Second And Fourth For KRT Riders In Race Two - 3rd Apr 2017

Second And Fourth For KRT Riders In Race Two Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished second and fourth respectively after the second 18-lap WorldSBK race at Motorland Aragon. Rea was in the hunt for a win right until the final corners, despite suffering from the effects of a head and chest cold. Sykes, still fighting off an infection, ended up in a lonely ride to fourth after starting the race from the third row, like his team-mate Rea. 

For the first time in 2017 the combination of the Ninja ZX-10RR and Jonathan Rea did not win a WorldSBK race but they came within 0.483 seconds of making it six in a row, after a thrilling fight with eventual winner Chaz Davies.

Under the new rules that govern the starting positions for race two, race one podium finishers Rea and Sykes went back to the third row today. Rea was nonetheless in the lead by lap four and held that position until Davies passed on lap 13.

From then on Rea only had to win a short-lived battle with eventual third place rider Marco Melandri before attacking Davies again on the final lap, passing but running wide as Davies held a better line heading onto the back straight.

For Sykes, a fever meant he had nothing to eat since Saturday. Even though he started well and made up places from seventh to fourth on lap one, he was unable to go with the leading group of five that developed shortly afterwards, a group which was whittled down to just two at the end.

In the championship Rea has 145 points, just five from a perfect score, Davies has 95 and Sykes 91 after three rounds and six races.

Now the KRT squad will go testing on Monday 3rd April at Motorland, as part of the organisers’ official test programme. The next round will take place at Assen in the Netherlands, with racedays on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I got to the front quite early but I could not make a break because it was so windy on the straight that the group stayed together. When Chaz came past he had a little bit more pace and I upped my own pace to try and go with him. He made a few mistakes but none that meant I could really go through clean on him and make it stick. On the last lap I just fought - fought for a win. I tried in a few places but it did not work out in the end. We can’t complain too much because on one side of the circuit we were really strong. Congratulations to Chaz because to come back from a big crash yesterday and win today was really impressive. I am really happy with the way I rode today and I got 45 points this weekend, even though I was not feeling my best. But the bike was working really well so I am looking forward to rolling to Assen now.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “I thought I would feel better today but I am worse in my physical condition than yesterday because I have not eaten anything. We got close to the front but I am just not comfortable on the bike in windy conditions. It looks like we are sensitive on the front set-up anyway, but the wind was terrible today! And for whatever reason I am not able to keep a nice constant load on the front, which is something to consider for testing tomorrow. I just wasn’t able to keep the pace of the leaders here. We finished third and fourth on a tough weekend, and this has been the first time in a long time I have been sick on a race weekend. I have not been working at full capacity and, on the bike, you can feel how your mind does not even run at the same speed as normal. It has been a very surreal and strange feeling this weekend. I gave everything I had but I am obviously not running at full capacity.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016
2017: Races 6, Wins 5, Podiums 6, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 43 (28 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 94 (52 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 10 (6 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 6, Wins 0, Podiums 4, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 88 (87 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: 96 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 317 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 65 – second overall

Deroue , Ninja 300, wins enthralling maiden World SSP300 race - 2nd Apr 2017

Deroue , Ninja 300, wins enthralling maiden World SSP300 race Dutchman Deroue (300cc Ninja 300) makes history with first win in new series from pole, with Spaniards Valle (320cc Yamaha R3) and Perez (500cc Honda CBR) also on the rostrum

At the Pirelli Aragón Round on Sunday Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) made history with victory in the first ever race of the new WorldSSP300 series, the young Dutchman joined on the podium in Spain by two Spaniards, Daniel Valle (Halcourier Racing) and Mika Perez (WILSport Racedays).

Former Moto3™ rider Deroue started on pole and used his Grand Prix experience to eventually fend off his rivals, crossing the line just 0.047s ahead of Valle after a brilliant race, with Perez also in the hunt for maximum points. Perez had led the race and looked strong for several laps but would ultimately have to settle for third, 0.127s behind Deroue.

