Broc Parkes will be Kawasaki's sole representative for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Kyalami, following Makoto Tamada's wrist injury.
Tamada was one of the riders caught up in the first turn smash at Monza, but with just a week's gap between events in Italy and South Africa, the Paul Bird Motorsport prepared squad have chosen to focus on Parkes instead of hiring a replacement.
The Australian, who himself is still recovering from injuries sustained in a testing crash last month, was on fine form at Monza, defying his ailments to produce his and the team's best weekend of the season.
However, with Kawasaki proving the only factory team not to test at Kyalami, which makes a return to the calendar for the first time since 2002, during the winter, Parkes is aware of the challenges he faces.
“Monza was our best weekend so far. I think Kyalami will be a little bit harder on my body but I have another four or five days to get fitter again, and every day I am getting better. We didn't test there so we are going to start a little bit behind, but it was the same at Monza. Hopefully by Sunday we will be there to fight again for good points.”