Parkes and Foret all set for season opener
Broc Parkes and Fabien Foret (both Yamaha World Supersport Team) declared themselves ready to take the 2008-specification Yamaha YZF-R6 into competitive action this weekend after their final pre-season test was completed last week in Qatar.
Although the ever-changing Losail track is looking set to be a handful in the next few days, in terms of a lack of grip from the asphalt, the time spent on this same venue during the winter tests could prove to be a real advantage come raceday, Saturday 23 February.
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We are lucky to have tested here recently and that we were able to find a good base set-up. Overall I am very happy with the new YZF-R6. The aerodynamics work better for me as I am now more tucked into the bike compared to the previous one and for sure the YCC-I system make a big difference. If weather conditions remain the same, I will try to keep my head down tomorrow and not put anything on the line."
Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It looks like there will be pretty hard conditions out there tomorrow. I am not going to push too hard, that is for sure. We improved over the last weeks and I am confident in the bike and team. I am looking forward to finally get started."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We have spent eight days of testing with the 2008 YZF-R6 and so far we made big steps. The Phillip Island test was all about fine-tuning and finding the best set-up for the riders. It looks like we found a solid base set-up and the riders seem to have the speed. The weather forecast for tomorrow does not look too good but let's hope for better conditions over the weekend."