Tyco Suzuki rider, Josh Brookes has had no trouble getting back into the short circuit swing of things this weekend at Knockhill, after putting his GSXR1000 second on the grid for tomorrow’s first BSB race.
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The Aussie, who now holds the illustrious record of being the fastest newcomer ever around the Isle of Man TT circuit, topped this morning’s final free practice session, only to be challenged by Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes in a final few lap dash as the track dried from the rain shower earlier in the session.
This afternoon on a much drier track, Brookes continued his fine form setting the fastest time in Q1, before just missing out on pole in the final qualifying session by a mere hundredth of a second to Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne.
Despite missing out on pole, Brookes was able to beat his personal best time around the Fife circuit, and seems very comfortable with his position for the race. “People were quick to say that it would take me a while to get back up to speed on the short circuits after the TT, and I sort of resented that. If you can do ten years of what I’ve been doing then go to the roads and go as quick as I did, then you should be able to turn around and go back to the circuits and be on the pace quick enough – like I have done… I’ve done my personal best round here in qualifying and the bike is working well. I’ve done quite a few quick laps and a couple at the peak time so I’m happy enough with that. The qualifying is more about the front row than pole position, as it’s really difficult to pass around here, so we are in a good position to fight it out in race one.”