Parkes: We could have been top eight

Broc Parkes says his sole 11th place finish in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship didn't do justice to a Kawasaki bike that was capable of a strong top ten finish at Miller Motorsports Park.

Both Parkes and substitute team-mate Jamie Hacking provided one of the big stories of the weekend in the USA by reaching the final phase of Superpole before showing strong pace in each race.

However, while Hacking was able to secure the manufacturer's best result in WSBK since 2007 with a seventh place finish, Parkes' progress was hampered by tyre woes in the first race and contact at the start of the second.

Parkes did briefly run an aggregate fourth in the opening event, but tumbled down the field rapidly when his tyres began to fade.

His hopes of improving in race two were then ruined at the first corner when he was pushed down to 23rd position. Nonetheless, the Australian fought his way back through the field to collect decent points in 11th.

Even so, while 11th is just one position below his season's best this year, he is confident the and the bike were capable of far better.

"It's my first time here at Miller so when I walked the track on Thursday I was really happy to see that it's a track that I like with big open and flowing corners. I was really happy to get through all three Superpole sessions and start from the second row on the grid.

“I got good starts in both races but in the first race we had a few issues with tyres and then I had to pull out of the race with an electrical problem on the final lap. In race two we changed the tyres but I was hit in the first corner so I was dead last so had to try and claw my way back to a decent position as the bike was the best it's felt all weekend.

“Our times showed that we could have easily sustained a position in the top eight so I'm a bit disappointed that the results this weekend didn't reflect how good the team and the bike have been."

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