Iannone & Rins Ride The New 2017 GSX-R125 – Video

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins tried-out the all-new GSX-R125 road machines following the Silverstone MotoGP race in the UK this week.

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Team Suzuki Press Office -  August 29.

 

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins tried-out the all-new GSX-R125 road machines following the Silverstone MotoGP race in the UK this week.

 

The machine promises the best power-to-weight ratio and acceleration performance in the 125cc Sportsbike class and has been produced with the same dedication as the rest of the GSX-R range that has seen more-than one million bikes produced in a history spanning more than 30 years.

 

To watch the video clip of Iannone and Rins aboard the new machine on the Team Suzuki Racing website: CLICK HERE

 

A Clever Rins Takes 9th Place In British GP Race, Iannone Crashed Out

A positive Sunday saw both of Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders improve their performances, enough for Alex Rins to finish the race in a solid 9th position and for Andrea Iannone to lead the warm up session in the morning with the best time, although he ended the race prematurely because of a crash.

 

 

Team Suzuki Press Office Aug 27.

 


Alex Rins: 9th – +15.661s
Andrea Iannone: DNF

 
A positive Sunday saw both of Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders improve their performances, enough for Alex Rins to finish the race in a solid 9th position and for Andrea Iannone to lead the warm up session in the morning with the best time, although he ended the race prematurely because of a crash.

The whole race has been a positive one for Rins, who managed to move like lightning in the early laps. His 2’02.112 was the fastest time on the track in lap two and then the rookie showed a consistent and fast pace. The 9th place finish is equal to his best performance of the season in Qatar, but most important for the team is to see his riding skills and tyre management skills improving race after race.

It was an unlucky end to a positive Sunday for Andrea Iannone. Despite the crash at the end of the race which preventing him from finishing, his pace had been consistently close to the top ten. With the improvements made to his GSX-RR he produced a stunning performance in the morning with a very fast pace and was first in the warm up session classification.

 
Ken Kawauchi Technical Manager
This has been a positive weekend for Alex. This was his best race since his injury. He was able to fight consistently within the top ten in the race, and he was also good in managing the tyres wisely. This is a big step he has made. With this race I believe he gained more confidence and in the next race he will also attempt even more. Andrea, on the other hand, unfortunately crashed. But we can see some positives here as well. In fact, he was very effective on single laps in many moments; in the warm up this morning he was the fastest on track. However, we have to work to give him more consistency and a more effective pace in the race. This is the next step we have to make. Anyway, we were able to make good progress with both riders this weekend and I’m pretty happy.

 
Davide Brivio  Team Manager
Today’s has been another very positive race for Alex. I think he took another big step ahead in his development process. He had a solid race with consistent laps. He also tried to recover from his starting position, although starting from the 13th place is not easy. Particularly in the first part of the race, he was able to lap as fast as the best riders. He did a good job. We’re happy and proud and we can look ahead with optimism for even more improvements. Unfortunately Andrea couldn’t capitalise on the positive improvements we made during the warm up where we found an effective setup. In the race he couldn’t get back the same positive feeling, so now we have to look for the reason why. Then later in the race he sustained a crash and was thus not able to finish. We look forward to Misano, where we will try to take advantage of the progress we’ve made.

 
Alex Rins
“I’m happy for how the weekend went; we continue to make steps forward. In the race I felt comfortable from the beginning. Compared to previous races, in this one I managed to defend my position from the very early laps, and then I was able to try to attack. I could sit in 8th or 9th place with confidence, and with a confident pace. But then at the end of the race the rear tyre dropped a lot and I could only hang on to finish in 9th. I’m satisfied by the work we are doing. We continue to improve, not huge improvements, but consistent. We have to keep on getting experience and to try to get better qualifying positions which would make the race easier.

 
Andrea Iannone
After this mornings warm up I had higher expectations for the race; I felt very confident with an improved setup that made me feel good about my GSX-RR. In the race I could sense from the very beginning that the feeling was different, especially in the back. I didn’t have that confidence, as I had issues with the traction, losing time in acceleration. It’s a shame; we have to find out what happened this morning. Then I sustained a crash in the race. I am very sorry for Petrucci. We have already spoken and he understood where I was coming from. So we with continue to work. I’m happy for Alex who had a good race, and a 15 seconds gap from the winner is a positive sign for all of us.

 
GP of Great Britain Final race classification:
1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati Team – 40’45.496
2. Maverick VIÑALES, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – +0.114
3. Valentino ROSSI, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – +0.749
4. Cal CRUTCHLOW, LCR Honda – +1.679
5. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati Team – +3.508
6. Johann ZARCO, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – +7.001
7. Dani PEDROSA, Repsol Honda Team – +10.944
8. Scott REDDING, OCTO Pramac Racing – +13.627
9. Alex RINS, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +15.661
10. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – +25.279
11. Pol ESPARGARO, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – +30.336
12. Tito RABAT, EG 0,0 Marc VDS – +31.609
13. Karel ABRAHAM, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – +31.945
14. Hector BARBERA, Reale Avintia Racing – +33.567
15. Loris BAZ, Reale Avintia Racing – +33.901
16. Jack MILLER, EG 0,0 Marc VDS – +43.012
17. Bradley SMITH, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – +48.683
Not Classified
Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 2 Laps
Danilo PETRUCCI, OCTO Pramac Racing – 3 Laps
Andrea IANNONE, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 3 Laps
Marc MARQUEZ, Repsol Honda Team – 7 Laps
Sam LOWES, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 15 Laps

