France Offers Rea Title Chance

After his most recent double win on the Ninja ZX-10RR, at Portimao in Portugal, Rea raised his points advantage to 116 over his nearest competitor. If results for Rea and his rivals dictate it, Jonathan could leave France as champion for the fourth time in succession. It is even possible to close-out the title after […]

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After his most recent double win on the Ninja ZX-10RR, at Portimao in Portugal, Rea raised his points advantage to 116 over his nearest competitor. If results for Rea and his rivals dictate it, Jonathan could leave France as champion for the fourth time in succession. It is even possible to close-out the title after race one at Magny Cours – if he grows his advantage to 125 points or more on Saturday, with five individual races left to run.

Only the legendary Carl Fogarty has recorded four WorldSBK championship wins but Rea has already surpassed his fellow Briton’s all-time race-winning total in WorldSBK, lifting it 66 in Portugal. No rider has taken four titles in succession.

Rea arrives in France in truly sparkling form, having won all six of the most recent races and 12 in total since the start of the season.

Tom Sykes, the 2013 champion with Kawasaki, is looking to get back to his very best form and record his first podium since round seven, and ideally his first win since Assen in April.

After suffering a sports injury in the summer break and missing valuable testing time as a result, Sykes will arrive in Magny Cours in better physical condition than he enjoyed in Portugal last time out. He is currently overall fourth in the championship.

In all, Ninja ZX-10RR riders have scored 24 podium places so far in 2018, results that have contributed to Kawasaki’s 73-point advantage at the top of the Manufacturers’ Standings. Kawasaki could win the Manufacturers’ Championship in France, if the combined results from Saturday and Sunday’s races give the Japanese manufacturer an advantage of 100 points or more.

Magny Cours has usually occupied a late season place on the WorldSBK calendar and as a result has been the deciding venue for many championship challenges in the past. Jonathan and Tom have won three races apiece on Kawasaki machinery at Magny Cours during their careers and the French circuit was the site of Rea’s 2017 championship-clinching performance.

At 4.411km long Magny Cours contains 17 corners, some of which are slow hairpins approached after extremely heavy braking sections, providing multiple overtaking opportunities. The undulations and gradient changes play a major part in the visual spectacle, at a circuit that is traditionally well attended on WorldSBK weekends.

First season WorldSBK regular Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) has already netted a podium finish in 2018, at Donington Park. Toprak is second in the independent riders’ rankings and ninth overall.

Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki), Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) will continue their own championship campaigns in France this coming weekend. Of those three Mercado is the best placed in the championship table, in 15th.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am really excited to go to Magny Cours, especially after the last races where our bike and package has been really strong. I have incredible memories from last year and this weekend marks the first opportunity we have to try to clinch a world championship. But, I am trying to put that to the back of my mind and attack the weekend like every other weekend – work methodically with my family, all the team and our bike to find the best race set-up we can. The weather forecast looks like it is going to be stable throughout the weekend. The target is simple, like at Portimao and the last few rounds, to go out and try to win two races.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I am ready to go racing and I am expecting my physical condition to be better than it was last time. Magny Cours is a good circuit, which provides some big braking areas. I have had good results there in the past and I would like to be looking for a strong result there. In general it provides good racing because it has a log straight with passing opportunity at the end of it so it is generally nice for the spectators. The French fans definitely do get involved and there is a good atmosphere, which makes it an enjoyable round – especially if you get good weather.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 20, Wins 12, Podiums 17, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 66 (51 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 129 (87 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 20, 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: 122 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 372 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall

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Deroue Win Sets Up Epic Championship Finale

On the day that Kawasaki won the WorldSSP300 Manufacturers’ Championship a brilliant race from Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) saw him take his first victory of the 2018 season and draw himself to within 10 points of the championship leader Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki). Ana finished tenth today, while Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) […]

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On the day that Kawasaki won the WorldSSP300 Manufacturers’ Championship a brilliant race from Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) saw him take his first victory of the 2018 season and draw himself to within 10 points of the championship leader Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki). Ana finished tenth today, while Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) secured second place at Portimao on his Ninja 400.

The penultimate round of the championship provided another thrilling and intense WorldSSP300 race but the sheer pace of would-be champion Deroue finally won it by 1.243 seconds, from fellow Ninja rider Perez.

