Parkes to replace injured Hopkins at Snetterton
Following the news that John Hopkins sustained a broken and dislocated right collarbone as well as broken ribs following a crash in race two at Knockhill, he has been sidelined for the next MCE BSB round at Snetterton.
The ePayMe Yamaha team celebrated their best result of the year at Knockhill last weekend with Hopkins at the helm, so this is a big set back for the team.
They have however announced that former MCE BSB podium finisher Broc Parkes will join the team at Snetterton, he will bring last years experience with him as he raced on the YZF-R1 and he also has links to the Yamaha factory in the World Endurance Championship.
Parkes said: 'I am actually really excited about this opportunity. You never want to see another rider out through injury, but it will be great working with Tommy [Hill] as we were team-mates in the World Supersport Championship before.
'I know the Yamaha from last season and also in the World Endurance Championship, so this is a perfect chance to return to the MCE BSB. Last year didn't work out for various reasons, but I am coming back feeling like I have a point to prove.
'I have been training really hard ready for when an opportunity like this came along and I want to show that I can be up there and I intend on doing the best job I possibly can for the ePayMe Yamaha team.'
Tommy Hill added: 'We are obviously gutted as a team to see John out through injury as before the crash he had been showing such great form. We had shown glimmers of form in the opening rounds and then at Knockhill everything was coming together and we really knew that we could score the results we know we are capable of and potentially still fight for the top six as it is so unpredictable and changing all the time. We now have to wait for John to see the specialist to work out when he will be able to return.
'Broc had a tough season last year but he is definitely driven to come back and prove himself within this championship. The team are excited to work with Broc and collectively achieve the best results we can with such short notice.'
30.06.2016 - Big Ed