Darian Sanayei fifth in Argentina

Rookie Darian Sanayei took his Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki to a superb fifth place in the Argentinian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Neuquen, nearly 2000 metres up in the Andes. The American immediately felt at home on the man-made track carved out of the forest in the Andes foothills close to […]

Rookie Darian Sanayei took his Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki to a superb fifth place in the Argentinian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Neuquen, nearly 2000 metres up in the Andes.

The American immediately felt at home on the man-made track carved out of the forest in the Andes foothills close to the Chilean border, delighting the fervent fans in practice with his acrobatic stunts over the numerous huge jumps. And once racing began, he soon showed his race pace to earn third gate pick for the two GP motos after a strong ride in the qualifying race. On race day he used his good choice of gate to start with the leaders each time, quickly advancing to second place in the first moto before a slip dropped him to an eventual sixth. Undeterred by that one slight error, he rebounded in style in race two to convert a sixth-placed start into fourth at the chequered flag. The combined results gave him fifth on the day and he has advanced to eleventh in the series standings.

Teammate Seva Brylyakov also showed tremendous pace all weekend but an issue in the qualifying race left him with only thirty-fourth choice of gate. This proved to be a severe handicap in both GP motos, but the Russian pushed relentlessly for the entire thirty-five minutes in each moto to take the chequered flag tenth and eighth. Eighth overall on the day, he maintains tenth in the standings as the series heads for Mexico, where he scored a maiden career podium last year.

Adam Sterry of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team looked set for a good weekend as he posted fast times in both training sessions, but an incident at the opening turn of the qualifying race spoilt his choice of a premium gate pick. Undaunted the British rider quickly moved into the top ten in race one and was moving forward until another rider hit him from the side and both fell. Remounting last, Adam was too far behind to retain a chance of scoring points but he kept fighting to finish twenty-third. A good start in race two soon saw Adam move into eighth place but burns to his hands from the incident in race one made it increasingly difficult to hold on in the closing laps and he eventually finished tenth. He is now thirteenth in the series standings.

Teammate Stephen Rubini continues with his learning curve to earn twentieth gate pick from qualifying, but a poor start saw him race just outside the points in race one to finish twenty-second. He advanced four positions to twentieth in race two before stalling the engine briefly to lose the final point to a proven GP winner.

Yannick Fabre, a young Frenchman filling in for the injured Petar Petrov, showed great spirit all weekend but his lack of GP experience naturally kept him out of the points-scoring positions. Nevertheless he rode two enthusiastic races to finish twenty-eighth and twenty-fourth.

Darian Sanayei: “I was pretty disappointed in Indonesia to be ill, and I wanted to come here and show my true speed. That’s what I did in qualifying with a third position; it’s just nice to be racing at the front! My jump out of the gate was not so great in the first moto but I had a good gate pick on the inside and was able to cut under a few guys to come of the first turn third; I pushed as hard as I could to take second position, but I fell as Paturel challenged me so I finished sixth. I was around seven at the start of the second race and passed a couple of guys including Lieber; it’s always a pretty cool feeling to pass the guy with the red plate! I couldn’t quite catch Prado for third, but with a sixth and a fourth positions I finished fifth in the GP which is my best result to date. There’s a lot of positives from this weekend, and we’ll keep working hard!”

Seva Brylyakov: “This weekend went quite well even if we didn’t reach our goal. But I’m still proving every time I’m on the track that I’m one of the fastest guys of the pack; I just need to put everything together. On Saturday I was unlucky with some issues during the qualifying race, but it was better to have it on Saturday rather on Sunday. I had the thirty-fourth gate pick; it’s never easy to have a good start from this position and on this track everyone is fast so it was so difficult to pass. But I rode two strong motos to finish tenth and eighth; it’s not a bad result and most important I stayed on two wheels all weekend long. I’m just waiting to put all the pieces together; we are working hard for that.”

