BSB: Brookes: "Struggling to get the bike to do what I want"

Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes will start the third round of the British Superbike series in third position on the grid, following a tough free practice.

Brookes starts from the front row at Oulton

Photo: Tyco Suzuki 

The Australian struggled due to a lack of data on Saturday, but he still finished in the top five in every session. After making the switch to Ohlins suspension, Brookes and his GSX-R haven’t been able to use old set-ups at the Cheshire circuit which made it difficult. However, Brookes qualified in third position on the grid, just 0.9 seconds off Lowes’ record breaking time. 
Brookes said “Yeah I’m fairly happy with the qualifying. We were lacking a bit through free practice and struggling to get the bike to do what I wanted it to do. Strangely enough we’ve looked over settings we tried last year that didn’t quite work, but with the move to Ohlins this year, and some other information we have looked over, they seem to be working for us this weekend. It now means we have a new bank of adjustments to try for tomorrow. It’s interesting and maybe a bit frustrating at having to throw away three year’s of information and start again, but we are moving forward and will continue to do so tomorrow.”

American teammate PJ Jacobsen was hindered by mechanical adjustments in free practice at Oulton Park, which meant he failed to make it into Qualifying 3.

Rookie Jacobsen has visited Oulton last season with the Tyco Suzuki team but will start race one down in 12th position at the back of the third row.
The New Yorker revealed “I really like the bike and it was all coming together for me in that last session but we just ran out of time. The boys did a great job to get me back out after some problems in free practice this morning, and although it held me back a bit, I know we can improve tomorrow from race to race and I’ll still be looking for some strong top ten finishes.”

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