Parkes fourth after a confused WSS race Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) finished in fourth position in what was an aggregated race at Brands Hatch - started late because of an earlier race delay, stopped at one stage due to rain, with...
Parkes fourth after a confused WSS race
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) finished in fourth position in what was an aggregated race at Brands Hatch - started late because of an earlier race delay, stopped at one stage due to rain, with the second leg finally also halted early after a red flag due to a high-speed crash.
In the aggregate results Parkes was just off the podium, in a race won by Jonathan Rea. Andrew Pitt was third and now Rea is ahead of Parkes in the standings, with Pitt on 149 points, Rea on 117 and Broc on 113.
Parkes was closing in on the front group before Craig Jones fell during the second leg of the race and the race was red-flagged, with the result declared after a combined 15 laps.
Harris fell in the restarted second leg of the race, and was not classified with a finish, despite running strongly in the first few places in each sector.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) scored eighth place and now has 48 points, which gives him a share of ninth in the series standings. David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport Team) went 21st today. Broc Parkes (4th - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "It was a bit of a mixed bag today, even if near the end of the first race we were riding around in the rain. It wasn't really a good race, but that second one was a lot better. I didn't really have the pace to match the front guys and I had a little problem with my front brake. I adjusted it and started to catch them back up and then I saw Craig crash right in front of me going into the straight. It was not a good day at the office really."
Karl Harris (DNF - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I felt really good out there but I had a vague feeling from the front end. It was the same in the first half of the race and I actually preferred that setting. We went with an SC1 front tyre but it didn't feel that good at all. I'm gutted to have fallen but I was running up the front in my first WSS racing for a few years." Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team) "Technically we didn't have a lot of problems in the race. Karl tried to do his best and he was doing a lot under braking to keep up with the guys, but finally he went out. In the first race they should have flagged it three laps before, and Broc had more rain on his visor than he would have liked to see, so he lost two seconds to the guy who won the first heat. He was there with the group but he had some difficulties. Everybody was sliding about a bit to be honest. The final result is very disappointing."
Massimo Roccoli (8th - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) "I took some time to get started in both the first and second legs of the race but when I did get up to speed the bike and everything was OK. But by that time the leading group was gone, so I could not catch them up."
Pirro fights hard for sixth place
A four way fight in a race that started wet but finished dry saw Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni) take a sixth place finish in the Superstock 1000 class.
Pirro's 83 championship points put him fifth overall, with Brands race winner and new championship leader Maxime Berger now on 109 points.
Claudio Corti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) was eighth today, winning his own personal battle with Chris Seaton. Corti is 11th overall, on 33 points. Michelle Pirro (6th - Yamaha Motor Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) "The pace that Berger and Baiocco set today in the first laps I could not match and so I had to just go as fast as I could. Sixth was the best I could do in this situation and at least we scored some points."
Claudio Corti (12th - Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) "I had a little problem in braking at the start and that made me run off the track early on. But I got back on, remained calm and went as fast as I could to the end."
Baz wins and takes the championship lead Loris Baz (Yamaha YZF Junior Team) took the win at Brands Hatch and in doing so he went into a more comfortable series lead, as his main rival Patrick Vostarek did not score today after crashing.
Baz now has 142 points, to Vostarek's 110. Gino Rea was third, for the third time in 2008, and is now fourth in the championship, on 77 points. Loris Baz (1st - Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) "It is great to win again and I really like this circuit. It was a hard race, but our championship position is much better now, and that is the main thing to take from this weekend."