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'Positive' Brookes to focus on engine braking setup

Former Bennetts British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes left the Cartagena test in a positive frame of mind but needs some time to work on his McAMS Yamaha engine braking strategies.

Rain on the final day in Spain meant Brookes didn’t get as much time as he would have liked to make adjustements to the electronic system but is happy with the rest of the chassis developments.

“We used the test to go through general chassis set up and suspension related, so we could document and try a variety of changes. We got into a range where I felt the bike was working really well, but that said, there is still a lot of work to do on the engine braking side of things and I think we started out with the bike already in a good range,” said Brookes.


“Because of that it got put to the side a lot during this test because it wasn’t a priority as it was in a good range, but it is only now that the rest of the bike has been tuned to a point where that is the next area of adjustments we can make now.

“That was then due to be on the final afternoon because it took so long, as we had been making a lot of changes and that took time. It really pushed any engine brake set-up changes we wanted to do right until the end and we had hoped to use the final two hours of the last afternoon to focus on that.

“It was just at the window when the first changes had been made, I went out on track and it started raining, so we got a couple of runs at the end, but it didn’t give us anything better than we already had, but it highlighted an area that needs work.

“It is a positive bike to ride but if we are going to find a better feeling that is what we need to address. It was a bit frustrating to not have gone as fast as some of my rivals, but we know there is still more work to be done.”

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