After scoring his first top ten finish of the 2009 World Superbike season in race one at Valencia, Broc Parkes is hoping that new parts for his factory-backed Kawasaki will allow a repeat performance this weekend at Assen.
It hasn't been an easy start to the season for the former WSS title contender, with points from just two of the six races, but the Australian has comfortably outperformed his team-mate and WSBK/MotoGP race winner Makoto Tamada - and feels that the ZX-10R is improving.
"The bike is developing well and we've made some pretty good steps forward over the past few races,” Broc declared. “We have some new parts arriving ready for Assen and this will hopefully have a good effect to take us to Monza and then the flyaways.
“The championship is so tight though, anything can happen so it's possible to be in the top ten once more if things go right. I can't say I've had any major results before at Assen but I do enjoy the circuit and the atmosphere is always good,” he added.
Tamada scored his first points of the season with 14th in race one at Valencia and, despite recent injuries, knows he needs to improve his performances. As part of that process, the Japanese is targeting a top ten at Assen on Sunday.
"There were some setbacks due to my injury during the Valencia races, but I am recovering fast and happy with my progress,” said Tamada. “I don't feel that I have been able to show anywhere near my full potential this season yet, but I am confident that I will do in the near future.
“I have a great new team behind me and I have full confidence in them and the goals we have set out to achieve together. I am hoping for a top ten finish at Assen,” he declared.