Broc Parkes and Katsuaki Fujiwara each ran up front in the WSS Race in Germany with Broc eventually awarded a podium place after another leading rider was disqualified.
Fourth was already a great result for any rider returning to World Supersport for the first time in a year and a half, but an eventual third was a reward Parkes and his crew could only have dreamed of as he arrived in Germany.
Broc and the team created the reality of a podium after a strong qualifying session, with Broc third on the grid, and Provec Motocard.com team regular Katsuaki Fujiwara started the race alongside him, in fourth grid spot.
‘Kats’ was in great early form but a drop off in rear traction eventually contributed to a crash. The tough Japanese rider got himself back on track again, rejoining the race. Fabien Foret, from the Kawasaki Lorenzini by Leoni team, was a strong fourth overall, having mixed it on
track with both Broc and Kats for some time.
Broc Parkes: “I was pretty happy with fourth, so to then get third was great for the team and myself in my first ride. The first part of my race wasn’t real good. I tried to go with the top two guys and had a couple of moments on the first and second lap. I didn’t quite have the pace and got passed by a couple of guys, until I got into a bit of a rhythm. I just lacked a little bit of confidence with the front and in the early laps I did not want to throw it down the road. I tried to learn a little bit from the other guys, and I think we are all happy with the result.”
The best weekend so far Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes gave him a fifth and a seventh place finish on his Ninja ZX-10R, while rookie Ian Lowry added to the positives by going 12th in
Tom made great use of his seventh place grid position, making strong starts in each race and riding at a consistently high pace throughout. His two strong finishes lifted him to 15th in the overall rankings, with a total of 70 points. Tom equalled his best individual race finish of fifth today, but this was arguably an even more impressive finish than his top five in Monza in May.
Lowry had a great race one for a rookie rider, and finished with four points. He fell in race two but only after a set-up change intended to make his lap times even more competitive.
Great weather conditions assisted all the riders at this modern classic circuit in the Eifel Mountains of Germany, delivering a level playing field for all comers in practice and on raceday.
Tom is now only six points from 14th place, and 15 points from 13th overall, giving him a new target to aim for in the two remaining races of the year.
Tom Sykes: “We’ve had quite a strong performance here at the Nürburgring this weekend, from both the Team and myself, and I’m very happy with how it’s all gone. I just wished we could have hang in there a bit more in race two but overall I can’t complain, as it’s our best results for the year. We came here with a good base package and worked well with what we knew was our setting goal so this meant we didn’t need to make big changes, just a few adjustments which are ultimately much easier on a rider. I was able to just focus on fine-tuning the bike and the best tyre combinations to get my ultimate setting. Overall it’s been a massive effort from the team and Kawasaki and although I’d like to thank every individual, I have to give additional thanks to Johnny my crew chief, and Javier from Showa for giving me the best package this weekend, on which I was able to show well in the races and come away with some strong results for