Ninja ZX-10R And Parkes Meshing Well

January 27, 2009

New signing Broc Parkes took his Kawasaki World Superbike Team Ninja ZX-10R to 15th place in the overall WSB ranking after three days of testing, despite frequent interruptions due to rain.

Parkes has raced in World Supersport for many years recently and the team is new to Kawasaki machinery this season; facts which make the final mid-placing on the time-sheets highly respectable, particularly given the strength and depth of the 2009 WSB entry. Makoto Tamada was recovering from a bout of illness as he recorded 21st position overall, also fighting against the poor weather which disrupted many practice sessions. His physical problem did not help his stamina as he evaluated many parts and settings for the 2009 specification machine. Each rider set his personal best time, 1'44.704 for Parkes and 1'45.446 for Tamada, on day two, which had the longest spells of dry track conditions.

There will be one more test before the first race on March 1, each to be held at Phillip Island, Australia.

Broc Parkes: "When we came here we didn't really know what expectations we should have. We were always around 14th to 15th and we ended up 15th. We tried a lot of things in these tests but now we need to go back to the workshop and fine tune a lot of stuff. For us this was sort of a shakedown test and it all went pretty well. There are a lot of guys with more experience behind us and we were surprised to be quite far up there a few times. I hoped we would be between tenth and 18th so we are in the middle of that, I suppose. The weather didn't help and we lost a lot of track time but it was a good all round effort. We have a test in Australia before the first race and we will have even more new things to try because of what we learned from here."

Makoto Tamada: "We have been getting better all the way through. It's a good team and we worked well, and on many things. Our suspension settings and electronics in particular, and we did a lot of testing with the KHI machine. The performance is good. I am still not 100% fit after suffering food poisoning during this test, so I have had nothing to eat for a couple of days. That made me very tired today."