Front Row Placing For Parkes

March 26, 2011

Two days of contrasting track temperatures helped place Broc Parkes fourth and David Salom fifth in combined qualifying for the second round of the year, meaning Parkes will start from the first row.

The relatively warm and sunny first day was replaced by a cold and overcast second day of action. Both Kawasaki riders took a tumble at turn three this morning, on the first left-hander after a series of right, but recovered to post good qualifying times and strong race pace.

No less than 28 riders qualified for the 22-lap race, to be held at 13.30 hours on Sunday, with Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) going into the top ten after combined qualifying. His team-mate Vittorio Iannuzzo was 14th today.

Broc Parkes: “It all ended up pretty good in the afternoon session. I had a crash on the fast left down Craner Curves, on a cold tyre this morning, and it is a lot faster down there than I thought! I hurt myself a little; my right thumb and a couple of ribs are quite sore. I was a bit worried about how it would be in qualifying this afternoon but I was fine. The weather was a bit cooler today and it was hard to make the lap times simply because of that. But we worked it out and I was fourth on the grid and second in the session. Our consistency of lap time is pretty good as well. Our race pace should be right there and we may try a couple of new things tomorrow, but just little touches here or there.”

David Salom: “I will have a reasonable starting position tomorrow so that is the most important thing. I had a small problem with the bike in final qualifying session, just some chatter when I opened the throttle but I think it is maybe because I had a crash this morning. The guys are checking now but no problem; we will be fine for tomorrow. I will start near the front and our race pace is good for the weather conditions we expect to find in the races.”