BSB: Parkes replaces Easton at ePayMe Yamaha

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Broc Parkes will return to the MCE British Superbike championship for Brands Hatch as he slots in to the ePay Me Yamaha team in place of the departed Stuart Easton.

Easton and the Tommy Hill-run squad mutually agreed to part ways following the Thruxton round after what has been a difficult first half to the season, leaving space for Parkes join the team full time after an impressive, if brief, stint deputising for the injured John Hopkins at Snetterton.

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While the Aussie crashed out of the opening race and sat out the second, he instantly impressed in practice as he consistently ran in the top ten before going on to secure a spot in the all-new Superpole qualifying format.

It’s been confirmed that Parkes will compete in at least four of the remaining six BSB rounds as he continues with his World Endurance duties with Yamaha Austria Racing Team, with the Oscherleben and Bol d’Or rounds clashing with Cadwell and Donington respectively.

“I am really happy to be coming back to the championship with the ePayMe Yamaha team because I feel like we have some unfinished business after Snetterton," he said. "I think for me it couldn’t be a better track to come back to, as I have had World Supersport race wins and also podiums in BSB on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. 

“I feel that I instantly gelled with the team at Snetterton and we had a really good pace throughout free practice and qualifying so I know what we can do, it was just really unfortunate I couldn’t show it in the races as I got taken out on the first lap. I want to come back and prove I am capable of being up there fighting in BSB and I want to gain the respect so I can try and return next season alongside racing in the World Endurance series.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing