World Supersport ace Broc Parkes exceeded expectations with a valuable rostrum finish on the Ten Kate Honda at Phillip Island and now feels ready to up the ante at Imola.
Parkes had not raced for four months prior to his podium success in Australia, but is now firmly back in the groove and relishing a return to action this weekend in Italy.
“I have been back in Europe for a couple of weeks and I'm back to European time now. I'm looking forward to Imola after the first race at Phillip Island,” he said.
“I was really excited to finish on the podium because we had not ridden for four months. I'm looking to get back into it again now. I have always liked Imola because it is old school,” he added.
“If you make a mistake you go onto the gravel. If you make a mistake on a modern circuit normally you run wide, come back on and get back into the race. You need a lot of concentration at this track.
“We have a one-day test after the Imola weekend, on the Monday, and then one at Assen before we go there for round three.”
Fellow Honda rider Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) is aiming to build on his fourth place finish at Phillip Island as he rides at Imola for the first time.
"My feeling is I am really happy to go to Imola as the break was too long from the first to second round. I want to make the same progress as Phillip Island and challenge at the front,” Cluzel said.
“I was very happy on my PTR Honda, but we had some tyre problems at what was maybe our worst circuit of the season. We hope the problem is finished for the next race.
“I think we can fight for the podium, I just have to learn very fast and concentrate as it is my first time at the track.”
British rider Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) has raced at Imola before, despite this being his full rookie season in WSS, but that was nine years ago and he admits he will have to work hard to re-learn the circuit.
“I'm looking forward to Imola so much. We had a teaser round in Australia and then a big gap. I rode at Imola nine years ago so I have a very little track knowledge,” said Jessopp.
“What I do remember is I loved the flowing wide corners and enjoyed it. The first session is to learn the track and then I need to get on it in first qualifying. I just need to ride it properly as a 600 should be, so I am looking for a good result.”