Parkes revved up for Assen WSBK return

Having been forced to sit out the opening three rounds of the 2010 World Superbike Championship due to injury, Broc Parkes is readying himself to return to the fray with Echo-CRS at Assen in the Netherlands next weekend

Following a long convalescence and consequent absence from the race track, Broc Parkes is preparing to make his World Superbike Championship (WSBK) return in the next outing at Assen - thereby belatedly getting his 2010 challenge underway.

Parkes has been recovering from the broken tibia he sustained in his right leg in a pre-season training accident, which caused him to miss the curtain-raiser in front of his home fans Down Under at Phillip Island, and subsequently Portim?o and Valencia too.

In Australia he was replaced by compatriot and British Superbike Championship front-runner Josh Brookes, and in Portugal and Spain by South African 'super-sub' Sheridan Morais. Having dropped in on his Echo-CRS team in Valencia, however, in the Netherlands in a week's time, Parkes will be back.

"I am very happy that Broc visited us in Valencia," acknowledged team manager Sandro Di Stefano, "and I was delighted to see him in good condition. I could see that his desire to race is still the same, and now I'm eager to see him on-track at Assen.

"I am convinced that, as soon as his physical fitness is back to 100 per cent, he can be a contender. I wish him from my heart a strong comeback, so that he can bring good results to the whole team."

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