2017 Senior Classic TT winner, former North West 200 lap record holder Josh Brookes is ready to re-tackle the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
As widely anticipated, the 2015 & 2020 British Superbike Champion’s TT return sees him compete for FHO Racing aboard M1000RR BMW machinery in Superstock and Superbike trim alongside nine times event winner, outright lap record holder Peter Hickman.
The fastest Australian, Norton TT exponent in history, his addition to the TT 2023 entry list adds further proven, world class quality.
Holding at present a personal best TT lap speed of 131.745 mph, he is one of only fourteen 130 Mph Club members competing on Manx shores this year.
Five years since he last sampled the world’s most famous road race, the question is how competitive can he be?
It is an intriguing question to ponder but one aspect no one can debate is his raw speed, core motorcycle racing talent.
Speaking today about his TT return, he stated:
“I’m pleased it’s now out there and we can announce my return to the TT. It’s one of the most common subjects I get asked throughout the year at BSB, the fans always want to know; ‘are you coming back to the TT?’, ‘will you ever be back?’ and ‘do you want to come back?’ It’s good to have the box ticked and now be able to say it’s happening!
Like all the other times I’ve been to the TT I’m both nervous and excited. It’s a big event and it’s thrilling, but it does create nerves and it’s full of emotion.”
“FHO Racing has a great background at the event with all they achieved last year. I also have both the perfect and, potentially, the worst teammate with Pete!
The event has changed a little since I last raced in 2018, with the new schedule for this season with the change in the practice format and the Senior moved to the final Saturday but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and riding the Mountain course once again.”
Quotes courtesy of TT Races press team
Photo credit: Nick Wheeler
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