Parkes Makes Monza The Best So Far

May 12, 2009

Broc Parkes scored points in each race at Monza to take the best overall weekend points haul of the season, riding his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R to tenth and 13th place finishes.

Parkes, recently injured in a testing crash and still recovering, was in his usual combative form, pushing hard and up to eighth place at one time, before being forced back towards the end of the 18-lap races.

He had to ride his number two bike but still made good progress, and now sits 18th in the championship itself, after scoring points in each race for the first time in 2009.

Makoto Tamada suffered a broken left wrist in a crash on approach to the first corner of race one at Monza, shooting off the circuit and bouncing along the grass towards the first chicane.

Another crash a few seconds later caused injuries to a further two riders, and the race was stopped. The complete restart, after one hour of track cleaning, saw Makoto miss his chance to continue at Monza. Although he will also have to skip the next round at Kyalami next week he will be trying to make it to Miller Motorsports Park at the end of the month.

Broc Parkes: “In the first race I had a bit of a problem with my exhaust pipe and started running out of fuel on the last lap. To get a top ten is awesome, however, because we didn’t expect it. We changed the exhaust on the first bike but there was a problem with the radiator, so I had to run my second bike. I ran out of stamina a little bit in the second race and then we started running out of fuel again. After this weekend, it is our best one ever, and we scored points in each race, despite all my injuries. I was very tired in race two so I was glad to bring it home for the team. We have done a lot of work this weekend.”

Makoto Tamada: “On Sunday morning we made some last minute changes and this was much better and I felt much more comfortable on the bike so I had a good feeling for the race. In the first corner I was pushed on to the gravel by another rider and had a big crash. I knew that I hurt my wrist pretty bad so I wasn’t that surprised when they told me after an x-ray that it was broken. I was therefore out of race two and will also miss Kyalami next weekend which is a real shame for me and the team. I hope to be back in Salt Lake City as the break isn’t so bad.”


Race 1

1 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1098R
2 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR
4 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9
5 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR
6 Tom Sykes Yamaha YZF R1
7 Ruben Xaus BMW S1000 RR
8 Régis Laconi Ducati 1098R
9 Carlos Checa Honda CBR1000RR
10 Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R
DNS Makoto Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R

Race 2
1 Ben Spies Yamaha YZF R1
2 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1098R
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR
4 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR
5 Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4
6 Tom Sykes Yamaha YZF R1
7 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR
8 Jakub Smrz Ducati 1098R
9 Ruben Xaus BMW S1000 RR
10 Carlos Checa Honda CBR1000RR
13 Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R
DNS Makoto Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R

1 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R 200
2 Ben Spies Yamaha YZF R1 146
3 Michel Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 125
4 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 103
5 Tom Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 90
6 Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 81
7 Régis Laconi Ducati 1098R 77
8 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR 77
9 Max Neukirchner Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 75
10 Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 65
18 Broc Parkes Kawasaki ZX 10R 17
26 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki ZX 10R 2