Salom And Parkes Earn A Superb 1-2 In Qualifying

October 15, 2011

WSS, Portimao, Portugal, 15 October 2011 - Kawasaki Provec duo David Salom and Broc Parkes qualified ahead of all their many rivals in Portugal, setting up an epic fight as they each now try to take second in the final standings.

For Salom qualifying in Portugal has gone well, with his machine well suited to the elevation changes and hot temperatures experienced during some welcome unseasonably hot weather for October. Salom and Parkes pushed each other on, with only Chaz Davies able to stay close behind them.

Parkes made improvements as the weekend went on and nearly nailed a pole lap himself and he declared himself happy to be able to start the final round from the first row.

Sunday’s 20-lap Supersport race offers many opportunities to the lead Kawasaki duo, as they are currently tied on points in third and fourth place overall and each have their own designs on going for overall second before Sunday night.

In a strong show of prowess by the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in general, Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki rider Massimo Roccoli posted fifth place in qualifying. Vittorio Iannuzzo, Roccoli’s Lorenzini by Leoni team-mate, was 15th on the grid.

David Salom: “A very good performance from our team today and we enjoyed a great starting position. For me pole is very important for tomorrow as this is the last race of the year. I think these kinds of practice lap times will not be possible in the race, but I think we can keep a good pace. Broc, Chaz and other riders are also very fast, and it is all very close. Tomorrow there will be a big fight in the race for the second place in the championship.”

Broc Parkes: “Qualifying went all right even though we have not had the best pace all weekend. We made a lot more time up today in the morning and in the afternoon we really arrived. The bike feels quite good but maybe my qualifying lap wasn’t the best one. That said I am happy to be where I am on the grid for the race tomorrow. We’re on the front row, so we cannot complain. Congratulations to David and I think we gave each other a good 'race' in qualifying, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”