Rea Makes Return To Winning Form As Sykes Finds Misfortune

After experiencing very different fortunes on the first race day at the Lausitzring Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes once again posted a contrasting set of results on Sunday. Rea convincingly won a wet 16-lap race this time around but Sykes finished 12th, after falling and then restarting from the back of the field. As the […]

After experiencing very different fortunes on the first race day at the Lausitzring Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes once again posted a contrasting set of results on Sunday. Rea convincingly won a wet 16-lap race this time around but Sykes finished 12th, after falling and then restarting from the back of the field.
As the KRT duo lined up for the start of race two, scheduled for 13.00 CET, the heavens opened and the start was delayed to allow for a change to a wet race set-up. Another delay came after standing water and visibility issues came to light on the sighting lap. The eventual start of the race, at 13.47, was for a 16-lap contest and not the planned 21.

Both official Ninja ZX-10R riders made good starts in the rain but before the first lap was finished Sykes had slid off under braking, one of many fallers in the tricky conditions.

Rea took his chance to lead with both hands and pushed on at a fast pace, one that none of his peers could match in the wet conditions. He was to win by almost ten seconds, even slowing up on the final straight to celebrate his ninth win of the year.

Sykes set about moving back into the points scoring positions with great determination and pushed to the very last to make sure he got every available point after his early stroke of bad luck.

In the championship Jonathan leads with 393 points from Tom’s 346, making for a points differential of 47. Kawasaki is now 99 points in the lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The next round takes place at Magny Cours in France, with race days on 1st and 2nd October.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It feels like probably the most important win of my career so far. I felt that after yesterday and Laguna our backs were against the wall. In morning warm-up I began to feel good with the bike again after we had made some positive set-up changes. When we saw the rain coming on the grid we had to completely change to a wet set-up. It was one of those positions that with me leading the championship I had a lot to lose – but a lot to gain as well. I took my chance and put my head down from the start. I really felt good with the bike so I have to thank all my crew because last night my bike was not in a great way. They worked really late, and meticulously, to make sure the bike was perfect. To reward them with this result means I am really happy. So this is for my mechanics that have worked so hard and also for Pere and Paolo, who gave me such a good wet bike set-up.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I think it was probably a rider issue for my crash today, as the bike set-up was not working well and I think I overstepped the mark in the first race. We need to find a small set-up improvement in the dry but much more in the wet. That is not so good in one respect but I also know I can win races in the wet. It is just finding the correct balance and feedback for the rider and at this moment I do not have it in those conditions. I am sure we can find it. In racing everything is possible and everything turns on its head so fast. Yesterday I was 26 points from the lead and today 47. The positive is that over the last three races the points gap is now at 47 but three races ago it was at 71. We still have three rounds remaining.”

Other Kawasaki riders found both good and bad luck in the wet conditions that arrived for race two. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was ninth, which puts him 14th in the championship after ten rounds. Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was looking good for a very strong finish until he fell from fifth place, on lap seven. West is 17th in the series. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team) was pipped on the line by Sykes and finished 13th. Neither Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Kawasaki) nor Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Team) finished the second race.

Fifth Race Win For Championship Leader Sofuoglu

FIM Supersport World Championship points leader Kenan Sofuoglu moved even further ahead in the standings with his fifth race win of the 2016 season, and the 37th of his long WorldSSP career. Kenan’s Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mate Randy Krummenacher was sixth today, pushing for all 19-laps but unable to challenge for a final podium position […]

FIM Supersport World Championship points leader Kenan Sofuoglu moved even further ahead in the standings with his fifth race win of the 2016 season, and the 37th of his long WorldSSP career. Kenan’s Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mate Randy Krummenacher was sixth today, pushing for all 19-laps but unable to challenge for a final podium position at the end.

Starting from pole on his Ninja ZX-6R, Sofuoglu was quick away from the lights but young Finnish rider Niki Tuuli led the first two laps until Sofuoglu passed him and controlled the race from the front. Sofuoglu had Tuuli for company for almost the whole 19 laps but reasserted his leading position in the final few circuits, despite making a less than ideal tyre choice in what were cool raceday conditions.

Kenan’s final margin of victory was 1.757 seconds, placing him into an even more impressive championship lead over his nearest title challenger, and his own team-mate, Krummenacher.

Krummenacher, starting from the second row of the grid, used up his rear tyre in the early laps and as a consequence went from fourth to an eventual sixth.

After the nine of 12 rounds Sofuoglu has 171 points and Krummenacher 118, for an advantage of 53. Randy is now nine points ahead of the third place rider, PJ Jacobsen.

The next WorldSSP round takes place at the French circuit of Magny Cours, with raceday on Sunday October 2nd.

Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: “I had a very good pace but after six or seven laps I had a real grip problem, so much spinning and vibration. We chose a different rear tyre option, the harder one; to have an easier full race pace, but it did not happen the way we expected. But no problem. I think the change in temperature was our problem because we had not run in these cooler conditions before, so I think that is why we had a problem on the rear grip. It was important to manage this race well and we did today. It was important for us to take the 25 points and I kept pushing to the end. I was thinking that if I won today it would help a lot in Magny Cours, at the next round. It was very important to win this race so I am very happy and very proud to give my team another win.”

Randy Krummenacher, stated: “I felt very strong at the beginning. Then I think I really used the rear tyre way too much, so I lost out in the last few laps. I had really zero grip any more on the rear. I just somehow managed to finish the race. Of course sixth place is not what I wanted but we have to analyse it and make it better in Magny Cours. Not testing here or not having ridden here for many years did not help me all weekend because it was in general one of the hardest weekends, but we look forward and will make it better in Magny Cours.”

ESS Kawasaki rider Illia Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) scored points for 14th place in the race, winning the ESS race category. Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) was 15th but his team-mate Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) crashed out of contention. Full series regular Christian Gamarino (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) finished in 19th place.

Another double victory for Eli Tomac

Eli Tomac of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to his second devastating double victory in eight days when he dominated the final round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship. The US wild card entry and his team built their weekend gradually as they sought the perfect settings for the rugged Glen Helen […]

Eli Tomac of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to his second devastating double victory in eight days when he dominated the final round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.

The US wild card entry and his team built their weekend gradually as they sought the perfect settings for the rugged Glen Helen raceway in southern California and, after as sombre Saturday, they were dominant in both GP motos. He advanced from an initial fifth to take the lead on the eighth of fifteen laps in the first moto to race to a secure fifteen second victory. An incident on the opening lap of the second moto as another rider clipped him and her lost momentum on a long uphill section seemed to have cost the American any chance of victory as it pushed him down to fourteenth, but Eli was in devastating form as he put in a series of phenomenal passes; racing up to four seconds a lap faster than his immediate rivals, he took the lead on lap nine of fifteen for another sixteen second win.

Swiss rider Arnaud Tonus of Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, normally a 250cc rider in the USA, made his debut on a KX450F at Glen Helen and came away with flying colours. He raced just outside the top ten throughout the opening moto to finish thirteenth and maintained seventh place throughout race two to finish ninth overall.

Jordi Tixier made some late passes in the opening moto to advance to fifteenth at the chequered flag despite two crashes in unusual racing conditions, and stuck to it in race two as he made several late passes to advance from fifteenth to tenth. Despite missing the first seven rounds or the series he completed the season ranked fourteenth in the world.

Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki finally put his lap speed into race pace as he made better starts. The British rider controlled seventh place throughout the first moto and was running an early sixth in race two until he attempted an overenthusiastic pass and was temporarily relegated outside the top ten. Another crash after he had recovered to eighth put an end to his day’s racing as the bike was damaged. He completed the world series in twelfth position.

Clement Desalle was unable to contest the final GP of the year after hurting his knee during qualification but the Belgian rider maintained eighth place in the series standings.

Eli Tomac: “I just ate too much dirt this week after bad starts. I didn’t feel so good yesterday, but we made some good changes on the suspension; every weekend we have to keep an open mind but we found some really good settings for the balance today. I had to make a few passes for the win in the first race, but I had to come a lot further in race two. Glen Helen is a tough track, but it had good options inside or outside on the finish straight and through the rollers. I didn’t crash on the first lap of race two, but it got a little hairy up the long hill with some guys out of shape; I got clipped on the step-up and that cost me some places. Everyone in MXGP is very fast and they race clean and respect each other; I want to come back and race some more.”

