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Author: PBM Racing
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 23 2009

Running the official factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs, the, Vent-Axia and Kick Energy-backed team will field Australian ace Broc Parkes and former MotoGP and WSB race winner Makoto Tamada in all three races at the Brands Hatch festival, which will see them take on the best of BSB.

Indeed, history will be in the making as Tamada will become the first rider ever to compete in BSB having won a MotoGP race and the Japanese rider is a fan of the Brands Hatch circuit, as indeed is former double runner-up in the World Supersport Championship, Parkes.

Run by the oft-controversial Cumbrian poultry magnate Paul Bird, prior to making the switch to the Hannspree World Superbike Championship a couple of years ago, the then MonsterMob Ducati team won the British Superbike title in 2002 with the late Steve Hislop before Shane 'Shakey' Byrne retained the crown for the same team the following year.

In addition, TT legend John McGuinness won the 1999 250cc British Championship in Vimto Honda colours for the team and current BSB star Stuart Easton, who combines his role as the KSRT test rider with his duties for Hydrex Honda in BSB, took the 2002 British Supersport Championship also for the PBM Team.

Broc Parkes: "When they announced that there was no Brands Hatch race on the 2009 WSB calendar I was really disappointed as I really like the circuit and enjoy racing there. The fact that we need as much time on the track as possible with the Ninja ZX-10R to test means that the Brands BSB opportunity will be a good one for the team during the August WSB break. I'm really looking forward to it."

Makoto Tamada: "This will be my third time riding at Brands Hatch. In the past it's been a difficult track for me but I'm looking forward to the BSB opportunity to improve my fitness on the bike after missing five races due to the Monza crash injury. The British Superbike Championship is very well respected and I know the guys are fast so it's a good chance for us as a team to gauge our progress and to have more track time so we can develop the bike further and finish the WSB season as strong as we can."

Paul Bird: "It will be good to come back to do a meeting in BSB as that is where we cut our teeth and enjoyed much of our success in the past. Both riders love Brands Hatch and it's a shame were not racing there in WSB this season but we couldn't pass over the chance to race at such a great place. It will give us some extra time on the bikes which we need at present and at the same time, hopefully add a bit of variety to proceedings in BSB. Kawasaki UK are planning to start their Ninja 25th Anniversary Celebrations there too so it should be a good weekend all round."

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