News 13 Jun 2018

Parkes ‘upset’ with third non-finish of EWC season in Germany

Overheating radiator and water leak results in fiery crash for YART teammate Fritz.

Source: Supplied.

Australian Broc Parkes says he’s upset following YART Yamaha Official EWC Team’s non-finish at the weekend’s 8 Hours of Oschersleben in Germany, which marks the squad’s third DNF of the 2017-2018 FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC).

Teammate Marvin Fritz was piloting the YZF-R1 when an overheating radiator with subsequent water leak caused him to crash on the slippery liquid – the impact of the crash then resulting in the bike to catch fire on a section of track where no fire extinguisher was immediately available.

“We were in a good position and at the front the race at the beginning, then obviously things went the wrong way,” Parkes explained. “I’m really upset, it was difficult to win but the podium was possible and definitely there for us, I think we could have been second.

“The problems we had were totally out of our control so it’s frustrating for us to finish like this. I’m looking forward to doing a good job in Suzuka, thank you to all the team and Marvin and Max for everyone’s hard work this weekend.”

It’s been a challenging campaign for Parkes and the YART squad, who in the sole race they’ve complete in Slovakia, they were able to secure an incredible victory. The Endurance World Championship will head to Suzuka in Japan on 29 July for the final round of the series.