Borja Sanchez (Halcourier Racing) was in the mix for the win too, sitting at the back of the front group over the last two laps and finally reaching the checkered flag less than a second off P1.

Angelo Licciardi (Team Trasimeno) finished in fifth place, 10 seconds behind the leading riders. Paolo Grassia (3570 Made in CIV), Giuseppe De Gruttola (SK Racing), Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team), Paolo Giacomini (Terra e Moto) and another ex-Moto3™ rider Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing) completed the top ten.

Mykyta Kalinin (Team MOTOXRACING) slid out of the lead with seven laps to go at turn ten, before Kimi Patova (Kallio Racing) and Chris Taylor (MTM HS Kawasaki) crashed out together at turn 17, with five laps to go.

Robert Schotman (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) then crashed out of the podium hunt at turn 4 of the penultimate lap. Enzo de la Vega (GRT Yamaha WorldSSP300 Team) was an unfortunate crasher right at the end of the race, as he slid off on the final corner.

New Zealand’s Avalon Biddle (Ninja 300) (Sourz Foods - Benjan Racing) and wild card Marc Garcia (Halcourier Racing) both suffered DNFs due to technical problems.

Clement Desalle maintained third in the MXGP - 2nd Apr 2017

Clement Desalle maintained third in the MXGP Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained third place in the FIM World MXGP Championship standings after two solid rides in the fourth round of the series in Mexico.

The Belgian rode his strongest qualification of the season to earn fourth choice of gate in the GP races to build his confidence for race day, but a mistake in each moto cost him several placing and, with the track surface getting progressively rougher, he wisely decided not to take any unnecessary risks at this early stage of the season. 

An error early in the opening moto cost him four places and Clement could only recover one of those before the chequered flag. A similar ride in race two saw him start third before an error dropped him to sixth. The combined results saw him seventh overall in the GP and he remains third in the standings as the world series heads for Europe after the four overseas GPs.

Teammate Jordi Tixier, who damaged a tendon in the groin during the GP of Patagonia, missed the Mexican GP. The Frenchman was operated on by Professor Catonne in Paris last Wednesday and must rest for a few days to allow the wound to heal; he should be able to restart some physical activities within two weeks.

Monster KRT dominates at Lacapelle - 16th Feb 2017

Monster KRT dominates at Lacapelle Clément Desalle won two races out of three and Jordi Tixier was on the podium each time for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in their final pre-GP warm-up race at Lacapelle Marival in France.
One week after their season debut at Hawkstone Park, and just a few days before sending the material to Doha for the first Grand Prix of the season, the team entered the French event to finalize its preparation for the MXGP FIM World Championship. Both Clément and Jordi felt comfortable on the natural layout, and posted the first and fourth fastest lap times in the morning before they clinched the holeshot in each of their three races! Clément got the first holeshot and dominated the 20 minutes plus 2 laps race, while Jordi Tixier forced his way from an initial third to finish second. The next holeshot was for Jordi, who led the race for five laps and finished second, while Clément clinched the overall victory, another 1-2 for the team. The Super final, featuring the fastest riders from both the MX1 and MX2 classes, was another good race for the KRT boys; Clément got the holeshot followed by Jordi, and the 450 Kawasaki’s ended the final race of the day in first and third position. The bikes will be shipped to Qatar this Wednesday, while the team staff will fly to Doha one week later for the first of the nineteen rounds of the world series.
 
Clement Desalle: “It was a good weekend with good starts which was important even if we didn’t have the same metal plates which we’ll have for the GPs now. I really enjoyed this track, I had a good feeling all day long and won two races so that’s positive. I was sick this week and that’s always annoying as the start of the season is approaching, but today I felt OK and that’s important. Of course after what happened in Valence last year during a pre-season race I didn’t want to take any risks. The goal was to have a good feeling with the bike and have fun today; we changed some settings on the bike during the weekend and now I feel ready for the GPs.”
 
