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Oct 2, 2017

Guarnoni Wins At Home As Deroue Loses Podium Chance

Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) secured his fifth STK1000 career race win, and his first of the year on the Ninja ZX-10RR, after thrilling race at his home circuit of Magny Cours.With championship challenger Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) missing from the Magny Cours round after suffering a dislocated shoulder joint in practice, the pressure of expectation fell on Guarnoni. The French rider did not disappoint in front of his passionate home fans. Starting the first lap of Sunday's 15-lap race in fifth position, after also having qualified fifth on Saturday, he held off long-time race leader Florian Marino by 0.414 seconds, finding his best pace when it really counted. Jeremy is now fifth in the championship. This was the fourth STK1000 race win for the Ninja ZX-10RR in 2017, after three previous victories for Razgatlioglu. The Turkish rider is working hard to be fit for the final round of the championship, which will be held at Jerez in Spain on 22nd October. He is currently 14 points from the championship lead, in third place overall, so he still has everything to play for. Illia Mykhalchyk (Triple M Racing Kawasaki) was fifth at Magny Cours, Xavier Pinsach (ETG Racing Kawasaki) was 17th and Wayne Tessels (Agro-On Benjan Kawasaki) 18th. "This is my home track but it is not my favorite," said Guarnoni. "Maybe it is because this is my home round but I think I rode really well and the bike was perfect all weekend. We were fast. It has been a difficult season so far for me so to win this race was really important and I am really happy. Thanks to Kawasaki and the team because the bike was perfect." In the WorldSSP300 championship race in France, the penultimate round of the year, Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) finished ninth, leading the second group of riders across the line after another thrilling race. He had qualified seventh in readiness for the 12-lap race on Sunday 1st October. The competition is close in this championship at every single round, even in its first year of existence, and Deroue was in a mix of up to ten riders for the lead. He was to lead for a short time but his last lap podium challenge was halted in the final kilometres of the race when a technical issue slowed his pace and he crossed the line ninth. Deroue had won the two opening rounds of the series on the Ninja300, and Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing Kawasaki) also took a famous victory in the previous Portuguese round. With one round left to run Deroue is fourth overall and is now just too far away in the championship points to win the overall title. "I had a good start and could easily stay amongst the leaders," said Deroue."Halfway through I was hit by Valle when I was braking, so I couldn't turn in. I lost ground to the front men, but fortunately I was able to close the gap. Everything was possible towards the end, but in the last lap my bike was faltering. That's racing. Now I need to focus on the last race of the season. Hopefully I can show everybody that a fight for the podium is possible again." The finale for both STK1000 and WorldSSP300 classes will be held on Sunday October 22nd, at Jerez in Spain.

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Sep 30, 2017

Rea Creates History With Third Successive FIM World Superbike Title

KRT rider Jonathan Rea won an unprecedented third FIM Superbike World Championship title in succession after a peerless display of front running in a wet first race at Magny Cours in France. No other rider had won three WorldSBK titles in a row before today. Tom Sykes (KRT) overcame recent injury and treacherous track conditions to finish third in the 21-lap opening race at Magny Cours.A historic third championship win in succession for Jonathan Rea came after his 12th win of the season, which was also the 50th of his WorldSBK career. Has led the 2017 title race from round one, race one, and make sure of his ultimate title success after winning today's wet race by over 16 seconds. Rea's latest victory came despite the slippery conditions that changed from lap-to-lap as the skies brightened after heavy overnight rain. Jonathan celebrated his latest championship success trackside with a three-pronged golden trident, symbolizing his three championships in succession and a special crash helmet design, before coming back to pit lane to celebrate his historic achievement with his team and KHI personnel. Shortly before the first race of the weekend Rea had also secured pole position after a dramatic and wet Superpole 2. He fell early in the 15-minute session but quick work from his crew in pit lane ensured he would take to the track again, and Jonathan duly finished in pole position. A heroic and ultimately rewarding performance from Sykes saw him start from third place after Superpole 2 and fight bravely at times to maintain a podium position, despite his recent left hand surgery. Tom saw off an early challenge from Chaz Davies to keep himself a firm second in the championship as Davies dropped down the order. Sykes, the 2013 WorldSBK champion with KRT, battled again in the final laps, this time with Marco Melandri. They accidentally touched on the penultimate lap, as they rounded the long right hand corner of turn three. Sykes only missed out on the second place he had held for most of the race by 0.350 seconds. This was Tom's 15th podium of the year and the 99th of his long career. One more 21-lap race will take place in France this weekend, again at13.00 local time tomorrow, Sunday 1st October "I have no words right now," said Rea. "I have sacrificed so much in my life, as have my parents and everyone involved in helping me get me to this level. To win it the championship the first time, the second time and then go three times in a row – I cannot compute my feelings right now. My thanks to all the team, every single member of the team, and everyone from Kawasaki back in Japan. Most of all I want to thank my wife and kids who sacrifice so much. To win this race was special. Winning a race to win the championship is not something I have done before, so I was important for me to do that. I also scored my 50th WorldSBK race win in WorldSBK as well.""Considering the injury I had I am just happy to be here, never mind get on the podium," said Sykes. "At times I struggled with edge grip in the track conditions, and Marco Melandri had good side grip towards the end. We had a bit of a 'kiss' in turn three as out paths crossed, while fighting for second place. I was third today but if somebody had offered me this kind of result two weeks ago, I would have taken it. I struggle to put on my socks in the morning so I am not sure how I could manage to ride the bike! Thanks to Kawasaki for making it possible for me to ride and for making it as comfortable as possible for me to ride."

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Sep 17, 2017

Super Double For Rea And KRT

Jonathan Rea (KRT) completed a confident double win performance at Portimao in the FIM Superbike World Championship, despite starting today's 20-lap race from ninth place - under the reverse grid rules that come into play for race two this year. Jonathan now has 11 wins for the season and he extended his championship lead to 120 points with another full points score today.After his first Portimao race win on Saturday, from pole position, it was a more difficult challenge for Rea today. He took only two laps to get into the lead and despite a small electronics glitch at times he carried on at an unmatchable pace to record his 34th win for Kawasaki, becoming the company's all-time WorldSBK race winner. Rea now has 49 race wins over his entire WorldSBK career and is the third most successful rider in the history of the class. The record sits at 59 wins, set by the legendary Carl Fogarty. Kawasaki scored a full house of wins in every class this weekend – with Rea's double in WorldSBK, Kenan Sofuoglu in WorldSSP, Toprak Razgatlioglu in STK1000 and Ana Carrasco in WorldSSP300. Jonathan was the lone KRT rider today as his team-mate Tom Sykes was in Barcelona undergoing surgery to repair left hand injuries suffered in a big crash in FP3 on Saturday morning. With Tom unable to score today Jonathan moved 120 points clear in the championship fight, with Sykes second overall and race two faller Chaz Davies third, 135 points from Rea's lead. Three rounds of the championship remain, the first of them at Magny Cours in France, between 29th September and 1st October. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am really happy to win and aside from one little issue it was plain sailing race. I made some tough passes in the first laps to get my track position and as soon as I hit the front I made my rhythm and went away. We had a completely different bike set-up today. I had a lot of feedback from the bike and I was able to ride in my own rhythm but with seven or eight laps to go I had a drop in power in second gear. But as the laps were ticking down I could see that the gap was staying constant, and then I saw Chaz went out and I had some breathing space. We have had our bad luck this year in Donington. The championship lead is massive now and we can go to Magny Cours thinking about trying to win it in France. If we have a solid enough weekend in Magny Cours we can get it done. I said to Pere before the race today that because Kawasaki had won every race at Portimao there was big pressure now. He said that there was no pressure as we had done all the jobs, and I should go out and do what I had to do. I visited the podium in every single race at Portimao to say congratulations to the Kawasaki riders. The most impressive was Ana Carrasco. I have never seen an atmosphere like it and our pit box was like a football match. All the KRT team were up there at the podium, so it was cool to see." 2017 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016 2017: Races 20, Wins 11, Podiums 19, Superpoles 4 Career Race Wins: 49 (34 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 107 (67 For Kawasaki) Career Poles: 12 (8 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2017: Races: 18, Wins 2, Podiums 14, Superpoles 4 Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 98 (97 For Kawasaki) Career Poles: 42 (42 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: 104 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 341 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 71 – second overall

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Sep 17, 2017

Razgatlioglu And Carrasco Take Stunning Race Wins

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) rode to an almost start-to-finish STK1000 race win on Sunday 17th September. Hitting the front on lap two the Ninja ZX-10RR rider eased away from his competitors in fine to win a shortened nine-lap race by almost 2.5 seconds.The Portimao WorldSTK race had been scheduled for 14 laps, but was eventually run over only nine after a machine behind Razgatlioglu started to blow blue smoke and the race was red-flagged as a precaution. Out front on his own, Razgatlioglu earned full points for his third win of the year and he moved to within eight points of the championship lead with two rounds to go, in Magny Cours and Jerez. Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was fifth in the Portimao STK1000 race, 5.667 seconds from Razgatlioglu. Toni Finsterbusch (Agro-On Benjan Kawasaki) was tenth in the Portuguese contest and his team-mate Wayne Tessels scored 15th place, for a single championship point. Toprak Razgatlioglu stated, "I am really happy to win again and take full points. This week there was so much work for team to do but they made a good job, so great thanks to them. The championship situation is now a lot better and all I can say is thank you to everyone involved." Nothing less than motorsports history was made in the WorldSSP300 race at Portimao when Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing Kawasaki) became the first woman to win a full FIM World Championship race. Her late attack on the final corner had come after a tough race spent in a fight at the front with several other rivals. Using clever tactics to back up her race-long demonstration of skill and tenacity Carrasco won by 0.053 seconds, with the top four riders covered by just 0.167 seconds over the line. Carrasco's win puts her seventh in the championship. The successes of Razgatlioglu and Carrasco, when added to a double WorldSBK win for KRT's Jonathan Rea and a victory for Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in WorldSSP, ensured at Kawasaki riders won every single race at Portimao. Recent championship leader Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) is still third in the WorldSSP300 title fight, after finishing seventh in the 11-lap Portimao event. With two rounds left he is 18 points from the lead and has all to play for during the final rounds in France and Spain. Ana Carrasco, stated: "I have been working really hard all year to find this result and it is really important for the history as it was the first time for a woman to win a race in an FIM tarmac based championship - so this is good for all the people. I think it will be a change of mentality and people will think that a woman can be fighting for the championship. It was a perfect day for Kawasaki." Scott Deroue: "I'm really disappointed about the result, especially because of the good pace in practices and I was feeling at home on this track. Taking P7 isn't doing me a great favour in the championship standings. Although I'm still in third place the gap to the leader extended. But, the game is still on. I will fight till the end and you never know how it will unfold." The penultimate round for both STK1000 and WorldSSP300 riders takes place at Magny Cours, with raceday on Sunday October 1.

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Aug 21, 2017

Red Flag Finish Keeps Sofuoglu Second

The planned 19-lap race was finally ended early after a rider that Sofuoglu had just passed crashed out of contention, with his machine re-entering the track and knocking off another rider. A red flag was shown and the results taken back to the end of lap 16, which left Sofuoglu second. His latest strong ride saw Kenan make it five podium finishes in a row, despite having not had an easy time in qualifying in Germany, and sitting as low as fifth until the halfway mark. Making his way forward in the gradual way he had planned it, the Turkish star chose to take the lead and make it stick near the end, but had to settle for second after the race was stopped. Sofuoglu's young teammate Kyle Ryde was 16th today, just one place out of the points. He had not been able to find confidence in his set-up to maximise his hard cornering style, which would have allowed him to fight inside the leading groups. After the eighth round of the championship Lucas Mahias has 121 points, Sofuoglu 120 and Lausitz race winner Sheridan Morais 101. Ryde has 43 points and is in tenth place overall. The next round of the WorldSSP Championship will take place at Portimao, in Portugal, with raceday on Sunday September 17th. Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "It went how I thought in many ways and I think we played a good game, waiting for the last few laps. In the beginning I decided to try and take the lead on the last lap and then win the race that way. The plan worked well but the red flag was not in my end plan. I think after a hard race we deserved to win but the red flag stopped that. We still had a podium, second position, after a weekend that was not so easy. We proved that even in a hard round we could handle it and manage things in the race. I am happy for the points and the podium and we took 20 points, which is still very good." Kyle Ryde, stated: "I have not had a good feeling with the front end all weekend and the way I ride I only make time up on the front. I have struggled all weekend although we have tried softer and harder settings. I matched my time from qualifying this morning in warm-up and made another change but it was no better and no worse. I may be a little off the front guys in myself, but not this far off, so we need to find out why and sort it out." Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) was 15th in Germany, Ryde 16th, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 18th, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) 20th. Test rider Ken Iguchi (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) placed 24th. Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) is 26th and is 31st was 21st in Germany, while Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) no scored today.

