Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Beach boy Brookes on crest of a wave with new deal

With just three rounds remaining, Tyco Suzuki will be looking to increase their challenge for this season’s British Superbike title at Assen on Sunday with Australian Josh Brookes, who has recently re-signed for 2013 with the Moneymore-based team.

Hector and Philip Neill’s team have won British Superstock and Supersport titles in years gone by with Ulstermen Michael Laverty and current employee Alastair Seeley, but 29-year-old ‘beach-bum’ Brookes gives them their best hope of securing that coveted British Superbike title for the first time.

Brookes (right), who is currently just 10 points behind championship leader Tommy Hill as the series nears a conclusion, has become an adopted Ulsterman these past 24 months and believes living in Northern Ireland has added a vital component to his title bid.

“I really enjoy living in Northern Ireland; it’s more ‘me’ to be honest,” said the straight talking New South Wales Aussie, who is currently house sharing on the Ards Peninsula with three time British motocross champion Gordon Crockard.

“The Irish people, both north and south, are more like us Aussies and they aren’t offended by straight talking. But more importantly I love the lifestyle and, apart from the weather, I can pretty much do everything here that I do back home in Australia.”

On his swift move to re-sign for 2013, he said: “It was all pretty straightforward. Philip Neill made me an offer and showed that the team value my contribution. And for me, Tyco Suzuki are the best team in the BSB paddock.”

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