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Josh Brookes says 2024 BSB extension with FHO BMW an ‘easy decision’

Josh Brookes, FHO Racing, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 BSB, portrait, pit, garage [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Josh Brookes says he has no hesitation in putting pen to paper on a fresh deal with the FHO Racing BMW team for the 2024 British Superbike Championship [BSB] season, just five rounds into the 2023 campaign.

Australian Brookes - twice a BSB champion - embarked on a significant new chapter with FHO BMW this season after four seasons with Paul Bird Motorsport.

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It’s a partnership that proved an instant success with Brookes claiming a victory on his first outing with FHO at the Silverstone opener before landing a second victory at the following Oulton Park event. After five rounds and seven podiums, he is comfortably among the title contenders in fourth overall.

Having also leveraged his new team to make a return to the Isle of Man TT this year alongside team-mate Peter Hickman, Brookes says there was no question about getting a deal done early with FHO BMW for 2024.

Josh Brookes, FHO Racing, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 Isle of Man TT, TT, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

“It was quite an easy decision and I had no reservations when I had the opportunity to extend the contract for another year and stay with the team. 

“The crew, team and management are all first class and I am happy to continue on. It is also a little bonus to be secure in the future so you can concentrate clearly on the job that we are doing and not have to worry about what might be next year. 

“From my side it is all very positive and I am pleased to announce this early in the year where I will be for next year.”

Brookes arrived at FHO BMW as something of an unknown quantity after seeing his results decline since scoring his second BSB title with PBM Ducati in 2020. 

It culminated in him missing the Title Showdown in 2022 for the first time in 13 campaigns, though with 57 BSB wins to his name, he is second only to Shane Byrne in terms of victories.

Brookes’ return to the TT for the first time since 2018 saw him come away with two top five results on the BMW M 1000 RR in the Senior TT and second Superstock TT race.

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