MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team confirm Deroue and Schotman for 2019

The collaboration between Scott Deroue (22) and the MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team is entering its third year. The talented competitor from Nijkerkerveen recently signed a new contract to ride in the World Supersport 300 Championship. Once more the talented rider will pilot the Kawasaki Ninja 400, the machine that turned out to be by far […]

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The collaboration between Scott Deroue (22) and the MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team is entering its third year. The talented competitor from Nijkerkerveen recently signed a new contract to ride in the World Supersport 300 Championship. Once more the talented rider will pilot the Kawasaki Ninja 400, the machine that turned out to be by far the strongest weapon in the championship last season with the first three riders in the series Ninja 400 mounted.

Robert Schotman (20) has also confirmed to ride for the Belgium based MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team in 2019 adding continuity to the highly successful outfit for the coming season.

Magny Cours race review:

Everything seemed to be running according to plan for Scott Deroue running up to the crucial Magny Cours round. The MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team rider still believed he’d win the world title in Supersport 300 during that last fateful race weekend of the championship.

After the great victory at Portimão, the chance was there for the taking so at the French round Deroue had to try to gain just ten points over the then current World Championship leader Ana Carrasco. The Dutchman grasped the weekend right out of the starting blocks and scored the second fastest time in the first free practice, while Carrasco saw a P13 against her name. Despite a serious fall in the second free practice, Deroue secured a spot in the Superpole 2 while his Spanish rival ended up in Superpole 1.

In that second Superpole, cooperation with teammate Robert Schotman was very good for both riders. With Deroue taking pole position Schotman lined up next to him on the first row while rival Carrasco started the race from P25.

With a great start, Deroue went into the first corner in second spot and immediately showed his intent. A podium place for the Dutchman would mean that Carrasco had to end up at least in the top ten to challenge him – not an easy task in World Supersport 300 if you have to come from the 25th starting position. While Carrasco made slow progress, Deroue continued to fight for the leading position. It looked great for the Kawasaki rider, but with eight laps to go, Deroue lost his hope for the world title. With a technical defect on the gear change, Scott had to retire from the leading group.

From the pit lane he finally saw that Ana Carrasco held the lead in the championship by just one point ahead of Mika Perez. The Spanish rider therefore became the first woman ever to win a world title in road racing. A third DNF against the name of Deroue left him at eighty points, making him, as last year, third in the World Supersport 300. Still a great achievement, but the MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team rider had the world title in sight … until just eight laps before the end of the season.

Scott Deroue: “I hardly have any words for it, it’s very disappointing to lose my chance of the world title in this way. Normally I can never eat before the race, but this time I succeeded. That was just because I was very sure that I could set a good result here. Carrasco had a hard time this weekend, so the chance was very real that I would be world champion. I’m frustrated because I was so close. Eventually I am third in the final score, but understandably I do not feel happy with the end result. ”

For Schotman the season unfortunately did not end as hoped. After a strong Friday and Saturday, the race was disappointing.

”I did not have a good start at Magny Cours and a bad first lap because I was cut off and I immediately fell back to tenth place. The group was very big and chaotic and I was not able to move forward. Eventually I was rammed from behind which caused my exhaust to break and I had to go into the pits.

The 2018 season has not turned out to be mine. From the eight races I only managed to get to the finish twice. We do not let our heads hang though and are working hard to be able to compete for the world title next year.

I want to thank my team for all the top work that they have delivered this year. It certainly did not reflect our joint efforts!”

Mentioning his confirmation for the 2019 season at the MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team, Deroue commented:

‘Of course I am very happy that I can put my signature on a contract at such an early stage – especially when that is with my current team, with whom I have experienced for two successful years.

Only the ‘big prize’ is still missing; the world title. After the bitter disappointment of this season, we will do everything we can to be competitive again in this class next year. We have already shown in the past that it is possible for us to achieve that goal. Now it is hoped that everything will be in the right place in 2019. ‘

MotoPort Kawasaki Racing Team would like to thank everyone who has made this eventful, but fantastic season possible. The Team, all employees, the fans and of course all our sponsors!

Special thanks to KAWASAKI and DENICOL for the great support and professional cooperation with these top brands.

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Team Suzuki Ecstar Thailand Experience Video Online

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Suzuki Unveils Brand New Katana

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Rea Takes Four Of A Kind Championship Win

Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a famous fourth FIM Superbike World Championship title at Magny Cours today by winning his 13thrace of the season on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Rea is the second rider to have won four WorldSBK titles, but the only rider to have won four in succession. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a strong second […]

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Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a famous fourth FIM Superbike World Championship title at Magny Cours today by winning his 13thrace of the season on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Rea is the second rider to have won four WorldSBK titles, but the only rider to have won four in succession. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a strong second in the 21-lap race, having earlier set a new track record while earning his 47th career Superpole win.

With Sykes and Rea 1-2 after Superpole, and both well under the existing lap record, the KRT duo took the race to their competitors from the startline. Rea passed Sykes early in the race, into the Estoril corner, and he ran up front from then on, sometimes at lap record pace. Rea set a 1’37.152 on his eighth tour of the 4.411km circuit to score his new lap record.

Rea’s win gave him 130 podiums in WorldSBK, bringing him level to the all time record, which he now shares with Troy Corser.

On the slowdown lap Rea celebrated his championship win with a game of cards against three of his own ‘alter egos’, wearing his racing suits and crash helmets representing each of Rea’s championship winning season with KRT, from 2015 onward.

Sykes, who has now recovered well from a training injury in the long summer break, pushed as hard as he could to stay in contention with Rea. He had to settle for second place after almost losing the front more than once, but recorded his first podium since Brno in July.

