Kawasaki World Superbike Team aces Broc Parkes and Makoto Tamada are looking to build upon last weekend's opening performances when round two of the 2009 World Superbike Championship takes place around the Losail International Circuit in Qatar next weekend.
The Paul Bird Motorsports duo narrowly failed to muster a point between them despite encouraging showings in Australia, and with a couple of races under their belts, they arrive in the Middle East in good spirits and hoping to make an impression on the leaderboard aboard their Kawasaki ZX-10Rs.
“I can see that the team and I are making progress slowly,” remarked Tamada, who notched up a 17th and 18th place at Phillip Island. “We are moving in a positive direction, and although I am realistic about where we are and the problems we have, I can see that we have the potential to be in the top ten in the not-so-distant future.
“Each race we will get better and better, and I am looking forward to the challenge at Qatar and also getting back to Europe where I feel we will be considerably stronger.”
“I want to put Phillip Island behind me,” added World Supersport graduate Parkes, who could manage no better than a solitary 18th position in front of his home fans Down Under, “and look forward to some progressive improvements for the Qatar race.
“We will need to try a few things, and we need to make some big changes to the bikes so we can find a good direction and hopefully get within the points, which has been my objective since the start of the season. The Phillip Island race has highlighted to me that we've still got a lot of work to do, but as a team we will work hard and hopefully start to see some improvements in Qatar.”