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Parkes takes Supersport Pole at Imola

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Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com Ninja ZX-6R rider Broc Parkes beat all comers at Imola to take his second pole of 2011 and set a new track best lap time of 1'51.594 in the process at round 13 of the World Supersport Championship.

Aussie Parkes had to do it the hard way, having been taken out on day one when a rider fell and his machine spilled oil in front of Broc, and today the second and final qualifying session was stopped and restarted twice. Parkes also took pole for Kawasaki at Motorland Aragon in June and has now had 13 career pole positions to his credit.

"Our second pole of the year so well done to the guys," Parkes said.

"I got baulked a couple of times in the session, when I had just put on a new tyre. I had two people crash right on front of me. It was on my last new tyre in the second one then I had a yellow flag and only one more chance left. I put the lap together and got the pole. The best thing is that I feel good and consistent in my lap times, so it is good for my confidence to get up the front end. We have done quite a few laps on one set of tyres so we are looking all right. The track is faster than last year, feels better, so to set a quicker lap is good."

Luca Scassa continued yesterday's impressive performance in today's second qualifying session. Despite the interrupted track session, Scassa managed to top the time sheets on several occasions as he worked through a few minor adjustments to his R6 machine. The Italian will start tomorrow's home race from second place on the grid having missed on pole position by just 0.075 of a second in the last 2 minutes of the session.

"I'm disappointed that I lost out on pole position," Scassa said, "It's my home race and I intend doing my very best for my numerous fans. I make some small changes to the set-up and we seem to be going in the right direction, but still have some fine tuning to do in the morning. I'm confident that I can fight for a race win, which would really mean a lot to me on this track."

Florian Marino will start from the front row of the grid after setting the third fastest time.

"It was OK today, but the qualifying session was difficult because every time I got going it seemed there was a red flag," the 18-year-old said. "There were actually two but they disrupted our plans a little bit. It was a little frustrating, but finally I found some space and time to go faster. The bike is good now and I changed the lines in the last sector where I was having some problems yesterday. I am using more of the track now and it's better for sure. Tomorrow, I will try to get away with the other guys at the front and try make a good race.

Championship leader Chaz Davies was on equally striking form in the Italian sunshine today. The Welshman worked hard throughout the day, making constant progress in search of a winning set-up ahead of tomorrow's crucial race. Davies will start from fourth place and is confident to have what it takes to fight for the well-earned championship title.

Currently leading the championship on 171 points, 59 points separates Davies from Salom in second place and 60 points from Foret in third. If Salom or Foret were to win tomorrow's race, Davies would need to secure third place at the chequered flag to maintain the 50 point advantage he requires to bag the Championship title. Theoretically, pole starter Broc Parkes still contends for the title but he now remains 67 points behind Davies.

"I'm happy enough with today. The Machine was working well. I thought I could get pole but I made too many mistakes and didn't make it," Davies said. "I saw a 1'51.5 on the clock and thought it was good enough but it wasn't. We made a few small changes to the set-up throughout the session and make constant progress. I'm confident on the bike and feel good ahead of tomorrow's important race."

David Salom had a tough first few sessions at Imola also, but analysis of his first practice day and this morning's untimed session allowed his technical crew to make changes that improved his performance and feel around the undulation Imola circuit. Salom went fifth in the qualifying rankings and now starts the race from row two.

"We are better now than when we started yesterday, and again this morning," Salom said. "I had a problem with the suspension settings, as the bike was not entering corners well. I changed the rear shock spring and now we are in better shape. I think the race pace means it will be possible to aim for the podium and for today the mechanics will make even more changes to make us ready for the race."

Roberto Tamburini, Massimo Roccoli, Sam Lowes and Gino Rea will make up the rest of the top ten.

Main Photo: Aussie Broc Parkes heads for Pole at Imola

Imola - SUPERSPORT - Qualifying
1. Broc Parkes (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.594
2. Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.669
3. Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'51.737
4. Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team) Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.852
5. David Salom (Kawasaki Motocard.com) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.120
6. Roberto Tamburini (Bike Service R.T.) Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.140
7. Massimo Roccoli (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.353
8. Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.543
9. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'52.766
10. Ronan Quarmby (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 1'52.844
11. Vittorio Iannuzzo (Lorenzini by Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.014
12. Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.056
13. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.114
14. Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.433
15. James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.680
16. Ondrej Jezek (SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.775
17. Stefano Cruciani (Puccetti R. Kawasaki Italia) Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.839
18. Danilo Dell'Omo (Suriano Racing Team) Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.901
19. Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.909
20. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'53.992
21. Patrik VostÌÊrek (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.223
22. Bastien Chesaux (MACH Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.532
23. Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.641
24. Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth) Honda CBR600RR 1'54.956
25. Fabio Menghi (VFT Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.201
26. Marko Jerman (MD Team Jerman) Triumph Daytona 675 1'56.326
27. Catalin Cazacu (PTR Romania Honda) Honda CBR600RR 1'57.622
28. Mitchell Pirotta (KUJA Racing) Honda CBR600RR 1'57.786
29. Eduard Blokhin (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.780
30. Oleg Pozdneev (RivaMoto) Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.903

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