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Brookes: Podiums are not enough we needs wins at Brands Hatch

Friday, July 10 2015

Josh Brookes has only failed to finish on the podium once this season, but as the next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship beckons at Brands Hatch next weekend (17/18/19 July) the Milwaukee Yamaha contender admits nothing less than wins will do now for their title bid.

Brookes arrives at the Kent circuit holding second place in the standings after securing nine podium finishes from the first ten races, but so far the top spot has eluded him and that is something the Australian is keen to change on the Grand Prix circuit.

Brookes said: "I am looking forward to Brands Hatch as I feel really positive about going there. I was optimistic before Knockhill, but I did have some reservations as I didn't know how it was going to be there as it is a different style of track to the others we have been to and I expected Knockhill to be one of the more difficult ones for us. I am definitely feeling more confident about Brands Hatch, even on the Indy circuit which is shorter and has corners like Druids the bike felt good so I think we have a better potential for next weekend.

"I looked at the points after Knockhill and the urgency to win has become more noticeable - we need to do whatever it is we need to in order to make a change that brings a better result. We know we have been making steps forward, but we need to keep pushing for more improvements.  I have checked in with the team this week and we have been looking at how we can improve and have been looking at a plan for Brands Hatch. For example making the bike wheelie less as this was one of the issues we had at Knockhill due to the nature of the track, and changing the weight distribution.

"I believe we can be stronger at Brands Hatch and we need to be fighting for the wins now, podiums are good for the championship but we definitely need more than that before the Showdown."   

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