Contest For Second A Potential Thriller
October 10, 2011
WSS, Portimao, Portugal, 10 October 2011 - The fight for overall second place in WSS may well be a Kawasaki in-house battle between team-mates David Salom and Broc Parkes, as they each try to reel in Fabien Foret’s eight point advantage.
After Chaz Davies secured the championship last time out at Magny Cours, Salom and Parkes now vie with each other on the same total of 136 points, with Parkes currently ranked above Salom as the Aussie has secured a race win in 2011 already, at Misano.
The podium places have to be the target for both Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki riders at Portimao, as they must secure strong finishes and hope Foret has an off day at the twisty and undulating Portuguese circuit on the Algarve. Both Salom and Parkes have been leading lights almost throughout the season, with the entire team effort worthy of praise in a season that is every bit as tough as was expected.
It’s still not quite over yet, not until the race has been completed on Sunday 16 October. For Salom a first WSS race win is his most obvious target while Parkes is out to score a victory himself, to double his 2011 total.
The Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki team, which fields Massimo Roccoli and Vittorio Iannuzzo, have been posting strong results in 2011, with Roccoli aiming to return to the top ten at this final race meeting. Iannuzzo is keen to overhaul current 13th place rider and local Portuguese competitor Miguel Praia, but will have to put in a strong final effort to do so. He has scored four top ten places so far, with a best of seventh at Imola his benchmark for the season finale.
Broc Parkes: “We just want to keep up the momentum we have gathered in the past two races. It has been really good again and we have been working well, battling up the front for the wins. I just want to go to Portugal and get the best result possible at the last race, and hopefully see if we can get overall second in the championship. I am going to go into the Portimao weekend just trying to go for the win because that is all I can do at the moment.”
David Salom: “I think Portimao should be very good for us, and we did a test there last winter. It was a good test and I think it is possible for us to challenge for the race win and stay at the front. I like the circuit and for the bike and for me it should be a good one. Portimao is very physical and you need a lot of concentration but I think it is a more difficult challenge for a Superbike rider. The team and I worked well this year and the team and the bike have taken me from one level to be able to fight near the top of the championship.”