Broc Parkes says he's thrilled to secure ePayMe Yamaha's best qualifying result of the season with fourth place on the grid for race one at Brands Hatch and is relishing the chance to battle back at the front.
After Parkes unsuccessful stint in the MCE British Superbikes championship with Milwaukee Yamaha in 2015, the Australian rider has returned to the series having replaced Stuart Easton at Tommy Hill's ePayMe Yamaha squad.
Parkes says he headed into qualifying with trepidation after a fall in FP3 but after unlocking vital gains with a change of set-up in Q2 the 34-year-old grabbed the front of the second row to record the team's best qualifying result of the year.
“I tipped off the bike this morning and I was a little bit nervous heading into qualifying because I didn't feel so good on the front,” Parkes said. “We tried something different for Q2 and straightaway it felt good and was a big change. Straightaway I felt more comfortable and the 1m 25.5s started coming.
“Then in Superpole you always want to go full noise but you have to hold back a little bit. In the end we did a good lap and it was the best qualifying I've had in a long time. Our race pace is pretty good and I think we can fight in the races.”
Having filled in for team-mate John Hopkins for round five at Snetterton while the American was sidelined with injury, Parkes had stormed into Superpole but was denied a shot in the races after breaking a rib in a race one crash.
“I think in Snetterton we also had good race pace and it was unfortunate I got taken out so early in race one,” he said. “I broke a rib and couldn't race that weekend unfortunately and I was upset because I felt we had the pace to battle at the front.”