Josh Brookes adds Supersport showdowns to schedule at North West 200

Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes will compete in four races at the Vauxhall International North West 200 after confirming his entry in the Supersport class.

The Australian rider, who finished seventh on his debut at the event in 2013 in the Superstock race, will ride a specially-prepared Yamaha R6 built to World Supersport specification at the event on May 17 in addition to contesting the Superbike races on the YZF-R1.

Brookes is renowned primarily as a leading rider in the British Superbike Championship, but the 30-year-old has an impressive history in the 600cc class, finishing third in the World Supersport Championship in 2008.

“The fans in the UK probably only associate me with the Superbike class as that’s where they are used to seeing me race, but I’ve a lot of history in the Supersport class,” said Brookes.

“I’ve won a couple of Australian titles and two races in World Supersport, and although I’ve never ridden the R6 before, my team boss Shaun Muir has a decent testing schedule planned before the North West.

“The racing at the North West is always pretty exciting and the Supersport class produces really close racing.”

Brookes became the fastest Isle of Man TT newcomer in history in 2013, lapping the Mountain Course in excess of 127mph on his bow to take the record from former Senior race winner Steve Plater.

He will be joined at the North West 200 by team-mate Ian Hutchinson, who will also compete in the Superbike and Supersport races.