Rea Wins As Kawasaki Takes Manufacturers’ Championship

Kawasaki won the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship Manufacturers’ title today after Jonathan Rea (KRT) won his second race of the weekend. This was Rea’s 14th victory in his third consecutive championship-winning season. Tom Sykes (KRT) could not find optimal rear traction in race two at Jerez and he finished fifth. At the conclusion of […]

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Kawasaki won the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship Manufacturers’ title today after Jonathan Rea (KRT) won his second race of the weekend. This was Rea’s 14th victory in his third consecutive championship-winning season. Tom Sykes (KRT) could not find optimal rear traction in race two at Jerez and he finished fifth.

At the conclusion of a successful Jerez weekend Kawasaki’s third successive Manufacturers’ Championship arrived one round early, and is now added to the 2017 Riders’ Championship for Rea and the Team’s Championship for the Kawasaki Racing Team.

The second race was started on schedule at 13.00 but was almost immediately halted and restarted after clash between two riders brought out a red flag. Over a reduced race duration of 19 laps, Rea was not to be denied and set a new lap record of 1’40.640, to secure his second win of the Jerez weekend.

Rea has now scored 52 race wins in his WorldSBK career, making him equal second best of all time alongside another three-time champion, Troy Bayliss. He also scored his 110th World SBK podium with his race two win, taking him one place above Carl Fogarty, and making him the third most successful WorldSBK rider in that ranking.

Having reached a total of 100 race podiums in WorldSBK on Saturday, Sykes was unable to add to it with his fifth place today, fighting against an unexpected lack of rear traction. He still set strong lap times and fought all the way to finish just six seconds from the win. Tom is tied on points for second place overall with Chaz Davies, with one round to go. He is ranked third in the points table as he has fewer wins in 2017 than his rival.

The final round of the season takes place under the floodlights of Losail, Qatar, with races behind held on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “Kawasaki won the Manufacturers’ Championship today and it is not just the bike, the rider, the management, the crew chief, it is every single person inside the team and at the factory race department in Japan. Everyone has made this result and I am super-proud to be a part of it. In the race I had a really nice hash tag on my dash today for a little bit more motivation on the grid. My mechanics were building me up right before I left the grid and I knew today I had to go. I feel like I steered the bike around today. The win came from my crew chief Pere Riba because he asked me to trust him with some front geometry changes and a front tyre change. It was awesome.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “Kawasaki has had a great run in the past few years and certainly they have a great team together which helps them reach their goal. For the manufacturer, to get this title is probably as special as the riders’ championship. Today they got their prize for their effort. Fifth was not what I was looking for today. I was struggling with the bike set-up today if I am honest I could not find the rear traction. I just tried some things while riding the bike and finally it was OK to keep the lap times in the low to mid 1’41s. That is as fast, or faster, than yesterday but for whatever reason I just could not get that grip on the rear. It is something so, so small but unfortunately you spend a lot of time on the side of the tyre here.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2017: Races 24, Wins 14, Podiums 22, Superpoles 5
Career Race Wins: 52 (37 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 110 (68 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 13 (9 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 22, Wins 2, Podiums 16, Superpoles 4
Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 100 (99 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 42 (42 For Kawasaki)

5 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 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: 107 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 346 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 72 – second overall

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Rins And Iannone Present Race Helmets To Mr. Suzuki

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR has released this new video clip from the Motegi MotoGP™ round in Japan following a pre-race party.

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Team Suzuki Press Office – October 20.

 

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR has released this new video clip from the Motegi MotoGP™ round in Japan following a pre-race party.

 

 

Riders Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone made a special presentation to Suzuki’s Representative Director and President (CEO & COO) Toshihiro Suzuki with their signed race helmets before going on to score their best results of the season with fourth and fifth positions at Suzuki’s ‘home’ round.

 

 

To watch the video clip on Team Suzuki Racing: https://youtu.be/y21WEh-O86g

Final Solid Improvements On Day 1 At Philip Island SOLID IMPROVEMENTS ON DAY 1 AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Sunny yet bracingly cold weather welcomed Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins on their first day of practice at the Australian GP, where the Italian was able to get 7th place in the combined classification (1’29.604) and the Spaniard is in a provisional 15th place (1’30.085).

