Stewart Back With Yoshimura Suzuki At Millville

James Stewart made his return to competition in round eight of the 12-event Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota at the weekend.

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 18.


James Stewart made his return to competition in round eight of the 12-event Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota at the weekend.

 

 

Stewart raced his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to a solid 10th-place finish in the first moto. Overall, his 10-35 moto finishes put him 15th.


Stewart was the lone rider for the Yoshimura Suzuki this weekend, as both Blake Baggett and fill-in rider, Matt Bisceglia, are out with injury.


Stewart showed that in spite of his long lay-off from injury, and then awaiting the birth of his son, he still could still tap into the power of the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and click-off a strong lap, which he did in qualifying, clocking a 2:15.635 on the Spring Creek track, good enough for eighth-fastest out of 81 riders.

 


In the first moto, he fought to gain back his race footing, battled well for positions and ended up 10th.


“I got an OK start and then got passed by a few guys,” Stewart explained. “I kind of settled-in and passed a few more guys and some of them went down and I got 10th. It was pretty solid. With all the stuff going on in my personal life I haven’t been able to ride as much. The second moto I was trying, but almost hit the deck a few times. It got to the point where I pulled out and I was bummed out about that.”

 


Despite the difficult second moto, Stewart said it felt good to be back competing again and he’s looking forward to gradual gains in the coming rounds.

 


“I’m happy to be back out here racing,” he said. “I know what I need to do and that’s get more seat-time to be able to race. The track was tough all day, especially in that second moto. I want to thank the team. I’m going to keep pushing here and building-up and I think Washougal should be better for sure.”

 


The series now moves cross country to the Pacific Northwest next Saturday, July 23rd, for the Washougal National at the scenic Washougal Motocross Park. Live coverage begins at 1:00 pm Eastern-time on www.promotocross.com.

SYM Commercial Warranty – GREAT NEWS

After a recent highly successful visit to SA by the President of SYM, there have been some very positive developments for the brand. Not only has SYM HQ expressed an increased desire to assist with the growth of SYM in SA, they have also introduced a warranty on vehicles used for commercial purposes, something that […]

After a recent highly successful visit to SA by the President of SYM, there have been some very positive developments for the brand. Not only has SYM HQ expressed an increased desire to assist with the growth of SYM in SA, they have also introduced a warranty on vehicles used for commercial purposes, something that has not been available previously. This is great news for SYM SA as they continue to grow the brand in both the private and commercial sectors. Despite a tough market, SYM sales have remained high.

The new warranty agreement is specific to commercial clients while private individuals still receive a 2 year -unlimited mileage warranty. (T’s & C’s apply)

  • Scooters for commercial use: 12 months or 20 000 km
  • Motorcycles for commercial use: 6 months or 10 000 km

PLEASE NOTE:-
*All services must be carried out as prescribed by an authorised dealer at the correct intervals

*Wear and tear items are not covered by warranty
*(T’s & C’s apply)

Sykes Wins As Rea Retires From Second Laguna Race

A battling and front-running win from Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes gave him his fifth race victory of the season on the latest model Ninja ZX-10R, in what was a shortened 21-lap Sunday Superbike World Championship race. Championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) retired from the race on lap six after experiencing a technical issue, […]

A battling and front-running win from Kawasaki Racing Team rider Tom Sykes gave him his fifth race victory of the season on the latest model Ninja ZX-10R, in what was a shortened 21-lap Sunday Superbike World Championship race. Championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) retired from the race on lap six after experiencing a technical issue, recording his first no-score of the season.

After the first attempt at running the second WorldSBK race of the Laguna weekend was stopped by a red flag incident the shortened restart provided a spectacular contest for the fans. After Rea had dropped back from the lead after running wide, and then retired a short while later, it was a straight fight between 2013 world champion Tom Sykes and two chasing Ducati riders.

Despite constant pressure from behind Sykes kept the lead from lap three onwards to record his fifth win of 2016, and the 31st of his career. He was 0.209 seconds ahead of Davide Giugliano and 0.786 seconds in front of third place rider Chaz Davies.

Sykes has now won as many WorldSBK races as double champion Colin Edwards and is equal sixth in the all-time race winners’ rankings.

Rea, who won the first Laguna race on Saturday from his team-mate Sykes, approaches the long summer break with his championship lead reduced to a still-healthy 46 points. In the Manufacturers’ Standings Kawasaki leads by 95 points, with four rounds to go.

In the Riders’ Championship Rea leads with 368, Sykes has 322 and Davies 260.

The end of the Laguna Seca weekend will lead to the start of the long summer break in the WorldSBK calendar. The German circuit of Lausitzring will host the tenth round of the championship, which will be held between 16th and 18th September.

Tom Sykes, stated: “That was quite exciting and I had a lot of pressure from the Ducati riders all race long. We struggled with edge grip today so I had to change my style a little bit to defend my line. It destroyed the lap time but gave us the 25 points. Overall, it was good race for the spectators and a close one between three riders. I am happy enough but it was a difficult race in some ways. The restart was one more thing to think about and we made some changes, making the best of the situation. We never had the perfect set-up but I feel we made a good compromise. We have made a good weekend, with pole position, a second place and a win. We will go into the summer break on a high and try to learn from the information we took from the previous Misano round and this one, and then try to put the jigsaw together for the last part of the season.”

