Australian Broc Parkes will trade the MotoGP paddock for the MCE British Superbike series in 2015, as he joins the Milwaukee Yamaha squad. Parkes has a long history with the Japanese manufacturer, competing for them in the 2014 Suzuka 8 hours.
He’ll line up on the new R1 machine that the team are hoping will revive their fortunes for the coming year, after a disappointing year for the Guisborough outfit.
He’ll line up alongside fellow Australian Josh Brookes, who he has past experience working with, as his teammate at the prestigious endurance event back in July.
Parkes said: “I am really looking forward to next season with the Milwaukee Yamaha team. In the past I have had some great results with Yamaha and to be a part of the project with the new R1 is a real privilege. There have already been a lot of good reports so I am excited about 2015.
“The level of competition is really high in the championship – they are like World Champions on their own tracks. I know I have to learn them, but I want to do as much as I can before the season so I am in the best possible position. I want to be in the top six for the Showdown and I will be bringing my ‘A-Game’ with me!”
Team Owner Shaun Muir commented: “It is a very exciting time for the team with the release of the new YZF-R1, which has created a huge amount of interest and anticipation for 2015. As a team we know what it takes to win a British title and we have the foundations in place to come out fighting.
“The team will be working hard to develop the new bike and we are delighted to have Broc onboard. He brings a huge amount of experience to the team, with an extensive career in the World Championships, and has serious determination in equal measure to succeed. He has raced with Yamaha before in the World Supersport Championship, and we are now looking forward to him returning to the Superbike class with Yamaha. Now that we have our two rider line-up confirmed we can prepare for our extensive winter test programme in preparation for 2015 with the new Milwaukee Yamaha.”