Jordi Tixier: “Last week I was not really lucky in the UK but with a second position in the last race I showed that I had a good speed in the sand. Here in Lacapelle I had a good feeling, the track was rough but we show that we did some good work this winter when Clement and I started in front in all the three races. I'm just disappointed with the last race as I rode two stiff but we’re feeling confident before going to Qatar as we raced for podiums in both Hawkstone and Lacapelle. The season will be long, but I feel ready as we were able to work hard this winter, without any physical trouble, and the team also did a great job on the bikes.”
 

Strong Restart For KRT After Two Days On Track At Jerez - 10th Feb 2017

Strong Restart For KRT After Two Days On Track At Jerez Strong Restart For KRT After Two Days On Track At Jerez

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes made a positive start to their 2017 championship preparations on the new Ninja ZX-10RR during a two-day test at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, with Rea going fastest of all and Sykes placing third
Two-time champion Rea set a lap of 1’39.809 on the final afternoon, after also posting the fastest lap on the opening day. His eventual leading time was achieved with a standard race tyre fitted front and rear, as he wanted to concentrate on a race set-up only at this stage.
 
2013 world champion Sykes finished his two-day test with a 1’40.219 best lap for third best lap time of the entire test sessions. He also used a race tyre combination to set his quickest time.
 
Both Rea and Sykes experienced crashes on day two but came back with determination to complete their programme of work and improve their individual performance.
 
This test was used partly to underline which material and components they will use to take on the challenge of the first two rounds of the season in Australia and Thailand, and to evaluate some development parts, especially in terms of suspension.
 
The dry weather conditions that favoured both days of track action at Jerez allowed the KRT duo to make consistent progress in many areas, with one more Jerez test session in Europe to complete before the last pre-race outing – the official organisers’ tests at Phillip Island – between 20th and 21st February.
 
Jonathan Rea, stated: “It is nice to set such a good lap time at this time of the year but it is testing and I have never been the best guy for one lap. We have been able to make many fast laps in these winter tests, however, and we have found a bike set-up that has been working well. The grip level at this test was a little bit lower than in November but we have been able to find consistency as well. With the different character on the track we have been able to evaluate different rear shocks. Showa have been working so hard and I am really impressed. I felt my own ‘bike fitness’ was not great as I have been off the race bike for so many weeks now. I am looking forward to the next test to try and do a lot of laps. I need some more mileage to feel like I did during the season last year.”
 
Tom Sykes, stated: “I am happy enough even though I suffered with my neck all day today after a crash, while I was riding the bike at least. That took the edge off me a bit but we still did a lot of things with the bike and tried a lot of different set-ups. Jerez is not my strongest circuit anyway but thanks to Marcel, Danilo and all the boys we finished the day very happy. I feel all the information we have from today means we will be strong. We were able to make real progress. We are still struggling in some areas but we will keep working and I feel we are putting in enough laps and mileage during testing to build ourselves a stronger package for Phillip Island and round one.”
 
Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: “Jonathan’s best time was done with standard race tyres. This afternoon we made a small change with the balance of the bike, to make things more sharp and to concentrate on finding a lap time. We also found some good things with the electronics so Jonathan felt good with the bike. We decided not to put in a qualifying rear tyre as there was no point. We know if he had put in a qualifier he would be faster. I was happy on the first day that the track did not have fantastic grip yet because it is better to work in those conditions to understand the bike. When you have good grip almost everything you test feels good. We have to understand the best way possible with low grip and high grip so this test was very positive.”
 
Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: “We continued our test schedule from where we finished last November at Jerez. It was not the perfect test back then but we continued well here; we made a good step forward. We know the regulation change from 2016 to 2017 means we have to adapt the bike set-up as well as we can. Then it is up to the rider, but we made some fundamental tests regarding new parts and today we put all the good things together. At the end of the day Tom was fairly happy with his speed and consistency. We made a good step and we will continue next week in testing. I am sure after the second day of those tests we will be ready to move to Phillip Island for the first race.”
  
 

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