Salom Second In Final Race And Championship Standings
October 16, 2011
WSS, Portimao, Portugal, 16 October 2011 - David Salom won today’s battle for second in the championship and celebrated his 27th birthday in the process. Broc Parkes was unable to compete after his machine was damaged in a lap one collision.
The Provec Motocard.com Kawasaki riders were peerless in qualifying with David taking his third pole position of the season in fine style on Saturday and then running inside the top places through the race.
Involved in a duel with James Ellison that looked like it may go away from Salom, a last lap effort pulled him clear to score his third podium of the 12-round season.
The race was won by new champion Chaz Davies, with Salom eventually only 1.253 seconds behind at the flag, after 20 laps of racing in hot temperatures.
Parkes, second in qualifying, was desperately unlucky when Gino Rea’s machine suddenly lost rear traction and almost caused Rea to fall exiting a left hand corner early in lap one. Broc was so close behind that he could not avoid his rival and the impact punctured a hole in the Ninja ZX-6R’s engine cases, losing oil and coolant and causing Broc to retire through no fault of his own or his machine’s.
Parkes won the race at Misano this year but three DNFs have put him fourth in the final championship standings.
The Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki team of Massimo Roccoli and Vittorio Iannuzzo had impressive showings today. Roccoli was seventh even though he is no fan of the Portimao circuit and Iannuzzo battled away hard despite losing front tyre grip, and going 11th. In the title race Roccoli got a place in the top ten, with Iannuzzo 14th.
David Salom: “I was given the opportunity to finish second and I took it and I am very happy this weekend. I took pole and second in the race was a great result. This weekend I am happy because it is my birthday today and I took second place in the race and also in the championship. I have to thank the team and Kawasaki for this year. This is my best season of racing and a lot of it is because of the bike I rode and the team I rode for.”
Broc Parkes: “Gino Rea lost control in front of me and I had nowhere to go. His bike’s footpeg went through the side casing of my bike and all the water and oil came out so I could not continue. I was last after that incident and I was really upset because I knew I could have battled for another race win and second in the championship. For me that was the big thing, to try and get second. But congratulations to David, he rode well and got the runner-up place. We just needed to be a little bit more consistent because we got three DNFs and you cannot win championships with that, even thought this one was not my fault.”