BSB: Parkes confirms Milwaukee Yamaha BSB talks

Broc Parkes says he wants to ride in the British Superbike Championship next season and has held talks with Milwaukee Yamaha.
Broc Parkes says he has been in talks to join Josh Brookes in the Milwaukee Yamaha team for 2015 as he looks to firm up his anticipated British Superbike Championship plans in the coming weeks.

The experienced Australian, who has enjoyed success at World Superbike and World Supersport level, was given a shot at MotoGP competition in 2014 with the Paul Bird Motorsport team but has endured a tough season on the firm's CRT bikes.

Nonetheless, Parkes says he is considering more than one option for the future, including staying with PBM to race in BSB, but singled out his talks with Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha squad in particular.

"I still think that it's a possibility and I'm still talking with Sean Muir," he told "I know that Yamaha and Monster are keen on me and I think that there's another couple of things going on with that team.

“I've got other opportunities in BSB that if I can't go there that I'll have to make a decision next week before it gets too late. I think that I need to know before Valencia what I'm doing, I had hoped to know before this weekend so hopefully I'll get everything sorted out before Valencia."

With the British Superbike season having now concluded, Parkes says he is looking forward to the opportunity to race full-time in the series having made a podium-winning wild-card appearance for Kawasaki in 2009.

Indeed, in a year that has seen him struggle on the uncompetitive PBM bike in MotoGP, Parkes is pleased that a chance to race in the Endurance World Championship event at Suzuka gave him the opportunity to show his pace on a Yamaha Superbike

"I think that it's been good to come to MotoGP but I always wish that we had a little bit better machinery because I don't think that even Paul realised that the competition would be so stiff this year. Hopefully this year will help lead me to something good next year and I want to ride in British Superbikes and I'm talking to a couple of teams there.

"It kind of sucks because I haven't been able to show what I'm really capable of over the last few races because of my injuries but it's good that in the World Endurance Championship I was able to show good speed at Suzuka and the other races so hopefully I can take that experience to next year and be competitive and at the front."

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October 28, 2014 10:46 AM

It must be horrible for a rider having to shove a totally uncompetitive bike around with no hope of a podium. The pay may be better in motoGP but for the also-rans it must be very de-motivating. Parkes career was going nowhere in GP but at least in BSB he has a far better chance of a few good years and he is joining one of the top teams. Best of luck to him - he made the right move.

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