2011 MCE BSB champions Milwaukee Yamaha have signalled their intentions for next season by signing 16-time race-winner Josh Brookes and highly rated young Briton Tommy Bridewell to lead their championship campaign.
Brookes joins the Shaun Muir-owned team for his sixth season in MCE BSB with his sights set on finally landing a maiden title. The charismatic Aussie finished as runner-up in 2010 and 2012, and ended third in this year’s championship after an outstanding performance at the final round at Brands Hatch where he claimed all three wins for Tyco Suzuki. Brookes, who has never raced on Yamaha machinery before, is already preparing for the upcoming season at home in Australia.
Bridewell meanwhile has been rewarded with a full campaign in 2014 following a series of superb rides in the final three rounds of the 2013 season. Bridewell scored three podium finishes from his first four races onboard the Milwaukee Yamaha, having stepped in for the end-of-season Showdown phase of the championship.
Brookes said: “Three years with any team is fairly long so this is a good time for a change, and I believe Milwaukee Yamaha has a package capable of winning the championship. I have never ridden a Yamaha before but I know that when Leon (Camier) rode the bike and won the title he spoke very highly of it and I have been a rival to it for a long time and it appears to be a really strong bike! Shaun (Muir) wanted me to be a part of the team and seems really excited about the prospect of working together next season and that makes me look forward to returning again next year with this different opportunity.”
Bridewell said: “I am really looking forward to next season already and this is a great opportunity for me and one that I have worked so hard for many years to try and achieve. I am in a fortunate position where I have three rounds under my belt already so I intend on using that to my advantage. I have a great bond with the crew and this year I upped my game and now I want to keep that momentum going. We know that the Milwaukee Yamaha package is capable of winning races so that is what we want to concentrate on from the start. It is great for me to be able to work with Josh too because I think we are quite similar and I think we can push each other. I ticked off one of my ambitions this year with a double podium finish; now I am ready to fight for wins!”
Team Owner Shaun Muir concluded: “We are delighted to confirm our line up for next season, and all of us involved at Milwaukee Yamaha are excited at the prospect of Tommy and Josh battling for wins from the very first race. I have obviously watched Josh for several seasons and admired his guile, determination and aggression. I am also very pleased that we can welcome Tommy back into the team because his attitude and performances during the final rounds of last season have done nothing but impress me, the team and our sponsors. I believe we will see him mature into a genuine championship contender from the very start of the season. I can see these guys working well off the track and equally doing battle on it. I am sure the combination of Josh and Tommy puts us in a very strong position to win back the title in 2014.”