A second place and two crashes for Clement Desalle in Italy

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team had a day of mixed fortunes at the MXGP of Lombardy but it was sufficient to reinforce his third place in the championship standings. The twenty-nine year Belgian emerged strongly from the difficult sweeping first turn in each moto at the sandy Ottobiano track, but the […]

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Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team had a day of mixed fortunes at the MXGP of Lombardy but it was sufficient to reinforce his third place in the championship standings.

The twenty-nine year Belgian emerged strongly from the difficult sweeping first turn in each moto at the sandy Ottobiano track, but the final results in this eleventh round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship were very different. He took over second place on the seventh lap of the opening moto and retained it to chequered flag despite immense pressure from behind during the final stages of the race. Again showing his experience to emerge fourth on the opening lap of race two, he advanced quickly until the first of two falls pushed him back into the pack where a collision with another rider damaged the rear brake pedal. After attempting to straighten the pedal alone Clement soon realised that he would need to pit for assistance and rejoined the race way down in twenty-eighth position. Showing relentless spirit he charged all the way to the chequered flag and was rewarded with a single championship point for twentieth position, a hard-earned point which may prove vital at the end of the season.

Clement Desalle: « I got a good start in the first race, and took over second place after a few laps when I passed Febvre. I managed to keep Anstie behind me during the last few laps to finish second, which was a good result. I got another good start in the second race and was third when I had a small crash; the speed was really high during the first few laps, and I had to push to regain the positions I had lost but I had another small crash and again lost positions. Then I collided with Simpson and my brake pedal was bent; I tried to repair it myself but in the end I had to stop at the pits and was last when I went back on the track, I recovered from twenty-eighth to score one point. That’s not what I was expecting but I know where I am and was pleased to feel physically strong in the heat; that will be important during the next two rounds in Indonesia.”

Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing rode two solid races to eleventh and twelfth in his home GP, while Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki rode strongly from eighteenth place to thirteenth in the second race despite being unfamiliar with track conditions after an early exit from the first moto.

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Rea And KRT Join Forces Again

Jonathan Rea has signed a new contract with Kawasaki to remain in the WorldSBK championship as an official KRT rider for two more years. This is an agreement that seals the commitment of both the three-time World Champion and the most successful WorldSBK manufacturer of recent years to each other – and to WorldSBK racing. […]

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Jonathan Rea has signed a new contract with Kawasaki to remain in the WorldSBK championship as an official KRT rider for two more years. This is an agreement that seals the commitment of both the three-time World Champion and the most successful WorldSBK manufacturer of recent years to each other – and to WorldSBK racing.
Rea had several options for 2019 and beyond but has elected to stay loyal to Kawasaki and the WorldSBK championship paddock he has ridden in since 2008. Rea has secured three consecutive World Championships since he joined the Akashi based manufacturer in 2015.

Rea and Kawasaki has been a winning partnership since their first season together, with Rea becoming the most successful WorldSBK rider ever, in terms of race wins, at the most recent event in Brno.

Jonathan’s legendary self-belief is mirrored by his confidence in the future of both Kawasaki’s WorldSBK racing efforts and the increasing profile of WorldSBK racing.

Over the past three-and-a-half seasons Jonathan has enjoyed a wins-per-race ratio of just under 50% since he joined Kawasaki. He is already the most successful Kawasaki WorldSBK rider in history, with his 45 victories taken on either the Ninja ZX-10R or Ninja ZX-10RR.

Re-signing Rea underlines Kawasaki’s commitment to be an integral part of the WorldSBK Championship itself and its desire to continue its development of ever-improving machines for both the marketplace and WorldSBK racing use.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am more than happy to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team. Since the end of last season we have already started to talk about continuing our partnership, so it’s nice to finalise everything now, so that we can concentrate on the remaining races of 2018. From the moment I arrived at the end of 2014 I was welcomed into the Kawasaki family and since then we have achieved success beyond our wildest dreams. Here is where I want to stay. Of course it feels natural to keep writing this incredible story together, and I want to thank everyone in the Kawasaki Racing Team for believing in me and for this opportunity. Together we will work harder than ever to keep the ZX-10RR at the front of WorldSBK in the future. I have the best team of people around me to ensure that we can continue fighting for the World Championship.”

Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Race Planning Manager, stated: “Signing Jonathan originally was so cool. The foundation for his dominance was built up very quickly. JR deciding to say with KRT after three World Championships and breaking records is actually even cooler. All those strong relationships can remain in place. It is the same goals and motivations that we share with JR, and the dedicated KRT crew, engineers and team staff. To continue making history together with Kawasaki inside WorldSBK.”

