Parkes Claims Second in Qualifying for Yamaha Broc Parkes put in a strong performance to take second in today's final qualifying session ahead of the ninth round of the World Supersport Championship. Parkes was not satisfied with yesterday's ...
Parkes Claims Second in Qualifying for Yamaha
Broc Parkes put in a strong performance to take second in today's final qualifying session ahead of the ninth round of the World Supersport Championship. Parkes was not satisfied with yesterday's provisional eighth place on the grid and showed his determination in this morning's practice session as he knocked almost 0.8 seconds off yesterday's time to go third.
Track temperatures were only marginally cooler than yesterday but this was enough to provide that bit more grip required in the second qualifying session of the weekend. Parkes stepped out and went second fastest within the first five minutes and then moved up into first place with 20 minutes to go. A last minute burst of activity saw Sofouglu, Parkes and Brookes battle together and eventually take first, second and third respectively. Tomorrow's race will be Parkes' 50th race of his Supersport career.
Young gun Jason O'Halloran continued along the steep learning curve today as he got to grips with the circuit and Yamaha World Supersport Team bike. In the morning session he knocked half a second off his best time from yesterday before reducing his lap time even further in the final qualifying session. He starts tomorrow in 22nd position.
Yamaha Team Italia rider, Massimo Roccoli, made good set-up progress today climbing up the qualifying grid from 14th to sixth overall and slicing almost 1.5 seconds off his time. He starts tomorrow between Charpentier and Jones on the second row of the grid. Yamaha GMT 94 riders David Checa and Sebastien Gimbert also had more success today with both riders running in the top ten during today's sessions. Checa starts tomorrow in ninth place while his team mate is on the third row in 13th.
Broc Parkes (2nd - 2'05.438 - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "The bike is starting to work a lot better; I'm feeling very confident in it. I'm surprised but pleased with second because my fastest lap wasn't great. It could've been better because I made a couple of mistakes and even ran onto the dirt at one point, but I'm feeling really positive for tomorrow. We've worked hard so far this weekend to get to this point and I think we can go further tomorrow. It's good to see the usual suspects who were in the top three at Vallelunga are all up there again!"
Jason O'Halloran (22nd - 2'07.168 - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I'm still not completely comfortable with the bike or the circuit, which is reflected in my grid position. I need to get a better front setting before the race; I've got a consistent pace but I haven't got the right set-up yet to get a fast qualifying lap in. The grip was better today, though the back was still stepping out, but we've made our tyre choice for tomorrow. My expectation for tomorrow is to finish in the top ten; it's going to be a fight off the line and for the first couple of laps because I'm so far back but I'm hopeful of a good finish."
Massimo Roccoli (6th - 2'05.826 - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "We made some revolutionary changes overnight to the bike, changing the gearbox and final gear ratio. We also had a complete re-think about the suspension settings. After that it was like riding a very different bike from yesterday and I was much faster. I'm very positive for tomorrow as I have a good race pace. All we need to do now is choose our tyre; we have several options which we'll decide on tomorrow morning."