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Points For Kawasaki Riders At Kyalami

May 19, 2009

Regular Kawasaki World Superbike Team rider Broc Parkes and stand-in rider Sheridan Morais each scored points in the sixth round of the championship, with Morais taking a best of 11th in race two.

Given the fact that Parkes was still suffering with a significant degree of pain and weakness due to his recent testing crash, and that Morais was not only new to WSB but new to slick tyres, their points scores in each race are highly creditable.

The Ninja ZX-10R proved to be a useful machine around the bumpy and relatively old Kyalami tarmac, with Morais making light of his first ride in such illustrious company. He was running top ten for a period then posted a 13th place in race one, followed by an even more impressive 11th.

Parkes had to admit that Kyalami was a particularly tough test for his battered body despite his determination proving strong enough to secure a 15th place in race one and then a 14th place in the second 24-lap Superbike contest.

Parkes now has 20 points in the championship, and is 18th, while Morais joins the points scoring club at this level with eight, and is 21st overall.

Broc Parkes: “My body has had enough. I knew it would be tough here but I also struggled all weekend with set-up. I think a lot of my problems have come down to fitness because of my crash in testing and a recent operation on my shoulder. I have a few more problems that way than I thought I would. We had a better second race, but it was a little bit like Monza, my body is still not ready. I have short break before the next round at Miller and I think that is going to do me the world of good. I tried my best but I just didn’t have the strength at the end. Even at the start I could not put my body on the line like I want to. To come out of here with points is not a bad effort, I think.”

Sheridan Morais: “That was a race! The first one I was fighting but went backwards. Such small changes on these World Superbikes obviously make a crucial difference. We made like a tiny adjustment to the bike for race two and it was a different bike to ride. So I could really race. I missed a top ten by one place but I absolutely rode my heart out. The team did a fantastic job and I am pretty happy.”

WSBK

Race 1
1 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R
2 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1098R
3 Ben Spies Yamaha YZF R1
4 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR
5 Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4
6 Carlos Checa Honda CBR1000RR
7 Shinya Nakano Aprilia RSV4
8 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
9 Shane Byrne Ducati 1098R
10 Tom Sykes Yamaha YZF R1
15 Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R

Race 2
1 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R
2 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1098R
3 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR
4 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR
5 Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4
6 Carlos Checa Honda CBR1000RR
7 Shinya Nakano Aprilia RSV4
8 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
9 Tom Sykes Yamaha YZF R1
10 Jakub Smrz Ducati 1098R
14 Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R

Standings
1 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R 250
2 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 165
3 Ben Spies Yamaha YZF R1 162
4 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 116
5 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR 106
6 Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 103
7 Tom Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 103
8 Régis Laconi Ducati 1098R 77
9 Max Neukirchner Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 75
10 Carlos Checa Honda CBR1000RR 73
18 Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 20
28 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 2

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