News 3 Oct 2010

WSBK: Parkes signs two-year deal with Kawasaki WSS team

Broc Parkes will remain with Kawasaki in the 2011 Supersport World Championship.

Broc Parkes will remain with Kawasaki in the 2011 Supersport World Championship.

Australian Broc Parkes has signed a two-year deal to contest the Supersport World Championship with the Kawasaki Provec team.

28-year-old Parkes will be one of the two riders for 2011, having signed a two-year contract with the Provec team last month.

“To be back with a team like this, a top team, and already have a podium with them is a good start – I feel really good at the moment again,” Parkes told at Magny-Cours.

“The ZX-6 is a really good little bike and I felt I could be competitive as soon as I rode it. I felt that I needed to be on a competitive bike again, which I couldn’t get in Superbike, so this is my chance to win a world championship next season.”

Team manager Guim Roda is delighted to have Parkes onboard for the next two seasons.

“As soon as we knew Broc was free we didn’t doubt for a minute to sign him for 2011 and 2012,” Roda commented. “He is a good rider and a great person. For us, we began the winter tests with Broc in the last three races of 2010.

“[Joan] Lascorz will go to WSBK, so we need a second rider. Regarding this, we are already talking with other riders. The important point is to decide on whether to take a young rider or a more experienced one, and after that we will try to make an agreement.

“Sure, it will not be easy because there’s other good teams too, but we will find the best option for us and try to make a decision on Monday after the race.”

Parkes’ teammate is yet to be confirmed, with Japanese rider Katsuaki Fujiwara now certain to revert to testing duties with KHI while also riding in the Japanese domestic series.

Fujiwara may also undertake some wildcard rides in WSS or WSBK in 2011.

Meanwhile, Spaniard Lascorz will partner Chris Vermeulen in the factory Superbike team.