Morgan Lesiardo keeps the red plate

Morgan Lesiardo maintained his series lead in the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship despite a difficult weekend in the fourth round at Ernée in the north-western corner of France. The newcomer to the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team, still learning to exploit his KX250F to the optimum, was also facing a new type of […]

Morgan Lesiardo maintained his series lead in the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship despite a difficult weekend in the fourth round at Ernée in the north-western corner of France.

The newcomer to the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team, still learning to exploit his KX250F to the optimum, was also facing a new type of racing surface with the French hillside track but came through with flying colours. His starts were moderate in each moto, but he showed his professionalism to stay calm and advance from an initial eleventh to fifth place in race one and follow that with a hard charge from eighteenth to ninth in race two. The combined score line gave him fifth over the weekend and he retains a healthy thirty-four-point lead in the standings after four rounds of the nine race series.

Marshal Weltin of Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki continued his learning curve by racing from sixteenth to ninth in the opening moto but faced a difficult race in moto two as the front brake was damaged in a collision on the opening lap; the young American persevered despite the handicap to earn three more points and is now thirteenth in the series standings.

Teammate Tristan Charboneau took a stone in his goggles on the opening lap of the first moto and had to pit to take new goggles and clean the blood from his face; he continued to be classified twenty-seventh and raced to fifteenth place in race two.

Morgan Lesiardo: “I had some bad starts this weekend and I’m not really happy with the results, even if in both races I came back in the top ten to keep the championship lead.
My feeling was not so good with the track at first, but it got better and better, even if I’m not so used to hard pack, and my lap times were good in the last part of the races. We’ll continue to work with the team; the next race is in two weeks and the goal will be for sure to be on the podium in Russia.”

Clément Desalle wins in France

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to an impressive victory in the French round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship at Ernée and is now third in the standings. The immaculate Belgian was in impressive form all weekend as he raced to an unchallenged victory in qualification and was again […]

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to an impressive victory in the French round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship at Ernée and is now third in the standings.

The immaculate Belgian was in impressive form all weekend as he raced to an unchallenged victory in qualification and was again on the top of his game on race day. Quickly fourth in race one, he was closing down on third until one small mistake temporarily cost him ground at as significant time of the race, but he was back on the riders head of him by the close to miss second place by just over two seconds. A better start in race two saw Clement quickly take over the lead and he was never put under pressure again as he could ride his own lines and control the pace from the front. The victory lifts him to third in the points standings, just eight points behind second as the series approaches the halfway stage two weeks from now in Russia.

Teammate Jordi Tixier was still affected by the after-effects of his heavy crash last week in Germany and had been unable to practice on the bike all week. The injuries to his right leg also handicapped the Frenchman in the corners and he suffered more pain when another rider ran into him during qualification. The injuries inevitably meant a cautious approach on race day and he had to be satisfied with a 15-18 scorecard. Having missed several GPs Jordi is eighteenth in the standings but looking to make advances during the second half of the campaign.

Clement Desalle: “It felt good yesterday already to win qualification but it is even better to be back on the top step of the podium. I’m so happy; I can’t even remember the last time I won a moto before injuries interfered. I missed the start in the first moto and had to settle for fourth after I made a mistake, but I was soon in the lead in race two and could focus on my own riding. That was good for me and this win is good for me, the team and my family. Now my goal is to be consistent and to keep making good starts.”

Jordi Tixier: « I didn’t train so much this week after my crash in Germany, and this weekend again I had to be careful with my leg in the right corners. During the qualifying session another rider hit me after a stupid move in the last corner; we both crashed and I qualified in fifteenth. Race day was tough with so many ruts on the track; it was so frustrating not to be able to ride normally with this leg injury. I want to forget this weekend, and we’ll continue to work and to be in better shape for the next GP.”

Livia Lancelot wins at home

Livia Lancelot of Team One One Four Kawasaki moved to within a point of the series leader at the halfway stage of the FIM World WMX Womens’ Motocross Championship with a stunning victory in France. The defending champion found herself closed down at the first turn of the weekend’s opening moto on Saturday afternoon to […]

Livia Lancelot of Team One One Four Kawasaki moved to within a point of the series leader at the halfway stage of the FIM World WMX Womens’ Motocross Championship with a stunning victory in France.

The defending champion found herself closed down at the first turn of the weekend’s opening moto on Saturday afternoon to complete the first lap in sixth place, but, aided by the superb handling and power response of her KX250F, she showed her skill and fitness to snatch victory half a lap from the finish of the twenty-five minute race. The demanding hillside track at Ernee claimed the series leader Courtney Duncan mid-moto as Livia relentlessly closed on her other championship rivals. Still third with two laps remaining, Livia swept past Kiara Fontanesi for second before the Italian fell in an attempt to match her pace and then, with the chequered flag in sight, she pounced on tiring leader Nancy van de Ven for a remarkable win in front of a massive gallery of French fans. A better start on Sunday morning saw Lancelot ease into the lead after a few turns before Duncan found a way past and maintained a slender advantage to the chequered flag; Livia put her under pressure all the way to the final lap until backmarkers cost her contact and she sensibly settled for a safe second, secure in the knowledge that she would take the overall and be just one point away from the series lead at the halfway stage of the six round series. The series continues on July 22/23 at Loket in the Czech Republic.

