News 28 Apr 2019

Parkes edges Staring in The Bend ASB1000 race two nail-biter

Australian international takes over ARRC series lead in South Australia.

Image: Foremost Media.

Yamaha Racing Team ASEAN’s Broc Parkes denied fellow Australian Bryan Staring of a clean-sweep in race two of the Asia Road Racing Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Opening race victor Staring was the pace-setter in today’s 12-lap journey, however with just over two laps remaining Parkes struck and made it count.

A counter-attack from Staring wasn’t a success, both making minor mistakes in the closing stages, but Parkes able to go on for his first win in the ASB1000 category. He also takes over the points-lead following two rounds.

“After yesterday I was a little bit disappointed,” Parkes reflected. “Even though it was second and good for the championship, we had to go back and do our study. It was my first race here and I actually punished the tyre so bad at the start, so today I decided to sit back and wait.

“When the time come, I pushed, but when I got on the front I had a couple of moments – in one I lost the front, then the other time on a bump. I’m very happy in general though, I have to thank Yamaha, they believed in me and now I showed them I can win I have to try and keep this going.”

Across the line Parkes was 0.456s ahead of Staring, with second of the official Yamahas Yuki Ito completing the podium and Parkes now holds a 21-point lead in the standings. Wildcards Yanni Shaw (Kawasaki) and Stephanie Redman (Yamaha) were 11th and 12 respectively.

This afternoon’s SuperSports 600cc race was won by Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team) for the double to extend his buffer, while earlier it was Aiki Iyoshi (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing) who won the Production 250 race and took the series lead after teammate Andy Fadly crashed out.