Australian hard charger Broc Parkes is confident mood after finishing the first shakedown of the all-new YZF-R1 at Alcarras in Spain.
The 33-year-old took part in the two-day private test, which also featured Yamaha’s non-MotoGP teams, and was surprised at how good the bike was out of the crate.
He said: “We are very impressed with the bike. Considering we only started testing the bike two days ago and on the second day we had already improved. We didn’t expect the bike to be so good as it is so quickly and we are very happy where we are. The bike has a really nice and easy power-curve. It feels a little like a GP bike. It’s easy to ride and smooth with the power. It’s my first year in the British Superbikes so I have to learn quite a few tracks. I want to be in the top six to be in the showdown and then we’ll see what happens.”