Brookes staying put in 2013
— Tyco Suzuki retain the services of Josh Brookes for 2013 BSB campaign
Having concluded terms with both Suzuki and Tyco Security Products to support their British Superbike Championship campaign once again in 2013, TAS Racing is pleased to announce an extended contract with current BSB rider Josh Brookes. This will see the Australian compete in Tyco Suzuki livery, aboard a GSX-R1000 Suzuki, in the 2013 British Superbike Championship.
Brookes currently holds second place in this year’s British Superbike Championship standings as the series edges ever closer to the opening Showdown round at the TT Circuit, Assen this coming weekend. And without removing his focus from the job in hand at ‘The Cathedral’ of motorcycling in the Netherlands, Josh is delighted to remain with Suzuki for a third consecutive BSB season.
Josh Brookes: “I’m with the best team in the BSB paddock, so I’d have to say: ‘why would I leave?’ It was all pretty straightforward and an easy decision to make if I’m honest. Philip put a deal in front of me that for me, proved my value to the team and made me realise that they really wanted me there for 2013.
“It’s nice to know they value me as the rider they want to win a championship with, and I appreciate that. It took me a while to begin with, but I’m very happy riding the GSX-R1000 and they’ve built a good team around me – so for me, continuing was the only option. It’s important for me to be in a comfortable environment as there’s enough stress during the year, and Tyco Suzuki provides that.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager: “While we still have a lot of work to do this season and our focus is one hundred percent on the job in hand, which is to try and win the BSB title with Josh in October – I must admit it is really satisfying to have secured his services for 2013 at this early stage. It is also reassuring for us to have maintained our position with Suzuki and our title sponsor, Tyco Security Products for another year.
“It really was an easy negotiation with Josh, and I would go as far to say, it was never in any doubt. When the rider is happy with his team, and the team, manufacturer and sponsors are comfortable with the rider, the outcome is usually inevitable – as it was in this case.”
George Cheeseman – Marketing Manager, Suzuki GB:
“Josh has become a great ambassador for the Suzuki brand and is now almost synonymous with the GSX-R range because of his involvement in British Superbike with Tyco Suzuki and TAS Racing. We still have realistic aspirations of winning this year’s championship and Josh’s recent double at Donington has given us great hope and proved the pedigree of the new GSX-R1000. So to have secured his services for 2013 is pleasing and encouraging for all involved and gives us something to build on in the coming months prior to the new season.”