Yamaha Racing Team ASEAN’s Broc Parkes has extended his lead in the 2019 Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) with superb 1-2 finishes at Suzuka in Japan.
Parkes overcame a late crash in qualifying to win the opening encounter, then scored runner-up to local ace Shinichi Nakatomi in a rain-affected second race.
“At the end of qualifying the tyres and bike were feeling good and I was really fast, but I was a little too stiff and lost the front and crashed,” Parkes said following race one. “The bike hit the wall and was damaged. I felt bad for the mechanics, but I have to say thank you to them because they were able to get the bike back together in time.
“As you can see from the result, we did have some trouble but the bike was in great shape for the race. The race was one of the best I’ve had yet, but I’m still not fully satisfied with the weekend as I want to take one more win tomorrow.”
Parkes now leads the ASB1000 championship standings with 150 points following four rounds, 27 ahead of Azlan Shah (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team).
Countryman Bryan Staring – current leader of the Australian Superbike Championship – endured a mixed weekend, recording 5-11 results with the Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team in another guest appearance.