Month: December 2013

MotoGP: Who is Broc Parkes?

The best thing about CRT, and now the Open Class in MotoGP, is it always throws in a few random names to keep you on your toes; riders who may not get that first or final fling at World Championship points otherwise.

So following on nicely from last years ‘Who is Bryan Staring?’ post, I am this year covering similar ground with ‘Who is Broc Parkes?’

Here goes:

After the retirement of Casey Stoner, the Australian fans who like to shout for a home rider have had little to follow.

Last season they had the previously mentioned Bryan Staring at Gresini on a CRT and Damian Cudlin had a short run at the end of the championship aboard the Paul Bird effort.

Broc Parkes

Broc Parkes back in his Ten Kate Honda days
Image by 3 Gazet- at Flickr, used under the creative commons agreement.

Not much there to shout about result-wise, but it meant there was still an Australian to watch in MotoGP and as Parkes is technically taking the seat temporarily held by Cudlin he now ensures that the country remains represented, continuing a 31 year unbroken run in the top class of championship racing.

Parkes, who has one previous Grand Prix start to his name, a 125cc wild-card entry back in 1999, posted the following quote to his personal website –

“Firstly, I’d like to say a massive thanks to Paul Bird for the opportunity to work with his team once again; I’m really looking forward to it. This is the premier class and it’s every rider’s dream to race in MotoGP. I know this is going to be a tough season but I’m certainly up for the challenge, I can’t wait to get started.”

The 31-year-old (who will be 32 by the start of the season with his birthday falling on Christmas Eve) has previously been employed by the PBM team in the World Superbike Championship.

Paul Bird ran him aboard his Kawasaki effort in 2009 alongside Makoto Tamada.

He also raced the final Superbike round in Jerez this season on a Monster Energy Yamaha and placed 18th and 12th.

His greatest success has come a class below in World Supersport, where Parkes has twice been runner-up, taking second overall in 2004 and 2007.

He fell in love with bike racing after watching fellow countryman and legend Wayne Gardner win a race, he was lucky enough to have him as his manager for a spell earlier in his career.

Parkes has also participated in the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race, he was picked after racing in a Japanese series for that season, showcasing his talent.

He will ride the PBM Aprillia alongside Michael Laverty who is retained by the team for 2014.


Moto2: Who else is affected by Ant West’s ban?

The FIM has now confirmed the ban imposed for Ant West’s doping offence. The Australian has always claimed this was accidental and a result of taking the banned substance Methylhexaneamine via an energy drink.

The ban has been applied retrospectively so does not affect his future competition, but when applied over the dates 20 May 2012 to 19 October 2013 – 18 months in total – he loses his two Moto2 podium results.


West’s results may have been scrapped, but who gets bumped up into those podium places at the expense of the Australian?
West image by thomasrdotorg and used under the Creative Commons License Agreement

Sad for West and his fans, but a timely reminder that athletes can never be too careful – the severity also serves as a warning that accidental consumption is equally frowned upon.

Now to look at the story a different way, who else has been affected by the ban now it has been confirmed the results are to be altered and West’s podiums removed?

Scott Redding gets another rostrum, Gino Rea is boosted up to a 2nd, and Hafizh Syahrin his first Moto2 podium placing!

Here’s a look at the original results and the new standings after West’s Results have been omitted:

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 28, 2012 podium,ORIGINAL

  1. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Tuenti Movil HP 40 (Kalex)
  2. Ant West (AUS) QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
  3. Marc Marquez (SPA) Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol (Suter)

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 28, 2012 AMENDED

    1. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Tuenti Movil HP 40 (Kalex)
    2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol (Suter)
    3. Scott Redding (GBR) Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex)

Sepang, Sunday, October 21, 2012 podium, ORIGINAL

  1. Alex De Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR)
  2. Ant West (AUS) QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
  3. Gino Rea (GBR) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter)

Sepang, Sunday, October 21, 2012 podium, AMENDED

  1. Alex De Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR)
  2. Gino Rea (GBR) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter)
  3. Hafizh Syahrin (MAL) Petronas Raceline Malaysia (FTR)

So there is some good news in the bad, especially for Hafizh Syahrin who will have his first full Moto2 season in 2014, and Gino Rea, who can hopefully use the positive change to his result to secure more sponsors after revealing he will have American backing for next season after a hard year of wild-card and replacement privateer riding in 2013!

Full FIM press release statement below:

Doping – Decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case of rider Anthony West

The FIM has taken note of the Award handed down on 22 November 2013 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of rider Anthony West, participant in the 2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix in the Moto2 Class.

On 20 May 2012, Anthony West underwent an anti-doping test conducted by the FIM at the 2012 French Grand Prix. The urine sample obtained from Mr West revealed the presence of a stimulant (Methylhexaneamine) prohibited in competition under the FIM Anti-doping Code in force.

Following a decision of 29 October 2012 handed down by the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) to suspend Mr West for one month, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed to the CAS and called for a 24 month period of ineligibility to be imposed on Mr West.

The case was referred to a three-man CAS Panel. A hearing was held on 21 August 2013 in Lausanne and the parties were heard. The FIM was represented by the Head of its Legal Department, Mr Richard Perret.

The appeal by WADA against the CDI’s decision was only partially upheld. The Panel suspended Anthony West for 18 months from which the one month’s suspension already served was deducted.

Taking into account the considerable delay in the conduct of the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS Panel decided to set the start of the suspension retroactively at 20 May 2012.

Subject to the lodging of any appeal by one of the parties within 30 days with the Swiss Federal Tribunal and as provided for in the CAS Award, all the sporting results obtained by Anthony West from 20 May 2012 up to the expiry of the period of ineligibility (i.e. 19 October 2013) will be invalidated. The FIM will therefore modify the rankings of the 2012 and 2013 FIM Road Racing World Championships Grand Prix, Moto2 Class, accordingly. The FIM will also modify the rankings of the 2012 FIM Endurance Road Racing World Cup.