Parkes on the podium after class leading ride Yamaha World Supersport Team rider Broc Parkes came within a few laps of winning the twice delayed and once restarted WSS race at the Nurburgring in Germany, as the Australian rider led for 15 of the...
Parkes on the podium after class leading ride
Yamaha World Supersport Team rider Broc Parkes came within a few laps of winning the twice delayed and once restarted WSS race at the Nurburgring in Germany, as the Australian rider led for 15 of the 19 laps, running a pace none could match for long periods. He was forced to slow in the final few minutes of the race, and went from a win to a third place finish as a result. His team-mate Fabien Foret, who had started tenth on the grid, ran out a comfortable fourth after a fight with Craig Jones, having lost contact with the leading group in the early laps.
In the championship standings the German race weekend has brought all the top contenders for the crown within a few points of each other. Foret is second behind race winner Andrew Pitt, only four points adrift, while Parkes is now equal fourth, only seven points from Pitt.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) crashed at post five on lap 16 and David De Gea (Yamaha Spain World Supersport) could not make the race restart as he was hurt in the first corner crash that caused the main delay to the start of the race. De Gea has re-broken his lower leg in the same place as recently and will undergo surgery as soon as possible. Jeremy Crowe (Yamaha Spain) scored a point as a stand-in for regular rider David Salom, in 15th place.
Broc Parkes (3rd - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I set a very good pace through the race and I felt I could have had something in reserve at the end but we had two starts on the clutch today and it just started to give a bit in the end and I couldn't get come of the corners as strongly. I was happy to finish and settle for third and the points that go with it."
Fabien Foret (4th - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"My start was just OK and I did my best to push in the race. I think I lost a bit of feeling on Saturday after my fall and this weekend maybe fourth was the best I could do. If I had a better start them maybe I could have been with the guys at the front, but I am not sure. The weekend could have been better but it really could have been worse. The championship is very close and good for the spectators. I don't mind the pressure now we are all so close."
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We are of course a little disappointed to be leading the race and then having to finish third with Broc, but there were some technical problems on the last few laps and he couldn't ride then as he wanted to do. The speed was there but he lost some feel going into the corners and on the exit, so he couldn't keep up the pace for the last few laps. We were third and fourth, so it was a good team performance. I'm disappointed not to win here but the championship is so close now it is almost like starting the season again. We didn't win the race but we didn't really lose anything either."
Massimo Roccoli (DNF -Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni)
"The bike felt better today compared to the first two days of qualifying and I was able to lap well. I was making up ground to the riders in front but I just pushed my luck a little too far trying to catch some of them."
Pirro The Top Yamaha finisher
Michele Pirro (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni) was unable to get with the leading group at the Nurburgring today and therefore had to settle for fourth place, in the fourth round of the 2008 season. He now sits fifth overall in the standings, the top YZF-R1 rider in the rankings.
Claudio Corti Yamaha Motor Italia Junior Team) struggled to get into contention this weekend and finished the race a battling sixth, ten seconds from the win.
Sylvain Barrier was one of three riders off in a crash on the approach to the first hairpin on lap one, and no-scored. The next round takes place at Misano, in two weeks' time.
Superstock 600 European Championship
Loris Baz continues to bring the points home after a brilliant ride at the Nurburgring. Baz scored another podium, finishing the race in second place. He stays ahead in the championship with 81 points, leading second place Vostarek on 60 points.