Arnaud Tonus: “It was a good weekend for me; my speed was good even if I just rode the bike twice before coming here. In the first race I struggled to find a good rhythm, but the second one was easier with a better start and physically I felt OK even if I didn’t ride a two day event for a while. It was a good training for the MX of Nations, as the track was pretty rough and it will be great to ride for team Switzerland in Maggiora.”

Jordi Tixier: “This track is really different to what we are used in Europe, but it’s the same for everybody. I had some fun riding here with huge downhill’s and uphill’s, but there were also some muddy sections where it was easy to make mistakes. My riding was not so bad, but in the first race I crashed twice and then in the second one I couldn’t find where to make some passes. We learned a lot again this weekend, and we will be stronger in the future.”

Tommy Searle: “It could have been a very good weekend if I didn’t crash in the second race. I felt good all weekend, got top five results in the practice session and was the fastest during the warm up session. In the first race I had a good feeling and finished seventh which was good and then in the second race I was sixth behind Paulin when I tried to make a silly pass but came too fast in a downhill and crashed. Then I came back from tenth to eighth but crashed and damaged the bike. But overall I’m very happy with the weekend; this season I had some decent races and some bad starts but I struggled in some races and now we need to work hard this winter with the team to prepare for next season.”

Clement Desalle: “For sure I would have preferred to race the GP, but during the qualifying race I hit the ground pretty hard with my foot and had pain in my knee. This morning we decided with the team not to race as my knee was still painful; now we are all focused on next season, and of course I expect to enjoy more podiums.”

Victory For VIÑALES and Suzuki Ecstar at Brithish GP!

Maverick Viñales dominated today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the UK with a spectacular start-to-finish victory aboard his Team SUZUKI ECSTAR GSX-RR, winning by more than three seconds!


Team Suzuki Press Office – September 4.

 

 

Maverick Viñales – 1st.
Aleix Espargaró – 7th.

Maverick Viñales dominated today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the UK with a spectacular start-to-finish victory aboard his Team SUZUKI ECSTAR GSX-RR, winning by more than three seconds!

It was the 21-year-old Spaniard’s first ever victory in the premier class and Suzuki’s first in the modern-day MotoGP™ format since Chris Vermuelen at a ‘wet’ Le Mans race in France in 2007.

 

 

Viñales led on the opening lap of the red-flagged first part following a crash at Turn 2, but then repeated it in the restarted and shortened 19-lap race in dry conditions at the Northamptonshire venue. Team-mate Aleix Espargaró put in a strong performance aboard his GSX-RR to finish in seventh position.

 

 

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“Today’s race was perfect. In the last three races we have been someway stressed because we felt we couldn’t achieve the results we deserved, because of some troubles with the weather conditions, we knew we had the potential and today’s result is the evidence that we were right. This came from a perfect job of the rider and the team and the engineers at home; they all gave their best and this allowed us to achieve this result. Also Aleix did a very good race, he finished in seventh and after the tough races he has had recently, it is a good result.”

 

 

Maverick Viñales:

“This victory has been really emotional, my first in MotoGP and also the first for Suzuki since 2007. I felt I was in a good condition and that here we had the potential, but until the race ends you can never know. The team did an absolutely great job, improving the bike since the last races and also in the whole weekend. After the first start I felt really confident and I thought I had a margin to keep ahead, and this gave me the needed confidence to do it again after the second start. My feeling with the machine was perfect, I tried to push hard at the beginning to take advantage and then I just controlled the race. After the last races we felt we had the potential and finally we proved that the job we are doing is really in the right direction.”

 

 

Aleix Espargaró:

“Finally I could end the race and we finished not that far from the leaders. We still need to work hard to make further improvements, being patient and working step by step. At the same time, I’m really happy for my team-mate Maverick and to see the Suzuki on the top-step of the podium, it’s incredible the evolution that we have made in the last 20 months after our comeback to MotoGP, and this whole Suzuki family deserves this result; we will continue fighting to achieve better results also before the end of the season.”