With the top six riders covered by just 1.598 seconds, five of them were on Kawasaki machines. With one round to go Kawasaki cannot be caught in the Manufacturers’ Championship standings, with an advantage of 56 points over the nearest competitor.

Just off the podium Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was fourth, with Enzo De La Vega (GP Project Team Kawasaki) and Tom Edwards (Nutec – Benjan Kawasaki) just behind.

No fewer than eight of the top ten riders today were on Kawasaki machinery, including Carrasco in tenth, and her team-mate Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) one place ahead in ninth.

In the current championship standings Carrasco leads Deroue by 90 points to 80, with Perez third on 72 points. Such is the close competition in this championship that no fewer than four riders could still be crowned champion at the final round in France in two week’s time.

With Deroue’s win today, the Ninja 400 has topped four races so far, thanks three different riders.

The final round of the championship, which is guaranteed to be a tense affair, takes place at Magny Cours in France on Sunday the 30th of September.

Scott Deroue, stated: “I am really happy to have won this race because we have worked so hard, from the first test at the beginning of the year and every time in the race weekends. So far the win did not happen but this time it happened! Many thanks to Kawasaki, the team and everybody who helped me do this today.”

Mika Perez, stated: “It was a really difficult race and to come from tenth position was difficult here. Our bike was incredible today and the team did a great job. We are third in the championship now and it is very close.”

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Double For Rea As Sykes Takes Fifth Place

A second Portimao race win of the weekend for Jonathan Rea (KRT) saw him extend his championship lead while his team-mate Tom Sykes took another fifth place finish to keep fourth position in the overall points ranking. Portimao proved to be as fruitful as ever for Rea this weekend. Since he joined Kawasaki in 2015 […]

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A second Portimao race win of the weekend for Jonathan Rea (KRT) saw him extend his championship lead while his team-mate Tom Sykes took another fifth place finish to keep fourth position in the overall points ranking.

Portimao proved to be as fruitful as ever for Rea this weekend. Since he joined Kawasaki in 2015 he has won six Portuguese races in a row, on a Ninja machine of some sort, and seven in a row at Portimao overall.

Rea’s 12th race win so far in 2018 extended his all time winning record in WorldSBK to 66. He has earned full points for six races in succession recently, scoring doubles at Laguna Seca, Misano and now Portimao.

After his first race victory on Saturday Rea had to start race two from ninth position, which made today’s race a more combative affair in the early laps. Chaz Davies led for the first 11 laps across the line, with first Sykes and then Rea challenging behind. Rea made a pass stick on lap 12 and then eased out a lead as the podium order changed behind him. Michael van der Mark eventually finished second, Marco Melandri third.

With Sykes feeling more comfortable with his machine settings today he had greater confidence in the battles for the podium places. He was in a fight for fourth right to the end and he was just 4.834 seconds from the winning race time today.

With the Sunday race having started at 15.15, as opposed to 13.00 on Saturday, the conditions were slightly different, which meant the race was both slightly slower than Saturday’s event and more closely contested.

In the championship Rea now has 420 points, Davies 304 and van der Mark 284, with three rounds and six races remaining. Jonathan will have his first opportunity to close out the championship at the following round in France, if results go his way. Tom is fourth in the points, with a total of 240.

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) crashed out at T10 and did not finish race two, but is still ninth overall in the championship. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) scored the last point on offer today for 15th place, with Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 16th. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) fell, remounted and then retired later in the race.

