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There's no place like the Ards Peninsula for Aussie star Brookes

By Paul Lindsay

British Superbike star Josh Brookes may have left local team Tyco Suzuki for Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha squad in 2014, but the Aussie will base himself in Northern Ireland for a third consecutive season – having become accustomed to the laid-back life on the Ards Peninsula.

The British Superbike number three is set to continue his house-sharing arrangement with three-time British Motocross champion and well known Newtownards man Gordon Crockard.

Brookes and the flame-haired Ulsterman train together and the 30-year-old Aussie is also known to enjoy Trials riding in the Mournes with local World Rally star and former IRC champion Kris Meeke.

Brookes said: "Three years with any team is fairly long so this is a good time for a change, and I believe Milwaukee Yamaha has a package capable of winning the championship.

"I have never ridden a Yamaha before but I'm look forward to returning again next year to race in BSB but the plan is to base myself in Northern Ireland. I'm fortunate enough to get out when the weather changes, " he joked. "But I do enjoy staying there and I've made some good friends."

British Supersport champions Mar-Train Racing and their new recruit for 2014, Alastair Seeley, will be at the opening of the Dromara Destroyers' Motorcycle Show this tomorrow night at the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex in Lisburn.

All proceeds from the show will go towards creating a lasting tribute to the Dromara Destroyers: Ian McGregor, Ray McCullough, Trevor Steele and double Formula 2 World champion Brian Reid (1985/6).

A minimum donation of £5 per person will be requested. It gets under way from 5pm-10pm tomorrow and continues on Saturday from 10am-5pm.

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