in a similar place to the first day. I have to be happy with that – we have a new bike and the team have been very welcoming and I feel comfortable there already.”

Brookes admits that there is still plenty more preparation to come before the lights go out for the first race of 2019 Bennetts BSB, and is keen to get back on track for the test at Silverstone to finalise changes before the opening free practice session of the year.    

“I feel that we left a little bit on the table with the bike at Portimao as I didn’t get to the point where I felt satisfied that we had tried everything and that we had found the best combination, it was a compromise that we were happy with at the end of the day,” added Brookes.

“The bike seems to work in a good window at this point which is encouraging and we need to see how it reacts now at Silverstone at the next test on a different circuit, with a different surface and different temperature so it is going to be another day of trial and error. We have a lot of good information which could come in to play, but we will see how it performs there ready for the first round at Silverstone.”

The fifth round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship hits Knockhill on June 28/29/30 June for more information and to book visit www.knockhill.com

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