Suzuki Auto South Africa Recall All 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000Rs

Suzuki Auto South Africa is going to be issuing a recall of all 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R models.

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Suzuki Press Release – January 31

Suzuki Auto South Africa recall all 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000Rs

 

Suzuki Auto South Africa is going to be issuing a recall of all 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R models.

 

There is a risk of selecting neutral when changing from first to second gear. This can result in damage to the chain and sprockets. To counter this we are going to be replacing the ECMs on these motorcycles and conducting inspections of chains and sprockets.

 

Until the recall has been carried out, all GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R sales have also been put on hold and all current owners have been advised to either stop riding their bikes or ride them with care.

The Implementation date of the recall is still to be announced.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused for more information you can contact Errol Quan Chai at errolq@suzukiauto.co.za or visit your nearest authorised Suzuki Dealer.

To find an authorised Suzuki Dealer close to your area please visit www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za.

The MAXSYM 600i ABS

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Van de Sande and Kawasaki champions!

Axel Van de Sande and Kawasaki clinched the French Beach race Championship this weekend at le Touquet after a strong and consistent season. In their first official involvement in the French Beach race Championship Kawasaki was rewarded with the title as Belgian Axel Van de Sande was the most consistent rider of the series. The […]

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Axel Van de Sande and Kawasaki clinched the French Beach race Championship this weekend at le Touquet after a strong and consistent season.

In their first official involvement in the French Beach race Championship Kawasaki was rewarded with the title as Belgian Axel Van de Sande was the most consistent rider of the series. The 24-year-old came to the final round as series leader and he overcame adversity to clinch the title after a race which presented a tough challenge both for him and teammate Timothée Florin.

Even though it didn’t rain during the weekend the sand was wet and heavy for this final round of the series and the three hour race was tough on both the riders and the bikes due to the severity of the sand obstacles. Neither Axel nor Tim were at the front at thefirst corner after the long, fast six kilometre straight, but both regained positions consistently and after the first hour of racing Axel was tenth while Tim had entered the top fifteen.
With 1200 riders on the track it was not always easy to find clean lines and to maintain a good rhythm amongst the slower riders and during the second hour of racing Tim collided with a lapper and damaged the pipe; he tried to continue but after one more lap the damage was clearly too severe and he was forced to retire. A few laps later it was Axel’s turn to be delayed by race incidents as he twice crashed with lappers who were in his path; despite losing time to restart he remained in the top ten but he received a post-race penalty as he pushed the bike across the finish line. Axel was thus classified twenty-third but it was good enough to retain the series lead and claim his first national title.

Axel Van de Sande: “It was not an easy race for me; after a bad start I was outside the top twenty at the first corner. After the first hour I found a good rhythm and came back to sixth, but after the second pit stop I crashed twice with lapped riders and lost a lot of time; I finished in the top ten but I had to push the bike for the last few hundred metres and the officials gave me a penalty so I was classified twenty-third. That’s not the result I was expecting but the most important thing was to clinch the title; that’s a great reward for both me and for Kawasaki.”

Livia Lancelot: “I’m very happy that we finished the beach race series with the title! We can proudly claim that we did a good job for the return of Kawasaki to one of the most demanding race series. Each of our two riders were in the top five at many rounds, and our bike was so reliable that Axel took the red plate at the first round in Berck and retained it until after the final round at le Touquet. I’m a little disappointed for Timothée who had some injuries and couldn’t really show his potential at some rounds including this weekend in le Touquet. Axel can be happy with his season as he got his first national title, and I would like to thank Kawasaki, our technical staff and the riders for the great job we all did together.”

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Positive KRT European Winter Tests Now Complete

KRT’s WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes completed their final days of European winter testing in Portugal today, with just two more days of testing in Australia to take part in before the start of the new season, at the end of February. Rea was fastest on both days of action at Portimao, with […]

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KRT’s WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes completed their final days of European winter testing in Portugal today, with just two more days of testing in Australia to take part in before the start of the new season, at the end of February.

Rea was fastest on both days of action at Portimao, with his opening session 1’41.475 the best overall time. Sykes set his personal best time of 1’41.952, also on the less windy first day of action.

