Phillip Island WSS: Parkes makes it three out of three

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Broc Parkes continued his domination of the Phillip Island test by topping the time sheets on all three days onboard his SSP Yamaha R6.

The Australian worked on race simulations in the scorching temperatures before putting in new tyres on his spare bike and going out for a fast lap. Despite the high temperatures Parkes was able to take another two tenths of his day two best with an impressive 1m 34.6 second lap.

Joint second spot went to the Ten Kate Honda pairing of Jonathan Rea and Andrew Pitt. Both riders completed two race runs on the final day with Pitt also bettering his lap time to match Rea’s day two best.

SSP Yamaha rider Fabien Foret saved his best until last and after finding an improved front fork setting grew in confidence to post a 1m 35.2 and establish himself as one of the front runners.

Kawasaki’s Katsuaki Fujiwara jumped up the time sheets after stringing a good lap together where he also picked up a good tow to end the test in fifth place one place ahead of team-mate Chris Walker. Walker continued to make progress on his ZX-6R and was able to post a string of fast consistent laps with a similar pace to Rea and Pitt.

Walker’s time was matched by Australian Josh Brookes with Triumphs Garry McCoy overcoming technical problems to go faster on day three with a 1m 35.9 second lap. Stiggy Honda rider Robin Harms continued to get closer to the front ending his test 0.5 seconds behind McCoy.

1. Parkes (AUS-Yamaha) 1’34”6
2. Rea (GBR-Honda) 1’35”0
3. Pitt (AUS-Honda) 1’35”0
4. Foret (FRA-Yamaha) 1’35”2
5. Fujiwara (JPN-Kawasaki) 1’35”6
6. Walker (GBR-Kawasaki) 1’35”7
7. Brookes (AUS-Honda) 1’35”7
8. McCoy (AUS-Triumph) 1’35”9
9. Harms (DEN-Honda) 1’36”4

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider