Carrasco Wins Again And Deroue Sixth

Spanish rider Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) continued her amazing run of recent form on the Ninja400 by scoring her second win of the year – and her second in succession – at Donington today. Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was in the running for the podium place but overcooked it into the final entry […]

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Spanish rider Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) continued her amazing run of recent form on the Ninja400 by scoring her second win of the year – and her second in succession – at Donington today. Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was in the running for the podium place but overcooked it into the final entry of Foggy’s Chicane and ran off the track, dropping places and finally finishing sixth.

The exciting WorldSSP300 class delivered astounding entertainment and close racing once again, but for the second race in succession the main pack of riders was chasing Ana Carrasco’s shadow.

The first woman to ever win a full FIM World Championship road race event, she has now won three in her career, one last year two this season.

Carrasco took a clear lead and then a win by over 4.602 seconds from her own team-mate, Dorren Loureiro, from South Africa. Carrasco had also taken the Superpole award on Saturday, earning a pole position start for today’s 13-lap race.

There were four Kawasaki Ninja 400s in the top four places today, and five in the top six after Dutch rider Deroue’s luck ran out on him in the final quarter of the race, after some had passing and close quarter riding.

Borja Sanchez was the third Kawasaki rider on the podium on his ETG Racing Ninja, with Enzo De La Vega fourth on his GR Project Kawasaki.

Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was eighth for the second weekend in succession and Tom Edwards (Nutec – Benjan Kawasaki) placed 15th today, making him the final points scorer. Edwards’ team-mate Walid Khan crashed out of contention on lap one.

Carrasco now leads the championship by an extended margin of 22 points, from Luca Grunwald, 73-51. Deroue is still third in the title hunt with 46 points in all, with Sanchez and Loureiro ranked fourth and fifth, and just four points behind, with 42 points each.

Brno in the Czech Republic will host the next round with raceday on Sunday the 10th of June.

Ana Carrasco, stated: “I am super-happy because the weekend was not easy but we were calm and worked really well. A second victory in a row is incredible for us and also for the championship it is really good. It was a difficult race because there was more wind than yesterday and I could not make lap times so easy. I have to say thank you to everyone around me because everyone is pushing for me, and everybody watching at home.”

Dorren Loureiro, stated: “That race was definitely so stressful and very, very crazy, especially going into the last lap. We had to catch everyone in the race because were a little bit too far back but I am happy to do it and get my first podium finish.”

Scott Deroue, stated: “I’m so disappointed after a good race, a big moment and a technical problem in the last lap resulting in a P6 finish. Also disappointed that being fastest in the corners doesn’t mean you win the race in WSS300. Next stop Brno and hopefully the luck is on our side.”

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A splendid recovery by Clement Desalle in Germany

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained third place in the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship series with a hard-fought fourth place at Teutschenthal in Germany. Unfortunate incidents during qualification had left Clement with only twenty-first choice of start gate in the two points-scoring races but, calling on his iron resolve and […]

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Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained third place in the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship series with a hard-fought fourth place at Teutschenthal in Germany.

Unfortunate incidents during qualification had left Clement with only twenty-first choice of start gate in the two points-scoring races but, calling on his iron resolve and the power of the Kawasaki KX450F-SR, the twenty-nine year old Belgian stormed to top six starts in each moto and fought two dramatic race-long battles with the defending world champion, defying his every move to finish fifth in the first moto and fourth in the second to secure fourth overall in the GP. The result has confirmed his third place in the championship standings after eight rounds of the twenty GP series.

Clement Desalle: “Yesterday I had a bad qualifying race as I crashed in the second corner, and then again later in the race to finish only twenty-first. We know that the position at the gate is really important here, and I must admit that I didn’t slept so well last night as I tried to find a solution. Finally, I got two good starts to finish the races fifth and fourth. It was a similar scenario in both races; I was between sixth and seventh in the first few corners and pushed straight away to advance to fifth and fourth in the races, defending my position in each race against Cairoli. It was very important to stay on two wheels here.”

KRT teammate Julien Lieber also rode an excellent first moto to hold eighth place throughout and looked set to repeat the scoreline in the second race until another rider lost control and cannoned into the young Belgian. Rejoining the race in twenty-fourth position he had recovered to nineteenth by the chequered flag. He retains tenth place in the championship standings.

Alessandro Lupino and Maxime Desprey of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing again showed their speed and consistency to post strong scoreline in each moto. The Italian finished thirteenth and eleventh for eleventh overall in the GP, while the Frenchman completed the races sixteenth and fourteenth. Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki made a tentative return to GP racing after an absence with a broken collarbone and also scored points in both motos.

