WSS » Parkes tests with Ten Kate Honda


Broc Parkes switches to Ten Kate Honda for post-season testing in Portugal as Lorenzini gets ready to take over Kawasaki's official entry.

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Ben1

October 19, 2011 6:57 AM

He deserves, but what's the problem with Foret and Marino? Foret showed that he is still fast (altough he had some downs, but Parkes too), Marino is very promising, he can achieve great things in the future. Don't see the reason why Ten Kate want to change.

tucker - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 8:41 AM

Ben1,

I'm pretty sure Marino is staying for a second season with Ten Kate in WSS, but bringing in parkes to replace Foret seems like a smart move on Ten Kates' side, Foret will be 39 next season, Parkes will be only 30 I think Parkes will be top 3 next season. And for van der Mark, this could be just a reward and a look to the future for such a good season in SuperStock600 where he finished 3rd with 4 wins, my money is on Marino+Parkes pairing for 2012.

Ben1

October 19, 2011 9:44 AM

tucker,

It makes sense, altough I think they should give another chance for Foret, he did a really great job, why sign him for only one season? Truth that he is old but I don't think he is worse than Parkes.
For van der Mark, I suspected this is a reward for his great season, same for Day, I think vd Mark will remain in the ST600 category with big hopes, while Day will continue in SP or ST1000, like Jed Metcher (they both are above 20).
Anyway, I'm interested who will ride where in Supersport. Maybe Marino/Parkes or Marino/Foret at Ten Kate, Roccoli/Morais in Kawasaki, Lowes/Ellison(?) at PTR with Praia and a pay rider, and a big question mark for the ParkinGO or another top Yamaha team. I would like them to continue, with Scassa and maybe Tamburini. Oh and not forget Alstare Suzuki.

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