Parkes Climbs The Podium Mountain At Imola

September 25, 2011

WSS, Imola, Italy, 25 September 2011 - The undulating Imola circuit was a tough challenge for Broc Parkes but his day ended in a third place finish, with his team-mate David Salom fifth, and closing in on a top placing of his own.

Parkes had to fight against some issues with his machine set-up under braking but he held on well and as other riders also encountered trouble or fell, he pounced when required and took his fourth podium of the season, and his first since his race win at Misano in June. He is now fourth in the rankings, three points and one place behind his team-mate Salom.

David had his own issues to deal with while running a full fuel load but some outstanding final laps took him to a top five finish and he could have improved on that with a few more minutes of track time, such was his rate of forward motion. He is now third overall and still has a slim mathematical chance of catching championship leader Chaz Davies, who was forced out of the running while leading at Imola.

Vittorio Iannuzzo from the Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki team rode well to record his best finish of the year in seventh, as his team-mate Massimo Roccoli was finally forced out when he fell on lap 17 of 19. Roccoli had a dramatic race all round, running onto the gravel at one stage then recovering to a top seven place before finally falling, remounting and retiring in the pits.

Broc Parkes: “It was a little bit difficult for me as I struck trouble during the race. My brake was inconsistent and I was adjusting it all race long. Unfortunately I could not brake later than the others everywhere and I adjusted my riding to suit. I fought it out in what turned out to be my own race-within-a-race and luckily I got the best of it on the last lap and ended up on the podium. That was a good result for the team and me and it was also good to get a lot of championship points. I can look forward to the next one.”

David Salom: “The finish was not so bad after we had some problems in the early laps, which were tough. All weekend the bike has not wanted to turn and when I enter the corner the bike chatters. I tried a new suspension setting in the warm-up and it was still the same. In the first few laps it did not feel at its best with a full fuel load, but as the level went down I could go much faster. A little chatter was still there but corner entry was much better. I think I only needed two laps more to take Florian Marino and Broc and our lap times were good at the end.”

WSS results of Imola

1. Fabien Foret Honda CBR600RR
2. Sam Lowes Honda CBR600RR
3. Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX-6R
4. Florian Marino Honda CBR600RR
5. David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R

WSS standings after Imola

1. Chaz Davies Yamaha YZF R6 171
2. Fabien Foret Honda CBR600RR 136
3. David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 123
4. Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX-6R 120
5. Sam Lowes Honda CBR600RR 109