Anvil TAG Yamaha’s Josh Brookes will experiment with the harder Pirelli SC1 rear tyre at this weekend’s Brands Hatch MCE British Superbike round after running out of grip in the last few laps of race two at Donington Park.
Brookes used the SC0 in the opening two races as he won the 2015 title on an R1 using almost exclusively the softer option but tyre technology has moved on.
Leon Haslam won both races on an SC1 and was able to lap consistently in the 1’29s on his Kawasaki while Michael Laverty, also on a Yamaha was also able to get in that lap bracket and feels it would have last 20 laps.
“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,” said Brookes.
“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.”