Parkes to replace Folger at Australian GP
16 October 2017 – Broc Parkes will fill in for the recovering Jonas Folger on home soil at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix, Tech 3 Yamaha has announced.
Folger returned to his native Germany ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix to undergo blood tests for the suspected Epstein Barr virus, which he previously suffered from.
Yamaha test rider Kohta Nozane was called up for Motegi but fractured his hand in a practice fall and crashed out of the race after just a handful of laps.
Next time out at Phillip Island, experienced racer Parkes, 35, will get another shot at MotoGP, having contested one season with Paul Bird Motorsport in 2014.
He also made a one-off outing with Ioda in 2015, replacing the injured Alex de Angelis.
Parkes has spent the majority of his motorcycle racing career in the World Superbike and Supersport categories, finishing runner-up in the latter in 2004 and 2007.
"I would like to thank the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team for giving me the amazing opportunity to race at my home Grand Prix in front of all of my supporters, fans and family," said Parkes.
"I am really looking forward to getting on the Yamaha YZR-M1 at Phillip Island and giving it my all!"
Parkes is now a frontrunner in the FIM Endurance World Championship for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team, having picked up four podiums in 15 races.