Adam Sterry: “It was a frustrating weekend for me, as I had good lap times in each practice session and a good speed but then I struggled at the start of the qualifying race, nearly going down in the first corner. I came from the back to seventeenth, and in the first race I was in a good position when another rider hit me so we crashed. In the second race my start was not so bad, and I finished tenth; I had some burns on my hands after the crash in the first moto, and this second race was so much painful; I couldn’t hold on properly and it was quite dangerous for me in some places.”

Stephen Rubini: “It was a strange weekend, with some good and bad moments. The track was awesome, but I struggled to put one perfect lap together and I was disappointed to be out of the top twenty in the timed practice session. In the qualifying race I had some good lines but my start was not really good and I finished twentieth. Today was another day, my start in the first race was really bad and in the second I stalled my engine when I was in the points. I’m still learning every day; the positive point is that I have a much better feeling here than in Qatar or Indonesia and I can’t wait to be on some European tracks where I already raced.”

Yannick Fabre: “It was a great experience to race this GP, but in both races I had a crash early in the race. I never rode on such a nice track; in Provence we have only hard pack so I had to get used to this sandy layout. Everything was new for me, the bike, the track, the GP rhythm but I did my best and would like to thank the team who gave me this opportunity.”

Top Five Race Finishes For Kawasaki Puccetti Racing

Stand-in rider Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and team regular Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished fourth and fifth respectively in a fraught and overheated WorldSSP race in Thailand today. The 11 points Ryde scored today keep him fourth in the overall championship fight. The 17-lap WorldSSP race at the Chang International Circuit proved to […]

Stand-in rider Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and team regular Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished fourth and fifth respectively in a fraught and overheated WorldSSP race in Thailand today. The 11 points Ryde scored today keep him fourth in the overall championship fight.

The 17-lap WorldSSP race at the Chang International Circuit proved to be a dramatic affair from the start with many top riders crashing or having technical problems. For season-long official Kawasaki rider Ryde and stand-in rider Warokorn it was a long race, but a highly successful one.

Riding instead of the injured Kenan Sofuoglu at this round Warokorn relied on his local knowledge and home crowd support to take him and his Ninja ZX-6R from 18th on the grid after qualifying to fourth in the race itself. He finished seven and a half seconds from the winner as he got the better of a late battle with his team-mate for the weekend.

British youngster Ryde felt the heat on raceday, with official track temperatures reaching 50°C, but stuck to his task with enthusiasm and determination to score well. He was only four seconds from the podium, and just in the slipstream of Warokorn. With a total of 24 points to his name now Ryde is only six points behind the lead of the championship after two rounds.

Motorland Aragon in Spain hosts the third round of the championship, with raceday on April 2.

Kyle Ryde, stated: “I cannot argue with a top five. I am really happy that I was not that far behind first place. I was really nervous this morning because I was not particularly fast in warm up but I was seven seconds from the win. It is great be running in the front group but this weekend has been very hot. I thought I was quite fit but I think I will need to be a bit fitter for next time here. The last five laps were hard and even harder when there are people behind you. It was a good race. It was a great job from the team and I would like to say a big thanks to Andrew Pitt because yesterday and on raceday he has really helped with last year’s experience with Kenan and Randy. It all counts to get that fifth place.”

Thitipong Warokorn, stated: “It was an incredible race. I put a lot of effort into it because it is my home race and all my fan club and sponsors were here. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team gave me the opportunity to do my best. There were a lot of riders in front of me and it was difficult to overtake, but I passed them one at a time and then took one more place in the last corner for fourth. I could hear the crowd a little bit but I could see them and my fan club cheering for me. Many thanks to Kawasaki and to Manuel Puccetti for this opportunity. I did my best and took a not so bad finishing position. ”

Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was ninth in the race. Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) were 12th and 13th respectively. Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was excluded from the results while Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) and
Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) experienced technical issues and retired.

