Adam Sterry twice top ten in Belgium

Adam Sterry twice raced into the top ten at the Belgian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship to secure ninth overall for Kawasaki and the F&H Racing Team. The Welshman followed up an impressive qualification with two more solid motos when GP points were on the line at the treacherous sand track of […]

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Adam Sterry twice raced into the top ten at the Belgian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship to secure ninth overall for Kawasaki and the F&H Racing Team.

The Welshman followed up an impressive qualification with two more solid motos when GP points were on the line at the treacherous sand track of Lommel in the north-eastern corner of the country. The tortuous track and the high temperatures which greeted all competitors demanded a tactical approach to racing. Anxious not to burn himself out in the early laps Adam was a little too cautious on the opening lap to surrender a couple of positions after his best start of the weekend, but he quickly regrouped to regain eighth position at the chequered flag. The best-laid plans for race two were ruined as the rider next to Adam at the gate tried to anticipate the start and the natural tensions in such circumstances spoilt his concentration. A terrific first few laps saw Adam advance into the top ten, but he inevitably paid the penalty for the efforts and, although he could see the riders ahead of him in seventh and eighth, he simply didn’t have the energy to catch them.

Adam Sterry: “With the speed I had this weekend the results could have been even better, but it’s been a decent weekend and we are taking it one step at a time; we’ve been advancing each weekend since I got back on the bike. In the first race I had a pretty good start in the top ten, but in the second one I hit the gate as someone next to me anticipated the start and it is difficult not to react also in such circumstances; I was nearly last and used so much energy in the first ten minutes to pass people that I had nothing left to catch Vlaanderen and Mewse in the last part of the race. It was a solid weekend – I’m happy with that – and something to build on again; I’m happy to be back near the front, where I belong.”

There was also an impressive debut by new F&H signing Marshal Weltin. The likeable American had only a few days to acquaint himself with the Kawasaki, and he was finally able to show his true speed as well as the reliability and speed of his KX250-F. He maintained a good pace through much of the opening moto before running out of energy in the closing laps to finish fourteenth but, learning quickly, he maintained tenth place to the chequered flag to end the day eleventh overall on his debut in green.

Marshal Weltin: “I’m very pleased with my weekend; it was a great reward after my late decision to join the F&H Racing Team midweek. In the first race I pushed too hard at the beginning of the race; Marc (De Reuver) was pretty sad as I didn’t follow the advice he gave me before the race to not to give more than 80% during the first laps and keep some energy for the final laps of the moto! When the gate dropped at the first moto I forgot everything he told me and went 100%. Second race I didn’t forget and it proved to be good advice!”

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Team Suzuki Ecstar Complete Boiling BRNO Test

Team Suzuki Press Office – August 6. Alex Rins: 9th – 1:55.986 (+ 0.777) Andrea Iannone: 11th – 1:56.111 (+ 0.902) Sylvain Guintoli: 19th – 1:57.843 (+ 2.634) • Unfortunate…

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Team Suzuki Press Office – August 6. Alex Rins: 9th – 1:55.986 (+ 0.777) Andrea Iannone: 11th – 1:56.111 (+ 0.902) Sylvain Guintoli: 19th – 1:57.843 (+ 2.634) • Unfortunate...

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Darian Sanayei continues in green in 2019

American Darian Sanayei, a member of the Kawasaki Europe family since he arrived to compete in Europe, will continue his association with the Bike It Dixon Racing Team next season in the FIM MX2 World Championship. Coming to Europe two years ago after a successful amateur career with Kawasaki in the USA, the twenty-one-year-old immediately […]

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American Darian Sanayei, a member of the Kawasaki Europe family since he arrived to compete in Europe, will continue his association with the Bike It Dixon Racing Team next season in the FIM MX2 World Championship.

Coming to Europe two years ago after a successful amateur career with Kawasaki in the USA, the twenty-one-year-old immediately found success in the European championship when he finished runner-up in the 2016 series. Moving up to the MX2 class with the Dixon Racing Team last year, he faced a learning season on many new tracks but confirmed his great potential earlier this season when he scored his first-ever GP moto podiums in Argentina and Spain. Missing his first ever overall podium in Spain by just a single point Darian had high expectations for the remainder of the season but a crash in practice at the opening round of the British championship series in which he damaged knee ligaments forced him to sit out several GPs. After attempting a return to action at the British GP it was clear that he needed to undergo surgery and, while recovering in his native USA, Darian has extended his contract with Kawasaki Europe and the DRT squad of Steve Dixon.

