Brookes Has BSB Title Hopes in 2011

Josh_Brookes_BSBAfter three years learning the ropes in the British Superbike Championship, Northern Ireland-based Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing is now ready to fight for the 2011 Championship title, with hard-charging Australian Josh Brookes.

Brookes finished runner-up in last season’s BSB series, but since arriving at his new base in Northern Ireland in March, the former World Supersport race winner has familiarised himself with the ‘Irish’ way of life, not to mention his race-winning GSX-R1000 Superbike during numerous pre-season tests. And after spending many hours in the Sperrin Mountain Range surrounding the team’s rural base in Moneymore on his mountain bike, the 27-year-old is now ready to race.

Josh Brookes:

“I wouldn’t be telling any lies if I said, ‘it’s all been easy for me so far here in Northern Ireland.’ I get on really well with the guys in the team and being here has brought a lot of fun back into my racing. The good thing is, I want to be here; I want to work with the guys; and I like being in the workshop when the boys pull new parts out of a box to see their reaction – it’s like Christmas for adults! Their effort doesn’t go un-noticed by me: I understand and respect the hours they put in for the team.

“It took me a while to get to grips with the Suzuki during the opening test, but when we got to the Brands test it all fell into place. I didn’t feel under pressure and everything felt very natural on the GSX-R. We were able to start to make the regular changes you would during a race weekend and everything about the team flowed and was well structured.

“I have total respect for the guys I am working with and I can’t be more pleased with where I am. The only thing now is to go out there and get the results. It feels very long since I last raced, so it will be good to get the first round out of the way so the season feels like it has actually started.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“Josh has been a pleasure to work with since he arrived and we are all immensely impressed with his work ethic. As a team we have put a lot of hard work into the GSX-R1000 Superbike for this year, making small steps and improvements right across the board. Josh’s build-up is now complete. He is certainly enjoying his time in Northern Ireland and will no doubt add some numbers to his fan base.

“We have all been anticipating the start of the season, as we do believe this is our best-ever chance to challenge for the Championship. The first three years in the Superbike class taught us a lot and we now feel the time is right to launch a major challenge for honours with Josh. We have put a respectable amount of miles under our belts in testing – now it’s time to race.”

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Suzuki]

Brookes Has BSB Title Hopes in 2011

Josh_Brookes_BSBAfter three years learning the ropes in the British Superbike Championship, Northern Ireland-based Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing is now ready to fight for the 2011 Championship title, with hard-charging Australian Josh Brookes.

Brookes finished runner-up in last season’s BSB series, but since arriving at his new base in Northern Ireland in March, the former World Supersport race winner has familiarised himself with the ‘Irish’ way of life, not to mention his race-winning GSX-R1000 Superbike during numerous pre-season tests. And after spending many hours in the Sperrin Mountain Range surrounding the team’s rural base in Moneymore on his mountain bike, the 27-year-old is now ready to race.

Josh Brookes:

“I wouldn’t be telling any lies if I said, ‘it’s all been easy for me so far here in Northern Ireland.’ I get on really well with the guys in the team and being here has brought a lot of fun back into my racing. The good thing is, I want to be here; I want to work with the guys; and I like being in the workshop when the boys pull new parts out of a box to see their reaction – it’s like Christmas for adults! Their effort doesn’t go un-noticed by me: I understand and respect the hours they put in for the team.

“It took me a while to get to grips with the Suzuki during the opening test, but when we got to the Brands test it all fell into place. I didn’t feel under pressure and everything felt very natural on the GSX-R. We were able to start to make the regular changes you would during a race weekend and everything about the team flowed and was well structured.

“I have total respect for the guys I am working with and I can’t be more pleased with where I am. The only thing now is to go out there and get the results. It feels very long since I last raced, so it will be good to get the first round out of the way so the season feels like it has actually started.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“Josh has been a pleasure to work with since he arrived and we are all immensely impressed with his work ethic. As a team we have put a lot of hard work into the GSX-R1000 Superbike for this year, making small steps and improvements right across the board. Josh’s build-up is now complete. He is certainly enjoying his time in Northern Ireland and will no doubt add some numbers to his fan base.

“We have all been anticipating the start of the season, as we do believe this is our best-ever chance to challenge for the Championship. The first three years in the Superbike class taught us a lot and we now feel the time is right to launch a major challenge for honours with Josh. We have put a respectable amount of miles under our belts in testing – now it’s time to race.”

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Suzuki]

Swan Yamaha Set for BSB Season Opener at Brands Hatch

michael_laverty_topped_the_snetterton_testThis weekend the 2011 British Superbike season will begin at Brands Hatch, and the Swan Yamaha team is ready to fight for the championship. Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty will both be making their debuts with the Swan Yamaha team this weekend, and both riders should be toward the top of the time sheets.

Hill and Laverty both made it into the final 6 showdown last year. Hill managed to take third place behind Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes, while Laverty took fourth in the series.