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Home Round Approaches For KRT Duo

Official KRT WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will soon arrive at their home round at Donington Park eager to continue the winning ways they have each demonstrated in 2018. Three-time champion Jonathan Rea has recorded five FIM Superbike World Championship race wins so far in 2018, including his first double weekend at Imola […]

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Official KRT WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will soon arrive at their home round at Donington Park eager to continue the winning ways they have each demonstrated in 2018.

Three-time champion Jonathan Rea has recorded five FIM Superbike World Championship race wins so far in 2018, including his first double weekend at Imola last time out. His fellow Briton, and the 2013 world champion, Tom Sykes took his first victory of 2018 at Assen in round four. With both KRT riders winning a race at Donington last year the competition for home round success in 2018 is likely to be an enthralling spectacle.

For Rea, there will be an extra edge to this weekend, beyond the natural anticipation felt by all riders racing at their home venue. He will have two chances to be the first rider to reach 60 career race wins in the 30-year history of WorldSBK racing. If he does so, he will set a stand-alone record of career race wins at this level. Currently Jonathan is tied on 59 race wins with four-time champion Carl Fogarty.

Sykes could also set a different stand-alone all-time record, should he win the Superpole qualifying contest in Saturday. Pole position for race one would raise his record to 44 Superpoles, one more than the record he currently shares with Troy Corser. At a circuit he has won nine races at in recent years, there may be no better venue than Donington for Sykes to make pre-race history on Saturday.

As well as much desired race wins to try and achieve at Donington, Rea and Sykes will be hunting for points in the overall championship standings. Rea has led the championship since the second race of round two, and now has a 47-point advantage over second placed Chaz Davies. Sykes is third in the rankings after five rounds, 25 points from Davies.

Donington Park, the first ever WorldSBK race venue in 1988, has hosted 50 individual races, with only Phillip Island (55) and Assen (54) having featured more races over three decades of WorldSBK competition.

Regular BSB Championship competitor Leon Haslam will have his second wildcard ride of the season this weekend, at a local circuit that is almost synonymous with his family name.

After the regular Donington Park race weekend an old WorldSBK favourite – Automotodrom Brno – returns to host the seventh round of the championship, between the 8th and the tenth of June. It will be the first time the Czech circuit has hosted a WorldSBK race since 2012.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I’m looking forward to racing at Donington this weekend as it’s the closest thing I have to a home round feeling. It’s nice to arrive there on the back of a strong weekend in Imola and we will work hard together to make sure we can fight for victory again. Of course, Donington is a different challenge, with its undulating layout and a mix of fast flowing sectors and stop and go sectors. This always makes it difficult to set up the perfect bike, but we will try to find a compromise. This weekend marks the first opportunity I have to surpass Carl Fogarty’s all time WorldSBK win record. I will have a lot of travelling support so let’s hope that’s enough to get it done.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “Preparations are going well for Donington. It is a special place for me. We have done all right in the recent past, with nine wins on the bounce before race two last year. I think I rode there for the first time in the 2000 season. I had ridden at some other British circuits before, and when I finally rocked up to Donington it was special. It is wider and more open compared to most other British circuits. When I got to Donington as a 14 year old, I remember thinking ‘Wow!’ It lived up to all my expectations, and more. First impressions are important, they say, and Donington’s first impression on me was a big one, and it stuck. When you go round Redgate and head down Craner Curves, under a bright blue sky, it is fantastic. In general we are in good shape for Donington and I am looking forward to going racing there again.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 10, Wins 5, Podiums 8, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 59 (44 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 120 (78 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 10, Wins 1, Podiums 4, Superpoles 1
Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 104 (103 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: 115 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 360 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 76 – second overall

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Warm Send-Off For Sofuoglu On His Final Weekend

Having qualified third for what was scheduled to be his final WorldSSP race Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finally elected not to ride today at Imola. The most successful WorldSSP rider of all time was given a warm and rousing send off after the race was completed, as he began his retirement from on-track life. […]

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Having qualified third for what was scheduled to be his final WorldSSP race Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finally elected not to ride today at Imola. The most successful WorldSSP rider of all time was given a warm and rousing send off after the race was completed, as he began his retirement from on-track life. His team-mate Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) secured a top ten finish at Imola, his best of the season since he joined Kawasaki, and is now 18th in the championship rankings.

A few minutes before he was due to race at Imola Sofuoglu, elected to not line up for what would have been the final contest of a long WorldSSP career. Realising he was not fit enough to truly compete in a full race, particularly starting from a front row grid position in front of almost 30 other riders, Kenan did not want to potentially affect the outcome of a championship fight he would no longer be part of.

Promising his family he would not be injured again, and not wanting to pull out mid-race in case the fans thought his retirement was caused by a technical problem, the statistically greatest-ever WorldSSP rider decided to do a sighting lap and retire in pit lane. In practice, despite his lack of race fitness, he achieved the same lap time as he had last year and decided to leave his competitive career on that note.

