Parkes takes provisional front row place The first day of Brands Hatch Supersport qualifying got underway with a dry track and Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) made the most of it to secure the third best time of the session, with a ...
Parkes takes provisional front row place
The first day of Brands Hatch Supersport qualifying got underway with a dry track and Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) made the most of it to secure the third best time of the session, with a 1'28.409.
Standing in for injured team regular Fabien Foret was local favourite Karl Harris, who set the seventh best time of the day, outperforming many top WSS regulars in his first competitive WSS ride for a number of years.
Parkes, who was trying out different gearbox and chassis settings to find the best overall race set-up for Sunday's 23-lap race, is chasing his second win of the year, and his third race victory in three attempts at this track.
Harris started his day on a base setting and got used to riding a 600 again after a season of racing in the British Superbike Championship for Yamaha.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) made a great start to his weekend in England, forcing the pace early to go fifth fastest.
David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) was 21st on day one.
Broc Parkes (3rd - 1'28.409 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"That was all right, we're on the front row, and we played around with settings a little bit in the session. We tried different gearboxes and chassis settings. We've got a little bit of work to do but it is only Friday. It could be better but it looks OK for now."
Karl Harris (7th - 1'28.886 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"Things have been really good and it's been great fun to get back on a 600. To come into WSS again with a team like this is a fantastic experience. I'm definitely enjoying it. I would say the biggest difference is in the cornering speed. I'm happy enough with my place so far, we're on the second row, but on a race setting I'm one of the quickest, which is the main thing. With a new bike, tyres and team this weekend, it is all different for me."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We tried some things on Broc's bike and the speed is OK, but it is not going so easily as the last couple of rounds. I don't think it is a big issue because we were really fast in qualifying anyway. Our pace is there but we just need to work a bit on the set-up. Karl has started on a good base setting and we of course had to make some changes because he is heavier than Fabien. It worked well and he is riding well, and already up to speed. We need to adjust a few small things on his bike but for the first day it's very good. We also told him to stay on the bike today and he is still seventh fastest, and we know he likes race day."
Massimo Roccoli (5th - 1'28.780 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"We only worked on the set-up in the untimed session this morning and that allowed us to set a good time this afternoon. The balance of the bike was perfect in qualifying and I only had a small problem with my brake pedal. So far so good."