Points For Parkes In England
June 30, 2009
Kawasaki World Superbike Team rider Broc Parkes recorded 14th in race two at Donington as a difficult race weekend finally delivered a couple of points for the team’s great efforts.
Parkes’ team-mate Jamie Hacking was out of the top 15 in race one, and was unfortunate to fall in the second 23-lap contest, running of track, toppling over in the sand on lap two and being unable to restart.
Parkes battled in the turns at Donington, and despite some tyre choice issues in race two he came good in a multiple rider battle for the last points. The Aussie rider is 18th in the standings, on 27 points after nine of 14 events.
Hacking, replacing injured team regular Makoto Tamada once again, was racing at home in some regards as he was born in the UK and still has dual citizenship. His characteristic grit shone through in race one, going from 30th and last to 18th. Local wild card rider Simon Andrews used his track knowledge to score a top ten in race two, on his MSS Ninja ZX-10R.
After a test at Imola on July 15th and 16th, the team will go to Brno on July 24-26 for round ten of the series.
Broc Parkes: “We got some points at the end. The first race we got a really bad start but a good pace, and came from 29th to 18th. It was a difficult weekend chassis wise and we haven’t been able to find a set-up on the bike that handled well. Second race we had a much better start but in the middle it started jumping out of gear, selecting neutrals, coming in and out. I think I chose the wrong tyre for race two compared to race one, because the lap times were not quite as good. That was just because of the slight change in track temperature, I think.”
Jamie Hacking: “In race one I wasn’t comfortable starting that far back after seeing how crazy the starts are, so I backed off a bit and was last away. I played catch up as far as I could and then I had really bad arm pump from hanging on so hard. I struggled from then on. We had some discussions about doing the approach to Coppice a different way in race two, and I gave it a try and the bike ran off the racetrack into the gravel trap. I had it pretty much saved but it finally spun out and toppled over.”