News 14 Jun 2011

Set-up gamble pays off for Parkes and Kawasaki to boost them into WSS title lead

Aussie Broc Parkes raced to the victory at Misano in World Supersport on Sunday.

Aussie Broc Parkes raced to the victory at Misano in World Supersport on Sunday.

A set-up gamble in Sunday’s World Supersport round at Misano paid off for Australia’s Broc Parkes, winning his first race of the season to take over the series lead.

Parkes rode a perfect race at Misano to secure the team’s first race win of the season, marking his first with the ZX-6R in WSS after joining the team in the final rounds of last season.

Having qualified fourth fastest, Parkes was in line for a good result and his longed-for first win in Kawasaki colours came at one of his favourite circuits, after making a change to the machine set-up which worked well in real race conditions over all 22-laps.

“Unreal to win. It felt really good and I got a good start from fourth place on the grid,” Parkes said. “I was really concerned how the set-up would be for the race, because we made quite a big change for the start, so we did not know exactly where we were.

“It was a little bit of a gamble but it paid off in the end. I got out in front, got to the lead and looked back to see who was behind me. I could see he was not a championship contender, so I had to think about points as well.

“But I wanted a win, I really wanted to win so much, and at the end we took it. I could see some other guys were coming, but I just had to stay relaxed and control the race. First Kawasaki win for me and it feels good, and a great job from all the team.”

Parkes now leads the championship by five points from Chaz Davies, who led the race for a time, before Parkes swept past on lap five.