Parkes aims to put pressure on in France Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) will be going all out to secure a win at the Magny-Coursround as he continues his championship challenge. He has scored a podium finish in every Magny-Cours race...
Parkes aims to put pressure on in France
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) will be going all out to secure a win at the Magny-Coursround as he continues his championship challenge. He has scored a podium finish in every Magny-Cours race he has competed in since 2004.
Now 30 points from the championship lead, Parkes has three riders in front of him, but with 50 points still up for grabs all things are possible for the Australian rider.
Parkes got his championship challenge back on track at the previous round when he finished second in the Vallelunga race, after recording his sixth pole of the season. He has already recorded a win on the 2008 specification YZF-R6, at the opening round in Qatar.
Team regular Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team) has been cleared by his own doctor to return to action at his home round, after suffering head and spinal injuries at Brno in July. Foret, World Champion in 2002, will be taking things steady on his initial return, and both team and rider stress that there is no pressure on him this weekend.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) enters the Magny-Cours race with a victory in his domestic Supersport championship at Misano last weekend helping his confidence. He is currently 11th in the World Supersport Championship, with 48 points.
Parkes has a strong record at Magny-Cours, having won the race for Yamaha in 2005, his first ever in the WSS series. "I do go well there and I've scored some good results there over the years. After the last race I'm back on top again, back on my game. The idea this weekend is to put a little bit of pressure on the other guys at the front and try to come out of there with the championship still open."
Foret is relieved to be back in the mix after his long lay off. "It's been a long time away for me but now I am close to the end of it. I have decided to ride this weekend and I will take it like a test more than a race to begin with. The championship is done for me so I just want to get back into riding again. If I feel good, maybe I can push a bit, but we will see. For sure it's a bit better for me to come back to race in the French round, but I am not coming back just because of that. Part of me is now looking at preparing for 2009 anyway, so in some ways it's almost like starting the new season now."
Wilco Zeelenberg, the Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager, said of Magny-Cours. "Another race weekend is coming around and we are looking forward to it. Broc has shown over the years that he loves the track, and he has won there in the recent past. Fabien will be with us again this weekend and I think it is a good thing for him to come back now if he is able to. It was very unfortunate that Fabien was injured at that stage of the championship , of course, particularly as he was second in the standings at the time. But now there is no pressure on him because his championship position is not the priority, his health is. As Fabien has said, to get fit for riding you have to ride. You cannot simulate that so easily in the gym. As far as the machinery is concerned, we don't want to take too many risks at the moment so we will not be using our latest new electronics system. We have a real good set-up at the moment, and we will try to win at Magny-Cours, rather than being second or third."