Parkes fourth in tight Brno race Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) fought hard for a podium finish at Brno but had to settle for a fourth place, and third in the championship standings overall. Parkes did not get his customary strong...
Parkes fourth in tight Brno race
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) fought hard for a podium finish at Brno but had to settle for a fourth place, and third in the championship standings overall.
Parkes did not get his customary strong start from pole position, dropping back to 7th in the pack at the start of the race. He then had to expend energy in the early laps making up places to make sure he was in contention near the end. Parkes was unable to jump out of corners with the same sharpness that had helped him to his fifth pole position in a row after qualifying on Saturday, and was unable to attack in the final few laps.
The race was won by Jonathan Rea, from Andrew Pitt and Josh Brookes.
In the championship standings Broc is now third, on 100 points with Pitt on 133, Brookes 101 and Broc's injured team-mate, Fabien Foret, on 97.
Parkes' team-mate Fabien Foret remains in Hospital under observation following a crash on Friday which left him with cracks in his C6 and C7 vertebrae. He is due to be released shortly but will be out of action for up to three months.The Yamaha World Supersport Team are currently considering alternative riders whilst Foret is recovering.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) got into the top ten after a disappointing qualifying session yesterday and now sits inside the top ten in the championship standings, ninth on 40 points. David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport Team) held on for the race to score the final point on offer for 15th position.
Broc Parkes (4th - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I'm not too happy really. I felt I couldn't battle with other riders today, in the exits of the corners the other riders pulled a bit on me. My start wasn't too good either but I was with the front guys anyway after a few laps. When I got back right to the front group I couldn't fight for the win. I was hoping for a podium on the last lap but I was on the limit, so I was done."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We had some problems with the rear tyre during the warm-up, but we solved those and we decided to stay with the gearing we had because it helped the tyre wear. But after the race it is always easy to say we should have done something different. The pace was OK but on braking Broc could not pass. It was our plan to follow the top group anyway but then you have to be able to pass at the end of the race."
Massimo Roccoli (10th - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"Today it was a very good race because the bike was very fast, the settings were OK the grip was good. For me qualifying was terrible and I am sorry for the team because they had to work really hard over these three days. Next Sunday in Misano there will be some Italian championship races, and that will let me prepare my mind for Brands Hatch."
Pirro sixth after Brno Superstock battle
Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni) was the top scoring Yamaha rider in the 12-lap Superstock 1000 Cup event, as he took sixth in a lonely race after a bright start.
Pirro is now fifth in the championship table on 73 points, 23 points from new leader Brendan Roberts. Brno race winner Maxime Berger was away and clear after Xavier Simeon enjoyed an early lead, with Roberts an eventual second, from Alessandro Polita.
Claudio Corti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) ran off track at high speed and skillfully remained on his machine to bring it to a safe halt , but found damage to his bike that stopped him continuing. He scored no points, and is now 12th overall, on 25 points.
Michelle Pirro (6th - Yamaha Motor Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"3rd 4th laps were ok but eventually the tyres began to go and it was impossible to turn properly in the corners and get on the power at the same time"
Claudio Corti (12th - Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team)
"We were ok for the set up and ready to battle for the victory. The podium was possible today. Unfortunately the engine lost a screw and leaked oil causing me to go off. "
Baz still leads after Brno podium finish
Loris Baz was close to another win in the European Superstock 600 race at Brno, but a loss of front tyre grip in the last lap stopped him from being able to mount a successful last corner challenge on winner Patrick Vostarek.
Baz is still in the overall championship lead, on 117 points to Vostarek's 110. More good news came in a race where Five Yamaha machines filled the top six places, as Gino Rea held of his team-mate Dan Linfoot to secure a podium finish in third.
Such was the pace of the front two that Rea was 16 seconds down on Baz at the end of only nine laps, and the lap record was beaten by two and a half seconds.
Loris Baz (12th - Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team)
"I tried my best to win but in the last couple of laps the front end was tucking under and I had a few slides, so I could not push any more to pass Vostarek. Our bike was good up the hill and it was a close race. We still have the lead in the series, which is the most important thing."