Josh Brookes confirms Isle of Man TT return with FHO Racing

Josh Brookes has announced his return to the Isle of Man TT races for 2023 with the FHO team, after an absence of five years from the island.

Josh Brookes with carbon fairing of FHO BMW M 1000 RR

Josh Brookes and FHO Racing have announced that the Australian rider will be returning to the Isle of Man TT races in 2023.

Brookes’ appearance at the 2023 Isle of Man TT will be his first since 2018, when he rode a Norton. 

This year, of course, Brookes will pilot a BMW M 1000 RR for the FHO team, for whom he will also ride in the 2023 British Superbike Championship.

Teammate to Peter Hickman, Brookes will contest the Superbike and Superstock classes for FHO in 2023. His best finish in an Isle of Man TT race to date came on his most recent appearance with Norton, when he finished fifth in that year’s Senior TT.

Josh Brookes said: “I’m pleased it’s now out there and we can announce my return to the TT. It’s one of the most common subjects I get asked throughout the year at BSB, the fans always want to know; ‘are you coming back to the TT?’, ‘will you ever be back?’, and ‘do you want to come back?’ It’s good to have the box ticked and now be able to say it’s happening!”

“Like all the other times I’ve been to the TT I’m both nervous and excited. It’s a big event and it’s thrilling, but it does create nerves and it’s full of emotion. FHO Racing has a great background at the event with all they achieved last year. I also have both the perfect and, potentially, the worst teammate with Pete.

“The event has changed a little since I last raced in 2018, with the new schedule for this season with the change in the practice format and the Senior moved to the final Saturday, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and riding the Mountain course once again.”

FHO Team Owner, Faye Ho, said: “I’m very excited to have Josh joining us for the TT this year. He has a good history at the event and has achieved some great results despite an interrupted journey.

“Although the British Superbike Championship is our main priority with Josh for this season, he was keen to return to the TT after a five-year break and we were happy to support him in the Superbike, Senior and Superstock Races on the M 1000 RR. I can’t wait to see him in action out there, and I think alongside Pete, we will have a strong presence at the TT.”

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