Deroue Leads Championship On Ninja 400

After an incredibly hectic last lap in the Assen race of the WorldSSP300 championship race a third place finish for local rider Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) saw him take the championship lead after two rounds. Having started from tenth place Deroue was third in the race, by just 0.421 seconds after 12 laps of incredibly […]

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After an incredibly hectic last lap in the Assen race of the WorldSSP300 championship race a third place finish for local rider Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) saw him take the championship lead after two rounds.

Having started from tenth place Deroue was third in the race, by just 0.421 seconds after 12 laps of incredibly close action. He was part of a five-rider finishing group that contained three Kawasaki runners.

Added to his second place finish in round one at Motorland Aragon last weekend, Deroue has a four point championship advantage despite recent balancing rule changes that have affected the on-track performance of all the Kawasaki Ninja 400s in this class.

Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was fourth, and Walid Khan (Nutec – Benjan Kawasaki) was fifth, the latter 0.814 seconds from the winner as the final lap unfolded and multiple passing manoeuvres were made.

Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Tom Edwards (Nutec – Benjan Kawasaki) both fell in pursuit of glory in the final lap, but Darren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was seventh, 1.7 seconds down after an incredible race held in outstandingly sunny conditions. Deroue’s Dutch team-mate Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) had to retire from his home race.

After two intense rounds in which the Ninja 400 has proven itself so well already the next race will take place at Imola, Italy, with raceday on Sunday 13th May.

Scott Deroue, stated: “Of course I knew there would be a big front pack in this race and because of my bad grid position I was eager to be with the leaders. I succeeded and showed them that I was feeling strong this weekend. Staying out of trouble was my main objective, and that’s not an easy task in this class. Although I couldn’t take the victory I’m glad that I took a rostrum in front of my home crowd. I know the season just begun, but it’s nice to be the leader of the championship after two rounds.”

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Sykes Wins As Kawasaki Takes 1-2

After a start-to-finish win from pole position Tom Sykes (KRT) secured his first WorldSBK race victory since Misano in 2017 in emphatic fashion, heading up a KRT 1-2. Championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) finished a strong second today, despite launching from the third row of the grid after winning the first Assen race on Saturday. […]

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After a start-to-finish win from pole position Tom Sykes (KRT) secured his first WorldSBK race victory since Misano in 2017 in emphatic fashion, heading up a KRT 1-2. Championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) finished a strong second today, despite launching from the third row of the grid after winning the first Assen race on Saturday.

Securing what his first but Kawasaki’s fourth WorldSBK race victory of the year, 2013 world champion Sykes got back to his very best today, running clear of his early rivals and maintaining a remarkably consistent high pace throughout. He started from pole on Sunday as he had finished fourth on day one, and made the very best of his opportunity.

After a trademark front-running Sykes win Tom enjoyed a final margin of victory of 5.445 seconds and his second podium finish of the 2018 season.

Rea was fourth after one lap, then third after four laps, before taking second place on lap six. By that stage Sykes had already opened up a gap of 3.5 seconds, which grew as Jonathan had to defend his position at one stage.

Maintaining his own high pace, Rea had to fight off the attentions of eventual third place finisher Michael van der Mark in the middle of the 21-lap race. Jonathan reasserted himself to keep his rival two seconds behind at the flag and secure his sixth podium in eight races.

After showing real Ninja spirit all through a gloriously warm and sunny race weekend in the Netherlands, Rea leaves with an extended championship lead and Tom has propelled himself up to fifth in the championship, just two points behind fourth place.

Rea now has 159 points, Davies 129, Melandri 115, van der Mark 103 and Sykes 101.

The next round will be held at Imola in Italy with racedays on 12th and 13th May.

Tom Sykes, stated: “The Ninja ZX-10RR today was great on a clear track. I was disappointed with yesterday’s race, for a number a reasons. But what can I say about the win today? Big thanks to my family, friends and ultimately the crew. I have not had an easy time in the last 18 months or so, but the good thing is that Marcel is not just my crew chief, but also such an amazing friend. He has helped me and gently reminded me of where we have come from in the past, and how we got to where we are now. I knew that the results have not justified the efforts we have put in until now. I also knew last night that a little bit of magic and the Sykes’ spark was there. I think there is no doubt in my speed and today we converted that into all 21 laps. I am very, very happy for this and it was quite emotional to win today.”

Jonathan Rea, stated: “My track position did not help in the beginning. I wasted a lot of tyre life and energy coming from ninth. When I had free track I could see that the gap remained constant. I also ran into some issues with vibration, backing in and the bike becoming a bit unstable. I managed my own race then and totally accepted that today was not going to be my day. Tom was stronger but my race was compromised by my ninth place start. You cannot give a guy like Tom pole position after his pace yesterday. Kudos to him and his team they did a great job, and I can take my points and march on to Imola pretty happy. I have a 30-point lead. It was target achieved at this round and I am feeling better with the bike each week.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 8, Wins 3, Podiums 6, Superpoles 1
Career Race Wins: 57 (42 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 118 (76 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 15 (11 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 8, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 1
Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 102 (101 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 43 (43 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: 113 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 356 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 75 – second overall

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Rea And Sykes All Set For Assen Round

Just a few days after the completion of the most recent WorldSBK contest in Spain KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have an important appointment at another round, Assen in the Netherlands, this coming weekend. Rea has won two races so far in 2018 while Sykes looks to Assen to get his win tally […]

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Just a few days after the completion of the most recent WorldSBK contest in Spain KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have an important appointment at another round, Assen in the Netherlands, this coming weekend. Rea has won two races so far in 2018 while Sykes looks to Assen to get his win tally off the mark.

