Iannone Craches From Poduim Fight At MotoGP Opener

Andrea Iannone was unlucky to crash out of the opening round of the 2017 MotoGP world championship, while fighting for a podium finish onboard his Suzuki GSX-RR.

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Andrea Iannone was unlucky to crash out of the opening round of the 2017 MotoGP world championship, while fighting for a podium finish onboard his Suzuki GSX-RR.

 

 

The Italian started the race from the front row of the grid after qualifying in second place, and led the way into turn one. After a flurry of overtakes, he was shuffled back to third place as the race settled down, but was eager to make his way forward again.

 

 

He launched an attack for second place, which was repelled. Gearing up for another attempt, he made a mistake and made contact with the rider in front, and crashed out of his podium position.

 

 

However, he and the team are happy with the speed and performance shown during the race, and will take that potential to the next round in Argentina.

 

 

Iannone said afterwards, “I’m very sorry for the crash because I wasted a positive race.

“After the test, we continued improving, even here at the weekend. My feeling is not yet at 100% but we have room for improvement, which is a positive thing.

 

 

“The truth is that I made a mistake. I hit another rider which caused my crash. It’s a shame because I could be even faster and I had a good chance. I have to blame myself for the mistake. May this be a lesson to myself for the future. I have to wait for a better situation to pass a slower rider and not to be so impulsive.

 

 

“Suzuki had worked really hard during winter for me. They are giving me a performing machine, they have trust in me, and I really want to pay them back in the best way with better results.”

 

 

His teammate, Alex Rins, enjoyed a solid debut to his MotoGP career, finishing in a strong ninth place to claim top rookie honours.

 

 

The young Spaniard started the race from 18th on the grid, but had progressed to 12th by the time he exited the first corner. From there, he continued to improve, and a last lap overtake saw him end his debut race inside the top 10.

 

 

He said, “My feeling is that it’s been an incredible race. I’ve learnt a lot more than in practice.

 

 

“At the beginning, I made a really good start. Then, in the race, it was a little hard for me to overtake faster racers. I think we have a very competitive bike for getting into the top-10 consistently.

 

 

“For the next races, we will need to work more in the free practices to start in a better condition for the race.”

 

 

Team manager, Davide Brivio, added, “Andrea’s crash is a shame as he was having a fantastic race. He was consistently at the head of the race in a podium position, showing clear confidence with the pace. Unfortunately, he had this slide. It’s something that happens when you are fighting hard, but I think we are able to maintain the important awareness that we can be competitive and we can be there fighting. We have to work to make races like this more-and-more frequent.

 

 

“We are supremely happy for the absolutely great debut of Alex: He finished ninth only 14-seconds from the race winner. He kept a good pace and was very fast at the end of the race. He fought hard and I think he was able to learn a lot and proved to be a real racer. We are exceedingly proud of him and I believe this experience has been useful for him as well. He will take advantage of this in the future

Jordi Tixier to miss the MXGP of Mexico

Clement Desalle will be the single representative for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team this weekend at the FIM MXGP of Mexico, as Jordi Tixier will undergo corrective surgery this Wednesday. The Frenchman rode impressively during the MXGP of Argentina ten days ago, posting twice the second fastest lap in the practice session which was […]

Clement Desalle will be the single representative for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team this weekend at the FIM MXGP of Mexico, as Jordi Tixier will undergo corrective surgery this Wednesday.

The Frenchman rode impressively during the MXGP of Argentina ten days ago, posting twice the second fastest lap in the practice session which was his first appearance on this track! Starting the qualifying race on the inside gate Jordi was quickly into the top six when he hit a big hole after one of the biggest jumps on the track, landing hard and resulting in his crash. Retiring with a painful leg, he tried to race on Sunday but could only finish the first race in the points. With too much pain Jordi didn’t enter the second heat on the advice of medics. Back in France Jordi had further exams as his right leg was still painful and after visiting the most famous specialist in Paris he will undergo surgery tomorrow in Paris to repair a damaged tendon. Following the doctor’s advice he will be out of action for a few weeks, but is expected to be back racing soon.

Jordi Tixier: “You can’t imagine how disappointing it is to be out of action after three GP’s. I worked so hard this winter and the team did an awesome job to prepare my KX450F-SR which for me is surely one of the best MXGP bikes there is!  So being at home and missing some GP’s now away from the team is really hard to accept. But there’s no other solution for me as the adductor muscle in my right leg has been affected by the crash when my leg was in extension; so the best decision was to have surgery now and help avoid having anymore troubles with it again in the future.”