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Aug 20, 2017

Razgatlioglu And Deroue Still In Contention

Until the 12th lap of the Lausitzring STK1000 race Toprak was on stunning form as he and eventual race winner Michael Ruben Rinaldi pushed forward, catching and passing early leader Federico Sandi. Trying to stay with Rinaldi to mount a final challenge Razgatlioglu lost the front and slid off, attempted to restart but was forced to retire. Over-performing for much of the race compared to his seventh place grid position, Razgatlioglu eventually marked up his first no-score of the season. With three rounds left Toprak is in second place in the championship, 26 points from the lead, and still with 75 points up for grabs for any rider who wins all of the last three races – at Portimao, Magny-Cours and Jerez. Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) placed sixth and was the top Kawasaki finisher at Lausitz. The Frenchman is now seventh in the championship overall. Ilya Mykhalchyk (Triple M Racing Kawasaki) no-scored in Germany and is 12th overall. Toni Finsterbusch (Agro On-Benjan Kawasaki) was 13th at the Lausitzring while series regular Glenn Scott (Agro On-Benjan Kawasaki) was 17th.Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) was disqualified from the results of the WorldSSP300 championship race in Germany, despite finishing fifth on track. Deroue had been third on the first three laps, and battled all the way to the finish in the vanguard of the second group of leading riders, finishing very close to the top three. No points in Germany means Deroue no longer leads the championship, as he had done from round one, but is ranked fourth. Scott, winner of races in Aragon and Assen on his Ninja 300, is just 13 points from the lead with three rounds remaining. Female rider Ana Carrasco (ETG Racing Kawasaki) was top Kawasaki rider in the official race rankings at the Lausitzring, 13th, and she now sits in 11th in the championship. With the long summer break that led into the Lausitz weekend now a distant memory, both the STK1000 and WorldSSP300 classes will have another few weekends off until the seventh round takes place at Portimao, on September 17th.

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Jul 10, 2017

Rea Wins As KRT Riders Lead The Field

KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished 1-2 in the second Laguna Seca FIM Superbike World Championship race, with Rea taking his ninth win of the season today. Rea and Sykes are still 1-2 in the championship fight, with Rea extending his championship lead to 59 points.Starting from seventh and eighth places on the grid respectively Sykes and Rea both made strong starts but Sykes was into a clear lead after just a handful of corners, despite being on row three at the green light. Rea also soon passed the other podium contenders, at record pace with a 1'23.275 set on lap two, and he went past his team-mate Sykes on lap three, easing out a gap as the race progressed. Both riders were to consolidate their leading positions throughout the 25-lap contest with Sykes able to keep Saturday race winner Chaz Davies behind to record second place and his 13th podium finish in 16 races. In the championship points Rea leads with 341, Sykes is second with 282 and Davies is third, on 226. In the Manufacturers' Championship standings Kawasaki leads by 66 points, with five rounds and ten individual races still to go. The main summer break in competitive action begins now, with the next race weekend not taking place until 18-20 August, at the Lausitzring in Germany. Before then the KRT team will join some rival teams for a two-day test at the same venue. "It was awesome to win today and we did it by putting 25 good laps together," said Rea. "Right from the first lap Tom got away and I found it hard coming through at that stage. But when I got clear I put my head down and I knew it was game on as soon as the opportunity presented itself and went through into the lead, and set my rhythm. We made a real step with the set-up overnight. On yesterday's pace I felt good but I felt it was a difficult opening race. I left the changes for today to Pere my crew chief and did not go into too much detail. He came up with a good plan in warm-up and it seemed to work. Everything seemed to be coming easier and during the race I did not change anything, just played a little bit electronically with the engine braking settings. I want to thank all my team for giving me a great package and this is a good way to go into the summer break." "I was in a bit of a hurry to get to the front in race two and I was hoping to be going there alone," said Sykes. "I came out of the last turn, looked at the big screen and saw my team-mate there. I wanted the riders behind to battle for a while but it wasn't the case. The bike was very consistent and we stayed in the high 1'23s to low 1'24s all race. I made a couple of mistakes on one lap trying to adjust the rear brake and engine mapping, just to try something different. We have to be happy with second because yesterday and today I gave it everything on track. Credit to the boys in the garage as today's pace was faster, the race was faster and had a lot safer feeling. I am a little disappointed to lose some points in the championship but there is still a long way to go."

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Jun 19, 2017

Podium Finishes For Rea and Sykes At Misano

After taking his first race win of the season at Donington Park in the previous round Tom Sykes (KRT) secured his second today at Misano, despite starting the final lap in fourth position. Jonathan Rea (KRT) fell after colliding with the last-lap race leader Chaz Davies, just before Jonathan was set to make a final move to try retake the lead he had held on two separate occasions in a dramatic 21-lap race.In a race full of incident and close competition Rea took the lap one lead, only to be passed by Michael van der Mark who was in a leading position for the next 13 laps. Rea had to take avoiding action and lost time to the riders behind after van der Mark suddenly fell, but Rea still re-took the lead, until lap 19, when Davies passed him. Tom's race had seen him drop back from his pole position start to spend most of the race in fifth position; then fourth after van der Mark's crash. When the then third-placed Marco Melandri fell on the last lap Tom moved into a podium position - which suddenly became a winning position after the collision of Davies and Rea. Alex Lowes took second, passing Jonathan, who nonetheless got going again for a podium place. In finishing in third place Jonathan took his career podium total to 100. Sykes had set new track best lap of 1:33.662 to win Superpole earlier in the day, with Rea just one place behind on the race one grid. It was Sykes' 40th Superpole win and his second of the season, although he was unable to regain his optimal pace through the race, despite strong and consistent performances all through practice. In the championship, with one more Misano race to go on Sunday 18th, Rea has 276 points, Sykes just 46 behind, on 230. "In racing it is all circumstances," said Sykes. "Like in Donington we had great speed but also starting with the reverse grid. In the end the circumstances meant we were able to win today and finally for this I am happy. We will take the 25 points and nothing more to ask for. For tomorrow we need to improve the bike settings. Already in race one I was thinking about tomorrow but all of a sudden other riders had problems. In racing you have to accept things like this and I only hope that Chaz is OK after I saw some footage of his crash on the slow-down lap. It looked a nasty incident so I hope Chaz is going to be OK and will be fit to race tomorrow. In this moment we will take the 25 points and get them under my own steam tomorrow." "The plan was to just release the brake and go up the inside of Chaz on the last corner, but unfortunately for both of us it did not get that far," said Rea. "He made a mistake and tucked the front and I am super-sorry that I hit him but I had absolutely nowhere to go. I hope he is OK. I can't remember ever being on the podium in a race I have fallen in, maybe in a wet race but probably not, to be honest. In van der Mark's crash earlier in the race I had to go off track. I was so close to almost hitting him and then his bike almost hit me. It was certainly eventful. It was a shame for me and Chaz as we were fighting for the victory.Race 2Jonathan Rea (KRT) and Tom Sykes (KRT) both reached the second race podium at the Misano round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Jonathan finishing second and Tom third. They continue to sit 1-2 in the championship, with 50 points between them after the seventh intense weekend of the season.Under the new championship rules in allocating grid places for race two, race one winner Sykes and third placed Rea had to start today's 21 lap contest from ninth and seventh places respectively. The KRT riders moved forward with determination in the first corners, to put Tom third and Jonathan fourth after just one lap. Up front Xavi Fores and Jordi Torres were doing the early front running but neither would ultimately finish, in a race that was eventually won by local rider Marco Melandri. Only 12 riders were classified after seven others failed to make the finish in the hot conditions today. With Torres a late retiree Rea ended up with 20 points for his second place over the line, having passed Sykes on lap 15, but he was unable to get quite close enough to challenge for the win. Sykes finished very close to his teammate at the end of the 21-laps, with all top three riders covered by just 1.285 seconds after another intense Misano race. Rea leads the championship as it passes into the second half of the season after this round, with 296 points to Sykes' 246. With Chaz Davies ruled out of the second Misano WorldSBK race after suffering an injury in race one, he is now 61 points behind Tom. After the completion of the Misano weekend the championship now heads to the ever-popular Laguna Seca circuit in the USA for the eighth round of the championship, with race days on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July."I am really satisfied with the results today but unfortunately we could not challenge for the win because I felt we were struggling a little bit, as the rear tyre was completely out of balance," said Rea. "I was having a lot of rear vibration and chatter. That was really difficult to manage. I focused on trying to pass Tom for many laps and when I went through I tried to hunt down Torres in second place but, unfortunately for him, he had a problem and could not finish. We have to be very satisfied with the result and go back into the garage now to understand exactly why we struggled more today. Yesterday's bike felt much better but the set-up was virtually the same each day. In the championship standings we are in a good position right now. I also wish Chaz Davies a speedy recovery from injury." "I basically expected more from the beginning of the race," said Sykes. "I had a good start and made some nice early passes but unfortunately I was not able to take the best from the tyres or the bike. The first five laps were the downfall of my chances to win the race. Apart from that, towards the end we had good speed but like I explained to the boys in the team, my bike stayed consistent but it was not enough in the beginning. I feel it really affected the race result in those early laps when there was no way to challenge Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores. We have something to work on Laguna. I feel really sorry for Chaz Davies and all I can do is wish him a speedy recovery. The points are opening up behind and that was a big bag of points Jonathan and I took away this weekend."

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Jun 19, 2017

Sofuoglu Makes It Four Race Wins

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu won his fourth 2017 season WorldSSP championship race in succession today, recording his 42nd career victory in masterful style. Kyle Ryde, his teammate, finished in the points with a 14th place finish.Sofuoglu drew on all his long experience in this class of racing to take his fourth win of the year, after running out front with some of his championship rivals, and finally only having Jules Cluzel for company. Kenan controlled the pace at the end and won by just over two seconds to close in within five points of the championship lead. Lucas Mahias, still the overall leader on points, crashed out twice in the early laps and no-scored.After qualifying 19th Ryde was still able to progress to 14th at the flag, scoring two more points and still well inside the championship top ten at the start of the summer break. Ryde and his pit crew found him the same race pace as he had demonstrated in qualifying which helped him to ride with confidence and consistency. In the current championship standings, Mahias has 105 points and Kenan 100, with the next nearest rider 24 points behind Sofuoglu after seven rounds. There will be no WorldSSP race at the forthcoming WorldSBK Laguna Seca round, which means that the eighth race in the Supersport season will take place on Sunday 20th August, at the Lausitzring in Germany."I am very happy to have won another race because Puccetti did a lot of organizing this weekend and Kawasaki did a lot of work with us," said Sofuoglu. "So I am very happy to give them this present. My team told me that Mahias was out but this was not my biggest point - I just wanted to win the race. I wanted to see what Cluzel could do but I understand that I had a faster pace and I could pull a gap. This is what I tried and it paid off. Today I cannot say that I was very fast but my experience won the race.""I have not done a long run all weekend and a couple of riders fell off so I got a some points," said Ryde. "That is a positive but I am even happier with the consistency I showed during this race. It was a solid one-second per lap off the race winner but I was doing consistent mid 1'40s after my qualifying time had been a mid 1'40. I had a bit of bad luck on lap six when a rider in front missed a gear and I ran into the back of him, bashing my knee on his exhaust pipe. I lost a few seconds there and it took me a few laps to get back into it. I think I could have been up to, maybe, eighth without that happening. But we were definitely better in the race than on Friday and Saturday." Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was a strong sixth today at his team's home round, with Axel Bassani (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) just one place behind him as he deputised for an injured Michael Canducci. Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was 12th at Misano, Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) 13th, Ryde 14th and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 16th. Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) did not finish after a heavy fall, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) also a non-finisher after a crash.

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May 30, 2017

Rea From Sykes In Second Race Thriller

In a contest where only 14 riders finished Jonathan Rea (KRT) recovered from a high speed crash in race one on Saturday to win his eighth race of the year and Kawasaki's 100th in Superbike history. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a close runner-up, just 1.601 seconds behind Rea after 23 laps, as KRT scored another 1-2 finish.Jonathan Rea rode one of the most important races of his career to take the second race win at Donington Park, despite having to start from the fourth row of the grid because of his first day no-score. Rea made a superb launch and was able to ride around a first corner blockage that held back the early progress of Tom Sykes. Such was Rea's early pace that he went from tenth on the grid to first place after just one complete lap and one additional corner.Sykes was in fifth place in lap one and eventually got to second place on lap seven. He made up time to Rea's lead but with the laps counting down Jonathan had enough of an advantage to hold the gap and win his 46th race since he joined WorldSBK. With Rea winning today and Tom victorious in Saturday's race the KRT duo sit 1-2 in the championship, with Jonathan 55 points ahead; 260 to 205. Chaz Davies, third in the race today and third in the points overall, is on 185. Now the championship will head to Italy for the seventh round, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Racedays will be Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June. "I had an incredible first lap today," said Rea. "I had been really frustrated because I got penalised by no fault of my own yesterday in scoring no points and then penalised again with my grid position today, when I went back to tenth. I knew I had to make a good start straight away otherwise my race was over. I was really quiet today and after warm-up I was really nervous. I was going through all these scenarios in my head about what I would do with a good start, or a bad start, and then what my race plan would be. My guys worked really hard overnight to build a completely brand new bike because yesterday's was destroyed. The first time I rode it this morning, with some set-up changes from Pere. The bike was talking to me in a way I have not had this year. So I knew today was mine if I could get a good start.""I was closing the lead but with three laps to go I started to 'over-ask' from the bike in some corners," said Sykes. "But if there were three more laps to go then I could have continued in a more calculating way and continued the progress. When I started the race I was on the inside of the grid and turn one was a complete disaster. I had to almost stop the bike because some people were trying to win the race in the first turn. We had this to deal with and then there was a crash in the last turn which made us all hesitate, so the race got off in a very bad way for me. I am disappointed to lose my Donington winning record in this way. But all things considered I was beaten fairly and Jonathan rode very well. This day had to arrive at some moment in my racing life but unfortunately it came today, even though I believe our race pace was very strong."

