Brookes to stay with Milwaukee Yamaha in BSB

Despite the rumours, the Australian will not be moving up to the world stage

RUMOURS have been flying around suggesting Josh Brookes could be off to World Superbikes or even MotoGP, however it's been announced the Australian will remain in the British Superbike Championship in 2015 with Milwaukee Yamaha. 

This announcement comes just before the final round of the 2014 British Superbike Championship in which Josh Brookes is very unlikely to win the title despite placing in the Showdown for the fifth consecutive year.

Brookes has four race wins under his belt this season (including a double) along with seven other podium finishes and he currently sits third in the Championship. 

The 31-year-old said: "I would feel like a quitter if I left the championship now without winning the BSB title and I believe it has just been circumstances that have prevented that happening at times.

"I know there was talk of me leaving BSB, but with potentially a new bike and high expectations I want to win this championship before moving on.

Concluding, Brookes explained: "Naturally the second consecutive season with a team is always better than the first because you have experiences to build on, so hopefully next year we can reach our potential of winning the championship. We need to come back next year and we need to crack it."

Milwaukee Yamaha Team Owner Shaun Muir stated: "I'm delighted that we have Josh on board with us for a second year because retaining him in BSB was always our prime focus.

Commenting on the situation of the Yamaha R1, Muir added: "There are lots of positives coming from Yamaha and the future is very exciting. Josh understands this and also recognises that Yamaha YME and YMUK have made every effort to give him a longer-term future and are especially keen to see him progress within the Yamaha ranks.

"Deliver the results and we will both reward that success. I'm certain we will see a stronger and more polished racer with a second year on the R1."

Muir has also commented that he will be announcing Brookes' 2015 team-mate in the very near future.