Track conditions became both more blustery and dustier on day two, to the extent that Rea and his technical crew opted to stop for a while in the middle of the day. They restarted near the end of the available time to complete the evaluation of the last few items on their overall testing planSykes was not in a position to push for a fast lap time near the end of the test but was happy to have completed his schedule of work and also set a good race pace on used tyres.

With new technical rules introduced this season, limiting all Kawasaki riders’ engines to a maximum of 14,100rpm at the start of the year, much of the winter test programme has been concentrated in this area, with positive outcomes thus far.

Rea and Sykes will head to Australia in confident mood for the opening round, to be held between 23rd and 25th February.

The next appointment for the entire KRT squad will be the team launch on February 8th in Barcelona. Then the final testing action will take place on 19th and 20th February, at Phillip Island.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “Today was actually bit of a difficult day with the conditions, very windy and gusty as well, so I really did not feel comfortable pushing on the limit. It did not make any sense to use a qualifying tyre or do long runs. We also made some practice starts and tested a new front and a new rear tyre from Pirelli. We expect those to come in some time in the future, but both times I used them I got interrupted by red flags. So it was a strange day in some ways. Generally the test has been good because yesterday we were able to have two hours while the wind was a bit reduced and do some productive testing. We have ticked all the boxes and the feeling with the bike has improved. I have woken up, because in Jerez last week I was still fast but I did not feel 100% on the bike. Here I was much better on the first laps.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “It went relatively well today but we did not get that initial fastest lap time. On used tyres the pace and was much better and where we need to be. The last two days we have been basically function testing so we never really got to dial in the set-up but I am happy because were are not too far from where we need to be. I felt we were making good progress and we have got everything done in time to go to Phillip Island. I can go there with a clean slate and really start working.”

Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am very happy with these tests because we made another step to get Johnny confident and he has been flying. Jonathan did not use a Q tyre and set basically the same lap time as yesterday. It was windier today and more difficult, so we stayed a lot of time in the garage. The plan was to do a long run and make test with Pirelli tyres but we could not do that as the wind was stronger than yesterday. The wind was sometimes inconsistent and there were a lot of red flags, a lot of crashes. We focused on finding a small comparison with some items and the set-up we found yesterday was very good. I am very pleased with this test and now we go to Australia for the final test and then the races.”

Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes stated: “Today the wind picked up some speed and this was disturbing us quite a lot. The good thing is that we completed our full test programme, all the items we needed to test over these two days. We ended up with a good idea about how to start in Phillip Island. Near the end of the day we tested some new Pirelli front tyres which gave us a similar result to Jerez. We did not use qualifying tyres at this test. Overall we hoped to be a bit closer to the front of the time sheets but over distance we have the correct pace and we are ready than the first round.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 54 (39 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 112 (70 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 14 (10 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 100 (99 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 42 (42 for Kawasaki)

5 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
3 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)
3 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 109 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 348 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 73 – second overall

#NinjaSpirit

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Mixed Weather Conditions And Fortunes On Sepang’s Opening Day

The 2018 MotoGP World Championship season kicked off under cloudy skies and rain, making it difficult for the riders to truly get to grips with their new GSX-RR machines during the early part of the day. Different feelings from the two riders resulted in mixed fortunes, but an overall positive improvement was felt heading into the next two days of testing.

Team Suzuki Press Office – January 28.

 

Alex Rins: 11th – 2:00.627 (+ 1.200)

Andrea Iannone: 16th – 2:01.027 (+ 1.600)

Sylvain Guintoli: 20th – 2:01.864 (+ 2.437)

 

The 2018 MotoGP World Championship season kicked off under cloudy skies and rain, making it difficult for the riders to truly get to grips with their new GSX-RR machines during the early part of the day. Different feelings from the two riders resulted in mixed fortunes, but an overall positive improvement was felt heading into the next two days of testing.

 

As time went on the track started to dry out, allowing the riders to switch to slick tyres and try some new parts and settings. During the second part of the afternoon, Alex Rins – who put in consistently good lap times – was able to compare a couple of different engine configurations, which gave him good feelings and allowed him to build his confidence. He was able to test during the rain, the mixed conditions, and the dry.

 

For Andrea Iannone it was a different story and he found he was not yet comfortable under hard braking. After initially struggling with front end feel, and unfortunately suffering two crashes, he felt improvements towards the end of the day and was still able to finish the session in the mid-pack.

 

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR test rider Sylvain Guintoli was on hand to add his input and assess many new parts, completing a productive day on the development side.

