In another edition of the International Rider Spotlight, Motorcycling Australia (MA) sat down with Superbike rider Josh Brookes and his beloved moustache on all things road racing. Brookes revealed his strangest overseas experience to date and what he misses most about home back in Australia.
Where are you currently competing?
I’m in the United Kingdom (UK) competing in the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
What’s the hardest thing about adapting to your new country?
Its easy in the UK because everyone speaks English but when I was racing in World Championships, the language was always quite an issue.
What do you miss most about home?
Independence. It’s surprising how much in everyday life at home you take it for granted how many friends and family that you lean on for help, or even knowing exactly where a shop is to buy a certain part or tool.
What is your preparation/training regime like?
I don’t really train as such, but I lead an active lifestyle with activities including Motocross, jet-skiing etc.
What’s been a highlight for you this year?
Doing over 131.8mph at the International Isle of Man TT, meaning I’m now the fastest ever Australian at that event!
What is your single most motivating force?
A love for bikes.
Tell us a bit more about what you hope to achieve and what you have already achieved in 2018?
It’s still early in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship year with seven rounds to go but you only go racing with the idea of winning the championship. At the International Isle of Man TT I achieved my best result of 5th in the senior class and scored fastest ever lap time too.
What’s your strangest overseas experience been so far?
Having the race team trucks stolen by the previous team owner and being forced to change team mid season druing the 2007 WSBK.
Do you have a special message for your fans back home?
Don’t take Australia and the weather for granted!
Favourite thing to do besides motorcycling?
Tinker in the garage.
Embarrassing fact about you?
My moustache gets more attention than racing at the moment.