Moir & GSX-R1000 Win New Zealand Suzuki TRI-Series

Suzuki’s Scott Moir dominated the final round of the New Zealand Suzuki Tri- Series Formula One Championship taking the series title and also celebrated a start-to-finish win in the coveted Robert Holden Memorial feature race.

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Team Suzuki Press Office – December 26.

 

 

Suzuki’s Scott Moir dominated the final round of the New Zealand Suzuki Tri- Series Formula One Championship taking the series title and also celebrated a start-to-finish win in the coveted Robert Holden Memorial feature race.

 

 

The 33-year-old arrived at the Boxing Day third and final round on December 26th at Whanganui’s famous Cemetery Circuit with a slender seven-point lead over his two key rivals, Daniel Mettam and Mitch Rees, and kept a cool and sensible head under the pressure, racing his new Suzuki GSX-R1000 to fastest qualifying in the premier Formula One class. Then he won the first of the day’s two F1 races, his start-to-finish win bolstering his points advantage to 10 points over fellow Suzuki Team rider Mettam, who finished runner-up and kept his chances of snatching the crown alive.

 

 

But Mettam, who has won the Suzuki-sponsored Tri-Series 600cc Formula Two trophy in 2015 and the national 600cc Supersport title in 2016, was up against Moir at his best. And when Moir battled his way to a runner-up finish in the day’s second F1 race, passing the chequered flag just 2.6 seconds behind fellow Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Jay Lawrence, the Suzuki Series crown was his. Mettam finished fourth in the second F1 race and secured second position overall.

 

 

All that remained to make it a perfect weekend for Moir would be for him to win the stand-alone multi-class ‘Champion-of-Champions Robert Holden Memorial’ feature race and that is what he did, crossing the line 1.5 seconds ahead of Lawrence.

 

 

Said Moir: “I’ve never won the overall here at the Cemetery Circuit before, but to do that, win the Suzuki Series and take the Robert Holden trophy as well is just fantastic feeling. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I’ve won one race here in the past and finished runner-up a few times, but never this. I even managed to set my personal best Cemetery Circuit lap time in the Robert Holden race.”

 

 

Nathanael Diprose (Suzuki) was almost untouchable in the Formula Three class, beaten just once in the series’ six F3 races. Diprose qualified fastest at all three rounds and, with five wins from six starts, he wrapped-up the class with a race to spare, with Ashley Payne (Suzuki) winning the final race of the day at Whanganui. Gavin Veltmeyer (Suzuki) sealed the overall runner-up position for the series, with Payne settling for third overall in the F3 class.

 

 

Meanwhile, the fledgling GIXXER Cup class continued to impress, the newly-created class easily justifying its inclusion in the 2017 Suzuki Series.

 

 

An integral part of the Suzuki Series, the seven-round GIXXER Cup did not wrap-up at Whanganui and now continues as a feature of the four-round 2018 New Zealand Superbike Championships, beginning at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch, on January 7th, with rounds to follow at Timaru, Hampton Downs and Taupo.

 

 

The GIXXER Cup class is reserved for riders aged between 14 and 21 years, all riding identical Suzuki GSX150F bikes.

 

 

With the tagline ‘Growing Future Champions,’ the GIXXER Cup is a production racing class that will provide a springboard towards a successful racing future at higher levels.

 

 

Any number of the young riders have shown throughout the Suzuki Series that they are capable of winning: Hamilton’s Jesse Stroud, the 15-year-old son of Suzuki’s nine-time former National Superbike Champion Andrew Stroud, scored back-to-back wins at the series opener at Taupo and showed himself as a young man to watch for future stardom.

 

 

Also impressive at Taupo was 19-year-old Tarbon Walker, although a crash in race one proved costly in terms of his points, and other stand-outs there were 14-year-old former motocross and speedway exponent Clark Fountain, with Blake Ross, Zak Fuller and Ollie Dennison also putting-in strong performances.

 

 

Only six of the seven GIXXER Cup rounds are to be counted, with riders ditching their worst results.

Jonathan Rea reaches final three in BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Taking motorcycling to the mainstream media, WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea, was among just 12 nominees for the prestigious 2017 BBC Sports personality of the year awarded on 17 December. Making it into the top three when voting ceased, the Northern Irishman placed a highly creditable second just losing out to Sir Mo Farah the acclaimed […]

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Taking motorcycling to the mainstream media, WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea, was among just 12 nominees for the prestigious 2017 BBC Sports personality of the year awarded on 17 December.

Making it into the top three when voting ceased, the Northern Irishman placed a highly creditable second just losing out to Sir Mo Farah the acclaimed athlete.

Now in its 63rd year, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year reflects a huge diversity of sport but it is still uncommon for motorcycling to be represented in this way – and even more uncommon for a motorcyclist to reach the podium.
With incredible support from his native Northern Irish fans and the huge numbers of those interested in motorcycling in the UK, Rea amassed 80,567 votes during the short voting period of the televised event.

Thanking his team and all of those that supported him in a momentous season where he won an unprecedented third consecutive WorldSBK title, Rea was keen to highlight his family who are with him all the way.

Jonathan later stated: “I was really shocked when my name was announced, to be honest. To come second in an awards ceremony that is voted for by the public I am just so incredibly humbled and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted. I am sure the phone bills in Northern Ireland will be incredibly high this Christmas time. There are so many superstars in the room, past, present and future, and so many people that didn’t make the short list that perhaps deserved to, so it’s an incredible night for sport that the nation can be proud of. Being here tonight to get this award for my sport, for myself and for my country is incredible and I am really honoured to put motorcycling in the spotlight at a national level in the UK.

This weekend is the icing on the cake of an incredible 2017 for me.  It’s also a perfect place to turn the page as I head to Australia tomorrow to keep going with the winter training programme and to hopefully come back stronger in 2018.”

Always focused on the top step of any podium, Jonathan Rea can still reflect on an amazing achievement whereby the only motorcycle rider to ever win the coveted title was John Surtees in 1959 with Speedway rider Barry Briggs placing second in 1964. The most recent motorcycle contender was the late, great Barry Sheene who placed third in 1977.

Jonathan is a fantastic ambassador for Kawasaki and for motorcycle racing generally within the world of two wheels,” commented Race Planning Manager for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Steve Guttridge.

His appeal and desire to widen the sphere of influence of motorcycle racing has been proved by this amazing runner up award at the BBC Sports personality of the year. Everyone at Kawasaki is proud of Jonathan’s continuing achievements”.

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New Suzuki GSX-R1000 2017 Wins Video – Part 1 Now Online

Team Suzuki Racing today launches the first of a two-part video series to celebrate the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 success in global competition during the 2017 season.

Team Suzuki Press Office – December 12.

 

 

Team Suzuki Racing today launches the first of a two-part video series to celebrate the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 success in global competition during the 2017 season.

 

 

Part 1 features the new 2017 machine’s first-ever win at the Isle of Man TT in June, where Michael Dunlop raced his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 to victory in the premier Senior TT class, along with some spectacular onboard action included.

 

 

Also, Josh Waters came from behind to clinch the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship at the Phillip Island final round in October aboard his Australian SBK-specification Team Suzuki ECSTAR GSX-R1000R machine.

 

 

To watch the video on Team Suzuki Racing click here