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May 30, 2017

Third Race Win For Sofuoglu in WorldSSP

The incredible recent form of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) continued into raceday at Donington Park, with the five time world champion becoming a three time race winner this year. Kyle Ryde, Kenan's young British team-mate, scored 11th place.Sofuoglu made a great start to the first attempted running of the WorldSSP race at Donington, and had to do it all again in a 13-lap restart. His early pace took him clear of his rivals and he won by a clear 2.450 seconds to earn full points in every race he has finished in 2017.Kyle Ryde was held back by his qualifying position of 14th but moved into 11th place at the end, gaining valuable championship points. He is still seventh in the championship, now with 41 points. Today's race gave Kenan his 41st career victory and his third race win at Donington in succession for Kawasaki. Kenan's new total of 75 championship points sees him move into second place in the standings, 30 points behind Lucas Mahias. After the completion of the Donington WorldSSP weekend the championship now heads back to Italy, for the seventh round of the 12 round season, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Raceday will be 18th June. "To be very honest I am still not thinking about the championship but my goal is to keep winning races," said Sofuoglu. "I missed the first three rounds of the year. Then I thought I could not be champion but I knew I would be happy to win races. I have zero stress for the races and finally I was fast again today. On Friday and Saturday I could not make the pace I wanted but today it was not difficult. It was nice to know that if I wanted to go faster there was a big potential. I made some changes in my riding today and the lap time was immediately better." "Not our best day but I am happy that I made an improvement from yesterday," said Ryde. "I think the main problem this weekend is that I was trying to make my bike feel like the bike I finished on the podium with here in the past. In the end we came to a medium setting today, so the set-up on the bike was not too bad. I need to copy Kenan's style so I am sure in Misano there are no corners like Donington, and I hope I can be inside the top six again." Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was one place behind Ryde today, in 12th place, with Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) another Kawasaki rider in the points, in 15th place.

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May 15, 2017

Sunday Podium Finishes For KRT Riders At Imola

After a red flag halted the second WorldSBK race at Imola the 18-lap restart saw KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finish second and third respectively. In the championship standings Jonathan increased his championship advantage to 74 points, with Tom now in third place and 75 points from the lead.On a day laden with delays and false starts in the two main championship classes at the 4.936km Imola circuit the second WorldSBK race of the weekend got underway with Sykes on pole position and Rea in eighth place – due to the rules that govern the second race grid places in 2017. Despite the disadvantage of starting from the third row today, after finishing race one in second place on Saturday, Rea was again second, ending up 3.739 seconds from double race winner Chaz Davies. Sykes made the absolute best of his front row position, running clear for the first six laps until Davies passed him after Tom was forced to work hard at reducing the effects of less than optimal set-up in some corners. As the race wore on Jonathan also passed Tom, on lap 12, and the two KRT riders remained relatively close together until the chequered flag. Sykes was 4.342 seconds behind the win on race two, taking his first podium of the weekend. In the overall standings, after five rounds and ten races, Rea has 235 points, Davies 161 and Sykes 160. Home ground for both Tom and Jonathan beckons next for the KRT team, in the shape of Donington Park. Races will be featured on both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May. "It was difficult at times today especially because I made a mistake going into the Variante Bassa chicane at one point," said Rea. "I lost all the track positions that I gained in the first few corners and that changed my race completely. I feel that if I did not lose those I would have had something extra to maybe not win the race but for sure to go with Chaz. I got stuck behind some traffic after that but when I went through I was able to keep a consistent rhythm. I was too far back from Chaz but today we halved the winning margin compared to yesterday. I raced with the new soft prototype front tyre and in these temperatures I think it was maybe too soft an option for our bike. But I am generally content to have increased our championship lead, take 40 points and get on the podium twice at what is probably not our strongest track right now. It has been a really positive weekend.""We had a good start to the race and I knew this was one of the opportunities I would have," said Sykes. "I had to make a good start and push hard early on. I knew the speed of Chaz was incredible and I knew Jonathan would have good speed as well. Finally, Jonathan and I were quite evenly matched on lap times. There were two areas of the track where I was not able to do my usual riding and over a lap I was suffering with turning the bike. The lap times were not too bad. Chaz had another step again today but we were a big step in front of the other riders. We improved the bike set-up from yesterday a little bit, but third was probably our realistic maximum today. I am relatively happy with the Sunday race but it was just the first race this weekend that let us down a bit."

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May 15, 2017

Forty WorldSSP Wins For Sofuoglu

Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) added another new all-time statistic to his glittering WorldSSP career with an unprecedented 40th race win - his second race victory in succession in 2017. Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) suffered some misfortune today and fell in his attempt to score championship points.The WorldSSP race at Imola was delayed to start, then red flagged twice and subsequently postponed until after the Sunday WorldSBK race had been completed. The fifth race of the year was also shortened to 11-laps but for Sofuoglu none of these potential problems finally mattered in a race that he won by just under half a second from championship leader Lucas Mahias. Kenan's 40th race victory, over a career that has included five WorldSSP championships, was also his 80th podium placing from a total of 119 race starts. Kenan has taken 23 of his race wins on a Kawasaki.Having fallen heavily earlier in the weekend teenager Ryde was to crash on the first lap of the final restart. Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) finished in the points at his home round, in 14th place. In the championship Ryde is seventh overall, Canducci 11th.The championship fight now goes to the sixth round of the season, at Kyle's home round of Donington Park, with raceday on Sunday 28th May."My fortieth WorldSSP race win was not easy especially as the many red flags gave us a hard time," said Sofuoglu. "Finally for the race I had no new rear tires left to use. But I told myself 'no excuses, no complaints' just go for the win. I worked very hard to stay at the front with a good pace. I am especially happy for the team because it is an Italian round and therefore a home round for them. I am also very happy for Kawasaki because this was a good result.""Not our best day because we got no points but we had a more positive day on Saturday," said Ryde. "Then I managed to get into Superpole 2 straight away, but unfortunately we had three restarts today which meant I had to choose the less favored tyre option. I thought it would be OK for ten or eleven laps but even on the first lap the track temperature was too hot to use this tyre. I then had a small crash, with no injuries.

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May 1, 2017

STK1000 Victory For Toprak As Deroue Wins Again In WorldSSP300

A spectacularly successful raceday for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) saw him win his first STK1000 race of the year, and it was a first win in this division for the Ninja ZX-10RR.The race was run over a shortened length of nine laps, after a multiple rider crash brought out the red flags to halt the action. With full points awarded for the restart Razgatlioglu took his maiden win, by just over a second, in the eighth STK1000 race of his career, to prove the potency of the latest Kawasaki offering at only the second round of the season. Toprak, who qualified second for the race on Saturday, is now second overall in the championship, just seven points behind early leader Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) took fifth place at Assen ahead of a four-rider group that included sixth placed Ilya Mykhalchyk (Triple M Racing Kawasaki). Guarnoni is also fifth in the championship rankings, with Mykhalchyk sixth. Marc Moser (Triple M Racing Kawasaki) scored the final point on offer at Assen for 15th place. Toprak Razgatlioglu stated, "This was the first time I have won in STK1000, and it was also a first win for the latest Kawasaki, so I am really happy. We have done a good job this weekend and to win this early in the season was important for us." In the second round of the WorldSSP300 championship Dutch rider Scott Deroue (MTM HS Kawasaki) took his Ninja 300 to not only a home win but also his second victory of the campaign. With Jonathan Rea (KRT) winning both WorldSBK races at Assen, and Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) victorious his first WorldSSP race of the year, Kawasaki riders made a clean sweep of race wins in all the major championship categories at this round – WorldSBK, WorldSSP, WorldSSP300 and STK1000. Starting from the front row Scott was involved in a multi-rider fight right to the flag, but used his race craft and local knowledge to the full to win by just 0.113 seconds."This did not start out as an easy event because I crashed in free practice one but I was determined to do well. At my home track I think we did a good job," said Deroue.

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Apr 30, 2017

Rea Wins As Ninja ZX-10RR Goes 1-2

In the opening 21-lap Superbike World Championship race of the Assen weekend Jonathan Rea scored the win and his KRT team-mate Tom Sykes took second place, results which put them 1-2 at the head of the championship rankings.In cool but dry and bright conditions Sykes from the front row and Rea from the second row both made clean starts, with fellow-championship challenger Chaz Davies doing most of the early front-running. Rea set a new lap record, over a second faster then the previous one, on lap three, with a 1'34.880 as he caught up to Davies. The race was evidently going to be contested by three riders, as Davies and Rea headed up Sykes, who moved closer and further behind in his third position, only losing contact for the possible win in the latter stages. Rea had passed Davies, only to be re-passed, close to the end, but on the approach to the last two laps Jonathan's burst to the front would be a final one, as Davies was forced to slow and then stop at the trackside. Tom therefore took second place, with Marco Melandri taking over third spot in a dramatic final act to what had already been a dramatic day for the KRT squad in some regards. In Superpole 2, held shortly before race one, Rea set a new track best for the Superbike class with a 1'33.505. Jonathan was demoted to fourth place on the grid after it was judged he had impeded the progress of a rival while he had been setting a fast lap. Jonathan remained on pole statistically but Tom took over pole position on the grid, with Jonathan finally starting from fourth spot in a race he would ultimately go on to win. This 1-2 for the Ninja ZX-10RR ensures that Kawasaki still leads the manufacturers' Championship, this time by 33 points after seven races. Rea, in taking his sixth race win of 2017 secured his tenth win at Assen across his career, five of them on Kawasaki machinery. In the championship, before race two at Assen, Jonathan has 170 points and Tom is second overall with 111. Race two takes place on Sunday 30th April, with the 21-lap race scheduled for a 1pm start again."That one was really nice because the more wins you get on a certain track the more pressure you feel to repeat it," said Rea. "I am not sure why I click so well with Assen but it seems to be working. It seems like our bike was working very well in the faster sections of the track, and Chaz was fast out of T5 in acceleration. I could maintain the lap time as we were to-ing and fro-ing at certain parts of the track, but I was strong in the back section, where it counts for passes. I had good pace at the end and I wanted to go through then and make a gap. But every time I put my nose in front there was a big block pass into the last corner. It was, honestly, very unfortunate for Chaz at the end and it is never a good way to lose points. But it was important for me that that bad luck happened to him when he was behind me because at that point of the race I was trying to make my rhythm and go away.""Obviously I did not feel 100% fit but that is no excuse," said Sykes. "On the bike we just had some limitations for the set-up in this race. I think that tomorrow we can make a change in set-up and be stronger. Realistically we need to close in by about three seconds and I feel this is possible, taking all things into consideration. I was struggling at the end today not because the tyres had given their best or anything like that but, it was just that in two fast areas of the track I was struggling with feedback. In the beginning of the race I dropped back but I could keep up a good pace and got back up with the leaders again. Whatever I did, I just lost it again in the faster section of the track. That was just about confidence, so I feel we can improve." 2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 7, Wins 6, Podiums 7, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 44 (29 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 95 (53 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 11 (7 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 7, Wins 0, Podiums 5, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 89 (88 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 97 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 319 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 66 – second overall

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Apr 30, 2017

Rea Wins Race Two From Sykes By Just 0.025 Seconds

A 1-2 finish from KRT Riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes in the second Superbike World Championship race of the Assen weekend provided great drama in the final chicane, with Sykes closing in to within 0.025 seconds of victory but Rea holding on to secure another double Dutch success. The classic TT Circuit at Assen provided an ideal backdrop for Rea to start the 200thWorldSBK race of his career and he duly took away his seventh race victory of 2017, his 11th at Assen since he started his WorldSBK career and his third double at this 4.542km circuit since he joined Kawasaki in 2015. It was an important day of statistics for Rea, as he also secured his 45th career win in WorldSBK and his 30th individual race win for Kawasaki.Tom Sykes and his crew worked to improve his machine set-up overnight and he almost took his first race win of the year as a reward, only losing out on a last chicane attack on Rea by 0.025 seconds across the line after 21 intense laps. Battling the high winds today like all his peers, Tom duly overcame his continuing physical issues to record two second places at Assen this weekend, making it six podiums from the eight races held so far this season. In the championship Rea now leads by 64 points, from his team-mate Sykes, with Chaz Davies third on 111 points and second race faller Marco Melandri on 97. The next races in the series will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May, at the Imola circuit in Italy."It has been an incredible weekend of racing," said Rea. "I have been especially happy with Superpole yesterday because the lap I made then was maybe the best lap I have ever made on a bike. I am really proud of that. Of course the race wins were really nice to take away. Today was a race of two halves. In the first half I raced hard until I got a warning so in the second half I just managed things to try and be safe and bring her home. I had a little bit left at the end but the biggest problem was the wind today. I was pulling a gap but then I had a huge front slide in T11, and my foot came off the peg, at mid-race distance. I decided just to ride and save something for the last laps after that. I had a big wobble coming out of 11 again near the end and I then just tried to be clever in the last lap and cover the last corner. My line was probably not the fastest way around there but it covered any move up the inside and I made it to the line first.""It was a very close finish and I have to say thanks to the public, my fans and all the team for being very understanding about my physical condition," said Sykes. "Yesterday we had an acceptable race but today we never stopped pushing to find an ideal set-up, right up until 30 minutes before the race started. Marcel and I were still talking about how to get the bike easier for me to ride. Physically, I was obviously not fully comfortable with the bike set-up from yesterday but today I felt we had a package capable of winning. I just did not have the bike in the right place at the right time and did not get the win for that reason. I always kept trying and I am obviously disappointed not to take the win. But considering where I was even at the start of the race week, if anybody had have offered me two second places from Assen I would have thought it was never going to happen." 2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 8, Wins 7, Podiums 8, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 45 (30 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 96 (54 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 11 (7 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 8, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 90 (89 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 98 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 321 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 66 – second overall