MotoGP World Standings 2017 after the GP of Great Britain
1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati – 183
2. Marc MARQUEZ, Honda – 174
3. Maverick VIÑALES, Yamaha – 170
4. Valentino ROSSI, Yamaha – 157
5. Dani PEDROSA, Honda – 148
6. Johann ZARCO, Yamaha – 109
7. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati – 90
8. Cal CRUTCHLOW, Honda – 89
9. Jonas FOLGER, Yamaha – 77
10. Danilo PETRUCCI, Ducati – 75
11. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Ducati – 58
12. Scott REDDING, Ducati – 45
13. Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia – 43
14. Jack MILLER, Honda – 43
15. Loris BAZ, Ducati – 39
16. Andrea IANNONE, Suzuki – 33
17. Karel ABRAHAM, Ducati – 28
18. Tito RABAT, Honda – 27
19. Pol ESPARGARO, KTM – 26
20. Hector BARBERA, Ducati – 23
21. Alex RINS, Suzuki – 19
22. Bradley SMITH KTM – 8
23. Michele PIRRO, Ducati – 7
24. Mika KALLIO, KTM – 6
25. Sam LOWES, Aprilia – 2
26. Sylvain GUINTOLI, Suzuki – 1

 

Guintoli Top – 10 At Cadwekk Park BSB

Bennetts Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli took a top-10 finish in race two at Cadwell Park today, after a challenging weekend at the Lincolnshire circuit and round eight of the MCE British Superbike Championship.

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Team Suzuki Press Office August 20.

Sylvain Guintoli 18-10th
Taylor Mackenzie 15-15th
Richard Cooper (STK) 2nd

 
Bennetts Suzuki’s Sylvain Guintoli took a top-10 finish in race two at Cadwell Park today, after a challenging weekend at the Lincolnshire circuit and round eight of the MCE British Superbike Championship.

 
The unique nature of the Cadwell Park circuit presented the team with a number of challenges when it came to dialling-in a comfortable base-setting on its GSX-R1000 Superbike machines, but despite these difficulties, plenty of progress was made from session-to-session throughout the weekend.

 
Guintoli was racing for points in race one before a mistake saw him run off track. He crossed the line in 18th. However, after more setup changes between races, the Frenchman was able to improve to a 10th-place finish in race two. Although disappointed not to be further up the order, the improvements in performance and lap times highlight the progress being made.

 
His teammate, Taylor Mackenzie, bagged championship points in both races, with a brace of 15th positions.

 
In the National Superstock 1000 race Richard Cooper added another podium to his season’s tally. He finished in third place, but after a post-race technical inspection was promoted to second.

 
Sylvain Guintoli:

“We’ve continued to work on and improve the bike this weekend. Cadwell Park is a very unique circuit. All British tracks are very different and have their own character, but none are quite like Cadwell Park. But this makes it very difficult to find a setup that works, and it’s even harder when you’re at a track like this for the first time with a new bike. But we have made improvements and will all keep working hard to keep improving before the end of the season.”

 
Taylor Mackenzie:

“It was tough this weekend but it’s not for lack of trying. We’re still trying to make the bike easier to ride in certain areas. It’s powerful, and we’re still trying to tame the beast. And Cadwell is a difficult place to go fast at with a bike that’s not as easy to ride as we’d like. We’re disappointed but still smiling. We’ll all keep working hard and I’m confident there are better days to come.”

 
Richard Cooper:

“I was pretty annoyed to cross the line in third. I knew it was going to be hard to beat Danny [Buchan] today. He was incredibly fast this weekend, but I knew that if I couldn’t beat him, I had to finish second, and I missed out at the line. But obviously we’ve since been promoted to second and that’s important for us. I’m not bothered that I had to stand on the third step of the podium instead of the second; it’s just important we’ve got those four points back and it means we’re not out of it yet. The bike was spot on again. We’re good for speed and I had no issues at all, we just got beaten today. But I’m looking forward to Silverstone, I think we’ll be strong there, and hopefully we can have some other people involved and recover some ground on Danny in the championship.”

 
Superbike race one result: 1. Leon Haslam, 2. Jake Dixon, 3. Shane Byrne, 15. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 18. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

 
Superbike race two result: 1. James Ellison, 2. Lee Jackson, 3. Peter Hickman, 10. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 15. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

 
Superstock race result: 1. Danny Buchan, 2. Richard Cooper (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 3. Mason Law.

Darian Sanayei eight in Sweden

Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to eighth place in the Swedish round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the demanding Uddevalla track in western Sweden. Incessant showers made racing even more difficult at the rugged track a few miles from the North Sea coastline but American rookie Darian Sanayei defied […]

Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to eighth place in the Swedish round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the demanding Uddevalla track in western Sweden.

