Broc Parkes has described his World Supersport victory at Misano as 'unreal' after returning to the top step of the podium for the first time in more than three years.
Despite starting from fourth position, the Kawasaki rider overturned the odds to emerge as the man to beat come race day at Misano, heading off the challenge from his Honda and Yamaha rivals to lead from almost start-to-finish.
Having spent almost two seasons in the World Superbike Championship, Parkes was delighted to be celebrating victory again, his first Supersport triumph since Qatar 2008 and his first with the Spanish-based Kawasaki team.
“Unreal to win,” he said. “It felt really good and I got a good start from fourth place on the grid. I was really concerned how the set-up would be for the race, because we made quite a big change for the start, so we did not know exactly where we were. It was a little bit of a gamble but it paid off in the end.
“I got out in front, got to the lead and looked back to see who was behind me. I could see he was not a championship contender, so I had to think about points as well. But I wanted a win, I really wanted to win so much, and at the end we took it.
“I could see some other guys were coming, but I just had to stay relaxed and control the race. First Kawasaki win for me and it feels good, and a great job from all the team.”
Though each of the four races prior to Misano had gone comfortably the way of ParkinGO Yamaha, Parkes's consistent approach has actually seen him move ahead of Chaz Davies and Luca Scassa in the points' standings. He is now five points ahead of Davies.