Top Three In Qualifying For Parkes
April 16, 2011
WSS, Assen, Netherlands, 16 April 2011 - Broc Parkes will start the 21-lap WSS race at Assen from third place on the 30-strong grid after a good practice showing at the classic Dutch circuit. David Salom, his team-mate, starts from row two.
Good weather and improving track conditions today allowed Parkes and his experienced team to push on in the final session and improve the opening day best time by almost one full second.
Salom battled hard but could not match his speed over one single lap to his strong overall race pace and consistency.
The Supersport track record was not broken as track temperatures were typically ten degrees lower than in 2010, but most of the top names in Supersport are packed into the top two rows, including Parkes and Salom.
Broc, currently placed second in the championship, is out to make up ground on Assen pole man and series leader Luca Scassa, while Salom is only one point away from third place in the rankings.
The Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki team riders, Massimo Roccoli and Vittorio Iannuzzo qualified tenth and 15th respectively.
Broc Parkes: “We did pretty good in qualifying and my real aim was to be on the front row. We made a bit of a step up today compared to the first day, and the bike seems pretty good. We are still working on one sector of the track where we losing a bit of time but we are fast in the others. Overall my lap times are consistent so that is the main positive thing - and what should count most on raceday. It will be hard tomorrow because there will be a lot of guys fighting at the front, so there will be some elbows sticking out!”
David Salom: “We are not so bad for race pace but in qualifying today when I braked the bike did not want to enter the corner quite so easily. It was better on day one, so we will move towards the set-up of the first day in warm-up tomorrow and see how it works out. It has been more of an issue for one fast lap than for the race distance and I think our race pace should be not so bad. In fact, our race times and consistency are good. We just need to look at the track temperature tomorrow to make a final tyre choice.”