PARKES AND PIRELLI STUN WITH FOURTH PLACE FIN­ISH

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Broc Parkes and the Yamaha Aus­tria team were able to pull off one of the most mo­men­tous re­sults in re­cent Suzuka his­tory by tak­ing an in­cred­i­ble fourth place on Pirelli tyres and with a largely untested squad.

Up against the might of Bridge­stone and their Mo­togp-spec tyres at the Ja­panese firm’s home race, even Parkes ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that he and team­mates Kouata Nozane and Takuya Fu­jita didn’t ex­pect this level of re­sult.

“We didn’t ex­pect to be any­where near where we were on Pirellis and after the times my team-mates were do­ing all week­end! We kept putting them on used tyres, and maybe they learned some­thing, be­cause they re­ally stepped up in the race.

“Yamaha are re­ally happy with me too. I had a bad sea­son last year, but there was a lot go­ing on in my per­sonal life, and now that we’re back to nor­mal and that the mind is bet­ter I think it’s show­ing in my re­sults again.”

Set to re­place Stu­art Eas­ton at Tommy Hill’s epayme Yamaha team in the MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike cham­pi­onship for the re­main­der of the year, he says it’s time to show that his poor per­for­mances on the Mil­wau­kee Yamaha last year in BSB were not a true re­flec­tion of his abil­i­ties.

“I would like to be in BSB next year again. I’m go­ing back to try and prove a point and to be there for 2017. I like the cham­pi­onship, I like the spec­ta­tors, and I like the pas­sion of it.”

There is one small mat­ter to at­tend to be­fore he can fo­cus on BSB, how­ever, and that’s wrap­ping up the En­durance World cham­pi­onship. Now thrust back into the ti­tle fight after their Suzuka re­sult, Parkes says it’ll be an all-out ef­fort for the fi­nal round at Osch­er­sleben.

“Suzuka was a great re­sult and we’re nearly lead­ing the En­durance World cham­pi­onship to boot. The last round is in Ger­many at the end of next month, and we’re go­ing with all guns blaz­ing!”

‘We kept putting them on used tyres, and they learned some­thing’

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