Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team prepared for victory

The FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship will kick off in Argentina at the beginning of March and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team is ready in its new livery to push for victory in 2018. After a five month break everyone is now preparing to jet out to South America where the 2018 MXGP World […]

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The FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship will kick off in Argentina at the beginning of March and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team is ready in its new livery to push for victory in 2018.

After a five month break everyone is now preparing to jet out to South America where the 2018 MXGP World Championship will be launched on March 3rd and 4th at Neuquén in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The factory KX450-SR race machines are ready to be shipped in a few days, and Clément Desalle will enter his sole pre-season race at Lacapelle Marival in France this weekend while new teammate Julien Lieber continues to train in southern France.

Forced to sit out the final two GPs last season due to injury, Clément Desalle narrowly missed a top three world ranking after a strong season, but his second year with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team was a good one with two GP victories and several podiums. In the wake of their experience working together through the last two years the Belgian rider and the team, aided by the strong partnership with the Japanese engineers and those at the Kawasaki Motors Corporation in the USA, have established a close relationship to set up the bike perfectly for the rider and everyone in the team is confident that the 2018 set-up will deliver even more success.

We worked mainly on details concerning both the engine and the chassis with KHI, KMC and our technical partners,” explained team manager François Lemariey. “The relationship with Japan grows stronger every year, and we are pleased to see that the engineers give us more and more support. Clément is very happy with the result; he had a strong winter and we are optimistic for the season.”

The Belgian leader narrowly missed a top three series ranking last year, but he recovered quickly from the broken vertebra which brought his season to a premature close and was already able to start his preparation in November. New teammate Julien Lieber had to wait a little longer before testing his new bike as the young hopeful recovered from a knee injury; back on the bike in January, Julien has skipped the pre-season races to focus on the MXGP season and will make his debut for Kawasaki in Argentina.
It will be the first time that the MXGP series has started in South America; the championship will visit nineteen venues in fifteen countries on three continents between March and the final round at Imola in northern Italy on September 29th/30th.

Clément Desalle: “I had a very good winter preparation with no injuries and have been able to train in good conditions in southern Spain. I was back on the bike in November and we had enough time to work with the team on the bike; there are no big changes but a lot of delicate fine-tuning, mainly to the chassis. I’m very happy with the results and have a very good feeling with the KX450-SR. My season will start this weekend with the Lacapelle International; it was our choice not to contest too many races as the season will be long enough. I’m totally focus on the World Championship, and I’m happy to start the season in Argentina as it’s a nice country and a nice track; the goal this season will be to perform well in each round.”

Julien Lieber: “I’ve been back on a bike for three weeks and the feeling with the KX450-SR is better day after day. The first week I used a production bike as I had a four months break due to my knee surgery. It was the best way to ease back into riding and after that week I jumped on the factory bike; I must say that the first sessions were not easy as this bike is so much more powerful, but we worked with the team on the settings to adapt the bike to my riding style and we have found a very good set-up. It was not my first experience on a 450 as I did some sand races a couple of years ago and I really love this class. We skipped the pre-season races as I was not ready to go racing so soon after returning to riding, but I’m confident for Argentina; it was better to focus on our tests and my training.”

Steve Guttridge: “The start of an MXGP season is always filled with anticipation and excitement. For Kawasaki we add to this the confidence that KRT will approach the 2018 Championship with two well-respected and strong riders in Clement Desalle and Julien Lieber. It’s always tough in the premier class but we are sure KRT will push for success on the factory KX450-SR and deliver good times to Kawasaki fans around the world.”

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Kawasaki Racing Team Unveils Ninja Spirit

The Kawasaki Racing Team unveiled its official 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship machinery and riding line up today, 8th February, at their headquarters in Granollers, Barcelona. Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ official team will once again feature three-time champion Jonathan Rea and 2013 season champion Tom Sykes aboard the latest race specification Ninja ZX-10RR. With an all-new […]

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The Kawasaki Racing Team unveiled its official 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship machinery and riding line up today, 8th February, at their headquarters in Granollers, Barcelona. Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ official team will once again feature three-time champion Jonathan Rea and 2013 season champion Tom Sykes aboard the latest race specification Ninja ZX-10RR.