Darian Sanayei: “I’m really happy to be racing with DRT again next year. It feels good to continue our relationship and put our best efforts forward to accomplish an MX2 World Championship! My recovery with my knee is going really good and we are right on track. I should be able to start training on the bike around November/ December time, and that should be enough time to put in the work necessary for a good base to have a great season! I want to thank the entire team and the Kawasaki family for everything they are doing for me so we can achieve excellent results together.”

Steve Dixon (DRT team owner): “I’m delighted Darian has taken his third year option to stay with the Bike It DRT Kawasaki team. Darian, Kawasaki Europe, the team and the sponsors have unfinished business in the quest for world championship honours. Darian showed great speed before his ACL injury and it made perfect sense to sit down with Kawasaki and Darian to discuss the future and part of that plan was to take the best steps to fix the knee in readiness for a good campaign in 2019, I have to thank Kawasaki Europe for being instrumental in the long term plan. Darian has been a long-term loyal member of Team Green in the USA and then followed the Kawasaki path in Europe, first with Bud Racing in EMX2 and then with us since 2017; that loyalty goes a long way in these situations and I am looking forward to seeing Darian back on the Bike It DRT Kawasaki next season.”

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Kawasaki Team Green third at Suzuka

The Team Green Kawasaki squad of Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Kazuma Watanabe finished third in a dramatic Suzuka 8Hr race on Sunday 29 July. After leading for much of the early part of the race, mixed fortunes befell the team at a crucial point. However, all three riders battled hard in the final hours […]

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The Team Green Kawasaki squad of Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Kazuma Watanabe finished third in a dramatic Suzuka 8Hr race on Sunday 29 July.
After leading for much of the early part of the race, mixed fortunes befell the team at a crucial point. However, all three riders battled hard in the final hours and secured a valuable podium place in this iconic event.

The 41st edition of the race was won by the No.21 Yamaha of Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Katsuyuki Nakasuka ahead of the No.33 Honda of Takumi Takahashi, Takaaki Nakagami and Patrick Jacobsen.

The race could not have started in more dramatic conditions. An overnight typhoon had swept through the region leaving behind a mix of sunshine and showers. As the teams lined up on the grid one of those showers returned meaning the race would start in wet conditions. Leon Haslam shot into the lead into the first corner but soon settled into second place as the track surface began to dry. When the time came to change to slick tyres, Jonathan Rea took over the riding duties and duly engaged in a close battle with the No.21 Yamaha of van der Mark.

For the first few hours of the race, both Rea and Haslam battled hard with van der Mark and Lowes as they edged further ahead of the nearest challengers. As the race approached the half way point Rea had established a two second lead over the Yamaha rider. That evaporated at the next rider change when Rea ran low on fuel on his in lap. He had to coast down the pit lane to hand over to Haslam for the next stint losing valuable seconds.

When Rea took to the bike again with just over three hours to go another heavy shower came over the track and brought out the safety car. As the slow string of riders approached one of the many tight bends around the track Jonathan had to run off the racing line and unfortunately fell on the treacherous surface. He brought the bike back to the pit box where the Team Green mechanics repaired the damage in amazingly quick time, sending Kazuma Watanabe into the race without losing position.

The race ran under the safety car for a considerable time and it was with around two hours remaining that racing could be back underway. Despite all their best efforts, and at one stage gaining time on the second place team and trying to claw back the deficit, the Kawasaki trio finally had to settle for third place.

Another Suzuka podium to add to those already achieved by Kawasaki and all three riders and an amazing team atmosphere are certainly positives to take away from the event and, of course, there is always next year !

Jonathan Rea – we proved our speed
“It was a very, very difficult race we had so many different conditions thrown at us and things we were not prepared for. I am really happy and I gave a big effort and myself, Leon, Kazuma and the all the team fell short; the chips just did not fall our way this year and congratulations to Yamaha and Honda. It just didn’t happen for us but we proved our speed which I am really happy about. I just want to thank my team mates, they did a really good job in a difficult race”.

Leon Haslam – a great team effort
“Really happy. I made a podium again with Team Green. I had a real good first part of the race and had some good battles with Yamaha and Honda. I came into a little bit of bad luck in the mid race stage and had to bring the bike home for third place. I am really happy, it was a great team effort and the bike was working really good. I can’t be too disappointed, we are back on the podium here at Suzuka so I am really happy”.

