Parkes Out For Another Podium As Fujiwara Looks For His First Of 2010

September 21, 2010

Katsuaki Fujiwara and Broc Parkes are once more the official Kawasaki Provec riders this weekend, after being paired up at the previous round in Germany for the first time.

After being initially awarded fourth, the exclusion of another rider eventually put Broc a superb third in the Nürburgring finishing order; a great ride in his return to the WSS class. He had already earned a front row grid placing in qualifying, one place up on team regular Fujiwara.

Katsuaki was unlucky in the previous round in Germany, having to retire and therefore scoring no points, but his current 12th place in the overall rankings could be improved on soon. He is only six points from eighth place, with two rounds left to run, at Imola and then Magny-Cours one week later. Katsuaki is a former Imola race winner, taking the WSS honours in 2002.

Kawasaki Lorenzini by Leoni Ninja ZX-6R rider Fabien Foret was just off the podium last time out in Germany, posting a fourth place finish and pushing himself up to ninth in the championship standings in the process.

Katsuaki Fujiwara: “We had no good luck last time we raced, in Germany earlier this month, but we never give up and we will be back to try for a podium at Imola. Two races left and so I have to make up some points on the riders in front of me. I like Imola, but it is very bumpy in places, so you have to work hard for the whole lap.”

Broc Parkes: “It was good to get some time on the race bike outside of a race weekend. We could fine-tune some things that I couldn’t do in Germany. I was quite satisfied with the test and we found some good developments, especially to do with improving my feel with the bike. I think we achieved quite a lot in that Valencia test. The times were good but I was not there to try and set records; mainly I wanted to get the bike set-up more the way I wanted it. I was a lot happier with the new front-end set-up after the Valencia sessions. Imola is a nice track, and it has been good to me over the years.”