WSS: Yamaha Brands Hatch preview

World Supersport Championship Brno won't go down in Parkes' books as a good race weekend after he and Harms crashed on the last lap whilst fighting for second place. Parkes managed to re-mount and finish 13th just behind fellow Australian and ...

World Supersport Championship

Brno won't go down in Parkes' books as a good race weekend after he and Harms crashed on the last lap whilst fighting for second place. Parkes managed to re-mount and finish 13th just behind fellow Australian and stand-in team mate Jason O'Halloran, who came home in 12th. O'Halloran was drafted in for the Brno race weekend after a good test at Vallelunga with the Yamaha World Supersport squad at the start of July. The best Yamaha result came from Massimo Roccoli with a sixth place finish.

Last year's Supersport race proved to be a very good vintage for Broc Parkes, with him taking the race win as well as pole position at the British round.

"I must admit that I don't really like Brands much; I've not had the best of times at the circuit traditionally. I crashed there the first few times I raced there and it's not one of my favourite tracks because of that. Having said that, I did well there last year so I guess I might have to change my opinion of it! Last year everything seemed to click into place and I'm hoping that it'll be the same this year,' Parkes says about Brands. "Brands is actually quite an exciting track; it's more like a motocross track with all the ups and downs and technical corners."

Parkes is joined this weekend by the Yamaha British Superbike rider Tommy Hill. Hill is a popular figure on the British circuit, having won the inaugural R6 Championship before going on to ride with the Yamaha Virgin Media Team in British Superbike. "I'm looking forward to this weekend, it's a great opportunity to ride at a world level," says Hill. "There's going to be some close and fast racing; everyone in this championship is fast and I know it's not going to be easy but I'm going to enjoy it! Of course, there's a bit of a learning curve and I'm keen to get to know the team but I'm confident of a good result on Sunday."

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup

Yamaha had a good Superstock 1000 race at Brno with Umbria Bike rider Matteo Baiocco taking second and Claudio Corti joining him on the podium in third. Corti's result was particularly good because he was suffering with a broken right foot, following a crash in an Italian national championship race at Misano in July. Despite doctors' requests for him not to race, the Italian went out and brought his YZF-R1 home in third. Brno also saw the return of Didier Van Keymeulen, who has been recovering from back and wrist injuries sustained at Silverstone. Van Keymeulen showed that he is on the road to recovery with a solid eighth place finish.

Following his second place at Brno, Baiocco goes to Brands still the championship leader but the gap is very close all the way down the leader board and the Cup is very competitive so anything is possible at this weekend's eighth round.

-credit: yrc

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Broc Parkes , Didier Van Keymeulen , Tommy Hill , Matteo Baiocco , Claudio Corti , Massimo Roccoli , Jason O'Halloran