Brookes re-signs for TAS
Josh Brookes will stay with the TAS Suzuki team for the 2012 British Superbike Championship, racing under the new Tyco Suzuki banner.
Josh Brookes will stay with the TAS Suzuki team for the 2012 British Superbike Championship, racing under the new 'Tyco Suzuki' banner.
Former HM Plant Honda rider Brookes took two wins and six podiums for the Relentless-backed TAS team in 2011, when he finished fifth in the championship standings.
"I thought I was heading home for the Australian summer for four months but I'm delighted to be back in the UK for a few days to re-sign for TAS Racing," said Brookes. "I love the new look of the bike in Tyco Suzuki colours and there's no better place to get the whole season going again than the NEC bike show.
"It took us a while to get things to click this season, but when it did we proved how good a package we are together, so I'm looking forward to taking that to the next level in 2012.
"I really enjoy working with the boys at TAS and I love the Northern Ireland lifestyle - so at least there will be no surprises when I return to start the season. The goal as always is to win the championship and I really believe we can hit the ground running and do the business from round one in April. I'm looking forward to it."
TAS team manager Philip Neill revealed that Brookes will be joined by a to-be-announced team-mate.
"Our aim this year with a two rider team in BSB is to target the championship, and we believe re-signing Josh as our headline rider is a good start in making that a realistic target," he said.
"He showed us glimpses of brilliance this year with his race wins and some superb lap times.
"It's fair to say it probably took us a bit longer than we anticipated to get to know each other, and for Josh to gel with the TAS Racing GSX-R1000 Superbike - so a second year together was always going to be beneficial.
"It's good to get the deal finalised and great to have Josh back onboard. Now we need to concentrate on getting him a team-mate to complete the line-up.