 

 

OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE RESULT:

1 Maverick VIÑALES – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 39’03.559
2 Cal CRUTCHLOW – LCR Honda – 39’07.039 + 3.480
3 Valentino ROSSI – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 39’07.622 + 4.063
4 Marc MARQUEZ – Repsol Honda Team – 39’09.551 + 5.992
5 Dani PEDROSA – Repsol Honda Team – 39’09.940 + 6.381
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO – Ducati Team – 39’15.862 + 12.303
7 Aleix ESPARGARO – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 39’20.231 + 16.672
8 Jorge LORENZO – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 39’22.991 + 19.432
9 Danilo PETRUCCI – OCTO Pramac Yakhnich – 39’29.177 + 25.618
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 39’35.643 + 32.084

 

Eli Tomac wins in Charlotte

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Eli Tomac dominated the penultimate round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Charlotte in Northern Carolina to take a clearcut victory in both motos. The 23 years old from Colorado had already stamped his authority on the Grand Prix as he set fastest time by nearly one second […]

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Eli Tomac dominated the penultimate round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Charlotte in Northern Carolina to take a clearcut victory in both motos.

The 23 years old from Colorado had already stamped his authority on the Grand Prix as he set fastest time by nearly one second during the timed practice session which replaced the qualification race to decide pole as hurricane Hermine forced the organisers to abandon the usual two day format in favour of a one day programme. He quickly moved to the front on the opening lap of the first moto and raced clear to win by twenty-two seconds. Initially third in race two he took the lead on lap six of eighteen to again win comfortably despite a few “moments” in race two.

Clement Desalle, who had won the Dutch GP six days earlier, was hampered by relatively poor starts in his attempt to repeat the feat and had to be content with fifth overall in Charlotte. After advancing a couple of positions on the opening lap of race one he spent most of the race in sixth position before gaining one place three laps from the end, but race two proved more difficult after he overshot the first turn and found it difficult to regain lost places. The Belgian eventually finished seventh to classify fifth overall in the GP and remains eighth in the championship standings.

Teammate Jordi Tixier set sixth best time in the timed practice session but started poorly and was then pushed back even further to eleventh in a hectic opening lap; recovering his rhythm after a couple of laps he advanced to seventh at the chequered flag. After holding seventh position through the opening laps of race two but lost one position mid-moto to finish eighth in the moto and in the overall result on the day.

Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki again looked strong in practice, but poor starts affected his results; in common with many other riders the Englishman found it difficult to see the track at times as the setting sun shone in the riders’ eyes and he could only finish fifteenth. He felt more at home under the floodlights in race two to advance from thirteenth to eleventh and remains twelfth in the series standings before the final round in California next Sunday.

Eli Tomac: “It was an awesome day. Already in practice I got some clean laps in, and did what I needed to in both motos. The race track was a kind of mixture between motocross and the Monster Cup, and it was a different challenge to be racing the guys I normally only see once a year at the Nations. Conditions weren’t easy in either race; we had the sun in our eyes in the first race and it was tough to see the ruts under the floodlights in race two. I almost tipped over on two laps in race two; it was a tough track to stay on.”

Clement Desalle: “Once more the starts were very important here as the track was really fast. It was difficult to make the difference, tough to pass and I just missed better starts to fight for the podium. In the first race I earn one position with three laps to go, but in the second one it was difficult as there was not so much lighting on the track; I had a good start but I lost some positions in the first corner when I slid out wide, and then it was impossible to come back.”

Jordi Tixier: “It was a pretty good weekend with a good qualifying session; at the first start my jump from the gate was not so good but I rode a very good first corner and came out in the top five; then I lost many positions during the first lap, and I only found a good rhythm after ten minutes to come back from eleventh to seventh. My second start was better; I had a good rhythm and was following Clement for twenty minutes but then I felt tired and settled for eighth position. This event was different to the usual GPs, as we had all the programme on one day and raced the second moto in the evening. They did a good job on the track; when we saw how was the track on Thursday and Friday we were not really optimistic but it turned out OK.”

Tommy Searle: “I struggled again with my starts this weekend; the first race was difficult with a bad start and I didn’t feel confident with the sun in our eyes. I was happier with my riding in the second moto, but coming from so far back it’s difficult to get top ten results. I think that the track was better for the second race, as the sun was down. I just made it difficult for myself this weekend with the starts; let’s hope that it will be better next weekend in Glen Helen.”