Both riders have also been extremely fast during the practice sessions. Hill set a lap record during the Cartagena test, and Laverty earned top three finishes during the final testing session at Snetterton.

Hill will have a slight disadvantage, however, as he missed the majority of the final testing session due to a crash.

“I just want to get to Brands Hatch now after what has really been six weeks off,” said Hill. “We set a new lap record at Cartagena and we felt confident after those tests. It was disappointing for me that I missed out at Snetterton with a crash, but it doesn’t take long to get back into it on the Indy circuit.

“Once we have the first day on Good Friday to blow the cobwebs away we just need to be consistent and score some good points. That was the approach I had last season and I came away with a first and second place plus the championship lead so who knows what can happen. I just need to push on at my home circuit, get the best results I can for the Swan Yamaha team and then prepare for Oulton Park the following weekend.”

Laverty was also happy with his pre-season performance, and feels that he’s ready to deliver for the Swan Yamaha team.

“The first races at Brands Hatch are going to be strange as the Indy circuit can throw a curveball you don’t expect. I think though that after the pre-season testing we are in the position to challenge for the wins and get the job done,” Laverty said. “It has been a longer build up to this season and the anticipation really has been building for these first races and everyone just wants to get out and race now.

“We have been fast in testing so I hope that people are looking at us and thinking we are going to be up there at Brands Hatch. The pressure doesn’t matter to me; myself and Tommy have proved we have the pace – we just need to make sure we don’t get complacent and translate our testing performance into strong results.”

[Photo Courtesy of Swan Yamaha]

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Guy Martin to Make Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing Debut at Brands Hatch

guy_martin_bsbGuy Martin and the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing team will make their debut at the opening round of the British Superbike series on Easter weekend at Brands Hatch.

Martin, whose main focus this year will be to win the North West 200 in May and the Isle of Man TT Races in June, will be competing at Brands Hatch as a wild card entry. Martin will be a competitor at the Brands Hatch race, but he’ll be using the opening round of the BSB season as an opportunity to do further testing on his GSX-R1000.

“I’ve been to the moon and back testing which is fantastic as I have never enjoyed so much pre-season track time before,” said Martin. “However, practice is all right but you can’t beat a bit of racing, so I’m really looking forward to the chance of getting back out on track at Brands Hatch – and to do this in the BSB class is just perfect.

“I’m already quite familiar with the GSX-R1000 Superbike however, but this gives us the opportunity to work on some finer detail set-up stuff, which will no doubt come in handy throughout the season.”

Josh Brookes, who finished second in the BSB in 2010, will also be making his debut with the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing team.

“The later-than-normal start to the season has already provided Guy with some great opportunities to spend time on track familiarizing himself with our full range of GSX-R machinery that he will be using during our International Road Racing campaign,” said team manager Phillip Neill. “However, pairing Guy with Josh for the opening Superbike race at Brands Hatch is a perfect way for us to understand how Guy reacts to some set-up changes in a race situation.

“The considerable amount of track time available throughout the four days at Brands and competing against the best riders in British Championship will enable Guy to really bring himself up to speed on the Superbike; and although our goals are not necessarily results-based, I’m sure Guy will be setting himself some personal targets over the four days.

“I’d like to thank MSVR for accepting our application for a wild card entry to this event, as the opportunity really does allow Guy to remind everyone that he is a motorcycle racer, who can ride on circuits as well as he can on the roads. This opportunity should help him prepare for his debut season with us in the best possible way.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Hopkins Returns to Rizla Suzuki for Spanish GP

john_hopkins_motogpAlvaro Bautista won’t be racing this weekend for the Rizla Suzuki team in Jerez. Bautista is out with a broken femur, and will be temporarily replaced by John Hopkins. Hopkins rode with the Rizla Suzuki team in the MotoGP Championship in 2007.

Hopkins is set to race in the British Superbike series this year with the Samsung Suzuki team, but before the BSB begins, he’ll be helping the Rizla Suzuki team out in the MotoGP.

“I was shocked by what happened to Álvaro, especially after such good winter testing, and I really wish him a speedy and full recovery,” Hopkins said. “I wanted the opportunity to get back on a MotoGP bike, but not under these circumstances.”

“I’m under no illusions that this will be tough weekend for me, as I’ve not been on a GP machine for a couple of years… so I realize this will be a step up from what I have been riding recently.”

Once it was announced that Hopkins would fill in for Bautista, rumors began to circulate that Hopkins might stay in the MotoGP for the rest of the 2011 season. But Samsung Suzuki boss Jack Valentine says that the rumors are rubbish.

“It’s rubbish. John is contracted to race in British Superbikes with us first and as a stand-in rider with the MotoGP team second. There isn’t a clash for this first round but there is for the next couple therefore he will be in BSB,” Valentine told bikesportnews.com.

“John is happy where he is and looking forward to the next set of tests at Brands and Snetterton.”

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com