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Apr 30, 2017

Sofuoglu Shows His Winning Style At Assen

Five-time FIM Supersport World Champions Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) gave a masterful display of front running from pole position to win the 18-lap WorldSSP race at Assen by over 2.5 seconds. Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) made a great start and looked set for a top five finish but as the laps counted down he dropped to 12that the flag. Michael Canducci (3570 Puccetti Racing FMI Kawasaki) was a strong seventh.Pushing from the start to make the most of his pole starting position Kenan Sofuoglu eased away from an ever-changing pack of pursuing riders and was never headed over the 18-lap race distance. This was Kenan's 39th race win in the WorldSSP category and the perfect way to come back after his recent bad luck at the start of the year. This was also the first Kawasaki race win of 2017 in WorldSSP and Kenan is the fourth different rider to have won a race so far.For Ryde, the Assen race started well but as he had to put more effort into steering his machine with each passing lap - possibly due to a less than perfect front tyre choice for the conditions - he dropped from a potential top five placing to 12th. Canducci had a consistent race and made it pay off with a seventh place, his second impressive race finish in a row after his fifth place at Motorland Aragon last time out. In the overall championship Ryde is still top Kawasaki rider, in fifth place, Sofuoglu jumped to ninth with his first points of the year and Canducci is tenth."The season started really badly for me and there was a lot of stress in the race from inside me, not from somebody pushing me from outside," Sofuoglu. "But finally this year I took a win in a race. So from now I can be more relaxed. I have zero idea about the championship and am going out to win as much as possible. This is the goal so another win in my career is very good. A big, big thanks to Kawasaki and my Puccetti team, because they have worked a lot to bring me back to P1 and now we are back there.""I got a good start but I was about the only person to use an SC2 front tire," said Ryde. "I thought it would be fine for the race distance. At the start I rode around a couple of people in the first lap and I thought that was it. I had put myself in the ballpark and thought I would hang with the group until the end of the race. But after four or five laps I was really struggled to get the bike to turn. I know I can be competitive now I just need the full set-up package and I know we will do it eventually. I need to have another first lap like I had today and be able to stay there to the end." Top ranked ESS rider was Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) tenth at his home round. Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) had a tough race to 17th and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 19th. Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) were unfortunate to crash out of contention, while Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) retired in the pits

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Apr 2, 2017

Second and Fourth for KRT Riders in Race Two

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSecond and Fourth for KRT Riders in Race TwoKawasaki 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 organizers' official test program. 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."

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Apr 2, 2017

Ryde Scores Well as Sofuoglu Gets Forced Out

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRyde Scores Well as Sofuoglu Gets Forced OutKyle Ryde secured eighth place after a dramatic 16-lap WorldSSP race at Motorland Aragon and is ranked fourth in the championship points as a result. Reigning FIM Supersport World Championship Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was taken out of the race on lap eight after another rider highsided in front of him. He escaped any significant injury.Kyle Ryde, who had opted for the soft front race tire, was riding on his own behind the leading group at half race distance and ended up on his own at the end of 16-laps, six seconds ahead of the next nearest rider. He scored points for the third race in succession.Sofuoglu was in fourth position early in the race, leading the second group, before easing his pace to wait for the last few laps to make his final plan. Another rider highsided in front of him, however, and Kenan was collected by the prone machine, getting roughly dumped onto the asphalt. Despite hurting his back Kenan did not re-injure his right thumb and he will be ready for the next round.Kyle is fourth in the championship after three rounds, still the leading Kawasaki rider. Kenan has yet to score after missing the first two rounds through injury.The next round takes place at Assen in the Netherlands, with raceday on Sunday April 30th.Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "It is a long time off the bike for me and right now, back in racing, I cannot say I was confident to pull a gap on everybody. I decided to follow some riders but when I saw that they all thought they were on the last lap, last corner - even at the beginning of the race - I let four or five people go into the lead. It was a long race so I was saving my tire and riding in the right way. Then even more slow riders started attacking me so I moved a little bit closer to the front group. But, one of these riders made a mistake and took me out of the race. To finish up like that hurts because this is not something we deserved. I am sad for my team but I had a lot of practice this weekend and got some confidence back. My thumb is no problem. I hurt my back, and it still hurts now, but nothing is broken."Kyle Ryde, stated: "It was a good race to go from 18th to eighth. I had an issue with the front but after half race distance I was only three seconds from the first. It was positive. I was lucky three or four riders fell but I have to keep finishing the races as well. I am still fourth in the championship too. We have to make the Friday of the next race better so I can get into Superpole two and have a better race result."Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) was the top Kawasaki finisher, fifth today, while Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Jenik Against Cancer Kawasaki) was 12th, scoring good points. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) finished 14th and 15th respectively at Motorland.At his home round Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 18th, Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary by Pedercini Racing) was 19th and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) 20th. Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was unable to finish the race. One-off Aragon rider Nasser Al Malki (Qatar National Team Kawasaki) placed 25th.

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Apr 1, 2017

Fifth Win for Rea as Sykes Also Podiums

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeFifth Win for Rea as Sykes Also PodiumsAfter an often-tough fight for the lead in the opening 18-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race at Motorland Aragon Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) ended up out front on the final lap after his rival Chaz Davies fell on the last corner of the penultimate lap. This was Jonathan's fifth win from five starts in 2017. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) put a second official Ninja ZX-10RR on the podium, in third place.After qualifying second and third in Superpole 2 earlier in the day, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes raced to a win and third place respectively in the first race of the Motorland weekend. Rea scored what was the 200th WorldSBK win for a British rider.Rea's perfect start to the season looked like it may be halted by Davies' as they battled it out up front but when Rea's race-long companion fell while leading, with just one lap to go, Jonathan was able to relax and take a four second margin of victory.For Sykes the relatively strong wind was a factor in not being able to stay in contention to the end, despite his front row start. He was lapping as fast as any other riders at one point but he was forced to slow his pace near the end. He continued to look for strong points and eventually took 16 for his third place.Rea has scored a maximum 125 points and leads the championship - now from his Sykes - by 47 points. One more 18-lap race will take place this weekend, on Sunday 2nd April. Under the new rules for 2017, Rea will now start the second race in ninth position, Sykes in seventh.Jonathan Rea, stated: "I made the strongest race I could do. Chaz was strong in areas where I was not, and I was strong in areas where he was not, so it was a case of me learning a lot in the race. The stopping performance, direction change and grip conservation of the bike was really good today and I felt I still had a tire to fight with at the end, but in the middle section of the track, where Chaz was just in the front, I could not maximize any time to try to go away out front. The only thing I could do in that race was ride shotgun and put as much pressure on as I could and wait for a mistake. The door opened up a few times because Chaz missed a few apexes but finally he went down in the penultimate lap. First of all I hope Chaz is OK but for me it was a perfect opportunity to win another race. It was going to be very difficult to win a last lap battle with him in that last sector where he was so strong. It is a crash-gifted win but I will take it because I felt I rode well."Tom Sykes, stated: "Sometimes you get gifted things in racing but we were working hard. The start of my day was very bad because I woke up about 04.00 this morning with some kind of sickness and suffered in the race. I could not fuel the body for today, I could not eat and was almost not be able to drink anything. But in the race you always find a way around these physical things. In the wind I just suffered a little bit with the turning of the bike, so the rear traction was critical. Because the bike would not turn I was overstressing the rear tire. From that point of view, tomorrow we will have another go. Hopefully my physical condition will be much stronger and the plan right now is to improve the set-up of the bike some more."

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Mar 31, 2017

Rea First and Sykes Third on Motorland Opening Day

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRea First and Sykes Third on Motorland Opening DayPractice for the third round of the FIM Superbike World Championship kicked off at Motorland Aragon this morning and ended up this afternoon with Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes in first and third places respectively.Ninja ZX-10RR riders Rea and Sykes have both automatically qualified for Superpole 2; the results of which will determine where they will start on the grid for race one, which gets underway on Saturday at 13.00 local time.With four wins from four starts in 2017 Rea was in confident form as he approached the second free practice session, having led the first. A late fall of rain, in two short-lived showers, meant not every rider was able to improve their previous best times in the vital final few minutes of FP2, but Rea and Sykes both managed to jump up as the session drew to a close.The official KRT riders will seek even greater levels of machine performance, over both a single lap and full race distance, in the 25-minute long FP3 session on Saturday. Each feels that despite their already strong showings there is more to come from their respective technical packages.Both Tom and Jonathan have won races for Kawasaki at Motorland in the recent past and now aim to add to their totals - on Saturday in race one and then on Sunday in race two – over 18 laps in each case.Jonathan Rea, stated: "Today we did set-up and tyre checks this morning and then a long run and a fast lap this afternoon. That's how it worked out. We got up to speed quite fast, honestly, and pretty much reached the limit of what we needed for the bike set-up. During the long run we went with the base setting we had in Phillip Island and Thailand, but during that run I realized it is may be not the very best for this particular track. We had a completely different front setting at the test here in November; one I was more comfortable with. It is just some chassis balance items. I don't think we can see the full picture of everybody's potential just from today and I think the race can spring a few surprises. But I am not thinking about the others; I am just trying to make things as good for me as possible."Tom Sykes, stated: "Tomorrow we will make two or three relatively small changes but at this level anything small can become a big gain on track. We finished strongly in FP1 with used tires, which was a good confidence boost. In FP2 the initial lap time was fantastic and felt really good with the bike. I could see the rain was coming so we decided to come into the pits and make a couple of changes to the bike to give us information for Saturday. The good thing is that we have this information now, so tomorrow should be clearer and more straightforward. The rain at the end was not ideal but I stayed out on track and got some more information. In the last four minutes the rain became too heavy but we were lucky not to miss too much of the session. We have some good information for tomorrow."

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Mar 25, 2017

Leon Haslam to compete at 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour for Team Green Kawasaki

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeLeon Haslam to compete at 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour for Team Green KawasakiBritish Superbike contender and 2016 BSB runner-up, Leon Haslam will once again form part of Kawasaki's Official 'Team Green' line-up for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race. As well as racing in the 2017 British Superbike Championship for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, Haslam will travel to Japan for the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hour race which takes place on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July.Following the huge success for the Team Green outfit in 2016 - finishing the race in second position - and his strong relationship with the manufacturer, Haslam has once again been invited by Kawasaki to compete in the prestigious race.The Derbyshire rider will form part of a three-man team – with the two other riders yet to be announced. Already a two-time Suzuka 8 Hour winner, Haslam is no stranger to the Japanese track.The team will race on the 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR machines, and with a year's experience on Kawasaki machinery, Haslam is confident he can help take the team to one place higher than last year and race the team to victory.Leon Haslam said: "I'm extremely pleased to announce that I'll be competing for Team Green Kawasaki at the 2017 Suzuki 8 Hour race again. Last year was an unbelievable experience and working with the Team Green squad to secure a second place finish was awesome. In 2017, I'm super excited to take on the challenge again and try to go one better and get on the top step of the podium." Ross Burridge, Kawasaki UK Racing and Marketing Coordinator, commented: "Leon has proven to be a great asset to Kawasaki over the last 12 months. Not only was he a nine-time race winner in BSB last year, but he represented the brand at the highest level at Suzuka helping us achieve our best result in many years. I'm pleased that he has once again been chosen to join Team Green Kawasaki for the 8 Hour race, and wish him and the team the best of luck for the race in July."The first Suzuka 8 Hour race ran in July 1978, this year celebrates the 40th 8 Hour event.

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Mar 12, 2017

Top Five Race Finishes for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeTop Five Race Finishes for Kawasaki Puccetti RacingStand-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 race day, 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 race day 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 race day 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) andZulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) experienced technical issues and retired.

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Mar 12, 2017

Four Wins for Rea After Thailand Double

Press release for Kawasaki EuropeFour Wins for Rea After Thailand DoubleJonathan 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 race days on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.Jonathan Rea, stated: "The best start to a season ever in my career. It is important to maximize 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."

