2 August 2017
Thrilling Thruxton awaits for Anvil Hire Yamaha
Following a tough end to a positive round six at Brands Hatch last time out, the Derbyshire based Anvil Hire Yamaha squad are ready to set the record straight this weekend, as they aim for their first MCE British Superbike Championship victory at what is arguably Josh Brookes’ favourite track on the calendar
The team have been working hard and long into the night during the break to repair and rebuild both Josh and Shaun’s machines in preparation for the fastest race of the MCE BSB season, alongside improving further on the package to help their performance at round seven.
After finishing within the top ten of the gruelling Suzuka eight-hour race last weekend in Japan, Josh ‘BadBoy’ Brookes returns to action this weekend, excited, as he travels back to what is arguably his favourite track in the UK.
Brookes still sits strongly within the ‘Showdown’ spots, sitting on 129 points, only 32 behind second place Luke Mossey, and the Bringelly man is itching to taste the champange at the ultra-fast Hampshire track.
The 2015 Champion blew away the opposition during his last visit to Thruxton after grabbing pole position, two race wins and the lap record, alongside conserving his tyres the best, which will be paramount this weekend as Brookes aims to replicate his previous success.
Following his difficult weekend last time out in Kent Shaun Winfield is out for revenge, and aiming to get back into the points at Thruxton. The 24-year-old walked away from his race one crash at Brands Hatch with no injuries, and has been training hard in the break to prepare himself for the physical nature of the former airfield circuit.
Ahead of the weekend, after returning from Japan, Brookes said: “I’m looking forward to Thruxton, the team are trying as hard as they can, they have come a long way from last year to what we are achieving this year and being able to fight each weekend in a winning direction is a huge step for the team, and I’m pleased with the way things are going.
“Thruxton is a nice track to ride, we have to see how this bike works on these tyres at the track, it could even be raining. I think my riding style helps around there, it’s just the way I ride the bike, that’s why my setup is different to other people and I know how to ride that track without destroying the tyre.
“That plays into my hands, but above all that I like the track, it’s nice to ride. Unless you ride a bike yourself and ride the track it’s hard to put into words, you need to ride the track to understand what I mean.
“Every track is different, especially in MCE BSB, you go from Knockhill to Silverstone and you can drink a cup of tea down the straight it’s that long, and it feels that everything is spread out. The nature of BSB is quite different from circuit to circuit, but Thruxton is not similar to any other track I’ve ridden in the world, it has its own style and flow and the track surface is quite abrasive, it’s unique.
“I think my riding style dictates a certain setup of the bike, I know how to ride it where it doesn’t destroy the tyre. It doesn’t work at other circuits that way, I’ve had tyre issues with other tracks so it’s not specifically for all circuits, but for Thruxton it seems to work.”
A determined and excited Shaun Winfield added: “This weekend is going to be challenging but one I’m ready for, as everyone knows it can play havoc with tyres and we have a strategy in place to ensure that I don’t destroy the tyres and conserve them the best I can during both races.
“I’ve already forgotten about Brands, it was a weekend that just went from bad to worse but those happen in racing, it’s about how you bounce back from it, and I’m aiming to do so strongly at Thruxton. The track is really cool, it’s fast, flowing and I always look forward to getting back there.”
Team Manager Gary Winfield summerised by saying: “Thruxton is a very unique circuit, and one that makes you think, not only as a rider but as team aswell. We have plans in place this weekend to work on tyre life and maintain the grip of each machine at the highest level possible.
“Thruxton is Josh’s’ track, he clicks with the place every time he goes there and you saw that in 2015 where he grabbed both wins and took the lap record, which is something he’s aiming to improve on this weekend. Shaun is raring to go, he’s ready to revenge what happened at Brands and get back in the points.
“It’s always a big weekend for us at Thruxton, it’s our sponsors R&G’s home round and we have a surprise for them this weekend to say thank you for their support of us. We can’t wait to reveal what we have in store, and hopefully repay not just them but all of our sponsors with our first win of the season.”