Germany Hosts the Return to Action in World Supersport With the Supersport Championship not featuring on the Miller Motorsports Park race schedule this year the championship moves onto round six at an old favourite, the Nurburgring, for the...
Germany Hosts the Return to Action in World Supersport
With the Supersport Championship not featuring on the Miller Motorsports Park race schedule this year the championship moves onto round six at an old favourite, the Nurburgring, for the first time since 1999.
For Broc Parkes and Fabien Foret, from the Yamaha World Supersport Racing Team, the interruption to the rhythm of the season was unwelcome in some ways, but it has also provided the recently injured Parkes with much-needed recuperation time for his injured wrists, hands and forearm.
In the current standings, Foret is second on 71 points, only six from the lead, while Parkes is on 65, in third place.
Parkes is sure his weekend in Germany will start on a high note, as he has now made a good recovery from recent injuries. "Finally my injuries are starting to heal up because for the first couple of weeks there was only a slow improvement, and that was an unpleasant surprise. The main thing is I have improved a lot now. The strange thing is that I had more problems with my sprained wrist than my broken radius bone, yet the radius bone was the one that was fractured. But it's all good now, and I'll be ready for the German race. I have raced at the Nurburgring recently; we did a German Championship race on a Superstock spec R1 in the Superbike class about three years ago. That was on half the circuit, not the full version we will use this weekend. The whole championship race has changed now and I am really looking forward to this weekend as I will be fully fit for the first time in a few races."
Foret, now a force to be reckoned with in the battle for ultimate WSS glory after some early season misfortunes, said, "I have never been to the Nurburgring before, but I heard it is a nice track. I think most of us will be first-timers there, so it will be the same. I'm not worried in any way because it's easy to learn a new track. I can't make mistakes any more so I will not push over the limit for the next races, and I will be waiting for the right moment to win. I'm really back in the championship again so I am in the position now to give 100%, but no more. If I can win again, I will."
Wilco Zeelenberg, the Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager, who grabbed a victory at Nurburgring himself in 1990 riding in the GP 250cc class, explained how the team had made best use of its time away from the racetrack. "We have had some time off from actual racing but we have been pretty flat-out anyway. We have had a lot of ideas for development and it was time to try them out. We have lost some weight from the bike, for example, and created some more working areas and an office at the team headquarters. For the coming weekend itself, the Nurburgring is a different track from before in some places, so it will be a new experience for all of us really. Broc is healing well now, and you can be sure each of our riders will be ready for the German race."
Davide De Gea from the Yamaha Spain World Supersport Team is battling to be fit in time to ride again in Germany alongside regular rider Davide Salom. Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) is in 11th place overall going into the German round.
FIM Superstock 1000 geared up for round four
The Nurburgring hosts the fourth round of the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship this year and Yamaha's officially supported runners are already in the mix. Michel Pirro (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) is currently fifth overall, and is out to propel himself up the championship leader board before approaching his home round in Misano at the end of June, while Sylvain Barrier (Yamaha YZF Junior Team) and Claudio Corti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) are looking to break into the top ten as soon as possible. After Corti's misfortune at Monza he is determined to make progress this weekend and take some valuable points away from the German circuit.
Baz is ready for battle in the Superstock 600 European Championship
Loris Baz (YZF Yamaha Junior Team) has already been victorious, the 15 year old put in a fantastic performance at Monza, riding with an ability way beyond his age. He hopes for more of the same in Germany.