Team Suzuki Press Office – October 20.

 

Andrea IANNONE: P7 – 1’29.604 (+0.379)

Alex RINS: P15 – 1’30.085 (+0.860)

 

Sunny yet bracingly cold weather welcomed Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins on their first day of practice at the Australian GP, where the Italian was able to get 7th place in the combined classification (1’29.604) and the Spaniard is in a provisional 15th place (1’30.085).

 

Still buzzing from his performance in Japan, Iannone took to the track this morning and immediately had a good feeling with his GSX-RR, managing to keep his name in the top of the sheets for the whole FP1. His 1’29.857 – worthy of 6th place – was even more valuable considering that he was one of the only riders who were able to run the whole session without changing a single tyre. Some setup modifications in the afternoon allowed him and the team to make further progress, and his lap time improved by more than two tenths of a second, putting him only 0.379s from today’s leader. His performance gives him provisional direct access to Q2.

 

Some more struggles for Rins as the wind substantially affected his touch for the bike in the morning; he was not able to lap faster than 1’31.329, slotting him into the 17th time. With some modifications on the machine and more experience on Phillip Island´s fast circuit, the young Spaniard later made a big step forward in his lap time when he improved by 1.3s from this morning´s timed session. The current provisional 15th place does not give him direct access to Q2, but the distance from the top ten is only a little more than three tenths of a second at the moment.

 

Davide Brivio – Team Manager

“I think we started really well on this track. Even in these dry conditions, Andrea was always fast. It seems our bike is well-suited to this track. Andrea is riding pretty well and he only had a small complaint about fixing some electrical issues, but overall he is happy. We know the electronics is one area where we have to improve but we are working really hard. With regards to Alex, he had a great day as well. He completed very good laps. As usual he tries on Friday to adapt to the bike and the layout of the circuit, and then pushes more on Saturday. I would say so far it’s been a good weekend with a promising start, so now we will be focusing on improving with the bike for tomorrow.”

 

Andrea Iannone

“It’s been a positive day; this morning we had a good start and I raced with consistency for the whole session. We only struggled with the front tyre. The medium has good stability but less grip, while the soft gives me more grip but has some movement. We should be able to find a compromise and get more stability and grip. We can also improve on the rear grip, to get some more traction. We have tremendous potential and already some ideas with which to work tomorrow.”

 

Alex Rins

“It’s been an encouraging day as we were able to take a clear step forward in the afternoon. This morning I suffered a lot with the wind. That prevented me from feeling at ease, but however we were able to do some interesting tests with the medium tyre. In the afternoon we went more in depth with it, but also switched to the soft tyre. All this work has produced a big improvement in the lap time. Let’s also wait on the weather for tomorrow. We already have some more ideas to improve on a dry track, but if turns rainy, we can use the added experience we have recently gained to our advantage.”

 

GP of Australia – Classification after Day 1:

1. Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 1’29.225

2. Marc MARQUEZ, Repsol Honda Team – 1’29.230 +0.005

3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati Team – 1’29.322 +0.097

4. Cal CRUTCHLOW, LCR Honda – 1’29.329 +0.104

5. Maverick VIÑALES, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1’29.423 +0.198

6. Jack MILLER, EG 0,0 Marc VDS – 1’29.466 +0.241

7. Andrea IANNONE, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 1’29.604 +0.379

8. Johann ZARCO, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’29.667 +0.442

9. Dani PEDROSA, Repsol Honda Team – 1’29.702 +0.477

10. Pol ESPARGARO, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 1’29.760 +0.535

11. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati Team – 1’29.820 +0.595

12. Valentino ROSSI, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1’29.977 +0.752

13. Karel ABRAHAM, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – 1’29.987 +0.762

14. Bradley SMITH, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 1’30.046 +0.821

15. Alex RINS, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 1’30.085 +0.860

16. Scott REDDING, OCTO Pramac Racing – 1’30.140 +0.915

17. Danilo PETRUCCI, OCTO Pramac Racing – 1’30.269 +1.044

18. Loris BAZ Reale Avintia Racing – 1’30.274 +1.049

19. Tito RABAT EG 0,0 Marc VDS – 1’30.546 +1.321

20. Sam LOWES, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 1’30.682 +1.457

21. Hector BARBERA, Reale Avintia Racing – 1’30.777 +1.552

22. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Pull&Bear Aspar Team – 1’31.688 +2.463

23. Broc PARKES, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’32.152 +2.927

 

 

Story issued by: Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

GSX-R1000R Wins Best Sports Bike At The 2017 Autotrader Awards

Suzuki picked up two awards at this year’s AutoTrader awards ceremony, with the new GSX-R1000R and new V-Strom 650 both celebrated.