In the current championship points, Rea has 445 points, Chaz Davies 315, Michael van der Mark 293 and Sykes 260. One more race remains at Magny Cours, on Sunday the 30th of September.

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was eighth today, Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 14th, Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 15th and Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 17th.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It is absolutely incredible to win four.  Sometimes even after winning back-to-back championships, or three in a row I have to say it is hard to find words to speak about what you have just done. It is like we are riding the wave now with our Ninja ZX-10RR, with incredible people around me. Whilst I always dreamed of being in this position I never thought it to was realistic. It was so fitting that Guim, the team manager, allowed my dad to come and collect the team award on the podium. I got really choked up when he came up because it just reminded me of growing up in Northern Ireland and travelling all round with my parents to motocross races. Then getting my first pro ride in roadracing, and my parents letting go. But they have always had my back. So that was super-nice. Pere and my team gave me a great bike this weekend and the target was clear. We have been in this position before, so there was no kind of nervousness or anxiety around, it was really positive energy. On track Fabien has been analysing what we can do and the team worked super-hard all weekend to get the best out of the bike when the tyre was dropping. In the hot conditions, at the end of the race, that is what we worked towards today. The feeling with the bike just kept coming and I was able to knock it off on the last lap and take it all in. I was aware of the crowd there and what I was about to achieve so that last lap there I thought about winning the championship. It is incredible, and incredible journey.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “Not a bad day but I am slightly disappointed that we suffered a little bit during the race. I settled into a good rhythm but when I wanted to attack, we missed it. I have spoken to the boys and I think we know what it is. I certainly enjoyed that race. When I tried to push I lost the front a couple of times. I am happy with the way the race went today, with this in mind. I am excited and motivated for tomorrow. I think we can improve our set-up a little bit. We need to start from the third row so it is all about a little bit of aggression. Today is a day for Jonathan Rea. He has had four fantastic years, kind of flawless years, and he has pushed very hard and made a very good job. Congratulations to him, his family and his side of the garage. Tomorrow we will have a go and try to win.”

2018 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2018: Races 21, Wins 13, Podiums 18, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 67 (52 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 130 (88 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2018: Races: 21, Wins 1, Podiums 7, Superpoles 5
Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 107 (106 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 47 (47 for Kawasaki)

6 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), 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: 123 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 374 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 80 – second overall

#NinjaSpirit

#RE4CH4MP

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Carrasco Wins After Incredible Season Finale

Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) became the first female winner of a full FIM World Championship road-racing category when she finished just one single point ahead of her closest rival in the WorldSSP300 championship race at Magny Cours. Starting in a lowly 25th position on the grid Carrasco was involved in a fight for 20th place […]

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Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) became the first female winner of a full FIM World Championship road-racing category when she finished just one single point ahead of her closest rival in the WorldSSP300 championship race at Magny Cours.

Starting in a lowly 25th position on the grid Carrasco was involved in a fight for 20th place for much of the race but she made progress to 19th spot. In the closing laps she moved to a 13thplace that would be enough to give her a one-point lead over Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) in the final points table.

Perez was in a position to win the championship himself on the last sector of the final lap but his race leading position was taken from him with two corners to go, and his 20 points were not quite enough to give him the crown.

Carrasco was unaware that she had won the championship on her slowdown lap almost until her team stopped her for a trackside celebration, with her championship-winning T-shirt having the phrase ‘Ride Like A Girl” emblazoned on the front. In her post-race interview Carrasco dedicated her championship win to the late Moto2 rider Luis Salom, who was a friend of Ana’s and the cousin of David Salom, her team manager.

In another astonishingly close and battling WorldSSP300 race, Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was also in contention for both the race and title wins until he was forced out with a technical issue.

Perez and Deroue battled it out for the championship up front but when Deroue suddenly slowed with problems changing gear, Perez was in the lead. He was then the driving seat for the championship itself until Daniel Valle ambushed him in the final two turns. Perez lost out on the title by just 0.168 seconds, in a race that was so close that Carrasco, in 13th place, was only 2.468 seconds behind the race winner.

Kawasaki wrapped up the championship at the previous round, and finally ended up with a 61-point advantage at the end of the eight round championship.

Nick Kalinin (GP Project Kawasaki was seventh today, but front row qualifier Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) did not finish. Enzo de la Vega (GP Project Team Kawasaki) led the race twice but finished ninth, while Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) tenth. Tom Edwards (Nutec – Benjan Kawasaki) was another non-finisher.

In the final championship standings Carrasco has 93 points, Perez 92 and Deroue 80, putting three Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders in the top three positions overall.

Ana Carrasco, stated: “It is unbelievable to win the championship and we worked so hard to be here. I did not know I had won on the slowdown lap. I tried to see some TVs to check but I did not see any. I only realised when I got to turn five and I asked the spectators if I was first. I can only say thank you to a David Salom and all the Kawasaki DS Junior Team, it is for all of them. I also want to say thank you to my family who have done so much for me. I want to dedicate this title to Luis Salom. The day we lost him I promised to dedicate my first title to him. At the moment I am happy because we have achieved our goals, but I do not realise all of the things about being the first woman in history. I think after a few days I will be more conscious of this.”

Mika Perez, stated: “I gave my maximum today. I knew it was win or crash, and finally I got second. I tried everything and the team did a great job. We were very close to the win but we have to congratulate Ana and the race winner Dani because they did an incredible job.”

Scott Deroue, stated: “We had a really good weekend until now and I think we were one of the fastest. Every session we were in the top positions so I was feeling really good. I felt the same in the race and I was in the top three all the time. Then with seven laps to go my gear lever broke and it was over. We had good speed this season and were really consistent but in Misano we had a problem and today we were supposed to finish on the podium again, and then this happens.”

#NinjaSpirit

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