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “We can celebrate that Johnny decides to stay two more years in Kawasaki and running in WorldSBK. It is important that he has decided that WorldSBK is the place that still makes him motivated. I’m sure many fans would like to see him running with the top guys in MotoGP, but we can ask the guys from MotoGP to come here to see the battle too. The level Rea has now is so high and this only will make the level of other riders and manufacturers in WorldSBK increase. All will be forced to give their maximum to beat Johnny, so we all must be happy and motivated. Of course, we all will continue working to improve the package so I’m sure the show will continue. Other riders and manufacturers will need to work hard if wants to have the honour of being a WorldSBK Champion. The show must go on.”

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Award for Kawasaki at TT 2018

After a dramatic and incredibly successful week of racing at the iconic Isle of Man TT races, Kawasaki emerged as the most successful brand securing the coveted Manufacturer Award. Taking a podium place in every race entered, the combined finishing places of Kawasaki riders at the world famous “pure roads” racing festival also resulted in […]

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After a dramatic and incredibly successful week of racing at the iconic Isle of Man TT races, Kawasaki emerged as the most successful brand securing the coveted Manufacturer Award.

Taking a podium place in every race entered, the combined finishing places of Kawasaki riders at the world famous “pure roads” racing festival also resulted in a race win for Dean Harrison on his Silicone Engineering Ninja ZX-6R in Wednesday’s Supersport race. Achieving a 207kph average lap during the race, the Bradford rider also set a new race record of 1h 11m 28.059s, bettering the previous record by 8.7 seconds.

“I got my head down from the start, built up a bit of a lead and kept pushing. I’m over the moon,” commented Harrison. “We’ve been trying, trying, trying all week and now all our hard work has paid off.”

This wasn’t the only notable achievement for Kawasaki mounted Harrison at this year’s event after he guided his Ninja ZX-10RR to the fastest ever Superbike race lap of the 37.75 mile (60.75 km) course on 2 June. The stunning 216.347 kph lap established an almost unbelievable lap and race record for the Superbike race, a time which he eventually bettered later in the week during the Senior race posting a stunning 217.229 kph lap.

Podiums also came the way of James Hillier in both the Superbike and Supersport races on his JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki machinery. The 33 year old was seeking his third podium of the week in the festival ending Senior race but damaged the sump of his engine at Barregarrow and was forced to retire.

The smallest capacity class now featured at the TT is the Lightweight and Kawasaki also featured at the front of this race with a strong second place for Ireland’s Derek McGee on his KMR Kawasaki among a raft of other Kawasaki powered machines.

Paddock celebrations on the final evening were characterised by fans meeting their racing idols and, in the case of James Hillier, an awning full of admirers buying T Shirts to be signed by their hero.

For his JG Speedfit team there was a race of their own as they focus on round four of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton, Norfolk run over the weekend following the TT races.

Team Green racing coordinator for Kawasaki Motors UK, Ross Burridge, summed up the TT fortnight saying: “The TT is the ultimate test of motorcycle and rider and this year the boundaries have been pushed once again. Dean Harrison on his Silicone Engineering machines has been sensational while James Hillier demonstrated once more how consistent and in contention he can be supported by the JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki team. Amongst the elation we must also keep in our thoughts the family and friends of Dan Kneen and Adam Lyon who sadly passed away at this year’s event.”

Collecting the Manufacturers Award on behalf of Kawasaki, Howard Dale, Branch Manager of Kawasaki Motors UK, highlighted the significance of the achievement.

“If you ride or drive round the TT course it almost impossible to imagine how these riders can circulate at such speeds. Kawasaki achievements at this year’s TT were incredible with podiums in every class a Kawasaki rider could enter. James Hillier gave his all and Dean Harrison came so close to taking victory in the final Senior race missing out by less than 2 seconds after 363 km of racing.

We hope that all Kawasaki fans applaud the achievements of Kawasaki riders at TT2018 and as a manufacturer we are immensely proud of each and every rider.”

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Success for Bud Racing in France

Brian Moreau claimed his first podium and Pierre Goupillon his first moto win for Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in the French round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship. A vast crowd witnessed exciting racing in varying conditions at the hillside Saint Jean D’Angely track thirty kilometers from the Atlantic coastline. The first race […]

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Brian Moreau claimed his first podium and Pierre Goupillon his first moto win for Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in the French round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship.

A vast crowd witnessed exciting racing in varying conditions at the hillside Saint Jean D’Angely track thirty kilometers from the Atlantic coastline. The first race on Saturday evening was run in glorious sunshine, but overnight rain made conditions very tricky for race two when both Bud teamsters excelled. Brian Moreau held a strong second place for five laps in the opening moto before selecting neutral and crashing but the youngster showed character as he recovered to regain fifth place on the final lap of the race. Again starting well in the muddy second moto he quickly advanced to the third place which would ensure his overall podium success and again showed character and maturity in difficult conditions to rebound after temporarily losing the place with a fall.

