Broc Parkes is satisfied to have achieved his objectives during qualifying for the opening World Superbike round of the season, the local favourite securing a spot on the fourth row for Kawasaki.
With the Paul Bird Motorsport prepared ZX-10R still undergoing development, Parkes was keen to qualify somewhere in the mid-field, a feat he duly achieved when he made it into the second phase of the new knockout format.
Although he struggled to make his tyres work for him once there, Parkes was nonetheless pleased to be lapping less than a second off the ultimate pace on his return to the Superbike category.
“When we came here after testing we had an idea of where we would finish in qualifying, and we have reached it. I was pleased to have made Superpole first time in my return to the Superbike class and even more pleased to make it into the second section of Superpole.
“We didn't make the improvements we wanted to when we used qualifiers, but for my first qualifying experience back in this class it wasn't too bad. It's incredibly close this year with so many riders covered by only a second.”
It was a tough day for team-mate Makoto Tamada, however, the Japanese rider struggling with set-up issues to end the day as the only factory rider not to reach Superpole.
“I wanted to finish higher in qualifying of course, but we were having some problems with stability and corner entry. We need to improve set-up to stop running wide in corners, and to let the bike turn into corners more easily. Under braking the bike is good. We have more things to test for tomorrow in warm-up and I am sure we can improve things for the races.”