European Campaign Begins For KRT

The third round of the FIM Superbike World Championship begins soon for the class-leading Kawasaki Racing Team, at the Motorland Aragon circuit in northern Spain. The first home event of the season for the Barcelona-based team features race days on 1st and 2nd April and will offer up great opportunities for the official riding duo […]

The third round of the FIM Superbike World Championship begins soon for the class-leading Kawasaki Racing Team, at the Motorland Aragon circuit in northern Spain. The first home event of the season for the Barcelona-based team features race days on 1st and 2nd April and will offer up great opportunities for the official riding duo of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

It has been a rewarding start to the season for the whole Kawasaki factory effort and the Ninja ZX-10RR, with four race wins, two Superpoles and a further three podium finishes already recorded by the KRT riders.

With 2015 and 2016 champion Jonathan Rea making sure of all four-race victories and both Superpole contests so far it has been a perfect start to 2017 for the 30-year-old from Northern Ireland. Rea’s early season statistics have been unmatched in recent times and his current total of 100 championship points has already provided him with a cushion of 30 over Chaz Davies, after just two of the 13 rounds that make up the current season.

Having made modifications to the core of his riding style to maximise his race-long performances, 2013 world champion Sykes, from Yorkshire in England, has now taken three podium finishes in four attempts. He has a total of 62 points and is in overall third place after the Phillip Island and Buriram rounds.

As a WorldSBK venue Motorland Aragon has provided success for both current KRT riders in the recent past. Sykes won a double at the Spanish circuit in 2014 while Rea scored a win in his first year as a Kawasaki rider, in 2015.

Laid out on a grand scale and with every possible modern amenity on-site, Motorland Aragon has been a fixture on the WorldSBK calendar since 2011. It has provided wins for five different riders, on five different makes of machine in that relatively short time. The long back straight allows for slipstreaming in a way few other modern circuits do. Last corner attempted overtakes are often another feature of contemporary races at the 5.077km long Motorland, as the back straight feeds directly into what is now a left hand curve towards the start/finish straight.

As Aragon marks the beginning of the main European-based season it will host not only the WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes, but also the revamped STK1000 and all-new WorldSSP300 categories, in which Kawasaki teams are predicted to play a major part.

Immediately after race weekend at Motorland the second official test of the year will take place at the Spanish circuit, on Monday 3rd April.

Tom Sykes, stated: “I am looking forward to coming back to the European tracks now after a steady start to the season in Australia and Thailand. It has not been too shabby but there are little areas we could have improved on and we will certainly look to improve on them at this forthcoming race weekend in Motorland Aragon. I feel we have learned in the first two rounds and now our aim is to move forward and be stronger in terms of initial lap times. My fastest lap of the race in Thailand was on the last lap. That was not through any lack trying early on but it just shows that I am re-thinking my approach to riding. There is still more to come from me. Off the top of my head I would say we are looking at adjusting my riding style 60-70 percent and adjusting the bike settings 40-30 percent. It is just taking some time.”

Jonathan Rea, stated: “After the two flyway rounds it was nice to get home and back into some domestic normality, especially with the kids. I have enjoyed a few days out riding motocross too so I have been having a really nice time away from the racetrack. Not too long as we will be in Aragon soon. I have really enjoyed the Motorland track since its inception in 2011. I have had one race win there but I have never been the strongest, so I am looking forward to taking the form we have had in the last two races with us into Motorland. Our first winter test was held there in November and we seemed to have a really good steer on things then. I enjoy riding the Ninja ZX-10RR and it seems like it has been in the ballpark at two quite different circuits this year. I am excited and intrigued to get underway at Motorland to see where we stack up.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016
2017: Races 4, Wins 4, Podiums 4, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 42 (27 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 92 (50 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 10 (6 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 4, Wins 0, Podiums 3, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 87 (86 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
4 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
2 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)
2 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 95 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 314 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 65 – second overall

Leon Haslam to compete at 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour for Team Green Kawasaki

British Superbike contender and 2016 BSB runner-up, Leon Haslam will once again form part of Kawasaki’s Official ‘Team Green’ line-up for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race. As well as racing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, Haslam will travel to Japan for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race which takes […]

British Superbike contender and 2016 BSB runner-up, Leon Haslam will once again form part of Kawasaki’s Official ‘Team Green’ line-up for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race.

