Broc Parkes

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Broc Parkes
Broc Parkes 2012 SSP Donington.jpg
Nationality  Australian
Born (1981-12-24) 24 December 1981 (age 33)
Hunter Region, New South Wales
Current team Milwaukee Yamaha / Monster Energy YART
Bike number 2 / 7
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2014
Manufacturers PBM
Championships 0
2014 Championship position 23rd (9 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
18 0 0 0 0 9
125cc World Championship
Active years 1999
Manufacturers Honda
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0

Broc Parkes is an Australian motorcycle racer, best known for his success in the Supersport World Championship. He currently competes in the British Superbike Championship and the FIM Endurance World Championship aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1.

Early years[edit]

He was born on 24 December 1981, and lives in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, resulting in the nickname 'The Boy From the Bush'. Parkes was originally inspired to race as a four-year-old, when he saw countryman Wayne Gardner winning a race. Gardner ultimately became his manager.

Parkes began racing on dirt tracks a year later, with great success. He also raced junior motorcycle speedway and finished second in the 1997 Australian Under-16 Championship in Adelaide. He then switched to circuit racing at the age of sixteen – the legal limit in Australia – going on to win the Australian 125cc title and Australian 250cc Production title in 1999, on Honda machinery.

Going International[edit]

Parkes then spent a season in Japan with the Moriwaki squad's Honda equipment, finishing third in the All Japan X Formula series. Parkes then moved to Europe to join the NCR Ducati team for the 2001 World Superbike Championship. He experienced a mechanical failure while running strongly in one race, but he took 16th overall. In 2002 he finished up 11th.

Supersport World Championship[edit]

For 2003 he moved to the Supersport World Championship for the BKM Honda team, but the team was late getting race equipment,[1] and did not complete the year due to financial problems. He moved to the crack Ten Kate team for 2004, finishing as championship runner-up behind team-mate Karl Muggeridge. For 2005 he joined Yamaha's factory team, struggling for most of 2005 but ending with a victory to come fifth overall. In 2006 he challenged for the title before a crash at Assen left him critically injured – although he returned before the end of the season to come third overall. He finished a distant second to Kenan Sofuoglu in 2007,[2] with back-to-back wins at Brands Hatch and Lausitzring[3] despite a broken collarbone early in the season, and finished 4th in 2008 despite a series-high six poles[4] and a season-opening victory in Losail[5]

Back to World Superbikes[edit]

For 2009 Parkes returns to World Superbike – on factory Kawasakis ran by Paul Bird Motorsport, teamed with former Grand Prix winner Makoto Tamada.[6] His team often struggled for results, but he shone in a one-off appearance at the British Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch. Parkes qualified second and finished second in all of the three races held there, only behind the dominant Leon Camier each time.[7]

2010 was also a struggle for Parkes, who joined the new Echo CRS Honda team.[8] He crashed heavily in pre-season and missed the first three rounds,[9] and was usually a backmarker once he returned. Three races before the end of the season Parkes announced that he separated ways with Echo CRS Honda, and he joined the Motocard Kawasaki team, as the replacement of the injured Joan Lascorz. He also raced a few races at the end of the season in World Supersports with the same team.

Parkes continued in Supersports the next two seasons riding a Kawasaki and a Honda, finishing top five both years. In 2013 Parkes returned to Australia and raced for the factory Yamaha team, winning the Australian FX-Superbike Championship.

Move to MotoGP[edit]

In December 2013, it was announced that Parkes would be riding for Paul Bird Motorsport alongside Michael Laverty for the 2014 MotoGP season. He effectively replaced his countryman Damian Cudlin and continued a 31 year streak of Australia's representation in the premier class of motorcycle racing.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
1999 125cc Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2014 MotoGP PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 18 0 0 0 0 9 23rd
Total 19 0 0 0 0 9

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
1999 125cc Honda MAL JPN SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE IMO VAL AUS
23
RSA BRA ARG NC 0
2014 MotoGP PBM QAT
15
AME
Ret
ARG
21
SPA
17
FRA
18
ITA
17
CAT
16
NED
11
GER
21
IND
15
CZE
19
GBR
21
RSM
18
ARA
18
JPN
20
AUS
Ret
MAL
14
VAL
20
23rd 9