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Mar 11, 2017

Rea Wins Third Race of the Season

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRea Wins Third Race of the SeasonJonathan 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 tires - as there were no qualifying tires 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 tire 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 tire to the best. I think in the end we did a good job so I'm happy to recover a third place."

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Mar 4, 2017

Warokorn Joins Ryde as Sofuoglu Stand-In

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeWarokorn Joins Ryde as Sofuoglu Stand-InIn a move designed to provide the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team with two potent riders in readiness for the Thailand round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, local rider Thitipong Warokorn will join regular team rider Kyle Ryde at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram.Warokorn will be riding in place of injured team regular Kenan Sofuoglu, who is hoping to return to action at the first European round of the championship at Motorland Aragon in early April. Sofuoglu is eager to get back to action to go for what would be his sixth title in a class of racing he has almost made his own in recent seasons.The chance to join the official Kawasaki entry in the WorldSSP class is an ideal opportunity for Thitipong to shine in front of his home crowd as a Kawasaki rider for the first time. He joins Kawasaki as a regular Thailand Superbike Championship rider this season, after competing for other manufacturers for most of his career.Starting Motocross racing at 8 years of age Thitipong won several national titles before crossing over to road racing in 2010. He continued his success almost instantly, by winning the Thailand Superbike Championship in 2010 and 2011.The 28-year-old rider from Chonburi has ridden once before in the WorldSSP championship, at his home circuit, in 2015. He is perhaps best known outside of his native country as a Moto2 rider, having competed in 42 races across three seasons.Thitipong is also a well known as a competitor in the Asian Supersport Championship, which he competed in last season, before opting to re-route his career with Kawasaki in his return to the Thailand Superbike Championship of 2017.In the permanent Puccetti set-up Kyle Ryde made a thoroughly positive start to his WorldSSP career in taking fourth place in the opening round of the season, finishing just 1.679 seconds behind the winning rider, in a race weekend with all the hopes of the team riding on his young shoulders. His confident and assured start sees him approach the second round eager to get back on track and go for another strong points score.The second WorldSSP round of the season will end with a 17-lap race on Sunday 12th March, at 14.30 local time in Thailand.Thitipong Warokorn, stated: "This WorldSSP Buriram round will be my first race under the umbrella of Kawasaki, as I will compete in the Thailand Superbike Championship with the Ninja ZX-10R in 2017. It is so lucky for me to get this big opportunity in the official WorldSSP team on the Ninja ZX-6R at Buriram. This is my home circuit and I know it well."

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Feb 26, 2017

Fighting Fourth for Ryde at Round One

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeFighting Fourth for Ryde at Round OneKyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) showed all his spirit and talent during a challenging day for the WorldSSP riders at Phillip Island. Ryde finished fourth in what was eventually only a ten-lap FIM Supersport World Championship race.After a red flag due to another rider's crash that stopped the first attempted running of the WorldSSP race, while Ryde was in a strong position up front, the final race was cut to 10 laps. It had already been reduced to 15 laps from its scheduled 18-lap duration at the start of the race weekend.Kyle, only 19-years-old and running without his regular team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu alongside while the Turkish star recovers from surgery at home, kept his cool and pace in the final 10-lap sprint, taking away 13 points for fourth place.Ryde felt he could have made an even better finish had the red flag not appeared in the first running, as he had worked hard on a full race strategy, but in the first regular weekend with his Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team fourth place was much more than many more established championship contenders took away.Next up for Kyle is the second round of the championship at Buriram in Thailand, two weeks from now.Kyle Ryde, stated: "The main thing today is that I got fourth place and kicked off the season with 13 points. I was a bit gutted that the red flag came out in the first part because it was pretty easy staying in second place and saving my tire. Once I went back to seventh in the final running of the race they were all going crazy and I got punted wide twice at MG corner. I just thought if I stayed behind them something would happen and on the last lap something did; two riders fell and went out of the running. I have made a big step forward and I am riding around with the fast group. It was a positive, very positive, day. Even for Kenan's sake, two of the main contenders dropped points at the opening round. Now we will roll onto Thailand and try to do the same again there."Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was eighth today, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) ninth and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) tenth.Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) scored points in 12th place. Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) earned 14th place in the re-run race, the last rider to finish after so many falls and retirements were recorded. Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was forced out by another riders' crash.

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Feb 26, 2017

Island Double Gives Rea 40 Superbike Wins

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeIsland Double Gives Rea 40 Superbike WinsJonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) joined an exclusive club with his 40th career FIM Superbike World Championship race win today while Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) joined the leading group in the race for a time, but finished sixth. In the championship points Rea leads with a perfect 50 while Sykes has 26, and is ranked third overall.In warm and sunny conditions the second Phillip Island race saw a small piece of history being made on two main fronts. First of all race one front row winner Rea and third placed Sykes had to start race two from the third row on their Ninja® ZX™-10RRs, under the new championship regulations. Sykes took over seventh grid place and Rea ninth, in another new twist to the 2017 season. Then, Rea secured his historic 40th race win at the end of the 22-laps.Rea, able to get into the lead as early as lap six despite starting from the third row, raced for the win from then on, holding off Chaz Davies over the finish line for the second time in two days, this time by a margin of 0.025 seconds. Jonathan has now won five of the six most recent Phillip Island races, on a Kawasaki.This latest race win gave Rea his magical 40th career victory; a level only reached and then later passed by three other riders in WorldSBK history. They are Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga. Rea, the 2015 and 2016 champion, also scored the Superpole win on Saturday for an almost perfect opening weekend of the new campaign on the new Ninja ZX-10RR.Sykes, the WorldSBK champion in 2013, had more of an issue getting to the front group in race two, having to fight his way through once he had passed some slower riders and using up too much of his available tyre life in the process. He finished sixth today, 4.781 seconds from the win but having taken his second good result of the opening race weekend and third place overall in the points.In the Manufacturers' Standings, Kawasaki leads from Ducati 50 to 40.Jonathan Rea, stated: "Phillip Island was really rewarding and to win two last lap battles here means a lot because it is a such a hard track to lead from the front on. Whilst that 40th career victory means a lot it is more important to put a good score on the board for round one. When I went through to clean air in the lead with three or four to go I was worried that the other riders may be learning too much about the bike. I had to be sure just to change the lines up a little bit but on the last lap, from Siberia corner onwards, I just put my head down and completed a very good back section. I covered my line into the MG hairpin and got myself tucked in as well as I could on the front straight. There was not only one area where we found some pace in the winter tests; we generally just polished the bike. Nothing magic happened but I feel good about this bike. The way things have changed a little bit have suited me. I can ride less on the limit and we have more tyre left to fight with at the end of races, compared to last year."Tom Sykes, stated: "It was a strange race today. I got a decent start, was happy with my track position but I struggled a little bit and couldn't turn well enough really. I could not get alongside some of the others so I ended up about ninth or tenth after a while. The guys in front of me had a little bit of a scrap and the leaders got away. After nine or ten laps I was able to bridge the gap back to them. I think I did a fairly good job really but I had to use a little bit too much rear tyre. We have left here in third position in the championship. I got a bit carried away because I wanted more than third after yesterday's podium but if somebody offered me that position before I came here, I possibly would have taken it. I love Phillip Island, love the people, love the track but we have never had two strong races here."

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Feb 25, 2017

Superb Win for Rea as Sykes Takes Strong Podium

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSuperb Win for Rea as Sykes Takes Strong PodiumJonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and his team-mate Tom Sykes each led the first race of the new FIM Superbike World Championship season at Phillip Island in Australia and contested the win right to the very last lap. Ultimately, Rea took his 39th career race win and Sykes only his third ever podium finish at this circuit, after a highly successful opening race day for the new Ninja® ZX™-10RR.With tyre wear always a potential issue at the unique and fast 4.445km Phillip Island circuit, the early pace of the race was controlled by the top riders to ensure their overall race package be in good shape at the end of 22-laps, especially on a track surface that was warmer than during the opening day of practice.Rea and Sykes, starting 1-2 on the grid after Rea had scored his ninth career pole earlier this morning, had both shattered the previous track best record to earn their top grid placings. Tom and Jonathan had to fight for much of the race, which had a consistent leading group of 14 at one stage. As the laps counted down to the finish first Sykes, and then Rea, lead the final charge towards the flag.Rea gave the Ninja ZX-10RR its first race win by using all his race craft on the final lap, heading off Chaz Davies by 0.042 seconds, with Tom in third place and just 1.050 seconds from the winning time.Rea has now scored four wins from the last five races held at PI, with one more race still to go this weekend. For Tom, who has seldom found great fortune at this track, his podium was both a cause for celebration and a motivating factor for race two tomorrow.Race two will take place at 15.00 on Sunday 26th February, local Australian time.Jonathan Rea, stated: "That was one of the strangest races I have ever been partly because in some places the pace was slow in the 1'33s but I was wary to always stay at the front of the group and keep out of trouble. I think the further back I ever was third but I tried not to do too much at the front. I knew when Chaz mounted a challenge at the end I needed to be really strong. Twice after lap ten I tried to go to the front and push the pace forwards but it did not really pan out. With two to go I got track position and then played it clever on the final lap. We have been working hard in the off season to find some advantages."Tom Sykes, stated: "Considering the two days of testing this week, and yesterday's times, I would say we have taken a good result today. But, considering where we were, close behind the leading two, I am disappointed not to get something extra! But that is only my third ever podium at Phillip Island, so to make a top three here, very close to the two guys who were out front, is potentially better than a win at some other circuits for me. Really I am quite happy. We had some warnings from the bike at times and we were able to adjust. In a nutshell, at this track, with hot track conditions today, a little bit of wind too – everything against what I would normally want – I was on the podium, and close to the winner. So for me this has been a very positive day and felt quite comfortable out there."

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Feb 25, 2017

Ryde Rises to Fourth After Strong Superpole Saturday

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRyde Rises to Fourth After Strong Superpole SaturdayKyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) put himself fourth on the starting grid for tomorrow's FIM Supersport World Championship race at Phillip Island after making great strides in Superpole qualifying.With Kenan Sofuoglu now back at home after missing the first round through injury Ryde had been flying solo in his pit garage during his first race weekend for the championship-winning Kawasaki Puccetti squad.Despite struggling in the recent tests and first day of race qualification yesterday Ryde relied heavily on the advice of his team and the 19-year-old went fastest in WorldSSP Superpole 1. Having thus qualified for Superpole 2 he went out to improve his performance even further and earn a fourth place starting position, with a time only 0.355 from pole.Ryde will now start his first race from the leading place on the second row of the grid, in a race that has been shortened to 15 laps from the scheduled 18.Kyle Ryde, stated: "That improvement was down to the team; trusting in what they want to do with the bike. This morning the set-up was not how I liked it but I had Jonathan Rea, the Superbike champion, telling me to just ride it and ride it. And then I had Andrew Pitt, who was a Supersport champion, telling me just to ride it and ride it. That is what I did this morning and it felt a little bit better. I went into Superpole with a new front and a new rear tire - and it just clicked. A 1'33.4 today is a brilliant achievement compared to yesterday, and put us on the second row. I still feel that I have got a little bit left in me. That is a good sign as it was not a perfect lap but for my first race with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing it is a brilliant outcome. Where I was on Monday and Tuesday at the test I was devastated to be down the order. Yesterday, in 16th place, I was also down in the dumps. I knew I could do well today, but I did not quite expect this. An awesome job from the team."Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was seventh in Superpole continuing his learning process on the Ninja ZX-6R at good pace. Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) was 12th after Superpole 2, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) right behind him in 13th and 14th positions. Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) was 21st fastest in Superpole at his home round, and Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) placed 23rd.

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Feb 21, 2017

Sofuoglu Out of First Two Rounds as Ryde Continues Progress

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSofuoglu Out of First Two Rounds as Ryde Continues ProgressKenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and his new team-mate Kyle Ryde have just completed their final pre-season test sessions, at the host venue of the 2017 championship opener, Phillip Island. After struggling with the effects of a recently dislocated right thumb Sofuoglu has acted on medical advice and will not now compete at the Phillip Island race, or the subsequent round in Thailand.Despite a recent right thumb and hand injury that has required two surgical procedures to try to fix, the most recent only taking place a few days ago, Sofuoglu rode bravely in testing at Phillip Island. He could only do so for a lap or two at a time before he was forced to stop as a consequence of his injury.Kenan has ultimately decided to miss the first two rounds to have surgery to reattach severed tendons and come back fully fit. The Turkish rider intends to return to race action at the first round in Europe, in early April, at Motorland Aragon.Kyle Ryde, who is not a novice to the class but is still at the start of his WorldSSP career compared to Kenan, pushed his way up to 13th from the 26 riders at the tests.Sofuoglu, despite the pain and lack of strength in his right hand, had posted a lap that was seventh best overall. He was the fastest Kawasaki rider at the final official tests of the 2017 pre-season.After the first race of the year, to be held on Sunday 26th February at Phillip Island, the WorldSSP championship will decamp to Thailand, and the Chang International Circuit near the city of Buriram.Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "We made a decision that I am going back home and not racing at the first two rounds. Over these two days of testing I tried my best to be on the bike but, honestly, I can do one or two laps but after that the pain makes it impossible to ride. The problem is my right thumb, which is dislocated. It keeps moving and touching my other bones. We think the best way is to stop trying to race now, get surgery and to be ready for Motorland Aragon. I have spoken to a few doctors and all of them say to stop now and have a ligament operation to hopefully ready to race in Spain. We hope for this outcome but it is not sure. I am very disappointed that I cannot race here."Kyle Ryde, stated: "The final tests were a case of getting there step-by-step. I am a bit frustrated because I know I can be faster but I think the current set-up on the bike is holding me back. We are still working out what to do to improve it. We do not want to make big changes but the smaller ones we are making now are not enough yet. I enjoyed riding today but wanted to go faster in the afternoon. I am sure by Friday we will be able to make a big step. So far I have been riding around on my own but when I get in with some faster competition I am sure this will give me a boost."Gino Rea (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) placed 11th, Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 12th - just ahead of Kyle Ryde.Kazuki Watanabe (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) ended up 17th, Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI) 18th and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th. Local rider and full-time WorldSSP runner Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) was 21st in testing, less than two seconds from the fastest rider.

