David Salom lost his slim chance to take the championship all the way to the final round and although he had some set-up issues today he got his head down to come within a whisker of catching his team-mate Broc at the line after 22-tough laps, and he was finally placed fourth.
In the championship the leading Kawasaki pairing could not be closer, with Broc ranked third but with both riders on an identical 136 points. Broc is higher in the standings because he has won a race in 2011.
Both riders will go to the next round in Portugal on October 16 with a shared aim - to finish second in the championship by making up the current eight point gap to Fabien Foret.
Beautiful weather conditions allowed the riders to make the most of their raceday opportunities and Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki rider Massimo Roccoli secured the fastest lap of the race, a 1’42.507, on lap three but was finally forced out with a technical issue on lap four. His team-mate Vittorio Iannuzzo secured 12th place in the race, and 14th in the table, three places behind Roccoli with one round remaining.
Broc Parkes: “We had a good practice period and a good weekend. In the race I got a clean start and led for pretty much all of it. At half race distance we had no rear tyre and it was just spinning up, but the chatter was the worst thing, so I could not continue pushing for the lap times to keep the other guys behind. That’s life, but big congratulations to Chaz for being champion today and we made a good podium ourselves as well.”
David Salom: “It was not so good for me in the beginning of the race and it just wanted to go straight on. My race pace in general was good, good enough to be a potential winner, but it was not possible because in the first three or four laps I could not push the bike. Now I am fourth so in Portimao I must fight to move
back up again.