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2001 Ducati SPA
Ret
SPA
13
RSA
12
RSA
11
AUS
5
AUS
C
JPN
16
JPN
17
ITA
DNS
ITA
DNS
GBR
20
GBR
14
GER
14
GER
Ret
SMR
Ret
SMR
7
USA
13
USA
14
EUR
DNS
EUR
DNS
GER
Ret
GER
18
NED
22
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
ITA
8
16th 49
2002 Ducati SPA
15
SPA
DNS
AUS
Ret
AUS
13
RSA
11
RSA
14
JPN
Ret
JPN
Ret
ITA
Ret
ITA
8
GBR
Ret
GBR
12
GER
11
GER
Ret
SMR
Ret
SMR
14
USA
15
USA
12
GBR
Ret
GBR
18
GER
10
GER
10
NED
9
NED
8
ITA
9
ITA
8
11th 77
2009 Kawasaki AUS
Ret
AUS
18
QAT
14
QAT
16
SPA
10
SPA
17
NED NED ITA
10
ITA
13
RSA
15
RSA
14
USA
Ret
USA
11
SMR
17
SMR
17
GBR
18
GBR
14
CZE
12
CZE
16
GER
Ret
GER
13
ITA
10
ITA
15
FRA
Ret
FRA
15
POR
11
POR
12
18th 51
2010 Honda AUS AUS POR POR SPA SPA NED
Ret
NED
17
ITA
20
ITA
15
RSA
Ret
RSA
18
USA
17
USA
15
SMR
DSQ
SMR
17
CZE
13
CZE
12
GBR
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER GER ITA ITA FRA FRA 22nd 9
2013 Yamaha AUS AUS SPA SPA NED NED ITA ITA GBR GBR POR POR ITA ITA RUS RUS GBR GBR GER GER TUR TUR USA USA FRA FRA SPA
18
SPA
12
35th 4

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Races by year[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
2003 Honda SPA
7
AUS
Ret
JPN
7
ITA
15
GER
5
GBR
Ret
SMR
3
GBR
15
NED ITA FRA
Ret
13th 47
2004 Honda SPA
Ret
AUS
4
SMR
Ret
ITA
2
GER
2
GBR
3
GBR
4
NED
4
ITA
2
FRA
2
2nd 135
2005 Yamaha QAT
6
AUS
7
SPA
6
ITA
7
EUR
5
SMR
5
CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
7
GER
2
ITA
5
FRA
1
6th 125
2006 Yamaha QAT
Ret
AUS
3
SPA
4
ITA
7
EUR
2
SMR
3
CZE
2
GBR
1
NED
Ret
GER ITA
6
FRA
3
4th 145
2007 Yamaha QAT
Ret
AUS
3
EUR
DNS
SPA
5
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
GBR
Ret
SMR
2
CZE
13
GBR
1
GER
1
ITA
4
FRA
2
2nd 133
2008 Yamaha QAT
1
AUS
Ret
SPA
4
NED
5
ITA
3
GER
3
SMR
10
CZE
4
GBR
4
EUR
10
ITA
2
FRA
Ret
POR
5
4th 150
2010 Kawasaki AUS POR SPA NED ITA RSA USA SMR CZE GBR GER
3
ITA
4
FRA
Ret
15th 29
2011 Kawasaki AUS
2
EUR
5
NED
3
ITA
4
SMR
1
SPA
Ret
CZE
Ret
GBR
6
GER
7
ITA
3
FRA
3
POR
Ret
4th 136
2012 Honda AUS
3
ITA
20
NED
4
ITA
Ret
EUR
4
SMR
5
SPA
4
CZE
3
GBR
3
RUS
5
GER
4
POR
4
FRA
27
5th 135

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broc Parkes drops us a line
  2. ^ Broc Parkes takes Championship Second for Yamaha
  3. ^ Q&A: Broc Parkes – EXCLUSIVE
  4. ^ amaha's Broc Parkes rockets to sixth pole of the year
  5. ^ Qatar World Supersport: Broc Parkes wins in dramatic fashion while Craig Jones gets podium spot
  6. ^ Kawasaki choose Paul Bird to run factory WSB effort
  7. ^ Parkes looks to WSBK after Brands success
  8. ^ Ryder, Joy (2009-11-27). "Broc Parkes Signs For New Echo CRS Honda Team For 2010". World Superbike News (Buzzin' Fly Limited). Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Parkes back in action at Assen". Superbike World Championship (Infront Motor Sports). 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 

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