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Paul Bird duo Parkes and Tamada ready for Qatar

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.”


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Mk1 47 - Unregistered

March 09, 2009 5:56 PM

Ant, u talked about Tamada.... yes he's got no more motivation with Kawa, moreover he looks like to ride his bike with one hand and one eye closed since Salt Lake last year....But didn't he finished both races at PI in front of Parkes....So???? what do you mean? Give a Ducati to Tamada and you'll see what he could do with it....Just Take Laconi for example. The Zx 10 r is a F*ckin' Piece of sh**!!!

Rossconz - Unregistered

March 09, 2009 9:32 PM

To those who rubbish Tamada don't forget he was magic on a Honda V twin superbike and a really good moto gp rider, however it went pear shaped once he went to tech 3 on Dunlop tires, as for Kawasaki, if you read interviews with guy's who rode them going back 30 years the story is always the same no matter how successful they were Kawasaki let them down, in many cases the success were not due to Kawasaki but private tuners, I an afraid Kawasaki have no passion for racing therefore will not succeed until they do! Perhaps if somebody like Ten Kate took over the building and developing the bikes they could succeed as Team Kawasaki Australia did in the 70's and 80's. :)



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