Imola Offers Salom And Parkes The Chance To Shine Once Again

September 23, 2011

WSS, Imola, Italy, 20 September 2011 - Kawasaki Provec Ninja ZX-6R riding duo David Salom and Broc Parkes enjoyed a recent test at Misano and now hope to score strong results at the forthcoming Imola round.

The classic Italian circuit starts a run of three season-ending races in quick succession – Imola, Magny-Cours and Portimao – with the undulating and frequently high-speed circuit in Italy providing a particular challenge to all riders and machines.

Imola is another new race on a Kawasaki WSS machine for Salom but despite only joining the Provec team in the winter he is currently second overall in the championship, having scored two podiums and two pole positions along the way. His consistency is unmatched in the class this year as he has been no lower than eighth in every single one of the nine races so far.

Parkes is particularly keen to get back into action as he left the two-day Misano test having found the feedback from his front end set-up that he wanted and is now ready to go for race wins in the last three rounds. Currently Broc has six career WSS wins and 27 podiums, all in 79 race starts. He is overall fourth in the rankings at present, only eight points behind his team-mate Salom.

Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki competitors Massimo Roccoli and Vittorio Iannuzzo have posted consistent results in some recent races, with Roccoli in particular moving on well after taking two top five finishes in succession. He is now ninth in the championship, Iannuzzo 15th.

David Salom: “We had a good test at Misano and our times were even faster than the race weekend. It was a positive period and we tried some new things with the suspension and the geometry. We had a new engine as well and it is a bit faster. Imola is a fast circuit and we will need all the speed we can get there. The track itself has a lot of up and downs and there are a lot of bumps but it is similar to the circuit we use for testing in Spain. I think it will be a good place for us and our bike.”

Broc Parkes: “I am really looking forward to the last three rounds because they should really count for us. I have to go to Imola with a positive attitude and the final placings will probably only come out at the very last round. The final races take place at tracks I really like and where the bike works well. Hopefully we can get back up there on the podium this weekend. We were trying out a lot of stuff back-to-back at the Misano tests and we just really tried to confirm a few things. I felt like I had my bike back and our lap times were really good. We bettered the times we did there during race weekend in the summer, which shows that we are making progress still.”