Josh Brookes is looking to bookend a positive first season with the FHO Racing team as he heads to the 2023 British Superbike Championship finale with a distant shot at a third BSB.
The Australian is one of eight riders with a mathematical chance of snatching the 2023 BSB title as an consequence of the revised Title Showdown points’ format, which will see 35 points awarded to the winner in each of the three races.
As a result, Brookes has the opportunity to walk away with a third career BSB title, though his 76 point margin to Tommy Bridewell makes his a faint chance.
Even so, Brookes has been a triple race winner at Brands Hatch in previous years and while his form has tailed off since a storming start on the BMW M 1000 RR yielded two wins and four podiums from the opening two events, he was back on the rostrum at the most recent Donington Park round.
“I am looking forward to Brands Hatch,” he told the official British Superbike website. “It seems like such a surprise that we are already at the last round, it really is a shock! I guess time flies, but this year it really seems the case and it feels like we have only just started and now it’s already finishing up!
“Brands Hatch has always been a track that I have enjoyed racing at and I have great results there over the history of racing and I would love to continue making those historic stats but I can’t predict anything.
“This season has been more difficult that we had anticipated and the results haven’t been what the fans, myself or the team could have anticipated, so we are going race by race and see where we can finish the season.
“I feel that everyone wants to build momentum ahead of 2024, but there is loads of potential in everything that we are doing, we just need to access that potential. That is what the focus is, it is to find ways to improve through the off-season and anything we can discover at Brands Hatch will be a help with that.
“Leaving Donington Park with a podium was good, and I was more pleased with the dry race as that was the one I had, I guess, most anxiety about as we had struggled in the dry.
“So to actually finish in the position we did, and maintain the lap times showed some promise. Its small gains, but all of those are valuable. We are looking forward to getting this weekend started.”
Brookes will remain with FHO Racing for the 2024 BSB season, once more alongside Peter Hickman.