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MotoGP Australia: Parkes 'My shoulder was in bits'

"My shoulder was in bits and I just didn't feel good on the bike"- Broc Parkes.
Broc Parkes retired from his home Australian MotoGP having struggled with a shoulder injury since a big crash at Philip Island on Friday.

The PBM rider fought with Mike di Meglio in the early stages of the race, but as the injury worsened he could not maintain his pace before pulling into the pits to retire just before half distance.

"It was no good today, my shoulder was in bits and I just didn't feel good on the bike since I had the big crash," said Parkes. "In the race I wasn't able to brake late into the corners but to be honest I had no grip and I just didn't feel good on the bike. This is normally a track that I get on well with so I just don't know why it was like this.

"It's the same as the last three races and I had no rear grip and just chattering all the time. They just fix the bike every time and we've had the same frames all year and they've never been changed all year.

"We've changed everything else on the bike but it always feels the same. It's hard to stay motivated with it because you change so many things and get the same outcome from them."

Even though Parkes has struggled for form on the PBM he has still had some strong results, notably at Assen and Catalunya, and these have left an impression in other paddocks.

He is hoping to soon confirm his plans for 2015 in the next week with British, German and Australian Superbike teams all talking to him in addition to teams in the World Endurance Championship, where he recently finished on the podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"It'll be nice to have something to go to for next year and I'm hoping to have it all sorted in the next week," he confirmed. "I'm talking with everyone in BSB and talking to teams in the Australian and German Superbike championships so I'm talking with everybody at the minute.

"I think that people understand what the bike is like and when you have good results the team's can appreciate it. I think that it's been good doing the Endurance stuff as well because I can show that I have good speed and I can show that I can ride a Superbike."

Tagged as: Parkes , PBM

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