Parkes Pole Again As Salom Improves

September 24, 2011

WSS, Imola, Italy, 24 September 2011 - Kawasaki Provec Ninja ZX-6R rider Broc Parkes beat all comers at Imola to take his second pole of 2011 and set a new track best lap time of 1’51.594 in the process.

Aussie Parkes had to do it the hard way, having been taken out on day one when a rider fell and his machine spilt oil in front of Broc, and today the second and final qualifying session was stopped and restarted twice. Parkes also took pole for Kawasaki at Motorland Aragon in June and has now had 13 career pole positions to his credit.

David Salom had a tough first few sessions at Imola also, but analysis of his first practice day and this morning’s untimed session allowed his technical crew to make changes that improved his performance and feel around the undulation Imola circuit. David went fifth in the qualifying rankings and now starts the race from row two.

Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki man Massimo Roccoli was seventh, Vittorio Iannuzzo, his team-mate, was 11th in a good day all round for the locally-based team.

Broc Parkes: “Our second pole of the year so well done to the guys. I got baulked a couple of times in the session, when I had just put on a new tyre. I had two people crash right on front of me. It was on my last new tyre in the second one then I had a yellow flag and only one more chance left. I put the lap together and got the pole. The best thing is that I feel good and consistent in my lap times, so it is good for my confidence to get up the front end. We have done quite a few laps on one set of tyres so we are looking all right. The track is faster than last year, feels better, so to set a quicker lap is good.”

David Salom: “We are better now than when we started yesterday, and again this morning. I had a problem with the suspension settings, as the bike was not entering corners well. I changed the rear shock spring and now we are in better shape. I think the race pace means it will be possible to aim for the podium and for today the mechanics will make even more changes to make us ready for the race.”