Salom And Parkes Both Fast In Official Testing
January 28, 2011
A dry first day of action at Portimao placed Ninja ZX-6R riders David Salom and Broc Parkes second and third in the final rankings after the completion of a three-day Infront Motorsport test.
Changeable weather conditions and unpredictably wet-and-dry track surfaces dominated proceedings on the second and third days, with Parkes fast in all conditions and still able to make real set-up progress, despite the unexpected lack of dry track time.
Salom was again consistently near the top but a crash on the final day, after hitting a wet patch of tarmac and losing the rear, saw David injure the rear of his hip and be forced to sit out the final session. He is fully expected to be fit for the next test and then the first race of the year at the end of February.
Machine developments at this test were concentrated on the evolution of the final race package, with lots of work being done in the area of electronics and suspension. Because of the relatively cool winter conditions, even on the dry first day, the lap and circuit records were not quite reached by any of the 21 riders on show.
Broc Parkes: “Today went really well; we did some good wet tests, and we stayed upright in tricky
conditions. We tried something with a new tyre in this test and it didn’t work for us so I don’t think I
showed the time that we could have done. The whole test has been a bit difficult with the weather
conditions but I got through it and we worked on a lot of good stuff. The bike was definitely one step better again.”
David Salom: “The test was pretty good overall, in the wet it was good and I was second fastest in the dry.I worked well with the team, and we spent most of our time on set-up on suspension and electronics and made progress. The only downside was that I crashed on the wet in turn seven. I opened the gas and opened it a bit too much. I highsided and fell hard, so I have a very small crack in the back of my pelvic bone. No problems, a few days of rest and it will be fine for the test and race in Australia.”