The 11th round of the 13 round championship takes place at Magny Cours in France, between the 29th and 31st of September.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “The run right now is incredible. It was a really tough race, as I had to fight a lot in the beginning. I made a very good start and had good track position early on. At turn five an opportunity opened up behind two riders and I found myself right behind Tom. He proved very hard to pass. I made a pass stick in T13, and chased Chaz down within a lap. Then it took me so many laps to go past him because he was braking so late, and his bike was so fast in the straight. Once I got past I just concentrated on making a couple of clean laps and setting my rhythm. The pace today was a little bit slower because the temperature had risen a bit and also I used the tyre a little bit more coming through the pack. I put everything into the race and managed to get 25 points, so I am really happy.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “We made a massive step with the bike today. We had good speed all weekend but suffered over 20 laps. We did not have the information, so yesterday we struggled with the front and finished about 13 seconds back. Today, we took nearly ten seconds off of that. We came a lot closer and basically we had a lot more information, and learned from it. We had consistent speed in race two and the bike gave me a lot of warning and feedback. I want to thank my team for this. I suffered a little bit on those last two laps and I think Davies also dug a little deeper with his pace. I tried a few little things to pass but almost losing the front three times in two laps is probably enough. I was just trying to create an opening but he defended well on the last lap.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 20, Wins 12, Podiums 17, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 66 (51 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 129 (87 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 20, 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: 122 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 372 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall

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KRT Duo Keen For WorldSBK Race Return

After the long WorldSBK summer break the KRT pairing of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will line-up for round ten this coming weekend at the unique Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, near Portimao in Portugal. Since the previous round of the WorldSBK championship, held at Misano between the 6th and the 8th of July, championship leader […]

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After the long WorldSBK summer break the KRT pairing of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will line-up for round ten this coming weekend at the unique Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, near Portimao in Portugal.

Since the previous round of the WorldSBK championship, held at Misano between the 6th and the 8th of July, championship leader Jonathan Rea has podiumed at the famous Suzuka 8-Hours race and also set the best lap times at a more recent official WorldSBK test at Portimao.

After sustaining a right ankle injury in a sports training accident Sykes missed the recent WorldSBK test and is now looking to get back into action on his Ninja ZX-10RR for the first time in over two months.

The remarkable Rea has won 10 of the 18 races in the current season and leads the championship by 92 points. Despite his already impressive performances, and setting an all-time record of 64 career WorldSBK race wins after his most recent Misano double, Rea is looking for another two victories this coming weekend.

Sykes is equally keen to get back into top level action but after comparatively recent surgery on his ankle injury he will evaluate his recovery in the first free practice sessions. Tom has 34 career race wins to his credit, the most recent at Assen in April of this year.

The Portimao circuit itself is a modern classic, with an intensely undulating 4.592km layout and several blind sections where track knowledge and confidence are vital. With the exception of the 2016 season the circuit has been on the WorldSBK calendar since the first event in 2008, and is also a popular testing venue.

Both KRT riders have won races at Portimao in the past, Sykes in 2012 and 2014, with Rea having won all five of the most recent WorldSBK contests in Portugal, including two doubles for Kawasaki.

Rookie WorldSBK rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will be ready to make the most of his latest opportunity to shine, having tested at Portimao in August with most of his peers.

Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki), Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) all return to the action at Portimao, the starting point of a run of four alternating race weekends that will close out the 13 round season. Round 11 will take place at Magny Cours in France, between the 28th and 30th of September.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am very excited to go back to Portimao because it is a circuit that I really enjoy. It has been a really long summer break so the test at Portimao a few weeks ago really helped to whet my appetite to get back. We worked on a range of different chassis items and also some Pirelli tyres but the real work will start this weekend when we look to get the set-up of the Ninja ZX-10RR dialled in for the circuit conditions, and then try to do the best job we can. There is a lot of support coming from back home and I am really excited about that. The target is clear – to try and win two races.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “The group of people working around me, doctors and so on, have done an absolutely fantastic job to make sure I am ready for this weekend. Given the kind of injury I had it could so easily have been in a cast, and taken four to six weeks to heal. But here we are at not even week four and I have been out enjoying some time on my bicycle. All things considered, we are doing not too badly. I am really looking forward to getting on the race bike. On the first few laps I will probably just feel my way in and make sure that my body, and especially my ankle, are ready for action. After that I will build the speed and get down to business.”

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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Fourth For Rins And Eighth For Iannone In San Marino

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 9. Alex Rins: 4th (+ 14.587) Andrea Iannone: 8th (+ 21.804) • Fantastic race from Alex Rins to take 4th. • Iannone earns strong…

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Team Suzuki Press Office – September 9. Alex Rins: 4th (+ 14.587) Andrea Iannone: 8th (+ 21.804) • Fantastic race from Alex Rins to take 4th. • Iannone earns strong...

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