NEW DAD PARKES CONFIDENT AS TAMADA RETURNS IN GERMANY2009-09-01 01:26
After a five week break, the Hannspree World Superbike Championship returns with round eleven of the fourteen round series as it heads for the iconic Nurburgring in Germany this forthcoming weekend (September 4/6).
Whilst many of the teams have been relaxing since the previous round at Brno in July, the Paul Bird Motorsport Team has been doing anything but as they look forward to building on their recent success with riders Australian Broc Parkes and Japanese Makoto Tamada hoping for another share of the points for the Penrith, Cumbria-based team.
Having scored a hat-trick of runner-up placings to runaway leader Leon Camier when guesting as a wild card rider at the British Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch last month, 27-year-old Parkes gained valuable data and track time which should stand him in good stead for this round and following on from a hand injury sustained at Brno, Tamada, 32, is hoping to get back to the form he was showing in recent races prior to his latest injury setback aboard the www.supercasino.com, Vent-Axia, Kick Energy and Henleys-backed Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team Ninja ZX-10Rs.
Broc Parkes: "After racing at the British Superbikes at Brands Hatch in early August, we found some really good things on the bike and came away with some great results which gave me and the team some confidence on our direction for the last four WSB races. It will be great to apply the team's development to the Nurburgring race this weekend. I really enjoy racing at this circuit and I've had some successful results in the past. Last year I was unlucky not to win on the World Supersport bike as we had a problem at the end of the race. I've also won a race a few years back on the short circuit in the German Superbike Championship. Overall I'm really looking forward to some good results this weekend. I'm also over the moon at becoming a father this week to my new-born son, young Jesse John Parkes."
Makoto Tamada: "After another unfortunate crash in Brno I am happy to confirm now after the August break that my finger doesn't hurt at all, and I am ready 100% to race this weekend. The Kawasaki ZX-10R performed much better during the Brno race and I predict that we can finish in the top ten in both races at Nurburgring. I just can't wait to be back on the bike again and continue where we left off after some exciting developments from Brno."
Sunday 6th September
1100 -1200 LIVE WSB race one on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
1540 -1630 WSB race two on British Eurosport 2
1800 -1900 Highlights on British Eurosport 2
2335 - 0035 Highlights on British Eurosport
British Eurosport is available in the UK on Sky channel 410 and Virgin Media channel 521 or British Eurosport 2 available on Sky 411 and Virgin Media 525. Also live on your PC via the Eurosport Player.
Source: Cartersport Motorsport Media
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