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Brookes and Parkes Looking For Improvement Despite Strong Qualifying Session

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The Milwaukee Yamaha team are preparing for the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship races of the 2015 season at Donington Park after the Australian pairing of Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes qualified in fourth and eighth places respectively.

Brookes had been building throughout qualifying and narrowly missed out on the front row as the team debut the new model this weekend.

"It's difficult to say how much we‰Ûªve improved - the bike was quite good in FP1 and I thought by FP3 we would do more, but that has not really been the case." Brookes said. "We have key problems to address but it is all about understanding the bike; I want to go quicker and that is what we are all working to do.

"There is more to work on and we have to achieve that. For me, it does not feel like me out on the track and I hope to put something much stronger together for the races.

"I wanted top four in qualifying so in one respect I have achieved what I set out to do, but there are still a few things we need to decide for the races and I am fairly confident we can build a strong bike for the start of the race."

Parkes meanwhile crashed out in Q1, but with the hard work of the team he was soon back on track, progressing into Q3 to set the eighth fastest time.

"Considering I crashed on the first flying lap at the first corner it was not the perfect session." Parkes admitted. "Then in Q2 we had a problem with the bike and that did not run as smoothly as it could have done, but I was a second faster than I had been on race rubber.

"Going into Q3 I was not really happy and we made a change, but not quite to the next step. Definitely we will make changes to the bike before warm-up and we have a change of direction. We have been playing a bit of catch-up all weekend, but we are pretty close and if we can be consistent in the 1m 30s then we can be with the top guys - that's the plan."

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