Parkes Takes His Season's Maiden Win Broc Parkes completed a textbook ride today to take his first win of the season. The victory was made all the sweeter for Yamaha as Massimo Roccoli finished third and Tommy Hill came home in fifth. At the...
Parkes Takes His Season's Maiden Win
Broc Parkes completed a textbook ride today to take his first win of the season. The victory was made all the sweeter for Yamaha as Massimo Roccoli finished third and Tommy Hill came home in fifth.
At the beginning of the race Hill got a good start to take third with Parkes in fourth and Roccoli in fifth. Parkes made quick work of passing through the pack to take second behind Jones within one lap. Having set a new lap record on lap four, Parkes was on the charge towards the lead man when Jones crashed, leaving an open track ahead for the Yamaha rider. From there on it was a textbook ride for the young Australian as he increased his lead over Sofuoglu by 0.3 seconds per lap, eventually taking the win with a 3.6 second margin.
With Parkes leading the way and Sofuoglu settled in second, Hill, Roccoli and Harms fought long and hard throughout the race for the final grid position. The riders swapped places and diced for position every lap with Roccoli winning the battle for third and Hill finishing in a well-earned fifth.
Today's result is Parkes' second consecutive win at Brands and puts him fifth in the championship on equal points with Roccoli.
Broc Parkes (1st - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I got a good start and went pretty hard into the first corner; I knew I'd have to break free early on if I was to be in with a chance of winning. The bike felt really good and I saw Jones ahead so focused on catching him up. When he crashed I didn't know which way the bike would go so I lost a bit of time avoiding that. The bike worked really well today and we found a good set-up this morning. It's been a good day at the office! To get a win finally feels so good, this circuit has been good to me two years running now, and I look forward to coming back here next year."
Tommy Hill (5th - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "This race has turned out much better than I expected considering my crashes earlier in the weekend! I'm really pleased with my result and, although I felt I could've finished higher, I thought it was better to finish than crash. All three of us in that battle were riding on the edge by the end and I'm glad the tyre lasted the race distance. The team has worked really hard to get the bikes sorted for me and I'm very grateful. Knowing they were working late to repair the bike one night, I even brought them a crate of beer at one point! They've been great to work with and I'd like to thank the team for the opportunity to ride this weekend." Terrell Thien (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team) "Today's race was really good. Tommy improved a lot over the weekend and kept a good race pace. Without those crashes earlier this weekend I'm sure he could've been on the podium. He was wise to know when to back off though and not risk another crash. Broc's victory was not as easy as it looked; we've had to do a lot of work on the set-up throughout the weekend but we found a suitable front tyre this morning and from there it all clicked into place. I'd just like to say thanks to the team, it has been a very busy one for them. I'm really pleased."
Massimo Roccoli (3rd - Yamaha Team Italia) "We've worked really hard this weekend to get the bike set up properly. Just after the start I knew I could do well. I knew that there were two places where I was faster than Harms and one of them was on the back straight. I took my chance there and it worked. I'd like to thank the team for their efforts."
Corti Takes Fourth Podium of the Season
Today saw a positive end to a good weekend for Claudio Corti with him finishing third having taken his second pole of the season yesterday. Matteo Baiocco put in a strong performance to finish in fourth while Pirro took ninth.
Corti had shown his capability with his pole position and proceeded to get the holeshot at the start of the race to take the lead into the first corner. With Baiocco second and Van Keymeulen fourth it was shaping up to be a Yamaha battle. Unfortunately, Van Keymeulen ran wide and onto the grass on lap two and re-joined in 28th position but was forced to retire one lap later. Canepa put a strong pass on Corti at Druids on lap four, pushing Corti to second and Baiocco to third. Corti and Baiocco continued to fight for podium positions for the remainder of the race until a successful challenge from Simeon on lap 12 saw Corti move into third with Baiocco finishing just behind in fourth.
Michele Pirro found himself embroiled in a midfield battle from start to finish in today's race. Unfortunately, Pirro was unable to fend off some of the challenges and finished in ninth.
As a show of appreciation to all the support from his British fans this weekend, Corti wore a special edition helmet this weekend. The helmet featured an Italian flag on the front and an English flag at the back. Corti also showed his alliance with his British fans with an 'I love Brands Hatch' T-shirt on the podium and a Union flag.
Yamaha also did well in this weekend's Superstock 600 double header. To make up for the cancelled round at Silverstone earlier in the season two races were held this weekend - one on Saturday and one on Sunday. In race one Yamaha made up five out of the top ten finishing spots with Berger taking the win and Magnoni third. Berger then repeated his win in race two today and now leads the championship with a 26 point lead.
Claudio Corti (3rd - Yamaha Team Italia) "I got a good start and my pace was good until the rear tyre started sliding. I'm disappointed as this round was vital for me to improve my championship standing. But with three races to go I'm still in championship contention."
Matteo Baiocco (4th - Team Umbria Bike) "The race was very fast and many riders wanted to be on the podium. I was able to attack Simeon but when I was behind Corti I felt it would've been dangerous to try and challenge him. I'm still first in the championship though and we are one race nearer to the end of the season."
Michele Pirro (9th - Yamaha Team Italia) "This was my first visit to Brands and I was riding well in the first part of the race. Unfortunately I developed a pain in my right arm partway through, which I also suffered from at Misano and Brno. I need to work out why this is happening and resolve it before the next race."