PBM Kawasaki press release:
World Superbike returns to Kyalami and South Africa for the first time since 2002 and this up-and-down circuit full of contrasting corners should offer good opportunities for Broc Parkes.
Parkes had a strong weekend back in WSB at Monza after a recent testing injury interrupted his early-season push, taking his Ninja ZX-10R to a fantastic top ten finish in race one and a second points scoring finish in race two, despite not being at full fitness yet.
Parkes acknowledges that Kyalami will be a very physical circuit to race around, but the tough Aussie is looking forward to the experience all the same after exceeding his own expectations at Monza last Sunday.
Makoto Tamada will miss the Kyalami race after breaking his left wrist in a race one crash at Monza, and thus Parkes is scheduled to fly solo at this much-anticipated meeting.
Kyalami is an old friend to World Superbike, although there will be small modifications to one area of the track compared to the version last used in WSB. Some of Parkes’ main rivals have tested at Kyalami recently, which makes the early practice sessions particularly important for Broc, so he can give a good account of himself in Sunday’s two WSB races.
Broc Parkes: “Monza was our best weekend so far. I think Kyalami will be a little bit harder on my body but I have another four or five days to get fitter again, and every day I am getting better. We didn’t test there so we are going to start a little bit behind, but it was the same at Monza. Hopefully by Sunday we will be there to fight again for good points.”