Scottish Highlands beckon for Anvil Hire Yamaha
Following a long seven week summer break, this weekend sees the return to MCE British Superbike action for the Anvil Hire Yamaha duo of Josh Brookes and Shaun Winfield, as they head North to Scotland for round four of the 2017 campaign
The summer break has treated the team well, with a series of upgrades and developments to the overall package that has seen the team work long and hard into the nights to improve on certain areas of both machines.
Returning to short circuit action this weekend Josh Brookes travels to Scotland following a successful Isle of Man TT, where the Bringelly man joined the illustrious 130 club, notching up his, and Norton’s best ever lap around the TT course in the Senior race.
‘Badboy’ heads to Knockhill sitting fourth in the Championship standings on 67 points, and is expecting a large points haul in Fife, as he hunts down the Championship leader Leon Haslam.
On the opposite side of the garage, Shaun Winfield is equally as eager as Brookesto return to action North of the border after seven weeks away. The Derbyshire man has been working as hard as ever on his fitness in between races, and is expecting a tough, but ultimately rewarding weekend in Scotland.
The 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit always throws up the very best and exciting racing, with its flowing nature, teamed with elevation changes, every corner has the potential for overtaking making it the most exciting round on the calendar.
Following his return from the Isle of Man, an excited Josh Brookes said: “As we finished up at Oulton Park I wasn’t happy with the results and we needed to focus on making the bike a little better. This weekend we have the presence of Stuart Winton, who was my crew chief in 2015, so he’s giving us a hand and will help us in the right direction with the bike.
“Things to need to improve with the machine, if we look at the results from the last round it’s not what I’m used to achieving in the MCE British Superbike Championship, it’s important that we focus on the areas of the bike that are requiring improvement, and I’m ready to see what changes the team have made.
“Knockhill isn’t a circuit I look forward to racing at, it isn’t a bad layout, the lap is just too short. It’s a shame because the corners that are there are fun to ride, but it can get monotonous on a superbike.
“I want to like the track but I haven’t had the results there that I’m searching for, which leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. I’ve got to go there with the same outlook as every weekend, there all equally important and I’m hoping I can put things right at Knockhill and we can get some good results.”
His team mate, and equally excited Shaun Winfield added: “Finally the summer break is over and it’s almost time for us to get back racing, it feels a very long time since we left Oulton Park and I can’t wait to get back on my bike.
“I know the team have worked hard behind the scenes at the workshop to improve the overall package with the developments they have made, it’s a shame that we haven’t been able to get out and test the changes, however it makes Friday more important, and you can be sure that I’ll be one of the first out of pit lane for FP1, we need to maximise all our time on track.
“Points are fully on my radar, Knockhill is a great track and it certainly tests you as rider, you need to have full confidence in your machine because it can catch you out at times. Hopefully the weather treats us right and I can add to my Championship tally.”
Team Manager Gary Winfield summerised: “It’s been a long summer break for us, well it’s not been a break because we’ve been working extremely hard behind the scenes, however it has been very successful for us. There’s has been a certain amount of progression on the areas that were identified that needed work.
“Although it’s slightly frustrating that we haven’t been able to get out and test the developments and move forward before Knockhill, but it was something out of our hands with Josh being at the TT. This makes Friday extremely important for us, both riders must start strong and everyone must pull together, which I’m sure they will.
“It’s always great to go back to Scotland, we hope the weather is kind to us because we as a team aren’t far away from that top spot, and this weekend we expect it to happen.”