Parkes wins third pole of the season Broc Parkes proved unstoppable once more in qualifying on his Yamaha World Supersport machine at the Nurburgring, securing his third pole of the season with a best lap of 2.00.015. Tantalisingly close to...
Parkes wins third pole of the season
Broc Parkes proved unstoppable once more in qualifying on his Yamaha World Supersport machine at the Nurburgring, securing his third pole of the season with a best lap of 2.00.015. Tantalisingly close to being the first rider under the two minute barrier in the return of WSS racing to this iconic circuit, Parkes was quickest in every single practice session, underlining his pre-race dominance not once but four times in all.
Parkes team-mate Fabien Foret had a disappointing time in final qualifying, falling from his machine as he went out for a hot lap and having to return to the pit lane to ride his second machine. He was overall tenth after his return to action, 1.187 seconds from Parkes and now starts from the third row. The race on Sunday has particular significance for the top two Yamaha Supersport competitors as Foret is second overall and Parkes third, with Championship leader Joan Lascorz one place behind Foret on the German grid.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) once again had troubles during qualifying and went 21st on the grid, while David De Gea (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) continued his early day form to go 14th in his comeback ride after injury. Jeremy Crowe (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) was a more than respectable 19th, riding as a substitute for David Salom.
Broc Parkes (1st - 2'00.015 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I made one little mistake on my final flying lap when I missed a corner entry a bit, but the bike is working really well round here. My previous experience of half the circuit really helped me start practice in good shape and we only made little changes to the bike today; just small things here and there. It has been a good weekend so far and I want to keep the hammer down tomorrow because this is the point of the season where I need to win some more races."
Fabien Foret (10th - 2'01.202 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I had a bit of a problem after the crash and that held me back a bit. I'm not happy to be where I am on the grid but tomorrow is raceday. I will do my best to get a good finish but I need a decent start and then we'll take things from there."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I'm happy to see Broc take his third pole of the season but it was shame for Fabien to crash on a hot lap trying to improve his position. He had to use his second bike, which was set-up the same but didn't feel quite the same as the first one. So we will build up his number one bike again and tomorrow he will get his confidence back. His bike is set a bit hard over the bumps for him and we will try to improve that. The lap times are pretty close and we know Fabien is more of a racer than a qualifier. There are a few places to pass here, the biggest thing is the first corner, which is very tight."
Massimo Roccoli (21st - 2'02.078 seconds - Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"This morning I felt that there was a problem with the electronics on the bike and that stopped us a bit. This afternoon I had the first practice with the bike the way I wanted it. The other problems were with my suspension set-up and the tyre choice. In the rear the bike was jumping across the tarmac. For me the race may be difficult, but if I get a god start I will probably be able to make up some ground and maybe my pace will be the same as the leading group."