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The 4.445km Phillip Island circuit specialises in delivering astounding spectacles in this class, and from first to last Parkes and pole position man David Salom were vying for the lead on their Ninja ZX-6R machines, along with several other riders. Salom was a convincing leader at one point, but he faded towards the end as his front tyre had given its best and he had to settle for fourth, only 0.272 seconds from the win.Parkes had his own issues to overcome as his brake fluid reservoir came loose and he had to drop back to readjust it, before rejoining the fight for what would have been a popular home town win for the Provec Motocard.com team’s Aussie rider.On balance it was a great start to the championship campaign for the entire team, and the 2011 series promises many more opportunities for both Parkes and Salom to shine.Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki) had a great debut for his new squad, finishing eighth and scoring good championship points in the process.

Parkes on the start grid

Broc Parkes: “We were in with a chance right to the very end, and took a podium. I felt very good on the bike and I was trying to get into a rhythm. I had a little problem when my brake reservoir came loose and I had to tuck it into the fairing, so I dropped back to seventh for a bit. From there I decided to go with it and I picked the boys off at the front one by one. When it is that close you know the season is going to be good!”

Salom on the start grid

David Salom: “I had a good race but then a lot of slides from my front tyre, so it was not possible to enter the corners properly. For ten laps it was good, but after that the bike started to slide a bit and it was not possible to go as fast in the corner entries. I am pleased to have been right there but I think we could have had challenged for the race win, and we could easily have had two Kawasaki riders on the podium.”

Parkes

Broc Parkes

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