Livia Lancelot: « It’s always nice to win a Grand Prix, but when it’s in your home country it’s magical, always! The first race was pretty tough as I had a bad start, but finally I came back and passed Nancy on the last lap to win the moto. Today I was more focused at the gate, had a good start and had a good rhythm all race; it was great to have all the public behind me, it’s crazy but you hear them when you are on the bike. I didn’t win the second moto; I tried but I avoided going over the limit as I knew that with a second position I would won the GP. There’s now only one point between me and the series leader and we have one month to prepare for the next GP; I’m sure that I will be even stronger there.”

Rea From Sykes In Second Race Thriller

In a contest where only 14 riders finished Jonathan Rea (KRT) recovered from a high speed crash in race one on Saturday to win his eighth race of the year and Kawasaki’s 100th in Superbike history. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a close runner-up, just 1.601 seconds behind Rea after 23 laps, as KRT scored another […]

In a contest where only 14 riders finished Jonathan Rea (KRT) recovered from a high speed crash in race one on Saturday to win his eighth race of the year and Kawasaki’s 100th in Superbike history. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a close runner-up, just 1.601 seconds behind Rea after 23 laps, as KRT scored another 1-2 finish.

Jonathan Rea rode one of the most important races of his career to take the second race win at Donington Park, despite having to start from the fourth row of the grid because of his first day no-score.

Rea made a superb launch and was able to ride around a first corner blockage that held back the early progress of Tom Sykes. Such was Rea’s early pace that he went from tenth on the grid to first place after just one complete lap and one additional corner.

Sykes was in fifth place in lap one and eventually got to second place on lap seven. He made up time to Rea’s lead but with the laps counting down Jonathan had enough of an advantage to hold the gap and win his 46th race since he joined WorldSBK.

With Rea winning today and Tom victorious in Saturday’s race the KRT duo sit 1-2 in the championship, with Jonathan 55 points ahead; 260 to 205. Chaz Davies, third in the race today and third in the points overall, is on 185.

Now the championship will head to Italy for the seventh round, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Racedays will be Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I had an incredible first lap today. I had been really frustrated because I got penalised by no fault of my own yesterday in scoring no points and then penalised again with my grid position today, when I went back to tenth. I knew I had to make a good start straight away otherwise my race was over. I was really quiet today and after warm-up I was really nervous. I was going through all these scenarios in my head about what I would do with a good start, or a bad start, and then what my race plan would be. My guys worked really hard overnight to build a completely brand new bike because yesterday’s was destroyed. The first time I rode it this morning, with some set-up changes from Pere. The bike was talking to me in a way I have not had this year. So I knew today was mine if I could get a good start.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I was closing the lead but with three laps to go I started to ‘over-ask’ from the bike in some corners. But if there were three more laps to go then I could have continued in a more calculating way and continued the progress. When I started the race I was on the inside of the grid and turn one was a complete disaster. I had to almost stop the bike because some people were trying to win the race in the first turn. We had this to deal with and then there was a crash in the last turn which made us all hesitate, so the race got off in a very bad way for me. I am disappointed to lose my Donington winning record in this way. But all things considered I was beaten fairly and Jonathan rode very well. This day had to arrive at some moment in my racing life but unfortunately it came today, even though I believe our race pace was very strong.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016
2017: Races 12, Wins 8, Podiums 11, Superpoles 3
Career Race Wins: 46 (31 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 99 (57 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 11 (7 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 12, Wins 1, Podiums 9, Superpoles 1
Career Race Wins: 32 (32 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 93 (92 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 39 (39 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: 100 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 328 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 67 – second overall

Third Race Win For Sofuoglu in WorldSSP

The incredible recent form of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) continued into raceday at Donington Park, with the five time world champion becoming a three time race winner this year. Kyle Ryde, Kenan’s young British team-mate, scored 11th place. Sofuoglu made a great start to the first attempted running of the WorldSSP race at Donington, […]

The incredible recent form of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) continued into raceday at Donington Park, with the five time world champion becoming a three time race winner this year. Kyle Ryde, Kenan’s young British team-mate, scored 11th place.

Sofuoglu made a great start to the first attempted running of the WorldSSP race at Donington, and had to do it all again in a 13-lap restart. His early pace took him clear of his rivals and he won by a clear 2.450 seconds to earn full points in every race he has finished in 2017.

Kyle Ryde was held back by his qualifying position of 14th but moved into 11th place at the end, gaining valuable championship points. He is still seventh in the championship, now with 41 points.

Today’s race gave Kenan his 41st career victory and his third race win at Donington in succession for Kawasaki.

Kenan’s new total of 75 championship points sees him move into second place in the standings, 30 points behind Lucas Mahias.

After the completion of the Donington WorldSSP weekend the championship now heads back to Italy, for the seventh round of the 12 round season, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Raceday will be 18th June.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “To be very honest I am still not thinking about the championship but my goal is to keep winning races. I missed the first three rounds of the year. Then I thought I could not be champion but I knew I would be happy to win races. I have zero stress for the races and finally I was fast again today. On Friday and Saturday I could not make the pace I wanted but today it was not difficult. It was nice to know that if I wanted to go faster there was a big potential. I made some changes in my riding style today and the lap time was immediately better.”

Kyle Ryde, stated: “Not our best day but I am happy that I made an improvement from yesterday. I think the main problem this weekend is that I was trying to make my bike feel like the bike I finished on the podium with here in the past. In the end we came to a medium setting today, so the set-up on the bike was not too bad. I need to copy Kenan’s style so I am sure in Misano there are no corners like Donington, and I hope I can be inside the top six again.”

Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was one place behind Ryde today, in 12th place, with Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) another Kawasaki rider in the points, in 15th place.

Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) was 17th, Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) 19th and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 20th. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) placed 22nd and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) 23rd.