2015 British Superbikes (BSB) Champion Josh Brookes has moved up to the WorldSBK with the Milwaukee team for the 2016 World Series.
The Australian will be racing the BMW S1000RR Bike in what will be an exciting fresh experience for the BSB Champion who will be racing the German Bike for the first time as his previous spells has been with the Japanese Powerplants of Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha.
According to a Press release, ‘BMW Motorrad Motorsport will provide support and technical know-how and its experts will work alongside the team throughout the whole season, along with engines and electronics,’. ‘The team will be responsible for the development of the bike during the season and manage the sporting and logistical aspects of its participation in the series.’
With 35 World Superbikes race starts between 2006 and 2012, the Australian returns to the WorldSBK paddock as the 2015 British Superbike Champion.
Brookes also had stints in the FIM Supersport World Championship between 2004 and 2008, during which he won two races and scored a total of seven podium finishes. “I’m excited to be back in WorldSBK and to go there with the same team I won the BSB title with is perfect,” Brookes begins. “I haven’t raced a BMW before, but the bike and factory are proven and I am certain it will be competitive. Having the support of BMW Motorrad Motorsport is crucial to our efforts and having their experts on-site with us will be a big help. We will test early in January before heading to Phillip Island and I am looking forward to riding in front of my home fans.”
The Milwaukee outfit is the second team to announce its participation on the 2016 WorldSBK grid with BMW S 1000 RR bikes. Last month, Althea Racing confirmed that it be racing the German machines, with Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger.