Ten Kate Racing team manager Ronald ten Kate has spoken out against Pirelli for its failure to provide a consistent tyre supply after his rider Broc Parkes endured grip issues at Imola.

Parkes endured a torrid race day in Italy as he initially struggled in the lower reaches of the top ten before returning to the pit lane to change tyres. With the existing rubber badly worn after just a handful of laps, Parkes returned to the circuit on an identical specification tyre and subsequently began lapping several seconds faster before setting a new lap record.

Furthermore, while the Australian racer finished on the podium at the Phillip Island opener, he was barely a contender for race victory having started from pole position, with ten Kate blaming the tyres on that occasion too.

It's an issue that ten Kate has urged Pirelli to address, adding that the inconsistency is preventing teams from competing on level footing.

"This is a championship that has a one-make tyre that is supposed to mean a level playing field for all of us. Unfortunately, we've seen two not-so-good tyres this weekend - the first was the last one in qualifying, which cost us a front row start, but this was not so important, because we were confident that we had the pace to do well in the race.

"The second one cost us the race because Broc had to pull in because it became almost dangerous for him to keep riding around. We changed it for the same spec of tyre and he managed to break the lap record and do lap times good enough to be challenging for the win. It just shows that there was nothing wrong with the rider, or the bike settings, or the team performance around here and there was clearly something else going on.

"After the tyre issues we had in Phillip Island and the tyre issues here, I strongly hope that neither we nor any other teams experience anything like this again in this championship because th is is not how we should be racing."

Pre-season favourite Parkes is sixth in the standings after two events, 29 points adrift of the man he replaced at Ten Kate Racing, Fabien Foret.



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