Motor Sport: Hunter rider Broc Parkes called up for Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island

BACK: Hunter rider Broc Parkes during his last MotoGP season in 2014. Picture: Fairfax Digital Collection
BACK: Hunter rider Broc Parkes during his last MotoGP season in 2014. Picture: Fairfax Digital Collection

Hunter rider Broc Parkes will look to complete his first Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island this weekend after being called up as a late replacement.  

The 35-year-old was this week announced in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team to cover for Jonas Folger, who has returned to native Germany for treatment on suspected Epstein Barr virus.

It will be Parkes’ first MotoGP in almost two years after a one-off appearance for ART in Spain in November, 2015.

A year earlier he completed his one and only MotoGP season with Paul Bird Motorsport, but retired from the 2014 race on home soil along with Spain’s Dani Pedrosa.

CHANCE: Hunter rider Broc Parkes. Picture: MotoGP media

CHANCE: Hunter rider Broc Parkes. Picture: MotoGP media

"Of course, I would like to thank the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for giving me the amazing opportunity to race at my home Grand Prix in front of all of my supporters, fans and family,” Parkes said. 

“I am really looking forward to getting on the Yamaha YZR-M1 at Phillip Island and giving it my all!"

Parkes will be one of two Australian riders in the race with Jack Miller set to return from a broken leg suffered in training before the Japanese grand prix on the weekend.

This year Parkes has picked up four podiums from 15 races for Yamaha Austria Racing Team in the FIM Endurance World Championship.

This story Parkes returns home for MotoGP first appeared on Newcastle Herald.