Australian Josh Brookes has launched a Go Fund Me page in order to raise the remainder of the necessary funds required for his Phillip Island World Superbike wildcard at the end of the month.
Brookes, the British Superbike Champion in 2015, stepped over to the World Championship last year with Sean Muir Racing’s Milwaukee BMW outfit. The season proved immensely difficult for the Aussie, with his best result being a solitary seventh in Germany.
Not content with how his first full year in WorldSBK panned out, Brookes has been working hard with ER Motorsports to get his 2015 BSB winning YZF-R1 Yamaha ready for a one-off appearance at his home round in Australia. By running on machinery well-known and comfortable to him, Brookes hopes that he will be able to better demonstrate his talent on the world stage.
Having already put $100,000 into the project, Brookes has found that he is still short $30,000 to bring the Yamaha up to as competitive a state as possible. With the season-opening round of the WorldSBK season just two weeks away, the Aussie has called on his fans for help.
Admitting that setting up the Go Fund Me campaign is something he didn’t want to have to do, Brookes saw no other alternative.
“This is not something I ever anticipated doing,” he said. “However, without any financial support from the various organisations who you would expect to benefit from having an Australian on the grid at the Australian round, I have had no choice if I want to make this project a success.
“The simple truth is, on top of building a race bike from scratch, sourcing all the parts, preparing the bike, Australia being the furthest and most difficult place to import the bike to has meant freight has been a major factor that has overshot the budget
“I have invested as much as I can into this and I’m super lucky to have some sponsorship from some amazing companies, but we’ve already spent our budget of $100,000 and still have a shortfall of $30,000 to raise before the event.”
On top of a hopeful Phillip Island wildcard, Brookes will make his BSB return in 2017 with the Anvil TAG Hire Yamaha team. He’ll also make a road racing comeback this season, riding for British manufacturer Norton at the legendary Isle of Man TT.