13 April 2017
Anvil Hire Yamaha – Brands Hatch BSB – Preview
Still smiling following the home round success at Donington Park, Anvil Hire Yamaha now have their sights set on the long journey to Kent, and the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, with Josh Brookes looking for further silverware over the Easter weekend and his team mate Shaun Winfield searching to add to his points tally
Anvil Hire Yamaha are all set to do battle this weekend on the tightest and twisty Brands Hatch Indy circuit which hosts the second round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship. With its natural amphitheatre setting, Brands Hatch always throws up the most electric atmosphere, and racing of the highest quality.
Josh Brookes currently sits in fourth place of the Championship standings on 29 points after making the best possible start to his 2017 campaign, but now his sights are set on further podium credits in the ‘Garden of England.’
The hard work will start straight away for ‘BadBoy’ who has plenty of ideas to try and aid tyre life at Brands Hatch, with the former British Superbike Champion eyeing the possibility of the harder option rear tyre for Sunday’s races.
2015 saw Josh take a double podium, with a set of third places, although admittedly the Indy circuit is one of Brookes’ least favourite tracks, his sights are firmly set on tasting the champagne again come Sunday.
It’s not just Brookes who is aiming for further success in Kent, Shaun Winfield is looking to add to his points tally after collecting a career first point at his home track at Donington Park last time out in race one.
Last season Winfield enjoyed a solid weekend at the Indy circuit, narrowly missing out on Q2 in qualifying and picked up two strong finishes in Sunday’s races, so the omen’s bode well for the Derbyshire man.
The bumper Easter weekend action will kick off on Good Friday with a test session for the British Superbike riders, meaning more track time for Brookes and Winfield to work hard on their strategies for Sunday’s vital races.
Ahead of the trip down to Kent, an excited Josh Brookes said: “The results at Donington weren’t a coincidence, they were created, I rode the bike well and the team had done a lot of work in the off season to make the bike good. They did a great job in between race one and two after listening to what I was having trouble with and it improved the package.
“It doesn’t make any difference that it’s four days this weekend; whether if it’s three days, two days or one day the same principles are applied. You can never plan perfectly ahead because you don’t know what is going to be on the horizon, so you can never make a perfect plan of how the weekend will go, because it never goes that way. The idea for me is to go as fast as I can from the off.
“The tyre choice will be dictated by the results, at Donington the cancellation of qualifying and the wet practice on Saturday meant we were a full day of dry track time down, so the tyre wasn’t tested, and I wasn’t around last year so I stuck with what I knew.
“I’d like to think that in the three days before Sunday’s races I’ll have a chance to test the SC1 and see how it performs at the track, there is no guarantees that the tyre will be better or worse. The plan is to do the same as we did at Donington, go race the bike and win, it’s simple.”
Ready for battle in the ‘Garden of England’, Shaun Winfield added: “I’m really excited for this weekend, I’m coming into Brands with a lot of confidence after round one, and I’m expecting a lot more from myself.
“Points are again fully on the radar, I like Brands Indy and after how well I did there last year I’m excited to head back. I have plans to work on the harder rear tyre ahead of Sunday’s races after the issues I experienced with the SC0 at Donington, and the extra session will help me make my decision, weather dependant of course.
“I’m feeling fitter again after a strong week of training, I’ve sat down and planned what I want to work on it’s just a matter of getting out on track now and putting it into place, so bring it on.”
Finally, Team Manager Gary Winfield summerised: “Although round one was fantastic for the team, and we’re still delighted how quickly we made the podium, we now have to forget it and focus on this weekend at Brands Hatch. Our plan again is simple, we want to continue the momentum we have gained from round one and keep the pressure on the Championship leader.
“Josh knows what he has to do, he doesn’t need me or Rob to tell him any different, podium credits are vital, but deep down to stand on that podium on Sunday and collect the team trophy would be a great feeling. Shaun also needs to build on his success and keep picking up points, which we feel he will do.
“We’ve worked very hard in the short break on the areas we had identified at Donington and the package has improved further. We have some plans to work on the harder tyre with both Josh and Shaun this weekend, however the weather will dictate that, but we just can’t wait to get back out racing again and show what the bikes really can do.”