News 10 Nov 2015

MotoGP race return short-lived for Parkes in Spain

Valencia appearance results in non-finish last Sunday.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Broc Parkes’ return to MotoGP with the e-motion Iodaracing Team ended prematurely when his Aprilia-based ART encountered excessive chatter problems and a loss of grip in the race’s closing stages.

In place of injured team regular Alex de Angelis, Parkes was impressive in qualifying with a personal best lap of the circuit at 1m33.577s on the privateer Open class entry.

Starting 25th on the back row of the grid with Valentino Rossi, Parkes settled into a positive race pace eventually forced him out of the race on lap 22 of the scheduled 30.

“I tried to ride my own race on the Open riders that were in front of me on the grid,” Parkes said. “In the first laps I was quite attached to the group, but then the bike has started to have problems of chattering and sliding, so big that I risk falling, that’s why I retired.

“I want to thank all members of the team e-motion Iodaracing for the passion that they have in their work, they made me feel immediately a part of them, then I want to thank also Giampiero Sacchi for the opportunity he gave me making me race in MotoGP after long time.”

After a mixed season contesting a variety of championships – World Endurance, British Superbike and now MotoGP – alongside a Michelin MotoGP tyre development role, Parkes has yet to confirm his plans for 2016.