With an all-new graphics package and stunning colour scheme, the 2018 race machine features prominent logos from team sponsors, including Motocard, Elf and Monster EnergyWith several new technical rules imposed for 2018, including some that have already affected Kawasaki more directly than their competitors, the message for the 2018 KRT campaign is #NinjaSpirit. The spirit of accepting a challenge of striving for on-track excellence, and never giving up.
The launch started early for some members of the media who had enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the recently refurbished KRT HQ and race workshops, including a Q&A session with KRT Project Leader, Yoshimoto Matsuda.

Beginning in the early evening the launch featured speeches and explanations of the #NinjaSpirit approach for 2018. As well as the formal launch of the team a new range of KRT clothing was unveiled to cover the next two seasons which will soon be available for sale. With the launch concluded there was no rest for the KRT squad and KHI, as the official machines and much of their race equipment are to be flown to Australia on Friday 9th February.

Even in the face of new rules which are set to effect the class leading Ninja ZX-10RR more than the majority of machines on the grid, Kawasaki, Rea and Sykes now enter the 2018 season full of Ninja Spirit, determined to succeed no matter the odds or however many more external influences may arrive during the season.
Winter testing in Europe has been completed but immediately after the launch in Barcelona the team will begin final preparations for a two-day official test against their rivals, and then the first round of the season at Phillip Island in Australia 23rd to 25th February.

Jonathan Rea, the 2015, 2016 and current world champion, stated: “It is always exciting to unveil our new colours. It is when you feel like the season is kicking off for real. It is now time to go racing which I am super-excited about. KRT always pull out the stops when it comes to the team launch and they are making a big deal out of the new liveries. That gives you the feeling that you are walking into something new all the time. To be at a high level event like this makes me proud to be a Kawasaki rider.”

Tom Sykes, the 2013 world champion, stated: “Anything is possible this year and we have had a really good testing programme, taking into account the change in the rules. At this moment I feel we are very well prepared. The launch itself at the team’s HQ was absolutely fantastic and everyone involved has done a really good job. It is very fitting, and this amount of effort is a great way to start the season.”
Mr Yoshimoto Matsuda, KRT Project Leader, commented: “For 2018, in order to level up the performance among the manufacturers taking part in WorldSBK, Dorna has set a new limit for the engine revolutions for all four cylinder bikes to 14700rpm, except for Kawasaki, which is limited the lowest among the four cylinder bikes at 14,100rpm. That means that we have 600rpm less than even our closest rivals.

Furthermore, if the bike performs exceptionally in successive races, the limit can be lowered 250rpm further. For comparison, in 2017 we worked at 15200rpm. So, with the new rules we will have to work with 1100rpm less. Obviously, this creates a great handicap for the ZX-10RR.
Having the ZX-10RR at the lowest RPM limit, we consider that Kawasaki is being challenged for being too successful. But our spirit has been always been that of a fighter.

For 2018 we overhaul our working direction. Winter testing has confirmed that we are working in the correct direction and the results have been good. We know from experience that winning and keeping the victory is not easy, for sure we’ll be giving our best effort and energy for this season. We never give up, we have the Ninja Spirit!”

Biel Roda, KRT’s Marketing and PR Director stated: “2017 has been a very profitable season for us. History has been made with a third consecutive rider title plus a third manufacturer title. We achieved 18 victories last year, our personal record in a single season.
Thank you very much to all who make the Ninja Spirit become a reality that allows us to achieve our dreams.”
Communications and PR Manager for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Martin Lambert stated: “We want to show the wider story of the Kawasaki Racing Team. 2018 will be a challenging year. There have been changes in the technical rules of World Superbike that will demand our very highest efforts in all areas.
In the face of yet another challenge we pick up the gauntlet proudly and in a positive way. KRT take this 2018 season as the best opportunity to show what continually drives them to be a successful racing project. We call this the ‘Ninja Spirit’. It’s a combination of competitiveness, teamwork and passion for racing. A spirit present within Kawasaki, within the staff of KRT and within all Kawasaki fans.”

