Racing ahead!

The Portimão-based Anglo-Portuguese Parkalgar Honda team has unveiled a three-pronged assault on the 2011 World Supersport Championship.

In the wake of two-time title runner-up Eugene Laverty’s departure for the MotoGP class, ‘old hand’ Miguel Praia and newcomer Sam Lowes have been joined by James Elisson.

The 30-year-old former European Superstock and World Endurance Champion, who also finished second in British Superbikes and has raced in MotoGP will no doubt bring a wealth of invaluable experience to the Algarve team.

“Parkalgar Honda is a winning team which is certain to provide me with the type of machine on which I will be able to demonstrate my worth,” the Englishman said. “It is my aim to fight for victory and the title. I hope that  I can not only help Miguel and Sam but also be an asset to the whole set-up. I can’t wait for the season to begin.”

Parkalgar Honda entered World Supersport in 2006 as the smallest team in the paddock. One year later original pilot Praia was joined by Simone Sanna who achieved a first notable success in finishing fifth

in Donington.

In 2008, Craig Jones replaced the Frenchman and proceded to put the Portuguese newcomers on the racing map with podium finishes at Misano, Brands Hatch, Losail and Valencia.

Tragically the blossoming star suffered a fatal accident at Donington the same year prompting the arrival of Laverty ahead of the 2009 season- the rest is history as they say. Four victories followed and were eclipsed by an incredible further eight chequered flags during the just finished 2010 season firmly placing Parkalgar Honda in pole position for the 2011 Championship.