Broc Parkes came away from his first race at Mugello admitting that the Italian circuit proved difficult to learn throughout the weekend and that he needs to analyse his performance throughout a race to get the most from his bike. The Australian finished the Italian Grand Prix 17th but while he has had the speed to battle with his teammate, Michael Laverty, in qualifying races have proved difficult with a gap of over 15s on Sunday.
Speaking to Crash.net after his difficult weekend Parkes said:
“It wasn’t the result that I was looking for,” said Parkes. “It’s not been an easy track to learn and losing the session on the first day put us on the back foot a little bit. In the race I was alright at the start and had good pace and was in the battle with Michael, Barbera and di Meglio and then I just didn’t have the pace to go with Michael and he pulled away. I had no rear grip again and basically just didn’t have the pace. I ended up in a battle with di Meglio and he held me up a little bit and by the time I got past him it was too late.”
A lack of rear grip during races has been a constant problem for Parkes in his rookie MotoGP campaign and he admitted that he needs to analyse what he is doing during races and try and learn from it ahead of the Catalan Grand Prix in two weeks in a bid to unlock more speed on race day.
“The laptimes were nowhere near what I was hoping to do, I was a good second a lap off what I expected, and I don’t know why. I just don’t seem to have the pace in the race and I need to get better in the race and understanding the bike to be able to go quicker.
“Today the bike was really nervous and had no rear grip later in the race and when the grip drops it just keeps spinning and once that happens the bike starts pumping in the rear and then you get tired and there’s not much that you can do then. It seems like a battle and I need to find a bike that I can ride better over the race distance.”