Rea And KRT On Top After Portimao Test

Jonathan Rea proved to be the fastest rider after two days of testing at Portimao, having secured the quickest lap time of 1’41.192 on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Rea rode on his own inside the official Kawasaki WorldSBK team at this test after his fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes was forced to withdraw due to a […]

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Jonathan Rea proved to be the fastest rider after two days of testing at Portimao, having secured the quickest lap time of 1’41.192 on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Rea rode on his own inside the official Kawasaki WorldSBK team at this test after his fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes was forced to withdraw due to a recent ankle injury.

Under varying track conditions across both days, from the relative cool of the morning to over 50°C in the afternoon, Rea and his crew worked on both preparations for the forthcoming race at Portimao and new set-up ideas and options for the future.

The team also worked with new Pirelli tyres, with both the larger diameter rear and front options, to help continue the overall development programme with WorldSBK’s single tyre supplier.

Rea’s sheer speed was unmatched at this official test, with the three-time champion going 0.948 seconds faster than the second-placed rider. He also went under both the Superpole and race lap record lap times.

With the mid-season testing programme now complete the tenth round of the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place between the 14th and 16th of September. Rea will be aiming to extend his already impressive championship lead. Tom Sykes is working to be fit in time to compete at Portimao.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It was super-hot at this test but we were able to finish with a good lap time and still put in a consistent level of pace even in hot conditions. It was 53°C on track yesterday and the air temperatures was in the mid 30s. It was good to get re-acquainted with this bike after riding in the Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan. We did not get as many laps in yesterday as we did today, as we made a big change in the middle of the session. We tried some chassis balance items, to create more stability when entering corners. We started at 9am this morning, when they opened the track, and we also got through some Pirelli tyres that we had to test. We finished all the work we had to do before the end of the sessions. The finer set-up details for a race weekend can always be dependent on the grip levels of the track, so we will do that when we come back here for the next round.”

Pere Riba, Jonathan Rea’s Crew Chief, stated: “This was a very good test for us. Maybe it sounds like we always say that, but it is true. Even though Johnny came here from the Suzuka 8-Hour race, where he was using a different spec of bike and tyres, he jumped straight onto his WorldSBK bike and right away he was very good. In Portimao he is always very fast as he really likes this track. Pirelli brought some rear tyre options, and we also worked with new big front tyre we used in Misano. In addition, we worked to understand our best set-up for the Portimao race weekend, some new set-ups for this year’s championship and for 2019. There were some upgrades that made us go forward and Johnny showed that he is at a very high level also.”

Other KME-supported teams were in attendance at the Portimao test, with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) 12th fastest, Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Racing Kawasaki) 14th, Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 16th and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 17th.

2018 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 18, Wins 10, Podiums 15, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 64 (49 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 127 (85 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 18, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 4
Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 46 (46 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: 120 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 370 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall

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Tomac Secures Consecutive 450MX Championships

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed the true heart and determination of a champion on 25 August aboard his KX450F as he was able to successfully defend his AMA Pro Motocross title and clinch the championship for the second straight year in a row. The championship came down to the last moto of the […]

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Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed the true heart and determination of a champion on 25 August aboard his KX450F as he was able to successfully defend his AMA Pro Motocross title and clinch the championship for the second straight year in a row. The championship came down to the last moto of the 12 round series in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Proving persistence pays off, Tomac and the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team popped the champagne bottles to celebrate the newly crowned two-time champion after a hard-fought season.

Tomac and the Monster Energy Kawasaki team arrived early to the track ready to get the job done, but quickly realized that the fight for the championship was not going to come easy as the rain began to pour all morning . Due to weather delays, the practice sessions were cut down to just one timed session. This meant that qualifying was going to play a huge role in determining a good gate position, which is crucial to a good start in order to stay dry and maintain clear vision. Tomac went out for qualifying in the wet conditions and set the fastest lap time with a 2:41.8; a time more than a second faster than the next quickest competitor.

As the gate dropped for Moto 1 with rain coming down, Tomac aboard his KX450F jumped out of the gate to a fifth place start where he was able to begin his attack on the field given the tricky track conditions. Through the early laps of the race and some technical navigation, Tomac was able to slide his way into second place, but became victim to the slippery conditions and slid out on Lap 7. Tomac quickly remounted in third place and pushed hard to track down the competition. Unable to bridge the gap to the race leader before the time ran out, the points leader was able to successfully pass one other rider, finishing in second place and keeping a 24-point lead going into the final moto.

