Broc Parkes is satisfied his Milwaukee Yamaha squad has found a strong base setting to build upon and the bike will get quicker as the MCE British Superbike season rolls on.

The former MotoGP rider has found adapting to BSB challenging which has been compounded with introduction of the new Yamaha YZF-R1 machine. The combination of new bike and new rider has left the Australian struggling behind his experienced team-mate Josh Brookes but Parkes is confident after finding improvements at Brands Hatch.

"I started to get a better feeling on Saturday [at Brands Hatch] which helped me better my time in the final and first sectors and I started to get a better rhythm," Parkes said. "I haven't really had a base setting, even from Donington, but we now have more of a base. It's not crazy different it's just more in the region where we should be. From here we'll try to keep the bike the same."

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After leaving the BSB season opener pointless Parkes has steadily been increasing his pace and moving up the tightly-contested midfield pack. At the Brands Hatch Indy circuit Parkes grabbed two solid points finishes, an eighth in race one followed by 11th in race two, to put him 15th in the championship standings after two rounds.

Reflecting on his Brands Hatch race weekend, the Milwaukee Yamaha rider knows there is more to come from the R1 and is hopeful to mount a Showdown challenge during the middle chunk of the year.

"It feels like I have been improving all weekend and we have made big steps forward since the first sessions on Friday," he said. "I felt more comfortable in the races and I had a good battle with the guys and did the best job I could. I got boxed in at the start of race two and then I came through the pack.

"I feel like we have made the next step and we know there is still more to come."