Josh Brookes says he won’t allow himself to get too ‘hyped up’ over his early lead in the 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) as he heads to Oulton Park for round two.
The two-time BSB Champion enjoyed a stellar return to form on his debut with the FHO Racing team, scoring a brace of podiums - including one win - to top the table coming away from the season opener.
His success comes after two lean seasons with Paul Bird Motorsport in the wake of his second title in 2020 on the Ducati Panigale V4 R, while his victory extended his record-breaking career total to 55 wins.
Despite the strong start though, Brookes doesn’t want to look too far into the future as he continues to adapt to the BMW M 1000 RR package.
“Obviously we are carrying a lot of positive energy after winning the race at Silverstone; however I am not shy to say that Silverstone has always produced, not strange results, but hasn’t always been the same character as the rest of the season as a whole.
“We have seen examples before so I don’t want to get too hyped up and over enthusiastic about those results as we still have a whole season ahead to prove.
“Looking to Oulton Park though I have had success there in the past and I think it is a fantastic circuit, it’s very technical and physically demanding. I am looking forward to getting there and see what we can do in the races.
“At the test we were really competitive in the times, both Peter [Hickman] and I were in the top six, so that bodes well but we also know we have areas and room to improve with the general package of the bike because of the limited time we had before racing. We haven’t got what I would think, the bike in the perfect range.
“I feel it is quite easy at this stage to possibly make changes that will really improve our potential, against say later in the year where you just set up from track to track. So given the proximity to where we started and where we are, I think there is a good optimism amongst us that we are going to improve at the round. I am looking forward to getting there and getting started.”