#NinjaSpirit

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SYM CROX 125 The Urban Adventure

A scooter is a scooter is a scooter, right? Not when you are looking at the Sym Crox 125. Living in the city, you value convenience and practicality above all else but want a dash of style and flair thrown in. The Sym Crox 125 gives you all this and more. We call this an […]

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A scooter is a scooter is a scooter, right? Not when you are looking at the Sym Crox 125. Living in the city, you value convenience and practicality above all else but want a dash of style and flair thrown in. The Sym Crox 125 gives you all this and more.
We call this an urban adventure scooter; you’ll call it the best fun you can have on two wheels, no matter your age. We’ve combined fun with function and given it some cool style as well.
Powered by a punchy 125cc, single-cylinder engine married to a belt-drive continually variable transmission, riding the Crox 125 is simplicity itself; just twist and go and concentrate on the road ahead.
Sharp handling and powerful but safe braking add to the pleasure of riding this little wonder, while outstanding quality, performance and economy make it the sensible choice at the same time.
Bring the fun back into your life; ride the Sym Crox 125.

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Amazing Jamboree With Iannone And Rins In Indonesia

After completing the first official IRTA test of the season at Sepang International Circuit both Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders, Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone, travelled to Japan for a quick visit to Hamamatsu factory, followed by another flight to Jakarta to attend a very special event in Indonesia.

Suzuki Racing Press Office – February 4.

After completing the first official IRTA test of the season at Sepang International Circuit both Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders, Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone, travelled to Japan for a quick visit to Hamamatsu factory, followed by another flight to Jakarta to attend a very special event in Indonesia.

Iannone and Rins landed in Jakarta on February 2nd to join in with some promotional activities and partake in interviews for the national media.

“It’s always a pleasure to come to Indonesia where the people support us deeply,” explained Iannone. Rins, on his second visit to the Indonesian capital, was also happy to meet the fans, and the rider from Barcelona added: “Indonesia is a really nice country and you can feel the charming welcome they give, so for us it is great to visit.”

One day later, on February 3rd, both sportsmen visited the legendary circuit of Sentul where the World Championship was held historically. Suzuki Indomobile Motors prepared a wonderful plan of activities to celebrate the Jamboree festival named ‘Born to ride. Live to rock!’. More than 4,000 Suzuki riders, fans, and customers joined the two MotoGP riders, spending the whole day together – all moved by the same passion for the Suzuki brand.


In the morning both riders, on board two new Suzuki GSX-R150 machines with MotoGP replica colours, shared the track with around 1,000 bikers in a huge parade lap. Iannone and Rins had a lot of fun with the Indonesian fans; “It was fantastic to ride among such a big number of bikers, a unique experience!”, exclaimed Rins.

During the day they attended the official unveiling of the brand new GSX-R150 ‘Shutter Key’ model alongside the Managing Director, Mr. Seiji Itayama, and Head of Sales and 2-wheel Marketing, Mr. Yohan Yayah, answering questions from the Indonesian media who came to cover the Jamboree.

Now Iannone and Rins will fly back home and have some rest before facing the next MotoGP test, which will be held at Buriram Circuit (Thailand) from February 16-18th.

Story issued by: Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

Suzuki Auto South Africa Recall All 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000Rs

Suzuki Auto South Africa is going to be issuing a recall of all 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R models.

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Suzuki Press Release – January 31

Suzuki Auto South Africa recall all 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000Rs

 

Suzuki Auto South Africa is going to be issuing a recall of all 2017 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R models.

 

There is a risk of selecting neutral when changing from first to second gear. This can result in damage to the chain and sprockets. To counter this we are going to be replacing the ECMs on these motorcycles and conducting inspections of chains and sprockets.

 

Until the recall has been carried out, all GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R sales have also been put on hold and all current owners have been advised to either stop riding their bikes or ride them with care.

The Implementation date of the recall is still to be announced.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused for more information you can contact Errol Quan Chai at errolq@suzukiauto.co.za or visit your nearest authorised Suzuki Dealer.

To find an authorised Suzuki Dealer close to your area please visit www.suzukimotorcycle.co.za.