Parkes joined by Laverty for Donington Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) enters the Donington round of the World Supersport Championship intent on pulling back points on championship leader Andrew Pitt, and thus reducing his 36-point ...
Parkes joined by Laverty for Donington
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) enters the Donington round of the World Supersport Championship intent on pulling back points on championship leader Andrew Pitt, and thus reducing his 36-point championship disadvantage.
Parkes, winner of the first race this season, is currently third in the standings and this weekend he can count on the support of his latest team-mate Eugene Laverty. The Ulsterman, who is also racing in 250cc Grands Prix, will taste World Supersport racing for the first time. Having scored four wins in the competitive British Supersport Championship as recently as 2006, however, he is more than familiar with 600cc machinery.
Parkes will be familiarising himself with the circuit for real starting on Friday, as last year he fell early in the first session, breaking a collarbone and being ruled out for the rest of race weekend.
Parkes approaches the tenth round of the championship after a positive period of preparation in the recent five-week summer break. "I have had time to relax recently, and I really feel like I am starting fresh again. Last year I didn't get many laps in at Donington, only about five, but this year I have to try and learn the track and get everything else sorted out. I have raced at Donington before, but it was along time ago. Overall, we just have to concentrate on the championship itself and win some races. Andrew has a good lead but with four races to go there are still points to be won!"
For Laverty this weekend is a real opportunity.His first ever WSS race effort will be assisted by a pre-race test at Croft in the north of England. "I get a run out on the bike on Wednesday and it will be nice to get an initial feel for the machine before we get to Donington. The Yamaha World Supersport set-up really is a top team and after being offered an opportunity like this can't wait to get going on Friday in first practice. It is obvious the bike is as good as anything in the class, if not better. My riding style has changed a bit since I last rode in National Supersport racing but the way you have to ride a 250 GP bike nowadays should help me to get to grips with a top World Supersport machine."
Wilco Zeelenberg, the Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager, explained how the team had made preparations for the Donington race. "We've taken some time out to get a break before Donington, and as a team have also been working to prepare the engines we need for the final four rounds. We now have them all prepared so we are set up for the rest of the season. The bike is working very well and I think Donington is a very nice track; I certainly always loved to ride there. I cannot imagine that Broc or Eugene will have difficulty getting around because there are more challenging tracks to set-up for on the calendar. We have some lack of information from last year because we had so little track time but I don't see us having any real problems setting up this year."
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) has been turning around his fortunes in recent races, and has rejoined the fight for a top eight finish overall. He will be out to improve on his existing best race finish of seventh in 2008, a position he has taken on three occasions so far.
After the previous Brands Hatch round Michele Pirro (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) is only 26 points from the lead in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, in fifth place in the championship table. His third sixth place finish of the season sees him on 83 points.
Claudio Corti (Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) went eighth in the last race at Brands Hatch, and is 11th overall after three no-scores. Sylvain Barrier (Yamaha Team YZF) is now 26th overall, with four points to his credit.
Loris Baz (Yamaha Motor France Junior Team) had a perfect end to his Brands Hatch weekend, winning his third race of the season while his number one title challenger Patrick Vostarek scored no points. Leader Baz now has an advantage of 32 points.