Brookes to make roads debut at North West 200

Brookes will take on the triangle in May.

2012 British Superbike runner up Josh Brookes will make his road racing debut for the Tyco Suzuki team this May at the famous North West 200 alongside fans favourite Guy Martin. The race, seen as a warm up for the Isle of Man TT, will prepare Brookes for his debut at the Mountain course 25th May – 7th June.

Brookes had been keen to sample the roads since he came to the UK to race in 2009, he was treated to a parade lap the other year however it was not until this year that Hector and Philip Neill decided to give the cheeky Aussie a shot at the roads. Brookes will also compete for the team in British Superbikes for the third year running.

Brookes said: “The North West 200 is another box I wanted to tick in my career and being my local race while I’m based in Northern Ireland, it’s going to be an exciting place to make my road racing debut. I’ve been asked many times this past few days what my expectations are, but until I get out there and sample the public roads and negotiate strange obstacles like road traffic roundabouts, I’ll not know what to expect.

“Obviously my main focus this season will be to win the British Superbike Championship, but as a competitor I’ll want to give a good account of myself at the North West on my debut, and in the Tyco Suzuki guys, I believe I have the best machinery and back-up to do that.”

Tyco Suzuki’s Philip Neill added:“Obviously it has taken a while to sort out all the details, but this now completes Josh’s racing campaign for 2013, which will be quite a busy programme. Winning the British Superbike title remains our number one goal as a team, but the North West 200 is also a very important event for Tyco Suzuki and all our associated sponsors, as we have had a lot of success there over the years.” Speaking of expectations he said “Like any newcomer to the North West, there is no pressure on Josh, other than to enjoy the experience. Once he has completed his road racing campaign at the North West and TT, only then can we evaluate his future on the roads. But granted it is an exciting prospect for the organisers and the fans, to have one of the leading BSB riders on the grid, and with both he and Guy camped under our awning – I expect it to be a very busy event for all at Tyco Suzuki.”

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