Four Wins For Rea After Thailand Double

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) continued his perfect start to the latest FIM Superbike World Championship campaign on the Ninja ZX-10RR by taking his second win of the weekend today and his fourth in succession. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) had his best finish of the year in second place, in a second race, which […]

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) continued his perfect start to the latest FIM Superbike World Championship campaign on the Ninja ZX-10RR by taking his second win of the weekend today and his fourth in succession. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) had his best finish of the year in second place, in a second race, which was shortened to 16-laps after a red flag was shown early in the first attempted running.

After taking pole position and the first race win at the Chang International Circuit Jonathan Rea had to make two race starts today, just like his peer group. In the only race finish that mattered Jonathan scored his fourth win in a row, giving him a perfect score of 100 points so far and a championship lead of 30 over Chaz Davies.

Having won both Superpole contests this season, at Phillip Island and Chang, Rea has also grown his career win total to 42 after his second race success. His margin of victory in race two proved to be just over four seconds, from his own team-mate Sykes.

Sykes rode with consistency and determination again and in a copy of the Saturday’s race in Thailand he passed Marco Melandri right at the end, this time for second place and not third. A grandstand finish gave Tom his third podium of the season, and third place overall in the championship rankings, with a total of 62 points.

With the second race start based on where the riders finished the red flagged race, Rea and Sykes launched off the front and second rows respectively for the real 16-lap contest.

In the Manufacturers’ Standings, Kawasaki’s lead was extended to 24 points after two rounds. The next WorldSBK event will take place at Motorland Aragon in Spain, with racedays on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “The best start to a season ever in my career. It is important to maximise these points when we can because it is how I built my championships in the past. When we can win, make sure we win, and then we can try and consolidate. These four victories are nearly halfway to my win tally from last year already! It is a good start and I just feel comfortable on the bike. We took the bike set-up we had from Phillip Island to here and it just pretty much worked. That is unheard of, so I have a good bond with the bike. There are still some areas we need to improve for the coming races but KHI are working hard on this. We expect to improve the bike again in the next races.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “The race win was not on today but second place was, so it was all about making the smartest move possible at the end. I could see Marco had some limitations so on the last lap I knew I had a margin. He was faster than me in the twisty section before the last corner so I had to put the lap together. Finally on the last lap on my dashboard there was 1’33.7, which was the fastest of my whole race. We still have to find a little bit more from our package. I am slowly getting there and consistency has pretty much been there. We keep closing the gap but we need to try and close it a bit faster.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016
2017: Races 4, Wins 4, Podiums 4, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 42 (27 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 92 (50 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 10 (6 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 4, Wins 0, Podiums 3, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 87 (86 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
4 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
2 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)
2 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 95 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 314 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 65 – second overall

Rea Wins Third Race Of The Season

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) secured his third race win in succession on the Ninja ZX-10RR this season after a front-running display from pole position at the Chang International Circuit. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) made a successful late challenge for third place in the 20-lap race and scored his second FIM Superbike World Championship […]

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) secured his third race win in succession on the Ninja ZX-10RR this season after a front-running display from pole position at the Chang International Circuit. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) made a successful late challenge for third place in the 20-lap race and scored his second FIM Superbike World Championship podium of the year.

From the very beginning of the first Thai race, in the full heat of the afternoon, Superpole winner Jonathan Rea was in determined mood, making a clear gap after just one lap of the 4.554km circuit. He finished up 6.279 seconds clear of second place finisher Chaz Davies at the end. Other than the first and last circuits, Rea posted lap times in the 1’33 bracket, a pace which none of his rivals could match in the hot and humid conditions.

Rea also set a new lap record to add to his new track best from Superpole 2. He reduced the lap record to 1’33.436 on lap five and in Superpole he had made a 1’32.957 – on race tyres – as there were no qualifying tyres available at this round.

Sykes, who was third for the first three laps of the opening race, was unable to keep his early position and dropped to fourth for some time. He used all his experience and speed in the closing laps to pounce on Marco Melandri for third place at the flag, scoring 16 valuable points in the process.

