PARKES AND PIRELLI STUN WITH FOURTH PLACE FINISH
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’