2013 Isle of Man TT: Suzuki’s Brookes Sets Quickest Newcomer Lap
2013 Isle of Man TT
The Tyco Suzuki team will take on the 2013 Isle of Man TT with pilots Guy Martin and British Superbike’s Josh Brookes.
Martin is already a fan favorite at the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, having numerous podiums since competing at the TT in 2009, though no wins.
And his new teammate Brookes began his debut at the Isle of Man TT Saturday, posting a fastest lap-time of 1:19:45 with an average of 114.620mph.
Brookes’ lap became the fastest-ever newcomers lap on day one of 2013 IOM TT. And though the lap will be surpassed by the regular front-runners Monday night, such as 19-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, Brookes is happy with his accomplishment.
Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) say: “The first was a controlled lap behind Milky Quayle, which was not difficult to do as you just emulate the man in front of you. The next lap on my own was really uncomfortable as it was a guessing game knowing how fast to go. There’s one thing knowing the corners – and I know them pretty well – but it’s another thing trying to judge how fast to enter them.
“I want to go as fast as I can, but I was lifting my head up over the screen like a Meercat! The next laps were like a breath of fresh air as the corners started to sink in and I was just flowing through the turns, sometimes on closed throttle, but I had no moments and I was happy with it. I know where I’m going but it looks so different at speed. It’s just a matter of getting my eyes to adjust and my brain to process the information faster. But it will come – I’m enjoying it!”
Philip Neill (TYCO Suzuki Team Manager) says: “I’ve always said and I will reiterate; there is absolutely no pressure on Josh at the TT. He’s in a unique position compared to what he is used to in BSB. Josh has his own goals, but we are not chasing any fastest newcomer records. If he likes the TT and goes on to win one in the future, no one will care if he was the fastest newcomer on his debut.
“We all have to remember it’s not just the TT but road racing that is brand-new to Josh, so I just want him to make steady and safe progress, riding within his own limits. I don’t care what his final speed is at the end of TT2013; I do not want him chasing a lap time. Those will come as he learns the circuit; and so far he is doing a good job.”