‘Cathedral of Speed’ calls for Championship chasing Anvil Hire Yamaha
With 22 points the gap between Josh Brookes and the Championship lead, the Anvil Hire Yamaha team this weekend head to Europe and the TT Circuit Assen for the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike Championship aiming to reduce the deficit to Leon Haslam, with Shaun Winfield aiming to add to his growing points tally.
The TT Circuit Assen plays host to the penultimate round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship this weekend, with both Josh Brookes and the Anvil Hire Yamaha squad ready to head into battle, as the Championship tussle heat intensifies at the 2.8 mile international circuit.
Brookes picked up vital, and solid points in tricky conditions last time out in Cheshire at Oulton Park, and this weekend he has his eyes on ending the season strongly on board the Yamaha YZF-R1, with just under one race win worth of points separating him and leader Leon Haslam.
The Bringelly born man has enjoyed success in the Netherlands in recent past, picking up three race wins and a second place from 2012 to 2015, and is ready to add to his Dutch tally of wins as he returns to the ‘Cathedral of Speed’.
His team mate Shaun Winfield was back in the points at Oulton Park in race one, unfortunately crashing out in race two as he hunted for more success, and the 24-year-old is eager for more of the same in the North of Holland this weekend, as he aims to add to his 2017 points tally.
Ahead of the weekend, a relaxed but determined Josh Brookes said: “Every round of the Championship is equally as important, most people try to push you to say something different but reality is, it’s the same environment that I’m going into. How I felt about the Championship at round one is the same now. I want to win it, I want to do the best job I can and I hope the team can work perfectly together and make the results that we need, so we can at least feel satisfied that we gave it our best.
“At the last round, I felt I gave it all I could, but the results didn’t reflect what we were all capable of. But looking forward, if we do everything the best we can, and I’m riding as good as I can, then we should be winning races.
“I like Assen, it’s special for the British Championship because we get to go overseas and although many British fans head over, you also get a lot of Dutch fans and they are passionate for their motorsport, and the people there create a good atmosphere for racing.
“I can’t control the points gap to me and Leon, I can only control what I do. Of course, I want to make a great weekend, if I’m winning races that will make it special and memorable. The focus for me is to try and conduct myself the best way I can, ride every session as strong as I can to give the team the best feedback so we can improve the bike if it needs it.”
Team mate Shaun Winfield added: “I’m raring to go, after the weekend I had Oulton being in the points and then crashing out in race two as I pushed hard, I want to carry on what we’ve achieved and get back into the points again. I felt I missed out in race two, but this weekend I’m ready for more.
“Assen is a fantastic track, to me it’s a great feeling to ride somewhere that is so fast, so flowing and so wide, as a circuit it just has everything. The weather will play a part, it always does there, which makes it interesting.
“I’m aiming to have a solid end to the campaign, we’ve made some big improvements to the bike over the last few races and I can’t wait to carry on what we’ve found this weekend.”
Finally, Team Manager Gary Winfield summed up by saying: “We’re very much looking forward to this weekend, not only because the Championship lead is within our grasps, we also head to one of the best rounds on the calendar. Assen is a great track, the historic nature makes it a special event for us all, and we look forward to it each year.
“22 points is the gap from Josh to Leon, 22 points separate us from the Championship lead, it’s just one race win worth of points, so it’s well within our grasps. Josh is fully focussed, so are the team, we’ve come this far and we’re going to give it our all to reel in Leon at the top.
“Shaun was back in the points at Oulton, we are expecting much of the same this weekend from him, he’s shown he’s capable it’s just a matter of stringing it all together, which we know he can do. This weekend will be a challenge, but as always we won’t let the situation get the better of us, we want to walk away and head to final round within touching distance of the Championship lead, if not with it, so bring it on.”