Incessant showers made racing even more difficult at the rugged track a few miles from the North Sea coastline but American rookie Darian Sanayei defied the conditions to repeat the speed he had shown one week earlier in Switzerland. He raced the two series title rivals throughout the qualifying moto to finish a close third, and was again prominent on race day, even if he was not quite able to repeat the level he had achieved twenty-four hours earlier. Starting sixth, he dropped one position early in the moto but came back strongly at the end of the moto to finish sixth with consistent lap times all moto and followed this up with a ninth placed finish in race two to complete the GP eighth overall. He maintains twelfth place in the series standings despite being forced to sit out a couple of mid-season GPs and has every chance of a final top ten ranking as he scored more heavily than either of the riders immediately before him in the points chase.

Morgan Lesiardo, who usually races for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in the European Championship, took the opportunity of a break in the schedule for that series to gain GP experience and admitted after racing that he now appreciates the difference between the two series. He already found himself outside the points-scoring positions at the start of each race and was not surprised by the ferocity of the racing in the early laps of GP motos as he initially lost further ground, but he regrouped defiantly to finish twenty-fifth in race one and miss the points by just five seconds and one position in race two.

Teammate Stephen Rubini also just missed the points-scoring positions in twenty-second and twenty-third position at the finish of the two thirty-five minute races after he also started outside the top twenty in each moto.

Darian Sanayei: “This weekend was a little bit similar to Switzerland, but I think there were more improvements. In the qualifying race I had a good start and ran up front, holding second place for nearly the entire race; it felt really good to have the same speed as these front guys, even if Seewer passed me at the end. Today with the rain the track was becoming slippery; in the first moto I had a good start but made a few mistakes on the first lap and got passed by a couple of guys. I was seventh and finished sixth; it was not a great moto but it was OK. In the second moto I felt good but didn’t have the speed compared to the guys in front and finished ninth for eighth overall. Its not a really good result but we’re still improving each week and I feel better on the bike; it’s positive for the end of season and next year.”

Morgan Lesiardo: “It was a tough weekend after the good one in Switzerland. The MX2 GP class is really different to the European series; I’m here racing this weekend to get experience but I was expecting better results. However that’s racing. I got two bad starts and then lost some positions on the first lap each time so, even though I passed a couple of riders later in the race, it was not enough to score points. The conditions were not easy with the rain; the track was different every lap so it was difficult for everyone.”

Stephen Rubini: “It was another difficult weekend and I never felt comfortable on the track except during the warm up. But I learned a lot if we forget the results; my bad starts didn’t helped me either, but now I have two more weeks to prepare the next round.”

Red Flag Finish Keeps Sofuoglu Second

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu had his clear chance of winning a highly competitive Lausitzring WorldSSP Championship race taken away from him after a red flag was shown just as he had taken the lead in the closing stages of the race. The planned 19-lap race was finally ended early after a rider that […]

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu had his clear chance of winning a highly competitive Lausitzring WorldSSP Championship race taken away from him after a red flag was shown just as he had taken the lead in the closing stages of the race.

The planned 19-lap race was finally ended early after a rider that Sofuoglu had just passed crashed out of contention, with his machine re-entering the track and knocking off another rider. A red flag was shown and the results taken back to the end of lap 16, which left Sofuoglu second.

His latest strong ride saw Kenan make it five podium finishes in a row, despite having not had an easy time in qualifying in Germany, and sitting as low as fifth until the halfway mark.

Making his way forward in the gradual way he had planned it, the Turkish star chose to take the lead and make it stick near the end, but had to settle for second after the race was stopped.

Sofuoglu’s young team-mate Kyle Ryde was 16th today, just one place out of the points. He had not been able to find confidence in his set-up to maximise his hard cornering style, which would have allowed him to fight inside the leading groups.

After the eighth round of the championship Lucas Mahias has 121 points, Sofuoglu 120 and Lausitz race winner Sheridan Morais 101. Ryde has 43 points and is in tenth place overall.

The next round of the WorldSSP Championship will take place at Portimao, in Portugal, with raceday on Sunday September 17th.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “It went how I thought in many ways and I think we played a good game, waiting for the last few laps. In the beginning I decided to try and take the lead on the last lap and then win the race that way. The plan worked well but the red flag was not in my end plan. I think after a hard race we deserved to win but the red flag stopped that. We still had a podium, second position, after a weekend that was not so easy. We proved that even in a hard round we could handle it and manage things in the race. I am happy for the points and the podium and we took 20 points, which is still very good.”

Kyle Ryde, stated: “I have not had a good feeling with the front end all weekend and the way I ride I only make time up on the front. I have struggled all weekend although we have tried softer and harder settings. I matched my time from qualifying this morning in warm-up and made another change but it was no better and no worse. I may be a little off the front guys in myself, but not this far off, so we need to find out why and sort it out.”

Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) was 15th in Germany, Ryde 16th, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 18th, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) 20th. Test rider Ken Iguchi (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) placed 24th.

Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) is 26th and is 31st was 21st in Germany, while Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) no scored today.