World Supersport Anthony West gave the Yamaha World Supersport Team their first win of the season at Silverstone, coming up from 16th place on the grid to take the top slot in the torrential rain that eventually saw the race red flagged. Broc ...
Anthony West gave the Yamaha World Supersport Team their first win of the season at Silverstone, coming up from 16th place on the grid to take the top slot in the torrential rain that eventually saw the race red flagged. Broc Parkes had less fortune and crashed out of the race whilst in second position in a low-side slide that broke his foot peg and prevented him from continuing.
Parkes goes to Misano with a good history at the circuit. He won an Italian Championship round there in 2005 and finished third in last year's World Supersport race, having taken pole on the same weekend.
"Rather than look back at my results so far this season I just want to focus on what's ahead. I've been working out almost daily since Silverstone - the first time I have been able to really do it since I broke my collar bone - and it feels good," Broc says. "Misano is a new circuit for everyone so it will be interesting to see how riders take to it. It's always hot at Misano, which suits me as I'm used to training in that kind of weather back home in Australia. I feel we have a good base set-up for the bike; we've come a long since the start of the season even if the results don't reflect that. Now I want to get some points on the board badly; everyone is so close on points that this championship isn't over yet! What I really want is to walk away from Misano with a podium."
Anthony West continues to stand in for Kevin Curtain after taking the race win at Silverstone. As with Monza and Silverstone, West has not ridden the Misano circuit before but this hasn't slowed him down at previous rounds. He will be in good company this weekend as almost none of the Supersport riders have ridden the new-look track.
"I'm looking to get another good result this weekend; it'll be nice to race in the dry and warm after Silverstone! I'm excited to go to Misano, especially off the back of my first win for the team," Anthony says. "It'll be a much more level playing field at Misano because very few people have ridden the new track yet. Normally I'm learning the circuit as well as trying to find the right set-up but this time everyone will be in the same boat, which will give me more chance of getting a good qualifying place. I'll start with the same set-up as I had at Silverstone and see where we go from there. I haven't had as much time as I'd like on the bike yet to find a good base setting but I'm not far off. It should be a good weekend."
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The wet weather conditions at Silverstone made for a difficult race for the Yamaha Team Italia squad, though Pirro put in a good ride to take fifth just in front of Umbria Bike Team rider Matteo Baiocco. Claudio Corti struggled with his wet set-up and was only able to manage tenth place.
Didier van Keymeulen took an unlucky tumble in practice at Silverstone and broke one of his lower vertebrae as well as his wrist. He had been running as one of the fastest riders up to that point. He will not be racing at Misano but his recovery period could well be less than the few months originally anticipated as he is quietly hoping to return at Brno in July.
Pirro, Corti and Baiocco are certain to be pushing for the top slot on the podium this weekend at their home circuit. The championship is very close; Baiocco is in second and only 8 points behind lead-man Aitchison, Pirro is in fourth and only four points behind third place and Corti is only 5 points behind his team mate. The sixth round of the Superstock season is certain to be exciting with everyone wanting the win.