Darian Sanayei twelfth in the Florida heat

Darian Sanayei raced to twelfth position for Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki in the US round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship, run in extreme conditions at Jacksonville in Florida. Raised in Seattle and a based in Europe for the past two seasons, Darian found the high temperatures and claustrophobic humidity equally as challenging as […]

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Darian Sanayei raced to twelfth position for Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki in the US round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship, run in extreme conditions at Jacksonville in Florida.

Raised in Seattle and a based in Europe for the past two seasons, Darian found the high temperatures and claustrophobic humidity equally as challenging as all of the visitors. Starting the first moto in the first ten, he could not maintain the pace and finished thirteenth at the close. Determined to make amends in race two he again started in the top ten, but was unable to avoid a fallen rival on the opening lap and crashed over the handlebars; restarting last, he recovered to fourteenth at the chequered flag to secure twelfth overall in the GP and maintain the same position in the series standings with two GPs remaining.

Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team rode a strong first moto to advance from seventeenth to twelfth, his second best result of the season, but he had to withdraw from sixteenth in the second race when he started to suffer spells of dizziness in the heat.

Teammate Morgan Lesiardo joined the French youngster in the points-scoring positions in the opening moto as he finished nineteenth but he too was forced to withdraw from the second race as the exhaust was damaged as he held sixteenth position.

Darian Sanayei: “It was a difficult weekend; with the rain during the week the track was really soft and it didn’t go exactly the way I wanted to. I didn’t felt so good in the heat and I was a little bit off the pace all weekend, three or four seconds down on the leaders. In the first moto I got a pretty good start but right away I started to make some mistakes and made my way to thirteenth. In the second moto I was around tenth position when a rider crashed in front of me on the first lap; I hit him and went over the bars, so I had to make my way back from last to fourteenth.”

Stephen Rubini: “It wasn’t an easy weekend; on Saturday I had a good result in the free practice session but later in the day it was not as good and I qualified in eighteenth position. I had a good warm up and I rode a strong first moto to finish twelfth; I was happy to score a top fifteen result but unfortunately the second race was not so good. I suffered from dizziness after a few laps and had to stop and they took me to the medical unit to recover. I don’t really understand what happened as I pay attention to diet and hydration, but we’re not so used to such extreme humidity and heat.”

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Race win for Eli Tomac in Florida

Eli Tomac recorded an outstanding race win for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team at the US round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Jacksonville in Florida. One week after clinching the US national motocross title the Colorado resident took time to find the most suitable settings and had to be satisfied with […]

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Eli Tomac recorded an outstanding race win for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team at the US round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Jacksonville in Florida.

One week after clinching the US national motocross title the Colorado resident took time to find the most suitable settings and had to be satisfied with twelfth place during qualification, but he entered the point-scoring motos on race day with renewed confidence after a good training session on Sunday morning. Taking the lead with a sweeping outside pass in the long first turn he immediately set a terrific pace and soon held an advantage of more than ten seconds over the chasing pack; at the finish he was nearly thirty seconds ahead to record his fifth consecutive victory as a wild card entry in the world series. Although through to third after a couple of laps in race two the twenty-four year old soon recognised that it would not be possible to haul in the two riders ahead of him and settled for third position in the moto, a result which secured second place overall.

Clement Desalle arrived with his confidence high after a double-race win in his Belgian homeland one week earlier and the KX450F-SR also brought him two excellent starts but he never felt comfortable in the claustrophobic heat and humidity which greeted the competitors in Florida. After holding fourth place early in race one, he eventually finished ninth, and the extreme weather conditions again took their toll in race two as he finished eighth. Seventh overall in the GP, Clement remains fourth in the series standings but is now just one point away from third with two GPs remaining.

Jordi Tixier returned to GP action for the first time since July and inevitably he also suffered in the extreme heat. The Frenchman crashed in both motos but persevered to finish eighteenth in race two. Unfortunately his bike was too badly damaged to continue in race two after holding thirteenth position for more than half the race.

Eli Tomac: “Yesterday we just weren’t on the pace but the two-day format worked in my favour to have time to feel comfortable with my settings. The sandy base threw us at first, but we found some solutions this morning; warm-up went well and then I knew that with a good start I could run with them. The first moto I got out front early, put in some fast laps and had a good rhythm. I got to third fairly quickly in race two, but those two guys out front were setting a hot pace and I lost contact; there were a couple of sections where they were doing things I just didn’t feel confident with, so third was all I had in me that race.”

Clement Desalle: “For sure I was expecting a better result, but I didn’t felt comfortable on such a flat track with many jumps and I struggled with the heat and humidity; in the first race I was in fourth position during the first few laps but I couldn’t maintain the rhythm until the end. My second start was even better; I was second in the first long and fast corner but I was on the outside, rode into a soft section and lost four positions. I was sixth for most of the race, not far from Strijbos, but in the last six minutes I struggled with the heat again and lost two positions. I’m still fighting for top three in the series and I’m confident as we go back to Europe for the last two GPs.”

Jordi Tixier: “It was a very difficult weekend for me; it was not easy to come back to racing after six weeks of recovery in this heat and humidity. I crashed in both motos; all these crashes are frustrating but luckily I’m safe and I will do my best to end the season with some good results.”

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Suzuki Asian Challenge – Indonesia Special Video

Suzuki’s exciting and hotly-contested single-platform SUZUKI ASIAN CHALLENGE visits Indonesia and the Sentul International Circuit for round 4 of the 2017 series using the new Suzuki GSX-R150 machinery in this new video produced by SAC, and called THE BIKE AND I.
 

 

 

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Team Suzuki Press Office – September 3.

 

Suzuki’s exciting and hotly-contested single-platform SUZUKI ASIAN CHALLENGE visits Indonesia and the Sentul International Circuit for round 4 of the 2017 series using the new Suzuki GSX-R150 machinery in this new video produced by SAC, and called THE BIKE AND I.

 

As usual, there’s some close race action, plenty of thrills and some spills along with comments from SAC General Manager Yukio Kagayama and some of the talented young riders who make-up the grid for this popular series that is aimed at coaching and encouraging potential stars of the future realise their goals and move into MotoGP.

 

To watch the video on Team Suzuki Racing: Click Here