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Feb 21, 2017

New Season Approaches After Final Tests

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeNew Season Approaches After Final TestsKawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes stand on the eve of the new FIM Superbike World Championship season having completed their final winter test today. Rea ended up fastest of all on his Ninja ZX-10RR, with Sykes fourth quickest.The popular Phillip Island circuit will host the first round of the season between 24th and 26th February and will offer the first points scoring opportunities of the new year for 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes and double champion Jonathan Rea, who won the title in 2015 and 2016.The weather at the unique 4.445km circuit, which features long left hand corners and a location very close to the edge of an ocean, was very different from the changeable first day of testing to the drier and more consistent second day. Day two allowed Rea to post his best lap of 1'30.545 on race tires. This was well under the existing lap record pace.Sykes was also under the existing lap record on race tires, with his 1'31.044, despite having to work on his final machine set-up for the start of the season, and losing some available time today after a low speed fall at turn four.Tom and Jonathan now have two days to relax and complete their final preparations for what promises to be a competitive 13-round/26-race season. Having made real progress with the 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR through the winter test program each official KRT rider has positive expectations as they now anticipate racing at the high-speed Australian circuit in just a few day's time.The first qualifying sessions of the new season start on Friday 24th February, with race one to be held at 3pm local Australian time on Saturday and the second race of the year coming along 24 hours after the first.After the opening round has been completed the second event will take place at the relatively new and highly popular Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, between 10th and 12th March.Jonathan Rea, stated: "Now we have picked the bike we will use for race weekend and put the package together. I have had such a good off-season; I feel I have done a really good job with my personal condition and I have managed to stay healthy so far. Every winter test we've done we have been working step-by-step. We understood at the end of last year, when we made a huge change for Qatar, I could race the bike again. So during the winter tests it was not about re-inventing the wheel. Already the ZX-10RR has given us some more potential. We were already at a high level. This winter was about building the package, building momentum and confidence. Now I feel like I have it so I just hope we can stay safe and bag some big points at the start of the new season."Tom Sykes, stated: "We had a lot better weather today than yesterday. We lost a bit of time in these tests but it is not the end of the world not to be the fastest rider in the timesheets. The good thing is that we understand where we are and where we need to find a clear improvement. So that leaves me relaxed going into the first race weekend of the year. We can make improvements in every corner so if we can find those our lap times should be nicely improved too. I had a small crash today, such a small crash, but the bike got tied in knots in the gravel and that left the lads in the team with a lot of work to do. We just need to make a good opening race weekend and leave here with more points than we have done in the recent past."Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "Jonathan did his lap times on a regular race tire and we have to be pleased with the result after these two days of testing. It has confirmed all the jobs we have been doing in the wintertime. Before we came here, we felt very strong with the whole package of the bike. We have done long runs, fast laps for one lap and tested many things to create a package that we have confirmed here. In all conditions we feel the bike is working well. We did not do a really long run today but we made 20-something laps, which is race distance, and it was impressive. The drop from the best lap time to the lap time after 20 laps was very small. So we are positive for race weekend."Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: "The changeable weather on the first day interrupted our plan but this test was all about preparing ourselves for the race weekend. We finalized our test plan in the previous Jerez test and it was all about preparing for the race in this Australian test. We got some interference due to the weather yesterday and today's crash, which reduced our track time. We will make a proper plan for Friday's opening sessions over the next two days. This is the track where we have never been very competitive but we can improve a lot for the weekend, and I am confident we will."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Feb 19, 2017

Rea and Sykes Primed for Final Pre-Season Tests at Phillip Island

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRea and Sykes Primed for Final Pre-Season Tests at Phillip IslandKawasaki Racing Team riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea stand ready for their final pre-season track tests on the new Ninja ZX-10RR at the same Phillip Island circuit that will host the first round of the season between 24th and 26th February.The two-day official organizer's pre-race track sessions, held on 20th and 21st February, will be used to make final preparations for the beginning of the 13-round series. The 2017 season will see KRT travel to several long-haul rounds in their quest for more success, as well as attending the more numerous European events in the middle of the season.After highly positive winter tests in Spain the new model ZX-10RR is prepped and ready to take on the challenge of retaining the world championship in both manufacturers' and riders' categories.Sykes (in 2013) and Rea (in 2015 and 2016) have already proven their championship-winning credentials with Kawasaki's official team. Both are hungry for more race wins and championship success as they approach the first round of 2017, with enviable records over the past few WorldSBK seasons between them.Weather conditions could be changeable during the imminent Phillip Island test sessions, with torrential downpours interspersed with sunny periods evident at the circuit one day before the final track outings of the pre-season.The two-day tests themselves will see Rea and Sykes enjoy eight hours of available track time before the first qualifying sessions of race weekend take place on Friday 24th.Jonathan Rea, stated: "Phillip Island presents a different challenge from the other tracks we have been testing at in the winter. Whist we have defined our base package now, and I feel quite comfortable, we really need to fine-tune the bike for this circuit to understand what the track demands. And we must pay attention to the weather because it looks like the forecast is a little unpredictable. The wind direction at Phillip Island is also important for set-up. We basically need to get up to speed and try not to get too excited because it is important at these tests to come away strong and healthy. Aside from that we will use these tests to try and fine-tune the bike."Tom Sykes, stated: "The plan for testing is in place and obviously I am looking forward to the track time. If it is all uninterrupted we should have everything pretty much squared off in preparation for race weekend. I have just been speaking to Marcel my crew chief at length and we have come up with our testing plan. We should go into race weekend fairly ready. We just need to find a final race set-up from the bike. We need to find a little bit more feel and feedback to be able to get through the corners differently from how I have been riding in the past. I feel that is an area in which we are finding improvements. I just feel we need to make that final little bit of fine tuning to be able to keep my corner speed and do another couple of things slightly differently."Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "Here we are again. We reboot and all the points start on zero for the riders again. The past is past and although we start the year with great memories of 2016 we know this means nothing for 2017. The way this first race develops is so important to understand the tendencies of the championship. Apart from the result we need to study carefully how all the other teams work to understand how our competition is. For sure this is a more important race weekend than most people understand but Johnny and Tom already knew this very well. They arrived here so focused, with so much concentration and I'm really convinced about their possibilities this weekend."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Feb 9, 2017

Kawasaki Racing Team Reboot at Barcelona Launch

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKawasaki Racing Team Reboot at Barcelona LaunchThe official 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship entry from KHI, the Kawasaki Racing Team, was unveiled in central Barcelona today, 9th February, with a full spectrum of sponsors, partners and media in attendance, at the very beginning of what has been described as a 'reboot' for Kawasaki's most prestigious involvement in road racing.As well as the first showing of the new model Ninja ZX-10RR in its official 2017 livery returning KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were sporting the colors of team partners Motocard, Elf Total and Monster Energy.A dynamic behind-the-scenes video featured 2013 champion Sykes and 2015/2016 champion Rea during winter testing, as well as pointing the way forward to 2017 and beyond. The video can be viewed after 19.30 CET using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLIU_PPTUy8The theme of the 2017 KRT campaign is of a reboot – of drawing a line on the considerable recent success to refocus on the new challenges and possibilities that any new season presents.Rea and Sykes were joined on stage at the Cine Comedia in Barcelona by other team members and Kawasaki staff, plus local dignitaries and sponsors. A high level of interest was evident at the team launch, from both local and international media outlets.With the European winter testing season now complete the final pre-season tests will be the official organizers' two-day event, on 20th and 21st February at Phillip Island in Australia. Only a few days later the new season will begin, with the first two race days unfolding on Saturday 25th February and Sunday 26th February.Jonathan Rea, the 2015 and 2016 world champion, stated: "It is really nice that every year KRT really pull out all the stops for our team launch. The last few years it has been in beautiful iconic spots in Barcelona and again this year we are in this really cool cinema, pretty much in the heart of the city. It is nice to jump into my new leathers, see the finished bike and have so many other people around to share in the excitement of a new season. After celebrating the championship, I have just refocused on testing since then. We have had such a productive off-season and now I am excited for the year to start."Tom Sykes, the 2013 world champion, stated: "There has been a lot of work and preparation put in during the off season from everybody and now we are announcing the team officially. It is getting to that time where we will be flying to Australia soon. It is all going to start happening very fast and tonight is the beginning of that. I am hoping to go to Phillip Island and be very competitive in the opening round. I have been trying my hardest in the winter to adapt to the bike. I would like to arrive strongly in the first round in Australia."Mr. Ken Ondo, Senior Manager Kawasaki Heavy Industries Racing Department, stated: "As a global marketing exercise that takes Kawasaki, the Ninja brand and our valued riders and team staff to all corners of the globe; the Kawasaki Racing Team have a considerable responsibility not simply to win races but to be our ambassadors. They are our "shop window" as they strive for success, presenting themselves as a professional team and creating a platform for Kawasaki Heavy Industries to showcase its design and engineering expertise."Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "As you probably know 2016 was a very successful year for us. We achieved all the objectives within our reach. Our riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes topped the first two positions in the overall classification and Kawasaki obtained the Manufacturers' title for second consecutive year in the World Superbike Championship. But, after that nearly perfect season, we're back to work to challenge again in 2017. Every season needs to start from scratch and there's no place for old kudos. This is our message for this year and the motto of this team launch."Steve Guttridge, Racing Manager Kawasaki Europe, stated: "KRT have had a very successful 2016. Historical even! Since 2012 we have achieved three world titles, three runner-up positions and two consecutive Manufacturers' titles, but in the demanding world of motorcycle racing this is now history. Every season we have to start again and we are very fortunate to start from the same fantastic base of the KRT team of staff and our riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. The winning foundation is there already. Even so we reboot every year. We reboot our objective. That is: to be champions again and create another history of success for Kawasaki. And we do it all together; manufacturer, sponsors, suppliers and team members."

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Feb 3, 2017

KRT Ready to Fly After Final European Winter Test

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKRT Ready to Fly After Final European Winter TestKawasaki Racing Team pairing Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea concluded their final European-based winter tests on the Ninja ZX-10RR at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, on 1st and 2nd February, sharing the track with some of their 2017 rivals. Experiencing mixed weather conditions at the tests Rea confidently topped the times with his day one best lap, with Sykes posting the second fastest lap as he worked through set-up and component options.With a wet track on the morning of the first day of testing Tom and Jonathan got down to serious work that afternoon as the asphalt dried out. Rea also tried out some new race and multi-lap qualifying tyre options supplied by Pirelli. He set an impressive 1'39.248 lap time but Wednesday would be his final pre-season dry track session in Europe as the rains returned on day two. Rea, the champion in 2015 and 2016 for Kawasaki celebrated his 30th birthday today and was again fastest of all, even in wet conditions.Sykes, working on modifications to his 2017 machine in readiness for the first round of the year in Australia (to be held between 24th and 26th February) used all of the dry and much of the wet track conditions to narrow down his set-up and component options. Not reverting to testing new race or qualifying tires, the 2013 world champion set his best lap of 1'40.930 in the dry part of Wednesday afternoon. He was also second quickest in the wet of Thursday.The highly anticipated official KRT launch in Spain next week, and then the series organizers' pre-season tests at Phillip Island, between 20th and 21st February, are all that remain between the KRT squad and the first round of the year. Once again races will be held over two days for the WorldSBK class, meaning the first podium places of the year being competed for on Saturday 25th February.Jonathan Rea, stated: "The test was really positive. On the first day we waited for the track to dry and then we got some valuable track time. We maximized that by testing different suspension set ups, with the 2016 fork as the base, to try out some ideas. We confirmed the best chassis and suspension set up that we will start the year with and we worked with some engine components and clutches, to understand what my preference is. We practiced starts and found something that was good for me. Pirelli also brought some development tires to try, which we gave some time to. We crossed a few things off our list and back-to-backed a few things. We were also trying to look for some performance, a bit of lap time and we did that on Wednesday. We are getting ready now for Phillip Island."Tom Sykes, stated: "On day one we started strongly and then very quickly moved on to try out many different test items and machine setup changes. We knew where we were with the base of the bike and we then used a lot of time on track to ensure we will arrive in Phillip Island with a lot less options to evaluate. We still have some small work to do in the Australian tests but because of what we did yesterday we were able to go through a lot of items. Today, in the wet, we built up speed, gradually made some small changes and ended up fairly close to where we needed to be. We found out a lot of information. We now have a cleaner slate to make our preparations for the first race. For Phillip Island we need to start being more focused on performance."Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "The last European test before the season starts was very positive and we could work in wet conditions too, which was good. We tested all the final items we had in the list. After the Australian test we can analyze, 100%, how we will make the base of the bike for the first round. It was very positive because we got to test everything and understood all the items we wanted to. Also, Jonathan was really, really fast even though the grip level of the track was not the same as the Jerez tests last week, and especially the tests here in November. He was fast on race tires and he was also able to make a very good lap time on the new soft qualifying tire from Pirelli. We are really looking forward to going to Australia for the last test and then the first event."Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: "Our target was to test some remaining items on our list, which we could not do last time because of some interruptions from the weather. We also had some weather changes at this test but on he first day we made a clear selection of some vital chassis components. The most important things have been done in the past two tests and we have an acceptable speed. We have now reached a point where we have to go and test at another track. Jerez is a good test venue but we have to go to Phillip Island now to work on a different track layout. Our winter tests in Spain have been positive and now we are getting close to the start of the season."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Jan 26, 2017

