More talk, less chatter for Kawasaki pair

Kawasaki endured a tough opening to their 2009 World Superbike season after set-up problems prevented both Broc Parkes and Makoto Tamada from scoring any points.

The team, taking part in their first event as a Paul Bird Motorsport run concern, had high hopes of a good result after Parkes qualified a solid 16th and was lapping just a second off the leading pace.

The Australian rider even converted that into a good start, Parkes getting as high as tenth position before suffering from severe chattering. Prompting a rapid drop down the field, Parkes' misery would eventually be compounded by a retirement inducing clutch problem.

The second race signalled an improvement for Parkes, but a poor start left him with a lot to do and he could only recover to 18th by the end of the race.

"The first race was a major disappointment for me as I had a really good start and we had good pace early on but I really struggled with chatter and finally a clutch problem took me out of the race.

“I didn't get a good start in race two which set me back further in the field but this is the first race distance on the bike and it was one of the toughest rides I have had in a long time. I was determined to finish the race so we can try and get some progress on set-up and data ready for the next race in Qatar."

Parkes' problems meant team-mate Makoto Tamada recorded their best result of the day in 17th position, although the Japanese rider was disappointed to miss out on the points.

“I experienced some pretty bad chattering issues in race one and I found it really hard to push the bike to improve my position. I was surprised that I was able to keep the pace and even though I am not happy with the result, I was happy to finish the race in order to give the team valuable race data.

“We made some minor set-up changes in race two and although I still had a lot of chatter, it wasn't as bad as race one - and it was nice to be able to do some overtaking. Like most riders today I struggled a lot with grip but I'm happy to give the team some feedback so we can continue to improve.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Parkes, Australian WSBK 2009
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Mahias, WSS,Thai WSBK 2017
Caricasulo,WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Hayden,Thai WSBK 2017
Davies,Thai WSBK 2017
De Angelis,Thai WSBK 2017
Badovini, Thai WSBK 2017
Kyle Ryde, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Tuuli, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Mulhauser, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Mahias, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Rolfo, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Calero, WSS,Thai WSBK 2017
Okubo, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Mulhauser, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Hayden, Thai WSBK 2017
Caricasulo, WSS race, Thai WSBK 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Beszti - Unregistered

March 02, 2009 11:02 AM

Chattering - such as last year... I cannot understand whether the Kawa technicians are stupid or inconvenient or the team lacks foundation, but this is strange. Every single year the kawa riders are complaining of chattering and chattering. What the hell they have done during testing????

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.