Superbike Duo Set To Make A Statement In Round 2
March 10, 2009
For Broc Parkes and Makoto Tamada the second round of the championship offers the chance to score points in what is already proving to be one of the most closely-contested WSB series ever held.
After some high points in winter testing the recent Phillip Island races proved to be less rewarding then expected and thus the Ninja ZX-10R WSB riders approach the Losail circuit with even greater determination to get onto the leader board.
Losail, at 5.380km, is a relatively lengthy circuit, which boasts several fast corners and one very long main straight, making engine performance and clean aerodynamics particularly important at this round.
Tamada raced a 2008-spec Kawasaki at Losail last year, finishing 12th in race two, but Parkes will be a first time Superbike rider in Qatar, having spent the past few seasons as a leading light in Supersport racing.
Losail is a very significant circuit for Broc, as he won the World Supersport race there in 2008.
Despite the lack of testing at the Qatari circuit this year, each Kawasaki Superbike rider is confident that their Phillip Island experiences can be translated into raceday improvements this coming weekend.
The Qatar race will be run on Saturday March 14th, with preliminary qualifying starting on Thursday March 12th. The new-for-2009 three stage elimination-style Superpole takes place on Friday March 13th.
Broc Parkes: “I want to put Phillip Island behind me and look forward to some progressive improvements for the Qatar Race. We will need to try a few things and we need to makes some changes to the bike so we can find a good direction and hopefully get in the points. That has been my objective since the start of the season. The Phillip Island race has highlighted to me that we've still got a lot of work to do but as a team we will work hard and hopefully start to see some improvements in Qatar.”
Makoto Tamada: “I can see that the team and I are making progress. We are moving in a positive direction and although I am realistic about where we are and the problems that we have, I can see that we have the potential to be in the top 10 in the not so distant future. Each race we will get better and better and I am looking forward to the challenge at Qatar and also getting back to Europe where I feel we will be considerably stronger. If we got some things sorted we should be much better in Qatar.”