News 5 Oct 2009

WSBK: No luck for Kawasaki rider Parkes in Magny-Cours races


Broc Parkes got onto the score sheet at the Magny-Cours WSB race, but had to work hard for his second race points scoring position, having retired in race one.

Broc, the lone regular rider in the team this weekend as Makoto Tamada is recovering from a recent concussion, was on for more points in race one, but had to pull in when he found false neutrals while changing gear.

His team-mate for the Magny-Cours weekend, Sheridan Morais, was unable to find a set-up which would allow him to challenge for finishes in the races, his cause also not being helped by starting each race from 23rd on the grid. He retired in race one, and was 19th in race two.

Weather conditions remained dry in France for the penultimate round of the championship, and the large crowd enjoyed some dramatic action in each 23-lap race. The series now moves to Magny Cours, for the final round of the year, on 25 October.

Broc Parkes: “We didn’t have enough grip in the second race. We tried all weekend but we have a bit of work to do to get the bike to where we want to be. In race one we had a false neutral a few times. It was shame because we could have had maybe 11th place in that race and more points, but it wasn’t to be. We came away with one point, but we wanted more.”

Sheridan Morais: “That was tough, but to be honest that whole weekend was tough for us. The team worked so hard trying so many different solutions for us, but there was none today at this track. I want to say thanks to the team for all the support, they have been great.”