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Parkes back in the points at Donington

Broc Parkes is looking forward to the upcoming World Superbike mid-season tests at Imola following a trying weekend at Donington Park.

Looking to get back in the points after missing out at Misano, the Kawasaki ZX-10R appeared to struggle around Donington Park through qualifying, with all five 'green' entries missing the Superpole cut.

The first time this season that Parkes hadn't made it into the top twenty, the Australian battled hard in the opening race to cross the line in 18th position, but was better rewarded in the second with a run to 14th place.

Nonetheless, the Australian insists a top ten result was on the cards on that occasion had he not had a gearing problem that dropped down the order in the latter stages.

"It's been a big struggle this weekend during our practice and qualifying sessions and it's the first time all year that I've sat out of Superpole, which was really disappointing. In race one I had a bad start and had to work my way through from the back of the pack and although our result wasn't good I felt OK on the bike and was happy to finish the race.

“For race two, we changed tyres but it was really slippery out there so I'd wished I'd stayed on my race one tyre. I had a good start and got away and was able to battle with the middle guys until I had an issue with the gears in the last few laps which unfortunately put me out of the top ten.”

Attention now turns to the upcoming mid-season tests at Imola, where Parkes is hoping to eke more pace from his Kawasaki.

“I'm looking forward to the Imola test and getting back some momentum in the team."



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Gossip Girl - Unregistered

July 01, 2009 1:05 PM

Keep at it broc, your doin a great job all things considered. Each race that you finish is a bonus and you seem to workin it out as you go. It was always going to be a hard season and youve been obviously doing giving it your all :)

pp916 - Unregistered

July 02, 2009 5:54 PM

I think the anti-Hacking stuff has been stimulated by his supporters sounding off, maybe a bit too much, about how he was going to show the rest of the grid how to ride a bike....now its not quite worked out that way he's getting the inevitable backlash....not his fault, I'm sure he tries as hard as anybody. No mention of the fact that Simon Andrews was best Kawasaki at Donington? 10th in the 2nd race ain't too shabby on a low budget privateer bike with next to no electronics.....but he's British so we'll just keep quiet about that.... :)



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