With a race one victory in Motorland Aragon last Saturday Rea has now grown his total of career race wins to 56, just a few shy of the absolute record of four-times champion Carl Fogarty, who has 59. This season Rea is aiming for his fourth WorldSBK championship crown, having already made history with his third successive riders’ title for Kawasaki in 2017.

Sykes has shown some real pace in 2018, taking pole position in Australia and scoring a strong second place in the opening race of the year. Now working out how to get back to his absolute podium and race winning best after a tough Motorland Aragon experience, Sykes is focusing on the fourth round of the season at Assen.

Sykes is also chasing records, however, as he needs just one more Superpole success to extend his currently shared all-time total of a 43 Superpole wins to 44 and become the greatest ever in his own right in this specialist discipline.

Currently Jonathan leads the championship by 12 points, with Tom in seventh place.

After experiencing the fast straight and undulations of the Motorland circuit, Assen offers a different challenge to both Tom and Jonathan. Still featuring banked corners in some areas, the historic yet much modified Assen circuit still offers some unique sequences of corners, particularly in the final section.

The famous and sometimes infamous last chicane has been the critical backdrop in many would-be Assen race winners’ eventual fortunes. Rea has won no less than 11 races at Assen, and six in a row for Kawasaki. Sykes has also won in the Netherlands, taking race one for Kawasaki at Assen in 2013.

The next round of competition for the KRT duo after Assen will take place in Italy at Imola, with two races scheduled for Saturday 21st and Sunday, 22nd of May.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I really enjoy Assen and in the past it has been really nice to me. I spent a lot of time there with my previous team and it is a cool track. The weather forecast is hot. It is a really flowing track. I am looking forward to it, and it provides good racing. It tends to be a group of riders together, three or four, all race. I have done a lot of laps there, racing and testing and I also know some special tricks for the last lap.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I am disappointed with the results in Motorland but I am not done yet and it is only a few days until we are in Assen. Both Jonathan and I have had some good races there. Assen is a circuit I enjoy so hopefully we can put the package together there and pick up where we need to. We will regroup at Assen, and it is a circuit where we have been very strong in the past.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 6, Wins 2, Podiums 4, Superpoles 1
Career Race Wins: 56 (41 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 116 (74 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 15 (11 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 6, Wins 0, Podiums 1, Superpoles 1
Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 101 (100 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 43 (43 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: 111 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 353 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 75 – second overall

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Double Podium Score For New Kawasaki Ninja 400

The first WorldSSP300 championship race of the 2018 season took place at Motorland Aragon on Sunday 15th April with the new Ninja 400 scoring two podium places, and dominating the top ten positions overall. Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) only missed out on the race win by 0.031 seconds, with third placed Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO […]

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The first WorldSSP300 championship race of the 2018 season took place at Motorland Aragon on Sunday 15th April with the new Ninja 400 scoring two podium places, and dominating the top ten positions overall.
Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) only missed out on the race win by 0.031 seconds, with third placed Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO team) just 0.125 seconds from the race winner Koen Meuffels.

In a final leading group of eight machines, after 11-laps, six were Kawasakis, and all covered by less than half a second. It was a truly thrilling race in a class that is just one season old, enjoying its global debut in 2017.

Deroue’s Dutch team-mate Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was fifth in Spain, and proven race winner in 2017 Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was sixth, having led at two separate points in the race.

Darren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) placed eighth, just 0.819 seconds from the win, and almost eight seconds ahead of the next rider.

The WorldSSP300 class has a highly over-subscribed grid entry as it provides affordable racing in a full status FIM World Championship, over eight events.

The next round of the championship takes place in a few days’ time, at the classic Assen circuit in the Netherlands, with raceday on Sunday April 22nd.

Scott Deroue, stated: “This is a nice feeling, to begin the season with a rostrum. I started the race pretty good, but it was difficult to hold on to first position. At the back end of the group I needed to fight back and I succeeded with just some laps to go. On the last one I got in front and I knew some riders would pass me on the back straight. But I couldn’t do anything else, because I knew I wasn’t fast enough to overtake other riders with a slipstream. I wanted the podium, so I tried my best to stay in front. Koen passed me, but I’m really satisfied with this second position. My strategy worked, so that’s good. I really look forward to Assen and I hope I can give my own Dutch supporters another rostrum.”

Ana Carrasco, stated: “I’m very pleased with the weekend. Throughout the race I felt very good and I had a strong rhythm. I managed to stay in the leading pack throughout the race and led several laps. In the end I had a slight knock with another rider, which raised the gear lever and made me lose a few positions. Even so the sensations are very positive. I’d like to thank all my team for giving me a very competitive bike during the weekend, to Kawasaki for all the work and to all the sponsors. Now we have to get ready for the next race, in Assen next week.”

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