Sofuoglu Focuses on Opening Round as he Recovers from Training Injury

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSofuoglu Focuses on Opening Round as he Recovers from Training InjuryFive-time FIM Supersport World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) is rapidly recovering from a right wrist injury suffered at his training track in Turkey a few days ago.Sofuoglu, the most successful WorldSSP rider of all time, crashed while riding his personal Supermoto machine as part of his final off-season preparations, shortly before a winter test session at Jerez and forthcoming Portimao track outing in Portugal.Kenan has had to miss the Iberian tests but his new team-mate Kyle Ryde took over as a lone Ninja® ZX™-6R rider in the official team at Jerez recently. He will also continue in that role at the forthcoming tests in Portimao.After more medical checks on his injury Kenan fully expects to be able to ride at the final official tests at Phillip Island between 20th and 21st February, shortly before the first round of the year on Sunday 26th February.Sofuoglu has not had an operation to repair his injury and is not expected to have one before heading to Australia for the first round of a busy season.Manuel Puccetti, Manager Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, stated: "Kenan and I have spoken a lot with the Clinica Mobile recently and they confirm that he has a broken wrist - close to the scaphoid but it is not the scaphoid - and a dislocation, but they said that after 20-25 days should be enough for him to come back to the official tests at Phillip Island. He will not be 100% but enough to be able to ride the bike. We will know soon if he will be ready but they say he has enough time to come back. But, the bone is broken so we will know when he jumps on the bike, honestly."

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Jan 25, 2017

Strong Restart for KRT After Two Days on Track at Jerez

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeStrong Restart for KRT After Two Days on Track at JerezKawasaki 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 tire 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 tire combination to set his quickest time.Both Rea and Sykes experienced crashes on day two but came back with determination to complete their program 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 favored 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 organizers' 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 tires. 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."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Jan 23, 2017

Jerez Track Sessions Set to Kick-Start KRT’s 2017 Title Defense

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeJerez Track Sessions Set to Kick-Start KRT's 2017 Title DefenseFIM Superbike World Championship contenders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will be reintroduced to their 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR machines at the popular testing venue of Jerez de la Frontera on 24th and 25th January.After two season-ending test sessions in November of last year, at Motorland Aragon and then Jerez, the official Kawasaki Racing Team riders will be able to exploit the latest race developments on the new model Ninja ZX-10RR during what will be the opening winter tests of 2017 at the 4.423km long Jerez circuit.After so much recent success with the Ninja ZX-10R the RR model has retained the basic characteristics of the three-time championship-winning machine and added even more performance oriented initiatives to compete for greater success this year.Jerez, in the south west of Spain, holds a variety of challenges for riders and machines, featuring superfast curves and tight hairpins, flowing sections and a variety of elevation and camber changes. This makes it a true test of a machine's all-round potential.Rea and Sykes each set impressive lap times during their 2016 tests at Jerez but most importantly of all they made real progress in defining and refining their 2017 race components and electronic systems.The intention at the forthcoming test is reconfirm recent developments and to make final set-up direction choices that will be used for real in the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island in Australia, to be held between 24th and 26th February.Before the beginning of the new season KRT will return to Jerez for the final European winter test on 1st and 2nd February and then Rea and Sykes will take part in two days of official championship organizers' tests at Phillip Island, on 21st and 22nd February.Jonathan Rea, stated: "We have almost completed our winter test program at Jerez after the last test there. We can start 2017 with a base package that we are already satisfied with. We are now starting to put all the pieces of the jigsaw together so I can start to build a package looking toward the first round of the championship at Phillip Island. Jerez is a track that presents different challenges at different times of the year, depending on the temperature and grip levels from the track, so we will have to see what the track surface presents to us when we arrive there. The first test of 2017 is about getting up to speed, throwing away the winter cobwebs and starting to work with my teams again to built up to Phillip Island. We have six days of testing before the first race weekend, so we have enough time to prepare. We have some new parts we are going to evaluate in the search for more power. After the last test we left Jerez very optimistic that we had done a good job both in lap times and consistency."Tom Sykes, stated: "There is no question that Jerez, as a venue, is a good one for testing. That's why so many teams and categories go there for testing. You have to be careful because not only do lap times change day-to-day I find that Jerez is also sensitive to the time of day. We have not shown our full potential yet after the last test because we have not put the perfect set-up together yet. What we have been able to do in previous tests is explore some different parameters, explore a few things on the bike and try to understand more. With the recent technical rules we have not been as close to what I would class as a racing bike as we had been in some previous years. We have been stepping away from that and I have to say that it is about time that I need to try and adjust myself. I have to understand that it is not a thoroughbred racing bike and I need to adapt myself more to this. That has probably been my biggest struggle for the past couple of seasons. Now it is time to accept that there has to be a compromise. I am not able any more to fine-tune the bike set-up as in the past so now I probably need to bring a bit from myself."Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "We will really start the 2017 project in Jerez with nearly everything in place to attack race one in Australia. We have all been working hard in the winter to improve many areas on the bike and in the team so we will put it all in place at Jerez. KHI and the suppliers have been working a lot to cover the crew chief and rider requests. From the team's side we have been working to define the correct workflow inside our structure and introduce new staff into the system. I'm sure in 2017 we will be able to cover some weak points we had in 2016 and I expect us to have a more competitive package. Let's see were we are in race one in Australia."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 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 StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Dec 21, 2016

Kyle Ryde Joins Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Alongside Sofuoglu

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKyle Ryde Joins Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Alongside SofuogluYoung British talent Kyle Ryde will join the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing squad for a full season of competition in the FIM Supersport World Championship in 2017, sharing a pitbox with five times World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu in the process.Ryde's original 2017 racing plans had been stopped in their tracks very recently but with help and encouragement from numerous sources, including WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea, WorldSSP legend Kenan Sofuoglu, Kawasaki and the Puccetti team itself, a deal was struck that now sees 19-year-old Ryde in an enviable position to display his undeniable talent all through 2017.A podium finish at his home WorldSSP round in Donington in 2015, when riding as a wildcard, led to a full-season opportunity in the class in 2016. After competing at world level on two types of machinery in the earlier rounds Kyle utilized Kawasaki machinery for the final few races last year. This has given him some important general experience of the Ninja ZX-6R before he steps up to his official bike next year. Kyle should have his first 2017 test over two days in Spain, between 24th and 25th January.Kyle is the latest rider to join the expanding Kawasaki and Puccetti operation in the overall WorldSBK paddock. Thus far the 2017 Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team features Randy Krummenacher in his first WorldSBK season, with Sofuoglu and Ryde on the Ninja ZX-6R in the WorldSSP division and Toprak Razgatlioglu challenging for the top prize in the revamped STK1000 European Championship. Michael Canducci, like Kenan and Kyle, will ride within the overall Puccetti WorldSSP pit-box set-up, but in the Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI, which is operated in partnership with the Italian federation.Kyle Ryde, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP, said: "I am delighted to have this ride in 2017 and grateful to the many people who have bent over backwards to help me to have this opportunity. To see where I was a week ago - not riding in WorldSSP and looking for rides again in the UK - it was hard for me. When I got told about this chance it was an awesome feeling. It was all sorted a couple of days after I spoke to my team manager, Manuel. My new team-mate Kenan likes me and messages me all the time to see how I am doing. He had helped me enough already, even when he wasn't even my team-mate. He will be happy for me to be where I am now. Jonathan Rea has also been a big part of it and it is good to have a racer like him helping me."Manuel Puccetti, Team Principal, said: "I am very happy to be racing with a team like this. We have one really experienced WorldSSP rider like Kenan and our two young kids close to him. It will be very good to help grow their careers. Kyle and Michael each have a big talent and are only 19-years-old. To have a young team and young riders in the same garage as Kenan is very good for me. I am also happy put one foot in WorldSBK with Randy Krummenacher this coming year. It will take time to make sure of a good results because we know we will be fighting with truly official factory teams. This will not be easy. It will take time to improve our project and after some months we will see where we are. And with Toprak we will be aiming to win the STK1000 title in 2017 before pushing on to WorldSBK with him the year after."

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Oct 31, 2016

Double Champion Rea Makes Superbike History with Kawasaki

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDouble Champion Rea Makes Superbike History with KawasakiJonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) secured his second FIM Superbike World Championship in succession thanks to a second place finish in the opening race at Losail in Qatar. The last time this feat was achieved was 17 years ago. Tom Sykes (KRT) finished fourth in the race to remain second in the championship standings, with one race remaining tomorrow.Rea, who had won his eighth career Superpole contest earlier in the day to start from the best grid spot, was intent on winning the 17-lap race to secure the title as he enjoyed a large points cushion of 48 over Sykes at the start of the day. Tom was the only rider who could possibly catch Jonathan on this final weekend of the 13 round season, but the title was decided one race before the end after Rea's podium ride.Rea is one of only four riders to have won WorldSBK titles from one year to the next, joining Carl Fogarty (twice), Doug Polen and Fred Merkel in that exclusive club.In race one at the 5.380km Losail circuit Rea had chased eventual race winner Chaz Davies in the early laps and held station behind him for some time. Jonathan eventually eased off to earn more than enough points to make his second championship secure.Sykes could not make his optimum pace in the early laps on fresh tyres but towards the end he made up ground and went from fifth to fourth by passing Nicky Hayden on the last lap and closing in on eventual final place podium man, Sylvain Guintoli.With one race left to run there are still many possibilities for each KRT rider but Sykes will now concentrate his efforts defending his second place in the points ranking, as he is now seven points ahead of Davies.Jonathan currently has 482 points and Sykes 427, ahead of the final race of the year.Race two will take place at 21.00 on Sunday 30th October, local Qatar time.Jonathan Rea, stated: "It is incredible to have won back-to-back championships. It is very raw right now because I have not had time to take it in, but to have such a year like I had last year - and then this year with the new bike - I think we faced a lot more challenges this time. I am really happy and proud of our work because this bike was so new. To win in the first year of a new model is incredible and I want to thank Kawasaki for building such a good base bike. I expect to go from strength to strength. It felt like we really had to win the championship this time so I have to thank everybody all around me in the team. I want to thank each and every one of them."Tom Sykes, stated: "Congratulations to Johnny because two on the bounce is great. He is riding very well and it is credit to the team and Kawasaki Racing. We have come from way back in 2011 and they have been so consistent in the last few years, fighting for world titles. This year I am not the rider to take the title on the Ninja but at least the trophy is staying inside Kawasaki. It was a really strange race today because I could not get the pace in the beginning but towards the end I felt we improved it. It seems to me like I was also catching Sylvain at the end but the race was too short to make a good ending."Guim Roda, Team Manager, stated: "I would like to pass my biggest congratulations to Johnny for his consecutive title wins. A championship win is something very difficult to achieve, and even more so for two in a row. It has been a very complicated year, much more than people can see from outside, so for me his job has been of great value. I hope he enjoys the moment with all his friends and family, because for sure all in KRT will enjoy it for some days. All the staff from KRT and Kawasaki always try their best to give our riders the right tools to make their dreams come true. We all are very happy for Rea make his dream come true while riding the green power machine."Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, stated: "We all know that winning any championship is so difficult. Johnny made that look almost easy last year on our fully proven KRT race bike.We understood that defending that number 1 plate at this level of racing was going to be an even tougher challenge in 2016. Our all-new Ninja ZX-10R proved to be an excellent base. With intelligent development on and around the WorldSBK circuits this season all of the team and JR have made an incredible job again in retaining that Championship title for Kawasaki."Shigemi Tanaka of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Motorcycle and Engine Company, Marketing Department, stated: "Congratulations to Jonathan, it is a great accomplishment to win the World Superbike title in two consecutive years. I am sure that all Kawasaki fans across the world will join KHI in congratulating Jonathan on his achievement and also thanking Tom Sykes for a year of excellent performances. This back-to-back championship highlights once more the excellence of Ninja ZX-10R as a supreme road bike and an unbeatable racing package."

