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Rider: Broc Parkes
Born: December 24, 1981 in Hunter
Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Team: Paul Bird Motorsports
Machine: PBM Aprilia (#23)
Broc Parkes is the working man’s rider. After spending a couple years as a bricklayer he managed to make a name for himself on the national racing scene and earned himself the right to race in the World Superbike Championship beginning in 2001. His calm, cool demeanor earns him respect among his peers, and his dirt track racing background has carried over well to the World Superbike and Supersport series.
In 2001 he raced under the guidance of fellow Aussie and GP legend, Wayne Gardner. Results never really materialized in those early days, but he established himself as an aggressive rider capable of keeping his equipment in one piece and finishing races.
Parkes moved to World Supersport in 2003 and joined the Ten Kate Honda team in 2004. Things started to turn around for him that year as he finished second in the Supersport Championship. From that point on, he spent the next five years racing in the middleweights, gaining valuable experience and narrowly missing the title again in ’07.
Parkes will race the 2011 season in World Supersport aboard a factory supported Kawasaki.
At long last he returned to World Superbike in 2009 with the Paul Bird Motorsports Kawasaki team. Competing on the stubborn Ninja ZX-10R, he struggled to finish 18th in the championship.
In 2010 Parkes signed with the new Echo CRS Honda team. However, an intense pre-season crash forced the Aussie to miss the first three rounds of World Superbike. After experiencing disappointing results for much of the season, Parkes cut ties with CRS Honda and joined Motocard Kawasaki as a replacement rider for the injured Joan Lascorz in World Supersport. In his first race back in the Supersport class, Parkes had an impressive third-place finish.
For 2011 Parkes will pick up where he left off in Supersport aboard a factory supported Kawasaki. He will be joined by new teammate, David Salom.
2013 – 35th World Superbike – Yamaha
2012 – 5th World Supersport – Honda
2011 – 4th World Supersport – Kawasaki
2010 – 22nd World Superbike – Honda
2010 – 15th World Supersport – Honda
2009 – 18th World Superbike – Kawasaki
2008 – 4th World Supersport – Yamaha
2007 – 2nd World Supersport – Yamaha
2006 – 4th World Supersport – Yamaha
2005 – 6th World Supersport – Yamaha
2004 – 2nd World Supersport – Honda
2003 – 13th World Supersport – Honda
2002 – 11th World Supersport – Ducati
2001 – 16th World Superbike – Ducati
2000 – 3rd All Japane X Forumla – Honda
2000 – 17th Suzuka 8 hour – Honda
2000 – 1st Suzuka Endurance Summer – Honda