Sofuoglu’s career sign off, in his team’s home country of Italy, was the focus of incredible media and public attention, with even many of his old and current rivals attending a special send-off for him on Saturday the 12th of May, at the WorldSBK Paddock Show.

Kenan’s career-ending stats are untouchable by any other rider since the FIM World Championship class was instigated in the late 1990s. No other rider has come close to Sofuoglu’s five world championship crowns, three of which have been attained using Kawasaki machinery, and the two most recent with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing.

The lone official Kawasaki Puccetti rider in the race was 2018 signing Hikari Okubo, who finished tenth and scored six valuable championship points.

After some misfortune at previous rounds, Okubo rode as hard as he could while ensuring he completed the race, and the Japanese rider now heads to the next round armed with much greater understanding of his machine package over full race distance.

Donington Park, in the UK, will host the sixth round of the championship, with raceday on Sunday the 27th of May.

Kenan Sofuoglu stated: “Friday went well and on Saturday we took a front row Superpole position. It was a very great moment for me to be here. Dorna, Kawasaki and my team organised a very nice event yesterday. I felt that if I raced today what was the reason that I would start? I felt I was not really physically ready to do this race. If I crashed with some of the championship challengers, if something happened, it could be very bad. I would feel I had damaged someone’s championship. I was here for the show, not here for the goal, and I think the show was over. I came on to the grid, onto the front row, and said goodbye to everyone. I think this was the best decision to make. Honestly, this morning I did not know what I was going to do. I only decided not to race a few minutes before the start. My team were surprised but they respected what I wanted. I did not want to break a promise to my family. Thank you to everybody; thanks to Jonathan Rea, who came to my goodbye event at the Paddock Show, and my Turkish riders for the future, plus all my Turkish fans. I was happy to be here but this is not my decision to retire, my family and everyone that surrounded me persuaded me to retire. I am here to say goodbye to racing – and to say thank you to everybody.”

Hikari Okubo, stated: “I enjoy riding at this track but it was a hard race. In the previous rounds I have had some crashes and a technical problem, so I have not done a full race yet on my Kawasaki. So I did not know how the bike would feel over 17-laps. It almost feels like today was my first race of the season. I understood some things about the machine and set-up today so now I need to go to the next step. I finished inside the top ten and it was an important result today. We can do better step-by-step from now on.”

Ken Ondo, Head of Motorsport for Kawasaki Heavy Industries, stated: “It has been a great pleasure having Kenan working with us for many years and losing him is a great loss for Kawasaki.”

Steve Guttridge, Race Planning Manager, Kawasaki Motors Europe, stated: “It’s been fantastic to work with Kenan, he gives 100% every time. He has full motivation and he works with a great team; we will really miss him.”

Manuel Puccetti, Team Manager, stated: “This is a difficult moment for the team. In our very first season in 2015 we got the title. He asks 100% of the team and gives more than 100% in return.”

Fabien Foret, 2002 WorldSSP champion, stated “I have been lucky to know him well and he is a very good person. On the track, he gave me a very hard time because he never gave up. He was the best rider in Supersport for a very long time; probably the best rider ever and a very good person.”

Kenan Sofuoglu WorldSSP Statistics

World Champion 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015 & 2016
Career Race Wins: 43 (26 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 85 (46 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 34 (22 for Kawasaki)

With Sofuoglu not riding at Imola in the race Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was the top ranked Kawasaki rider, in sixth. This was a remarkably determined performance as he had to have an operation to repair a broken right wrist, suffered in Assen just three weeks ago. He was also suffering the effect of a virus, but battled his way to his second top six of the season. He is now ninth in the championship standings, and top Kawasaki rider.

With Okubo tenth, ESS Rider, Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) was 11th, and again the best of all the riders who only compete at the European rounds. Niccola Morrentino Jr. (Renzi Corse Kawasaki) scored a point for 15th as a wildcard rider today.

Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary Team) was 17th today, Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 18th and Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne’s Racingteam MTM) 21st, one place ahead of Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki). Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was unable to start.

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Sym Symphony 150

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Safety and comfort are the hallmarks of this brilliant little scooter. Light weight combined with a punchy 151 cc, single-cylinder engine gives lively performance, perfect for beating the urban traffic away from the lights and staying ahead. 16-inch cast alloy wheels front and back give unparalleled stability and security on any road surface and a large disc brake on the front wheel gives strong, progressive braking.

Comfort and practicality have been given priority; a roomy foot well and generously-sized and carefully contoured seat allowing for a relaxed riding position. The front cubby hole is large and fully lined to protect keys, remotes and cell phones. The under-seat storage compartment will accept a full-face helmet.
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