Brian Moreau: « It’s so nice to get my first European podium on a 250 so close home and in front of a huge crowd. It was not an easy weekend as the track was muddy this morning after it rained a lot in the night, and it was important to avoid mistakes. I crashed one time and Boisrame passed me, but I passed him back to finish third and secure this podium. The first race could have been better as I was second for a long time until I hit a neutral in a corner and crashed. I have been searching since the beginning of the season to put two solid races together on the same weekend. Now I have achieved it and there was no better place to do it than my home GP.»

Philippe Goupillon also reached a career landmark as he raced to his first moto success in the series in the muddy second moto. An incident when another rider crashed into him at the start of the first moto cost him all hopes of overall success but he too showed strength and maturity to quickly take over the lead in the muddy race two and maintain it to the end of the gruelling race.

Pierre Goupillon: « Yesterday I had a good feeling with the track and posted the second fastest time in my group, but at the start of the first race another rider hit me and I couldn’t avoid a crash. I knew that my speed was good and I knew that with a good start everything was possible in the second race. I got a great start and soon took the lead. It’s important to be in front in the mud so you can chose your lines; I made a gap and didn’t make any mistakes, even when Clarke was pushing behind me, to win my first ever race in a European series.”

Ruben Fernandez was the sole representative of the F&H Racing Team in the French round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship; the Spanish teenager showed good speed to hold seventh place during the early stages of each GP moto before more experienced rivals pushed him back to fourteenth at the finish.

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Return To Popular Brno For KRT

Once a regular circuit on the WorldSBK trail, the Automotodrom Brno returns in 2018 to host the seventh round of the WorldSBK Championship this weekend. KRT duo Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes are eager to get going again after their recent home round at Donington, with each looking to add to their winning tallies. Triple […]

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Once a regular circuit on the WorldSBK trail, the Automotodrom Brno returns in 2018 to host the seventh round of the WorldSBK Championship this weekend. KRT duo Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes are eager to get going again after their recent home round at Donington, with each looking to add to their winning tallies.

Triple World Champion Jonathan Rea extended his championship lead in assured fashion last time out, but just missed out on a race win that would have taken his career tally to a stand alone all-time record of 60. He has already declared that he will be riding only for two race wins at Brno, where he has competed six times before, scoring three podiums, including a race win in 2010.

Brno is one of the few current FIM Superbike World Championship venues that Tom Sykes has not won a race at in his impressive career, but he has scored two second places in the Czech Republic, in 2012. When Sykes took his WorldSBK championship title in 2013 Brno was no longer a WorldSBK venue, and it has not re-appeared on the calendar until this season.

Although Brno has been missing from the calendar for some years KRT has tested at the Czech venue recently, with highly positive results. The 5.403km long purpose-built Brno circuit stands close to the historic real roads GP circuit, and is one of the most flowing layouts on the calendar. Wide chicanes, geometric corners and a power-sapping uphill approach to the final two turns characterise a modern day classic of circuit design.

Rea leads the championship by 64 points at present, having scored five race wins already. Currently Sykes is fourth in the championship, tied on points with the rider ranked one place above him. Sykes became the all-time Superpole record holder at Donington, after taking his 44th career Superpole win.

Despite more stringent rev limits imposed on Kawasaki than any other manufacturer this season, under the current balancing rules in WorldSBK, young Turkish rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) scored his first podium last time out in Donington, before re-singing for his team for the 2019 season. Other Kawasaki regulars Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki), Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) and Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) will also be back in action at Brno.

The halfway point of the 13-round, 26-race season will be reached after race one at Brno. After the Czech weekend there will be a swift relocation to North America, for the US round at Laguna Seca between the 22nd and 24th of June.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I’m so excited to go back and race at Brno as it’s one of those wide open proper race circuits with great elevation changes and character. We tested there a few weeks ago and that will certainly give us a head start when it comes to setup on Friday. During the two days we had different weather conditions. We were competitive over one lap, and also consistently, so I’m feeling good about the weekend. I’ve had some great races in Brno in the past. It’s where I won my first World Championship race, in the Supersport class, and I also had a great duel with Max Biaggi in 2010 in WorldSBK. The target this weekend is simple, we are aiming for the top step.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “We tested at Brno recently and I am going there highly motivated. We had a pretty decent test and I am looking forward to building on the back of that. We made some fundamental changes to the bike and we had a bit of a testing programme to get through. I am ready for it now. We had a decent package for the test so we will use those ideas for our set-up. Brno is a circuit that I always enjoy riding at. It is a definitely flowing track and you spend a lot of time on the side of the tyre. It is an incredible facility – surrounded by woodlands, with a great layout, you notice how wide it is – it has all the ingredients to make it the world-class circuit it is. The only thing I noticed is that the circuit is quite bumpy now, but we will work with that.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 12, Wins 5, Podiums 10, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 59 (44 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 122 (80 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 12, Wins 1, Podiums 5, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 105 (104 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 44 (44 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: 364 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 77 – second overall

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