In the Riders’ Championship Rea leads Davies by 15 points – 75 to 60 – with another race to go this weekend. Sykes is a clear third in the standings after three races, with 42 points.

The second race of the weekend is scheduled for 16.00 on Sunday 12th March.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I did not know what my pace would be. I know it was fast enough to fight for the win but when I saw I had a gap of 0.4 seconds in the first lap I decided to try and put my head down as much as I could. As soon as I broke the one second mark I knew that slipstreaming was not going to come into play for the riders behind, so I just set my own rhythm. My pace was 1’33 and honestly I made a couple mistakes on some laps and was still in the 1‘33s. I managed to hold that rhythm and not try to over-push. It looks like we used the tyre a little bit on the right side but I guess that was to be expected as we were six seconds up the road at the end. I am really happy with that race.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I had some limitations early on in the race with the brakes. I was not able to brake strongly initially and that meant I was unbalanced towards the apexes of the corners. I was still able to keep quite a consistent pace and close down Marco at the end. It was nice to take a podium but it was the beginning of the race where we were missing the initial pace – and that is not like us! We will keep working and try to improve that aspect for tomorrow. I was pushing and pushing at the end and finally with three laps to go I changed the entry to some corners and tried to use the tyre to the best. I think in the end we did a good job so I’m happy to recover a third place.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016
2017: Races 3, Wins 3, Podiums 3, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 41 (26 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 91 (49 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 10 (6 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 3, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 86 (85 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
4 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
2 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)
2 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 94 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 312 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 65 – second overall

Top Ten Qualifying For Ryde In Thailand

Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will start Sunday’s FIM Supersport World Championship race in Thailand from tenth place on the grid after Superpole 2 qualifying, where he set his best weekend lap of 1’38.481. His team-mate for this round Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 18th after competing for his gird position in Superpole 1. […]

Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will start Sunday’s FIM Supersport World Championship race in Thailand from tenth place on the grid after Superpole 2 qualifying, where he set his best weekend lap of 1’38.481. His team-mate for this round Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 18th after competing for his gird position in Superpole 1.

In the heat and humidity of the Chang International Circuit Kyle Ryde set himself the goal of qualifying well in Superpole 2 and he finished his second day on track in tenth grid position, on the fourth row, for Sunday’s WorldSSP race.

On his official Kawasaki Ryde was involved in a battle for grid places with 11 other riders in Superpole 2. With one clear leader out front the rest of the grid was closely packed after an intense 15-minute session in the heat of the early afternoon.

Joining Ryde for this race Warokorn was 18th after Superpole 1, unable to make it into Superpole 2, but starting his home race as a stand-in rider for Kenan Sofuoglu from the sixth row.

The race on Sunday, the second of the year, will be over 17-laps of the 4.554km circuit, located close to the city of Buriram.

Kyle Ryde, stated: “That was not too bad in Superpole. I was a bit away from the fastest rider but I only lost a few tenths of seconds to the next group. I got in with the right bunch of riders when going for a fast lap. My best time in Superpole was my best of the weekend so we are improving the set-up. I just need to make a good start tomorrow, stay in the leading group and then see what happens, because it will be a very hot race.”

Thitipong Warokorn, stated: “The bike had been coming good early on Friday but then I only did two laps in FP2. I still needed time to take some feeling after that. In FP3 it was coming better for us again. In Superpole 1 I had learned the bike a bit more and then set my best lap time. Tomorrow I think it will be better. This is my home track but it is a learning experience for me on this bike. Many thanks to the Puccetti team and Kawasaki and I am really lucky to ride in this team this weekend.”

Malaysia’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was the best Kawasaki rider in Superpole qualifying, going fifth overall.
Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was 12th in Superpole 2. Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) placed 17th, at the head of a run of Kawasaki riders that comprised Warokorn, Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven), Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki).