Yamaha Takes the Supersport Win Broc Parkes tasted victory today for the second consecutive round when he fended off Sofuoglu to take the chequered flag at the EuroSpeedway circuit in Germany. Team mate Tommy Hill put in a sterling...
Yamaha Takes the Supersport Win
Broc Parkes tasted victory today for the second consecutive round when he fended off Sofuoglu to take the chequered flag at the EuroSpeedway circuit in Germany. Team mate Tommy Hill put in a sterling performance to finish fifth.
Parkes got a good start and moved up to second straight away behind Sofuoglu. The pair broke away from the rest of the field and the challenge for the race win was on. Parkes and Sofuoglu diced for the lead passing each other virtually every lap until Parkes made a pass on lap 21 that the other rider couldn't respond to. This fight for first took the two riders so far ahead of the field that Parkes ended up 23 seconds ahead of third placed man Lagrive when he crossed the line for the final time. This is Parkes' second win of the season and puts him in third place in championship. After the race there was a query raised about whether Broc had made the final pass on Sofuoglu under a waved yellow flag, but it was not upheld.
Tommy Hill showed grit and determination today to finish fifth after a poor start saw him drop back from 7th to 12th on the first lap. Undeterred the British Supersport rider put his head down and picked off riders as he passed his way through the field to seventh place by lap 13. At this point he threw himself into the battle for fifth position with fellow Yamaha riders Roccoli and Checa, which he subsequently won. Hill is to ride for the Yamaha World Supersport Team for the remaining two rounds of the season.
Roccoli took seventh in the three-way battle with Checa and Hill and moves up to fifth place in the championship standings. It was a weekend of ups and downs for the Yamaha Team Italia rider which saw him struggle with set-up issues and only manage 17th qualifying place. But the young Italian took it in his stride and put in a good ride today, climbing up through the field alongside Hill to take seventh.
Team GMT-94 rider David Checa also had a good ride today, featuring in the mid-field for much of the race and taking sixth position between Hill and Roccoli.
Broc Parkes (1st - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "It's grins all round! It was an awesome race today between Sofuoglu and me. I knew I couldn't break him from in front so I decided to let him past and watch him for a while. In the end I just got my head down and decided to have another go at breaking him, and it worked. The bike was great today; the chassis has been working well and everything just came together on the day. I'm now just 26 points behind Foret, who is in second. I'm now thinking that if I can keep up this momentum I can catch him and take second in the championship this year."
Tommy Hill (5th - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I'm very disappointed about my start today. I'm not sure if it was a clutch issue or just me getting it wrong. It was quite on/off yesterday and today but it was fine at Brands so we're going to have a look at it before the next round. Once the start was done I just had to get my head down and get on with it. I'm pleased to have finished fifth but I'd wanted to catch Jones for fourth. I couldn't though because all my rear grip had gone by that point. I'm looking forward to Vallelunga as it should be dry, which always makes learning a track easier. This weekend was tough as I didn't get a completely dry session in which to get a set-up and I had no knowledge of the track. It's good to have the opportunity to ride with the team in this championship for the rest of the season."
Massimo Roccoli (7th - Yamaha Team Italia) "Starting on the fifth row is not easy! My seventh position is no small miracle. Maybe I could have tried harder at the end but my tyres were finished. My Yamaha was very fast and I'd like to thank my team for this weekend."
Yamaha 1st and 3rd in German Superstock Round
Yamaha took first and third today at Lausitz as Didier Van Keymeulen took his first win of the season with Claudio Corti coming in third.
The first race of the day was blessed with dry and sunny weather following a washout two days of qualifying. The rain hadn't stopped Van Keymeulen or Corti from running in the top thee in every session throughout the weekend though, with Corti qualifying in second overall and Van Keymeulen in third despite crashing during Saturday's free practice session.
Both riders got a good start and Corti took the lead with Van Keymeulen just behind in second. They battled for the duration of the race for the lead, swapping places every few laps, with Canepa riding shotgun in third. The challenge for the win went right down to the final lap, when a late braking mistake by Corti lost him the win as well as well second place, which went to Canepa. Today's result is Corti's tenth podium of the season.
Corti's team mate Michele Pirro had less success this weekend, having struggled to qualify on the front row during the weekend. He started from ninth and got a good start to take fourth. It was during a four-way battle with Tode, Aitchison and Dionisi that he had a gear lever problem and went down to 11th place, before eventually retiring on lap 11.
Championship leader Matteo Baiocco also struggled this weekend with the weather and set-up problems. He qualified in 15th but managed to claim eighth finishing position and eight valuable points to stay ahead in the championship. He now leads by nine points going in to the 12th round, which is at Vallelunga in three weeks.
Didier Van Keymeulen (1st - TTSL-MGM Racing) "I'm very happy today after everything that has happened this weekend - my crash yesterday and the weather. When I crashed I hurt my middle finger on my clutch hand but it hasn't been too sore today. From the start of the race I knew I needed to get to the front and I'm very happy to have won only three months after my bad accident at Silverstone. The doctors said it would take three months to recover from a broken pelvis and I feel that I can focus on the future now rather than the past. I'd like to thank the team for all their hard work this weekend."
Claudio Corti (3rd - Yamaha Team Italia) "I tried to keep up the same pace as Van Keymeulen but in the end my tyre wasn't up to it. I also had problems with my set-up in the second section of the circuit and wasn't fast enough there. Third place though is good and important for my championship challenge." Matteo Baiocco (8th - Team Umbria Bike) "During practice I was in deep trouble but during the race my bike improved a lot. The championship standings are not so different to before this weekend and now we only have two races left. The next round is at Vallelunga and I have won the Italian national championship there before so I am confident I can do it again." Michele Pirro (DNF - Yamaha Team Italia) "In the first part of the race I was very close to Simeon but later on I had a problem with my gear shift and my race was over. My target for today was to finish in the top five but now I'm just focusing on the future and Vallelunga."