“I'm looking forward to racing at my home circuit”
Broc Parkes and Fabien Foret (both Yamaha World Supersport Team) could not have had greater contrasts in their results at the season opener last weekend in Qatar, with Parkes scoring the first World Supersport win for the
all-new Yamaha YZF-R6 at the very first attempt and Foret losing out on an almost certain victory when his tank ran dry with half a lap to go.
Parkes now has the drive of not only extending championship lead but also his local crowd's support for Sunday's race pushing him on as he goes for his first WSS win at the classic 4.445km circuit in the State of Victoria.
Foret, who won the WSS race in Australia last year after cutting through the field in cavalier style, displayed nothing less than front-running dominance in qualifying and most of the race at Losail. Coming so close to glory himself, last week and then seeing his team-mate Parkes take the final race victory, Foret now knows that his 2008 YZF-R6 is capable of wins already.
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I'm looking forward to racing at my home circuit and it's great to go there with a win at Qatar under my belt. Sometimes you have to have a bit of luck in racing especially in a class where there are so many good riders out there who look like they can win in 2008. Our bike has been fast right out of the box, testing was really great and even after a difficult first day for me in Qatar, I was fortunate enough to win the race after some good battles for first position. Fabien was a bit quicker than me in the race until he stopped, so maybe he'll get one back soon. It's shaping up to be a great season in WSS racing and I'm looking forward to all of it."
Fabien Foret (Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I'm just going to forget last weekend and get on with it in Australia. I am very disappointed about what happened, but I am not blaming anyone. I have to keep in my mind that I was fastest in qualifying and the race until I ran out of gas, and of course it doesn't hurt my confidence that I won the race at Phillip Island last year. I have to be positive and now work hard with the team to make sure we have a good set-up and tyre choice. Our new bike is very, very good already and obviously has a lot of potential.
Wilco Zeelenberg (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It was good for the team to take a win and we have to remember that even though Fabien wasn't able to finish the Qatar race, his overall performance until the very last lap was very strong. He deserved so much more because he did a lot of tough work and didn't get the 25 points. We will find a solution to what happened with the fuel consumption, and try to keep the performance up at the same time. We all felt for Fabien last weekend, but with an all-new bike, it's not bad at all to start with a win from Broc. That is what we have to take forward to Phillip Island, where the aim is to have both riders on the podium this time."