 

Davide Brivio – Team Manager

“Let’s say we had different feelings from the two riders today, Alex could be quite constant on lap times and thanks to this we collected good information, which I think will be useful, and we have to continue with that tomorrow. Andrea, unfortunately, was struggling all day and was not so comfortable on hard braking. We got some idea from that and we will try to work on tomorrow and see if there are some improvements setting wise. Andrea had two crashes because he always wants to try hard, despite the problems, but luckily there were no consequences. On the first day it’s important for the riders to get back on their bikes and back on the track, so let’s continue to work tomorrow.”

 

Alex Rins

“Well the truth is that the first day has been very positive, and so has trying the new bike. We could see how things are going so far, and we found positive parts and negative parts to work on and fine tune the bike. In the morning it was a bit wet but the feeling was good, and later on it was even better. One of the principal issues we faced last year was corner entry, but that already feels much better. There have also been improvements in the chassis. Physically I feel good, apart from the heat! Tomorrow we will continue to work with the new bike.”

 

 

Andrea Iannone

“We didn’t have a lot of time and it was very difficult to understand where the positive feelings and the not so positive feelings are. Tomorrow we have another chance and it’s possible that it will be completely different – we could be first or last! Today everything is new so when you start without a reference it becomes very important to understand the bike and the situation, and especially with the weather the track was difficult. Suzuki worked well during the winter and there are some new feelings, but it’s difficult to compare the ’17 and ’18 bikes at the moment. The priority for us is to continue this improvement. Riders try a bit harder during the tests and this means that crashes can happen, but luckily I’m OK.”

 

Sylvain Guintoli

“Today we had new parts and new strategies to assess, we did many laps on used tyres and it was interesting. We also tried a new chassis, and it was a good and productive day.”

 

Circuit: Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

Air temperature: 33c

Track temperature: 50c

Humidity: 65%

 

SEPANG TEST – Classification after Day 1:

 

1. PEDROSA, Dani – Repsol Honda Team 1:59.427

2. DOVIZIOSO, Andrea – Ducati Team 1:59.770 + 0.343

3. LORENZO, Jorge – Ducati Team 1:59.802 + 0.375

4. PETRUCCI, Danilo – Alma Pramac Racing 2:00.123 + 0.696

5. MILLER, Jack – Alma Pramac Racing 2:00.178 + 0.751

6. ROSSI, Valentino – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.233 + 0.806

7. MARQUEZ, Marc – Repsol Honda Team 2:00.290 + 0.863

8. ZARCO, Johann – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.421 + 0.994

9. CRUTCHLOW, Cal – LCR Honda CASTROL 2:00.522 + 1.095

10. ESPARGARO, Pol – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2:00.568 + 1.141

11. RINS, Alex – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:00.627 + 1.200

12. NAKAGAMI, Takaaki – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 2:00.664 + 1.237

13. VIÑALES, Maverick – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.714 + 1.287

14. ESPARGARO, Aleix – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:00.866 + 1.439

15. RABAT, Tito – Reale Avintia Racing 2:00.912 + 1.485

16. IANNONE, Andrea – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:01.027 + 1.600

17. SMITH, Bradley – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2:01.099 + 1.672

18. MORBIDELLI, Franco – EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2:01.161 + 1.734

19. BAUTISTA, Alvaro – Ángel Nieto Team 2:01.728 + 2.301

20. GUINTOLI, Sylvain – Suzuki Test Team 2:01.864 + 2.437

21. REDDING, Scott – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:01.962 + 2.535

22. TEST3, Yamaha – Yamaha Test Team 2:02.044 + 2.617

23. HERNANDEZ, Yonny – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.053 + 2.626

24. ABRAHAM, Karel – Ángel Nieto Team 2:02.088 + 2.661

25. TEST2, Yamaha – Yamaha Test Team 2:02.527 + 3.100

26. SIMEON, Xavier – Reale Avintia Racing 2:02.946 + 3.519

27. LUTHI, Thomas – EG 0,0 Marc VDS 2:03.732 + 4.305

28. TEST1, Yamaha – Yamaha Test Team 2:03.786 + 4.359

29. PIRRO, Michele – Ducati Test Team 2:04.767 + 5.340

30. KALLIO, Mika – KTM Test Team 2:05.932 + 6.505