Kazuma Watanabe – we had good potential to win
“First of all I would like to forward big thanks to Kawasaki, the sponsors and Team Green.

It was a difficult race with many extraordinary issues like the typhoon, ever changing weather and the safety cars etc.
I had only one stint but that was not a problem because I know my job is not only on Sunday. However I do regret that we ended up third although we had good potential to win. I will be improving myself as from today for the next Suzuka 8hr based on the experience I absorbed from two great riders this week”.

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THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY – SYM JET 14

Designed to get the best out of city traffic, the Jet 14 is a high-wheeled scooter that stands out for its aggressive yet elegant design. It is ideal for those looking for practical, every day transport, and who want to stand out from the crowd. Just like its SYM siblings, it always seemed to be […]

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Designed to get the best out of city traffic, the Jet 14 is a high-wheeled scooter that stands out for its aggressive yet elegant design. It is ideal for those looking for practical, every day transport, and who want to stand out from the crowd.

Photo Credit: Julio Moreira

Just like its SYM siblings, it always seemed to be the centre of attention. The Jet 14 has striking double LED head lights, and an attractive rear light with “3D-design”. Check the detail in the styling, and you will notice the imitation carbon fibre on the exhaust heat shield, and other body panels, giving the SYM Jet 14 a really sporty look.

The telescopic forks, combined with the twin rear shock absorbers, give a firm, yet comfortable ride, even when negotiating less than perfect surfaces. Thanks to the 14 inch rims, this scooter handles the tightest, and most congested streets, with ease. The mirrors are excellent, easy to position, and provide good rear vision, eliminating blind spots.

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Lightweight and particularly manoeuvrable, the Jet 14 shows its muscle with its air-cooled 168.9 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. A twist of the throttle easily gets rid of chaotic city traffic. Vibrations are minimal, and then only at Idle. Once she’s rolling, all is super smooth.

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The SYM Jet 14 does not only ride well, but it stops well, with both front and rear hydraulic powered disc brakes. The rear brake in particular, is phenomenal. It could be due to SYM using a braided hose, instead of running the conventional brake lines found on most scooters.

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A helmet can be stored in the compartment under the saddle. There is also a compartment located directly in front of the seat, with a lock, allowing you to safely store your Smart phone or small luggage. Underneath the seat, SYM has cleverly placed an engine lock switch. (kill switch) Leaving your scooter parked, has never been safer.

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I did have a clumsy moment when taking my helmet out of the storage compartment. I accidentally flicked the kill switch, and after several minutes of trying to start the scooter, I figured it out. The wide, well shaped saddle, makes it easy to transport a passenger, as well as being very comfortable on long journeys. There is also a bag hook in front of the rider for your Woolies shopping.

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The Jet 14’s clocks layout is simple to read, with the analogue fuel gauge on the left, analogue speedometer in the centre, and on the right you find the digital rev counter, trip meter and a clock displaying the time. As for fuel economy, the SYM Jet 14 does a great job. With a 7.5L fuel tank, I managed to get 213.2km before running out of fuel. [28k/l] Small capacity Scooters aren’t meant for highway use, yet I spent roughly 200km on the highway and realised the SYM Jet 14 can do it, albeit at its own pace. The screen on the Jet 14 works well in town, but on the open roads it is a bit lacking. With a top speed of 110km/h, and a rev limit of 10 000rpm, the Jet 14 sits comfortably at 90km/h,[ at 7 000rpm] and could do 100km/h all day long. Early morning peak hour traffic seldom does over 80km/h, so highway commuting, whilst not ideal, is possible.

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Practically speaking the little SYM is a revelation. Priced at under R23000, you get incredible bang for your buck. Go and price bicycles, then you will realize what a bargain this classy SYM is. This is a real freedom machine. Traffic snarl ups, fuel prices, and general twist and go ease of use, make the Jet 14 the weapon of choice for the savvy city dweller. I find myself questioning why I don’t have one for city use to save my big bikes. It will literally pay for itself with fuel, tyre and service savings on the big chaps. Wise up South Africa! Take your cue from the Europeans and join the SYM freedom revolution! Jet 14, you little revolutionary, Che’ Guevara would be proud of you!

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