Le Mans proved a difficult weekend for Broc Parkes with the Australian rookie having numerous mechanical issues throughout the weekend.

Parkes, riding for PBM, had an engine problem in morning warmup to add to battery issues and a cracked swingarm earlier in the weekend.

Speaking to Crash.net after finishing 18th at the French Grand Prix the rookie assessed his race:

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"Unfortunately I didn't have the pace that I wanted because we had a lot of problems this weekend. We had a problem with the engine on my best bike in the warm-up and had a go on the second bike, which I hadn't ridden all weekend and it felt completely different. At the last minute I choose the harder option tyre and maybe I should have gone with the softer tyre.

"During the race I had the same problems that I had over the weekend with lots of wheelspin and no rear grip. When I had grip on fresh tyres it felt good but when the grip dropped it just spun the whole time. I tried to go with Michael [Laverty] and got stuck with di Meglio and after ten to 15 laps I just couldn't hang with Michael."

Le Mans did however show some positives for Parkes by once again outqualifying team-mate Laverty, however the gap between them in races is something that Parkes knows that he needs to improve but with added experience he feels that it should come soon:

"I think our qualifying battle is 3:2 but in the race he's been finishing just a little bit in front of me. I think that he's got a little bit more than me still and I've got a little to learn. But it's good to have such a strong teammate because it shows where we're at and where the bike is at. It's a good target for us to improve at."

Finding that improvement at the coming races in Mugello and Barcelona will be a challenge for Parkes with the Australian having not raced at either circuit in the past, "I've never been to Mugello or Barcelona so the next two tracks are new to me. It might be a bit of a struggle to learn Mugello but I usually learn tracks pretty quickly."