The rain had come to a halt and the track began to dry as the gate dropped for Moto 2. Tomac needing to only earn one point with a finish of 20th or better to guarantee him the championship, got out to a 15th place start where he was challenged with vision issues during the early stages of the race. Acknowledging that he needed to ride smart, Tomac would eventually settle into ninth-place, where he ultimately would finish the race. Tomac rounded out the day with a 2-9 score for fourth place overall, more than enough to earn his second consecutive AMA Pro Motocross championship in the premier class.

“It’s pretty incredible,” said Tomac. “We came into the motocross season with one goal, and that was to repeat what we did last year and to accomplish that is just awesome. It has been 12 years since someone won back-to-back titles in the premier class, so that shows you how hard it is to do which makes this championship that much sweeter. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this Monster Energy Kawasaki team.”

450MX Race Results
1. Justin Barcia (1-1)
2. Ken Roczen (3-2)
3. Marvin Musquin (4-3)
4. Eli Tomac (2-9)

450MX Rider Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac 527
2. Marvin Musquin 511
3. Ken Roczen 445

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KRT Prepares For Portimao Test Sessions

The official KRT WorldSBK squad is making final preparations for a mid-season test at Portimao, to be held on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th of August. Championship leader Jonathan Rea will be in attendance but his fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes has been forced to miss the test after suffering a sports injury […]

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The official KRT WorldSBK squad is making final preparations for a mid-season test at Portimao, to be held on Thursday the 23rd and Friday the 24th of August. Championship leader Jonathan Rea will be in attendance but his fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes has been forced to miss the test after suffering a sports injury to his right ankle.

Jonathan Rea will fly solo at the forthcoming test in Portimao, which will be an important on-track outing after a long break in track action since the previous championship round at Misano in early July.

Rea has taken a podium and a new event lap record in the Suzuka 8-Hour race since the previous WorldSBK round and will use this week’s test in Portugal to get back into the groove on his regular WorldSBK machine. He and his crew will also gather set-up information to help them in the early stages of the forthcoming Portimao race weekend.

After the first nine rounds of the season Rea is the clear leader by 92 points, having recorded 10 race wins.

Sykes’ bad luck in missing the Portimao test is due to a sports injury suffered on the 15th of this month. After medical checks in the UK and then Spain, Sykes has been diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior fibular talus ligament and bone delamination in the insertion of the ligament in the fibula bone. He is hoping to be fit to race in the next round of the championship, in mid-September.

The forthcoming Portimao test is a precursor to the restart of the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship season after a long summer break. The tenth round of the championship will take place at Portimao, between the 14th and 16th of September.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am really excited to get back on the bike, especially at Portimao. It’s a track I really enjoy. Since Misano I have been very busy, first with the Suzuka 8-Hour programme – testing and racing – and also many PR activities. I have been riding bikes throughout the summer break, along with my motocross bikes at home, so I feel like I have been kept really sharp. Of course I am excited to be reunited with the KRT team and all the staff so that we can start carrying on from where we left off. We had two really strong races in Laguna and then Misano before the summer break. I am just trying to re-acquaint myself with the WorldSBK spec Ninja ZX-10RR, and the circuit, in readiness for the race at Portimao in a few weeks time. It is perfect timing to go and test there.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “It is a shame to miss this test because we have had a big gap in the season. I have been doing a lot of fitness training during the break and the results were very good. I was feeling very strong. But with this injury I am going to have to sit out the test, as I do now want to push it. It is a shame because Marcel and the boys had a good programme for the tests, so that we could finish the season strongly. We were going to play with the package because we would have a lot of track time to do so. The focus now is to try and be fit for the next race.”

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “This official test is useful for all because the last race was in July and the next one is not until mid-September. It is valuable from a sporting point of view to evaluate the level of the riders and also to make a small show for the media and fans. I am sure we will use this opportunity well because it is the venue for the next race, and we will try out some ideas that the crew chiefs have in mind. This was more or less the main target of this test. Unfortunately Tom got injured last week while taking part in some sport. All Tom’s mechanics and crew will be at the test anyway to prepare for the race, work on his bike and organise everything to be ready for the Portimao race weekend.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 18, Wins 10, Podiums 15, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 64 (49 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 127 (85 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 18, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 4
Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 46 (46 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: 120 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 370 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall

#NinjaSpirit

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Scooter licenses made easy, the SYM way.

