PARKES SALVAGES POINTS AT DONINGTON Arriving at the team's home race, the PBM Kawasaki World Superbike Championship Team were hoping for a strong showing at Donington Park but after a traumatic weekend, they left with just one points scoring ...
PARKES SALVAGES POINTS AT DONINGTON
Arriving at the team's home race, the PBM Kawasaki World Superbike Championship Team were hoping for a strong showing at Donington Park but after a traumatic weekend, they left with just one points scoring ride out of four opportunities at the ninth round of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship this weekend.
Australian Broc Parkes and British-born American Jamie Hacking struggled around the Leicestershire circuit all weekend and with unsettled weather again playing a part, both riders missed out on Superpole, Parkes for the first time this season, meaning they had to start from 22nd and 25th places respectively.
Race day dawned dry, warm and humid and in the opening 23-lap race, both riders got hooked up with the back traffic meaning Parkes battled to 18th at the flag with Hacking three places further back but in the second race of the day, Broc got a good start and made progress with some good lap times.
Unfortunately, he had a gearbox problem towards the end of the race which cost him a place in the top ten and he had to settle for 14th place and two points but Hacking ended up crashing out at Coppice Corner on lap two on the second of the www.supercasino.com, Vent-Axia and Kick Energy-backed Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs, fortunately without injury.
The team plans further development work on the machines at the upcoming test at Imola before the next round of the series in a month's time at Brno where they hope to bounce back to form.
Broc Parkes: "Its been a big struggle this weekend during our practice and qualifying sessions and it's the first time all year that I've sat out of Superpole which was really disappointing. In race one I had a bad start and had to work my way through from the back of the pack and although our result wasn't good I felt OK on the bike and was happy to finish the race. For race two, we changed tyres but it was really slippery out there so I'd wished I'd stayed on my race one tyre. I had a good start and got away and was able to battle with the middle guys until I had an issue with the gears in the last few laps which unfortunately put me out of the top ten. I'm looking forward to the Imola test and getting back some momentum in the team."
Jamie Hacking: "This was another new track for me and we didn't have a good start again with the weather. Learning new circuits with wet set-ups isn't ideal and this has made it all the more difficult for me. I really struggled to find a decent set-up this weekend; I'm not used to starting that far back on the grid so the start of the races was tough. In race one I held back to allow the guys through and ended up in last place so I just had to try hard to make up some ground. For race two I was put in a different grid position on the inside which I wasn't comfortable with so I was pushed back again in the back end of the pack. I tried hard to gain some ground but took a corner in the wrong gear and ran off the track and into the gravel. Obviously my time here in Europe has been extremely disappointing for me and I really feel that I was not able to find my feet and show my true potential on the world stage."
Paul Bird, Team Owner: "It's our home race so we wanted to do well here for our sponsors and friends but it wasn't to be for us this weekend. We've struggled since the beginning and it's really disappointing and frustrating to see us in this place after a few races where we were looking really good. But we'll bounce back for the Imola test where we are looking forward to having Makoto back on the bike."
Paul Risbridger, Team Manager: "Unfortunately it's been another tough weekend for the team and it was disappointing to miss Superpole after some good progress during Friday afternoon and Saturday's sessions. Both riders were caught up in traffic in race one and had to climb through the pack to gain a few positions which was hard going as they were both doing times of the top twelve. In race two Broc got a better start and was competitive with the mid-field for most of the race battling for a top ten position until he had an intermittent gearbox problem which dropped him back to fourteenth. On the positive side it was good to get some points after such a hard weekend and we're encouraged from the race pace and look forward to the Imola test in a few weeks time."
The next round of the Hannspree World Superbike Championship takes place at Brno in the Czech Republic on July 24/26.