Jonathan Rea, stated: “To not finish is disappointing because up to that point I felt so good with the bike. Even when I got stuck in some traffic at the beginning I was able to close down the gap to the leaders. I feel it was one more race we could have really capitalised on, but this is racing sometimes. We need to analyse everything with the bike. When I went wide in T7 I rejoined the track and it seemed I had a problem. As soon as I closed the gas the rear was locking and I heard some noise. I carried on through some corners, arrived in turn one and it was really locking a lot. Then in T2 something was wrong so I pulled in. We have to take the rough with the smooth because we have had a really good run so far, but it is a frustrating way to go into the summer break. I wish the Lausitzring round was next weekend because I feel really good with the bike and that is a huge motivation for me.”

In race two Kawasaki riders Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) and Roman Ramos (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) secured ninth and tenth place finishes respectively. In the championship Ramos is 13th overall with 60 points. Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) was 13th in today’s race and Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) scored his first point of the season for 15thplace. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) rounded out the finishers in race two in 17th position.

Rea And Sykes Secure First And Second Places After Saturday Race

The first 25-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race of the Laguna Seca weekend was finally contested between eventual winner Jonathan Rea and his KRT team-mate Tom Sykes. Each had led the race on two occasions, with Rea upping his pace enough at the end to finish 0.819 seconds ahead Sykes. This was Rea’s first race […]

The first 25-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race of the Laguna Seca weekend was finally contested between eventual winner Jonathan Rea and his KRT team-mate Tom Sykes. Each had led the race on two occasions, with Rea upping his pace enough at the end to finish 0.819 seconds ahead Sykes. This was Rea’s first race win at the 3.610km long American venue.

From the start of the battle at the intense Laguna Seca circuit the action was close and combative. Overtakes were put in between the leading trio at the largely one-line circuit but on lap five podium challenger Chaz Davies fell and was unable to restart.

When the shadowing figure of Davide Giugliano also fell from third place the fight was on between Jonathan and Tom for the victory on their new model Ninja ZX-10R machines. Rea eased out his lead after re-passing Sykes with five laps to go. Pushing on in the dry but windy conditions, Jonathan recorded his eighth win of the season and the 37th of his career. His latest victory kept his 100% podium finishing record intact in the best possible way.

With Sykes close behind him at the flag Rea still extended his championship lead over his team-mate to 71 points – 368 to 297 – with one more race to come on Sunday at Laguna, before the start of the long summer break.

Earlier on Saturday Sykes had won Superpole to earn his seventh pole position starting place of the year, and the 37th of his career. Rea had qualified only 0.055 seconds behind and was second on the grid.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am super happy to have won here and now that we have had 25 laps on the bike in race conditions we have good information for tomorrow, to try and improve again. I am happy with the result but it was, honestly, not my most beautiful race because I made quite a lot of mistakes. I am sure when I watch it back I will be quite upset with myself but the most important thing is the 25 points for winning. That is good for everything – for the morale of the team and the championship. We have one more race tomorrow and it will be important to do a good job then before the start of the eight week summer break.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I think overall we had a fairly good bike set up but we just struggled with the last part of the turns and over 25-laps it adds up. I had to compensate in some other areas and that was not ideal, especially in the windy conditions. I think I am happy enough and I could not do anything more. Jonathan rode a good race and we just couldn’t get that extra little bit. We need to find a small change in the set-up tomorrow to improve in one area. Overall, I was happy with the performance at the start of the race and made some good lap times in the windy conditions. I think we have room for improvement tomorrow. Second is the best we could do today and second is not a disaster! We can build on this.”

Behind the KRT podium riders Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 12th and scored valuable points. Roman Ramos (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) was also in the points in 15th place, with Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) just one place behind. Neither Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) nor Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) finished the race; Vizziello with a technical issue and Sulaiti fell at the infamous Corkscrew corner.

Suzuki World MXGP British Grand Prix Video

The Suzuki World MXGP and MX2 teams have produced an exciting new video from the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin in the UK.

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Team Suzuki Press Office – July 5.

 

The Suzuki World MXGP and MX2 teams have produced an exciting new video from the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin in the UK.


The new production, from renowned videographer Mikey Neale, features behind the scenes and on-track action with MXGP rider Ben Townley, MX2 riders Jeremy Seewer and Brian Hsu plus EMX250 rider Bas Vaessen from a challenging weekend with unpredictable weather and high lap-speeds at the south of England circuit.


For Hsu it was a special weekend as it was his first MX2 outing of the season following an injury sustained over the winter training period; the teenager finishing 16th overall. In search for another podium Seewer rode as hard as he could, but just fell short, finishing fourth and missing the podium by just two points. Townley had a really tough weekend with a DNF after a crash on the first lap of race one and another crash in the second race.


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