As well as racing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, Haslam will travel to Japan for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race which takes place on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July.

Following the huge success for the Team Green outfit in 2016 – finishing the race in second position – and his strong relationship with the manufacturer, Haslam has once again been invited by Kawasaki to compete in the prestigious race.

The Derbyshire rider will form part of a three-man team – with the two other riders yet to be announced.  Already a two-time Suzuka 8 Hour winner, Haslam is no stranger to the Japanese track.
The team will race on the 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR machines, and with a year’s experience on Kawasaki machinery, Haslam is confident he can help take the team to one place higher than last year and race the team to victory.

Leon Haslam said: “I’m extremely pleased to announce that I’ll be competing for Team Green Kawasaki at the 2017 Suzuki 8 Hour race again. Last year was an unbelievable experience and working with the Team Green squad to secure a second place finish was awesome. In 2017, I’m super excited to take on the challenge again and try to go one better and get on the top step of the podium.”

Ross Burridge, Kawasaki UK Racing and Marketing Co-ordinator, commented: “Leon has proven to be a great asset to Kawasaki over the last 12 months. Not only was he a nine-time race winner in BSB last year, but he represented the brand at the highest level at Suzuka helping us achieve our best result in many years. I’m pleased that he has once again been chosen to join Team Green Kawasaki for the 8 Hour race, and wish him and the team the best of luck for the race in July.”

The first Suzuka 8 Hour race ran in July 1978, this year celebrates the 40th 8 Hour event.

Clement Desalle maintains his title challenge

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his title challenge in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship despite a difficult weekend in the Argentinian round at Neuquen. The Belgian already looked confident as he earns fourth pick at the gate for the qualifying race, but he was hindered by an incident at […]

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his title challenge in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship despite a difficult weekend in the Argentinian round at Neuquen.

The Belgian already looked confident as he earns fourth pick at the gate for the qualifying race, but he was hindered by an incident at turn one as several other riders crashed and had to be content with fourteenth place on the grid for both GP motos. Nevertheless he twice made excellent starts on race day, maintaining his challenge throughout race one to finish a secure third. The power of his KX450F-SR gave Clement an even better start in race two and he moved ahead at the second corner to lead for three laps before the 2016 champion found a way past. Track conditions had changed dramatically since the opening moto and after nearly losing control a number of times Clement eased his pace to eventually take the chequered flag tenth. Sixth overall in the GP, Clement remains third in the standings, just 15 points behind the series leader after three of the nineteen rounds.

Teammate Jordi Tixier, racing for the first time in his career in Argentina, soon showed his liking for the panoramic track in the foothills of the Andes to post second fastest time in each of the practice sessions, but his hopes for the weekend were soon stifled as he crashed on the second lap of the qualifying race, injuring his groin. He was advised by the medical staff that there was no danger of suffering more damage if he chose to race the GP, but his leg was so painful that he could only finish eighteenth in the first moto and decided to sit out race two. He now flies home to France for further medical examinations, and he is now fourteenth in the series standings.

Clément Desalle: “My qualifying race was not easy as there was a crash at the start just in front of me and I had no place to go! I didn’t crash but I lost too much time, then during the race I made one mistake and finished fourteenth. My start in the first race was pretty good; I was third or fourth throughout the race and eventually finished third; it was a good race. The track changed a lot between the two races and, even though I got a very good start, I struggled with the track. I was second at the first corner and took over the lead at turn two to lead the race for several laps but I didn’t felt confident and took the decision to ride safe to finish the race.”

Jordi Tixier: “I never raced in Argentina before this weekend, but as soon as I went on the track I enjoyed the track and posted the second fastest lap during each of the practice sessions. I had the inside gate for the qualifying race and was sixth after one lap, but later when I landed from a jump there was a big hole; I went over the bars and had pain in my groin. We went for some examinations at the hospital and the doctors said that there was no risk to race so I tried to do my job. I finished the first race in eighteenth, but my leg was so painful that I couldn’t start the second moto. We’ll have some more examinations when we get back to France; I just hope that I will be able to race in Mexico in two weeks time.”