 

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Suzuki picked up two awards at this year’s AutoTrader awards ceremony, with the new GSX-R1000R and new V-Strom 650 both celebrated.

 

 

The all-new GSX-R1000R collected the accolade of best new sports bike for 2017. The new superbike boasts a plethora of MotoGP-derived technology, including a clever variable valve timing system that helps the GSX-R produce class-leading torque and a formidable mid-range, without sacrificing its top-end power.

 

 

It also gets a full suite of race-proven electronics, with an IMU monitoring all elements of the bike’s data to manage a 10-stage traction control system, launch control, and a system that prevents rear wheel lift under heavy braking. There’s also an up and down quickshifer and auto blipper, plus cornering ABS.
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Also new-for-2017, the V-Strom 650 was awarded best adventure/trail bike. The V-Strom gets traction control for 2017, plus more power and torque. For more information on the GSX-R1000R click here

 

 

 

Team Suzuki Ecstar Straight To Phillip Island After Positive Japan

With no time to rest, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is enjoying the good feeling after the advantageous race in Motegi while travelling onwards to Australia, for the second of three far flung races. The 4th and 5th places of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins in Japan gave the team a boost of encouragement and confidence, which they are now hoping to use to continue the improvement in performance throughout the last races of the championship.

 

 

 

Team Suzuki Press Office – October 18.

 

With no time to rest, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is enjoying the good feeling after the advantageous race in Motegi while travelling onwards to Australia, for the second of three far flung races. The 4th and 5th places of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins in Japan gave the team a boost of encouragement and confidence, which they are now hoping to use to continue the improvement in performance throughout the last races of the championship.

 

The Australian GP will be raced at Phillip Island, a circuit that both the Suzuki riders enjoy immensely. The peculiarity of the track should also be favourable to the characteristics of the GSX-RR, which has recently seen an improvement in performance.

 

The Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Phillip Island Circuit is a 4.4 km (2.76 miles) track in the very south of Australia, blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views. It is made up of seven left-handed and five right-handed corners and is one of the fastest, most fluid tracks on the calendar, providing some of the most spectacular racing of the MotoGP™ season. Sunday’s MotoGP™ GP will be raced over 27 laps for a total distance of 120.1 km (74.5 miles)

 

Davide Brivio – Team Manager

“It’s always a pleasure to come back to Phillip Island. It’s a track where we have good memories; last year both our riders had been fighting for the podium and in the end we got a third place. After the solid performance in Motegi we will do our best to capitalize on the progress we’ve made. Also, we will have to take into account the weather, which is forecasted to be not so good again. We saw that we can be competitive in the wet, therefore we will try to adapt in the most effective way to what we have. The race in Japan has been very important to Andrea and Alex as it gave them further motivation. Let’s also try to embrace this positive momentum of the team here at Phillip Island.”

 

Andrea Iannone

“Phillip Island is a track I like. I hope we will be lucky enough to get three sunny days, as we had enough rain in Japan. During the pre-season test we encountered some minor issues, but the pace was very good. The result in Japan gave us new hope. We are enthusiastic and it’s good that we don’t have a long break in between the races so that I can still enjoy the feeling from Motegi.”

 

Alex Rins

“Phillip Island is an unbelievable track, one of my favourite in the calendar. I´m especially motivated after achieving a fine result in Motegi, in Suzuki’s home race and in front of our president Toshihiro Suzuki. We had a test here early in the season and my feeling with the bike, even though I did not have much experience, was quite good. I think the layout of the circuit suits the GSX-RR well, so let’s just hope the weather is better than in Japan and we can have another good weekend.

 

 

Story issued by: Team SUZUKI ECSTAR