News 2 Sep 2009

WSBK: New father Parkes hopes for success at the Nurburgring


After a long break from action on the global stage the Kawasaki World Superbike Racing Team gets back to regular business at the Nürburgring, with Broc Parkes and Makoto Tamada paired up once again.

The team was active in the five weekend WSB summer break, with Parkes entered the Brands Hatch round of the British Superbike championship, eventually scoring three podium finishes using the most recent set-up solution for his Ninja ZX-10R. Tamada, injured once again after a crash in race two at the previous Brno round, has spent the summer break training and recuperating in his native Japan.

Both Parkes and Tamada have great reason to be confident as they approach the 11th round of the championship, as the official WSB machines have been constantly developing as the season has unfolded, and each rider has previous experience of the Nürburgring circuit.

Last year weather was a factor over the race weekend at the Nürburgring, not an unusual happening at this circuit situated in the Eifel Mountains in Germany. The 5.137km modern-day circuit sits alongside the much longer Nordschleife course, making the Nürburgring in general one of the most important Motorsport complexes for global, not just German, race fans.

Last year, before his Kawasaki WSB partnership, Parkes rode well in the Supersport class at this venue and earned a podium, while Tamada took two points scoring finishes on his Kawasaki Superbike.

Broc Parkes: “After racing at the British Superbike meeting at Brands Hatch in early August we found some really good things on the bike and came away with some great results, That gave me and the team some confidence in our direction for the last four WSB races. It will be great to apply the team’s development to the Nürburgring race this weekend. I really enjoy racing at this circuit and I’ve had some successful results in the past. I’ve also won a race a few years back on the short circuit for the German Superbike Championship. Overall, I’m really looking forward to some good results this weekend. I’m also over the moon at becoming a father this week to my newborn son, young Jesse John Parkes.”

Makoto Tamada: “After another unfortunate crash in Brno I am happy to confirm that after the August break my finger doesn’t hurt at all, and I am ready, 100%, to race this weekend. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R performed much better during the Brno race, and I predict that we can finish in the top ten in both races at Nürburgring. I just can’t wait to be back on the bike again and continue where we left off after some exciting developments from Brno.”