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Parkes takes Misano win, series lead

12 June 2011

Broc Parkes is the new leader of the World Supersport Championship standings after breaking Yamaha's dominance to take a commanding victory at Misano.

The Kawasaki rider went into the race third in the overall standings, ten points behind joint-leaders Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies, who between them had won each of the four races so far this year.

However, with Scassa not competing due to his one-race ban and Davies finishing down the order to sixth, Parkes has now leapfrogged both to go five points ahead.

It was Davies that led the way initially, the Yamaha rider managing a good start from second position to get the better of pole sitter Sam Lowes into the opening bends. Indeed, Lowes was shuffled down to fifth by the end of the opening lap, behind Davies, Parkes, wild-card rider Ilario Dionisi and David Salom.

As the top three broke away, Parkes planted his move for the lead on lap three, though a mistake on lap four would allow Davies back through. Parkes resumed the lead again on lap five when Davies ran on at turn one and dropped to third, his error bottling up Salom and Lowes and enabling Parkes and the inspired Dionisi into a sizeable lead.

Far from working his way back into contention, Davies's pace instead began to drop markedly from this point, the Welshman holding up Salom, Lowes, James Ellison and Fabien Foret, the Frenchman charging up the order as he recovered from a lap one mistake that left him down in 11th.

Indeed, Foret was making substantial progress, even passing Lowes and Salom at the same time as he pushed his way up to fourth place. However, just as he had snatched third from Davies to put himself in a good position to catch the leaders, a moment out of turn eight dropped him back to sixth.

Foret duly worked his way back to the front of the pack by lap twelve and set off in pursuit of Dionisi, the domestic rider holding firm in second place, but now a comfortable distance behind Parkes.

With three laps remaining, Foret got the better of Dionisi, but it was too late for him to do anything about Parkes, who controlled the pace to cross the line for a sixth career WSS win, his first for Kawasaki and his first since Qatar 2008. Crucially though – on a weekend where Davies was expected to capitalise on his team-mate's absence – it is Parkes that now heads the standings after five races.

Foret held on for second, though the Ten Kate Honda rider was visibly aggrieved with the mistakes that arguably cost him the chance for victory.

The fight for the final podium position went down to the wire, with Lowes finding impressive pace in the closing laps to shadow Foret. A stubborn backmarker would go on to nix his chances of challenging Foret for second, but Lowes was still able to get the better of Dionisi and take a second WSS podium of the season.

Salom also edged through on Dionisi for fourth, leaving the Italian a somewhat unrepresentative fifth following a herculean ride on the Honda Italia machine.

Davies finished a fairly lonely sixth on a disappointing weekend for the ParkinGO Yamaha team, while Ellison got a good finish on the board with his run to seventh.

The ever-consistent Robbin Harms finished in eighth, ahead of Roberto Tamburini and Gino Rea, while Florian Marino, Miguel Praia, Alessio Velini, Roman Stamm and Alexander Lundh were the final points' scorers.


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