Our training partner Synergy Racing Academy explains what are the steps needed to get your scooter license. Here is what he had to say: “Motorcycle licenses are categorized between ‘A’ and ‘A1’, ‘A’ being the license for bikes larger than 125 cc, and A1 for bikes 125cc and lower. We need to mention this as these days […]

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Our training partner Synergy Racing Academy explains what are the steps needed to get your scooter license. Here is what he had to say:

“Motorcycle licenses are categorized between ‘A’ and ‘A1’, ‘A’ being the license for bikes larger than 125 cc, and A1 for bikes 125cc and lower. We need to mention this as these days there are scooters that are way above 125cc and indeed, one of the two SYM scooters you will be seeing in the video is a 200cc scooter (‘A’ license required).

So, where do we start on our license journey?

First step is to obtain a learners license, and for this you need to personally make a booking at a license department, and pass the electronic test. You will also need the following: 2x ID photos, your ID Number and proof of residence.

The total cost of a learners license is as followed:

>> Cost = R168

Once you have obtained your learners license, you have a period of two years to complete your K53 practical license test. Failing that the learners will lapse and you will need to do the test again. So, once you have made your test booking at a local test centre for your K53 test, join us for a training session so you can pass your license with ease.

The K53 practical training that we offer is a 2 hour course, where we do a technical as well as a practical training session. Technical sessions include track discussions as well as all you need to do on the day of the test.

The practical training is active training on a track where we go through every part of the actual test, and we run a mock test with you.

The cost of our K53 practical training courses are as followed:

>> Group participation  = R 605
>> One on one training = R 955

The cost of booking your K53 practical test and issuing your license is as followed:

>> Cost = R 420

You will also need the following: Learners license, 2x ID.

One thing I need to mention is that the license for a scooter will add a limitation on your license. You will not be allowed to ride geared bikes since you have passed your test on an automatic – basically the same limitation as you get with a car license.

I hope this provided some insight into obtaining your scooter license. Should you need further information please et in touch.” Said Phil.

Synergy Racing Academy

Tel: 084 443 8053
Email: phill@synergyracing.co.za
Web: www.synergyracing.co.za

Videography by: (Grant Lucas & Bjorn Moreira / ZA Bikers).

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Clément Desalle third in Switzerland

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team strengthened his grip on third place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with his sixth podium of the season at the Swiss GP. The Belgian was in great form round the grassland track on the outskirts of Frauenfeld, just a few kilometres from the German […]

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Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team strengthened his grip on third place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with his sixth podium of the season at the Swiss GP.

The Belgian was in great form round the grassland track on the outskirts of Frauenfeld, just a few kilometres from the German border and Lake Constance to take the lead on the opening lap of racing in each moto. He soon had to make way for Jeffrey Herlings, the Dutchman who has dominated the 2018 season, but he maintained the pressure to the end of the thirty-five minute race to finish less than five seconds after the winner and nearly twenty seconds ahead of the rider in third place. The second race went even better initially as Clement kept Herlings at bay for five laps before his rival mounted a surprise charge and was followed through quickly by another rider. Losing his rhythm for several laps Clement slipped to fourth before rebuilding his rhythm to secure his overall podium with third place. He has extended his advantage over the closest chaser for third place in the championship standings to thirty-three points with four GPs remaining to the end of the season.

Clément Desalle: “It was a really good weekend; I got three good starts and rode consistent in both GP motos. In the first race I got a good start and after Jeffrey (Herlings) passed me I rode my own race to finish a close second. In the second moto I had a good speed and led the race for a couple of laps. I was thinking about a possible win but then I made a few mistakes and was passed by Jeffrey and Romain (Febvre). I’m not so happy with the second part of my race as Tim (Gajser) also passed me, but fourth was enough to secure my sixth podium of the year. Anyway the weekend was positive and my thanks to the team who are so close behind me and work so hard for us.”

KRT teammate Julien Lieber’s opening race was ruined already on the opening lap when another rider ran into him and he was again pushed out soon after securing the holeshot award in race two. He regrouped to hold third place for two laps until a small crash pushed him back to fourteenth.

Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki raced to fourteenth place in the opening moto and added a strong ride from an initial twelfth to snatch tenth place three laps from the end for thirteenth overall.

Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki finished one ahead of Lupino as thirteenth in race one but could only add nineteenth in race two.

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