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MotoGP Malaysia: Shoulder injury holding back Parkes

"BSB is still the target and the German Superbike championship is still an option as well as the World Endurance Championship" - Broc Parkes.
Still feeling the effects of his high speed crash last week in Australia Broc Parkes admitted that this weekend's race in Sepang is proving very difficult.

The PBM rider has lost a lot of strength in his injured right shoulder and with three hard braking zones in Sepang he has been unable to ride confidently in Malaysia.

"For sure though the shoulder isn't right yet," said Parkes. "Around here it's so physical under braking that it's hindering me quite a lot because I can't brake late enough and lay into the bike to turn it. It's going to be a difficult race tomorrow with the heat and the shoulder because after about five laps the shoulder gets quite weak and I can't ride it as I want to.

"I've got it pretty heavily strapped to try and make it stronger. It's not actually that sore but it's just that the strength isn't there and I can't use it. With these bikes you have so much force on the upper body and shoulder that it's kind of collapsing on the brakes or I'm not quite confident enough to go there. Here and Philip Island have been quite hard because of this."

The Australian was surprised to struggle yesterday having performed well in the pre-season test at Sepang however he commented that the team has made progress with his setup today and that and after qualifying he commented that his crew had made a big step forward and that he is now feeling happier on the bike however his physical condition will likely make it very difficult in tomorrow's 20 lap race:

"I started off quite slow and I don't know if it's just the shoulder and the body not working right. I struggled a lot more than I expected yesterday because we were quite fast here in the pre-season test, especially considering that it was my first time on the bike. We changed the bike quite a bit to make it better and we caught up a lot in the afternoon. It got hotter and everyone else couldn't go faster than this morning but we actually made quite a big step.

"I think that Michael has got quite good pace on his number one bike but I think that my pace is more with di Meglio at the minute. I'm hoping that physically I can keep going because at the moment it's not looking great so I think that my battle will be there."

Parkes's future is still to be confirmed with the former World Supersport race winner linked with rides in British, German and Australian Superbikes as well as the World Endurance Championship where he has raced for Yamaha Austria in recent year:

"There's still nothing to confirm. I'd been hoping that everything would be done by now but things are being put on hold at the minute and things have changed a little bit so it's probably looking like Valencia now. BSB is still the target and the German Superbike championship is still an option as well as the World Endurance Championship."

Tagged as: Parkes , PBM

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