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Oct 31, 2016

Kawasaki Riders Go 1-2 in the Final Rankings after Double Podium

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKawasaki Riders Go 1-2 in the Final Rankings after Double PodiumA remarkable year for Kawasaki and KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes was rounded off by a 1-2 finish in the Riders' Championship, as Sykes retained his overall second place with a second place finish. He came home just ahead of Rea after a shortened ten-lap race two at Losail. Jonathan Rea had won the championship itself the day before but the final points scores ended up Rea 498 and Sykes 447 after the very last race of 13-round season.In 2016 Kawasaki and its official KRT squad won all the major titles on offer – for riders, manufacturers and team. The championship 1-2 for Rea and Sykes was the final part of the overall winning package for the Ninja ZX-10R. Remarkably, all this on-track success came in the first year of a new model, which was only launched a year ago.The final race of the year got underway on schedule at 21.00 local time in Qatar and was planned for 17-laps. After an oil spill the red flags came out and the track had to be cleaned. A shorter 10-lap restart began almost 45 minutes after the first, and with full championship points issued.Rea had run-on early in the first red-flagged race and was down in ninth on the grid for the restart instead of the pole position he had earned on Saturday. Sykes was second off the grid in the restart and harried eventual winner Chaz Davies, the only rider who could catch and pass Tom to take second in the points.As Rea improved his pace and looked to win the final race of his second back-to-back championship season, he overtook Tom and closed in on the lead of Davies. Unable to catch and pass before the final flag he eased up and Sykes secured second place to maintain his overall second in the championship.With both KRT riders on the podium their 2016 statistics grew again and made happy reading for rider and manufacturer alike. Rea, the 2015 and 2016 champion, has scored nine race wins this year, taken 23 podiums in 26 races, two pole positions and six fastest laps – including the new Losail lap record of 1'56.974, which he set on lap three today.Sykes' latest podium gives him 20 for the season, including five wins. He has earned eight more Superpole wins in 2016 and six fastest laps.In the final Manufacturers' Championship standings, Kawasaki has 582, 65 more than the nearest rival.Jonathan Rea, stated: "I was trying to get to Chaz to win the first attempted race. When I started the bike felt good but when I approached turn one I could not shift gears as a sensor had failed so I ran-on. I lost places so the red flag saved me when it came out. The crew changed it really quickly for the restart and we made a step forward. Today I rode with my heart; rode like I can. In a ten-lap race, starting from ninth place, the math did not stack up well! I got beaten-up in the first two corners and spent too long behind Leon Haslam and Tom. Chaz had a bit of a gap on me but I closed it right down. When I saw it was not possible to win I decided to work for the team and Kawasaki. We rode a really, really fast race here. A lap record, a pole position and a world championship came our way this weekend, so Qatar has been pretty good to me."Tom Sykes, stated: "To finish runner up has a better ring to it than third and Kawasaki has gone 1-2 in the Riders' Championship this year. It was a strange weekend in some ways but finally in the first part of race two, which eventually got red-flagged, I was preparing for a longer race. I think our pace at the end could have also been quite good over 17-laps. In the restart to finally do some 1'57 laps was something unexpected. After Jonathan passed me he was closing in on Chaz but obviously when he looked at Chaz's lap time he would have had to do something special to win. Jonathan has had two great seasons and he has been the man to beat. It was a very good gesture from the other side of the team and this is something that I appreciate so much."Guim Roda, Team Manager, stated: "This is the first year of the current model Ninja ZX-10R's introduction and it has taken the Manufacturers' title, plus first and second in the championship. Sometimes, there are in life bigger things than your own interests, and that makes life magic and exciting. Today it was possible, for the first time ever, for Kawasaki to finish first and second in the Riders' Championship. Be sure next year the competition will be there again and Rea and Sykes will provide a big show to the world again. Congratulations to Tom and congratulations to Johnny - you give the team something we lost in the past."Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, stated: "We won the Manufacturers' Championship, the Team Championship and had first and second places in the Riders' Championship. I am absolutely delighted and the guys did a fantastic job this year again. They have stepped it up another level with the new Ninja ZX-10R."Leon Haslam (Pedercini Racing Team) made a remarkable charge in the final running of the ten lap second race, finishing fifth in his return to WorldSBK as a one-off rider. Roman Ramos (GoEleven Kawasaki) finished 14th in the race and in doing so also finished 14th in the final championship rankings.Local rider Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was out of race two with a technical issue but Grillini Racing Kawasaki riders Gianluca Vizziello and Dominic Schmitter finished the ten-lap race 17th and 18th respectively.

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Oct 31, 2016

Sofuoglu Second after Thrilling Season Finale

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSofuoglu Second after Thrilling Season FinaleRecently crowned WorldSSP champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) came within 0.006 seconds of winning what would have been his ninth victory of the year after 15-laps of hard work and high entertainment under the floodlights at Losail. Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) experienced some set-up issues in his last ride of the season to finish fifth today, and eventually third in the overall championship fight.Five-time Supersport World Champion Sofuoglu had already helped Kawasaki win their Manufacturers' Championship recently, as well as wrapping up his own Riders' Championship at the previous round. At Losail he had gone out to try and win another race before the season was completed.Kenan experienced some lack of grip in the early part of the 15-lap race and he spent the first three circuits in sixth place. He climbed up the field as his experience told, led the race itself on lap 13 but was finally beaten across the line after he made a small error in the very last corner. This allowed Kyle Smith to pass him and take the narrowest of victories in a thrilling season finale.Randy had to finish high enough up the order today to guarantee the second place he had been holding for most of 2016, but with set-up issues appearing from the start in the night race he was eventually fifth. In finishing third today Jules Cluzel eventually placed second overall, with Randy just two points behind. The final points scores were Sofuoglu 216, Cluzel 142 and Krummenacher 140.Kenan, the most successful WorldSSP rider of all time, added to his records at this race. He now has 38 career race wins, 78 podiums in all, 30 pole position starts, 94 front row starts of all kinds and 27 fastest laps. And above all, his five world championships - the most recent three while riding the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.In what was his first season as a WorldSSP rider, after a career spent in the GP paddock, Randy scored a win in the first round, three podiums in all, seven front row starts and one pole position.Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "That was a good race and I enjoyed it. At the beginning of the race I had no rear grip. I do not know what the reason was, but after a few laps, when I saw that everybody's tires had dropped, I got more confidence and came back. I had to push very hard to catch Smith and on the last lap it was not easy. Just before the last corner I made a mistake due to chattering and then on the last corner I had to give way because I knew he was right by my side. I tried again on the straight but it did not happen, and by such a small margin. For me it was a very good race. I think everybody enjoyed it and it is also what the class needed. I can be happy with the result today because we are champions already, we took another podium and that is always a good thing."Randy Krummenacher, stated: "I was, from lap one, on the limit. I was fighting with the set-up of the bike, not the other riders. Every corner was like that. If I pushed more it was not working, going wide or spinning from the rear. Right now it is hard to accept that I have lost the possibility of second overall but today, more was not possible. Overall, I can be happy with third in the championship, as it is a kind of podium finish. This was the first season in this paddock for me so we missed out with some experience but it is difficult to understand why we struggled at this race."Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) scored a confident seventh place to go 11th in the final championship rankings. Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) was 11th today and 14th overall for the season. Kyle Ryde (Schmidt Racing Kawasaki) placed 14th at Losail and Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) recorded his first point of the year in 15th place.

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Oct 17, 2016

Kawasaki Wins Manufacturers’ Championship After Double KRT Podium

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKawasaki Wins Manufacturers' Championship After Double KRT PodiumTom Sykes and his fellow Kawasaki Racing Team rider Jonathan Rea secured second and third place finishes in race one at Jerez today. As a result Kawasaki won the Manufacturers' Award for the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship season - for the second year in succession.Both Kawasaki Racing Team riders knew they would have strong opening races after Sykes had scored his eighth Superpole of the year this morning, with Rea just one place behind him on the grid. In the warm and dry opening race neither was able to keep the pace of eventual winner Chaz Davies for all 20 laps.Rea took an early lead but Sykes passed before the end of the first lap, and held his lead until lap four. Despite Tom setting the fastest lap of the race on lap three, Davies passed him one lap later and eased away to a lead that would become a win.Rea ran behind Sykes for a time but as the race unfolded Sykes eased out an advantage that grew to 3.8 seconds at the flag, closing up the gap somewhat to Rea's championship lead. Third in race one was still positive progress for Rea, as he had never secured a podium finish at Jerez before today.After race one Tom is 44 points behind, with one more Jerez race left to run and two more to come in the final round in Qatar in two week's time.The headline success today, for all involved from KHI and KRT, was securing the Manufacturers' Championship with three points scoring races left to run. With three races and a possible 75 points up for grabs still, Kawasaki is an unassailable 80 points ahead in the manufacturers' standings.Kawasaki riders – either Rea or Sykes in each case – have already taken 14 race wins in 2016, with eight 1-2 finishes. There have been 38 individual podium finishes for the official Ninja ZX-10R riders.Tom Sykes, stated: "It has been a big day for Kawasaki, and for them to win two Manufacturers' Championships on the bounce. We have been building up to this for some years and with two strong riders in the team we are able to deliver. It shows the amount of effort and support they are putting into the Superbike World Championship. To finish second today with two really strong guys either side of me is not too bad but it is also not perfect. We need to find an answer tomorrow as we had a little bit of a battle with the front set-up of the bike today. Hopefully we can then match the pace of Chaz on Sunday."Jonathan Rea, stated: "We definitely did not have the pace for Chaz today. With Tom it seemed like I could hang in there but I was taking a risk. The thing on my mind was that it was better to consolidate our points and move on, to take one step closer to our ultimate goal. We had no traction from early on and some front and rear slides so for tomorrow we need to understand that. All in all I am happy to be on the podium for the first time at Jerez. We have just won the Manufacturers' Championship today, three races out from the end, so that is another good point about today because it shows the hard work that Kawasaki, the team and all the staff have been doing this year, as well as last year. I am happy to contribute to that back-to-back Manufacturers' World Championship."Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, stated: "The combination of our two super competitive riders and our very professional team organization again allowed Kawasaki to celebrate the Manufacturers' title. These are good times for Kawasaki and we plan to keep them rolling for the future."Guim Roda, Team Manager, stated: "I think we can be very proud to win the Manufacturers' Championship. That is something we got to with the efforts of many people, suppliers and sponsors, and of course with the big job that Tom and Johnny did. So big thanks to them. To win the manufactures' title in the first year that Kawasaki introduced a new model ZX-10R is really something. It proves the base of the bike is good, so we are very happy to show this potential and help to sell more bikes all over the world. I really feel the customers will ride with the spirit of racing using the street ZX-10R. This title has given us big motivation to continue our work even harder next year."Yoshimoto Matsuda, Senior Staff Officer KHI Engineering Department R&D, stated: "We see this as a special year because we are having the 120th anniversary of the founding of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and it makes us so proud to win the Manufacturers' Championship, both last year and this year also. This is very special for us. As the project leader of ZX-10R production and also having the responsibility of the world Superbike machine development this year, we have had a brand new machine to work with. So we are so proud, from both those points of view, to have had this chance and then won."

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Oct 17, 2016

Final Round Showdown Coming for Rea and Sykes After Jerez Podiums

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeFinal Round Showdown Coming for Rea and Sykes After Jerez PodiumsJonathan Rea finished second and Tom Sykes third in the second 20-lap FIM Superbike World Championship Race at Jerez, meaning that one of the two official Kawasaki Racing Team riders will definitely be crowned champion at the final round in Qatar in two week's time. Which one will be champion is still to be determined, however, after their strong combined Jerez podium performances.Having guaranteed the Manufacturers' Championship for Kawasaki on Saturday, when Sykes was second and Rea third, both official KRT riders aimed to try and overcome Chaz Davies on Sunday, to overturn his race one success. Davies was to win his second race of the weekend all the same but this time around Rea finished ahead of Sykes on the podium, in second place.The second Jerez race was held in marginally warmer conditions than the first race on Saturday and with some set-up and tyre choice changes on board the KRT riders pushed hard to maintain their championship challenges. Rea passed Sykes at half race distance and from then on they ran together, finally crossing the line only 0.137 seconds from each other.Rea drew himself 48 points ahead of his team-mate today with only one round and two races left to run. That margin was just two points short of guaranteeing Rea the Riders' Championship at the Spanish round but he goes into the Losail race weekend as hot favorite, with only 50 points available for Sykes if he wins both races.Jonathan now only has to score two points or more to win his second consecutive Riders' Championship with KRT. Only he or his fellow Ninja ZX-10R rider Tom can now win the championship itself, as Davies will be unable to score enough points in the races that remain to get ahead of Rea. Tom has an arithmetical chance of winning the title but also has to ensure he finishes second overall, if the goal of taking the championship proves impossible.The last of 13 rounds of WorldSBK racing will be held at the Losail circuit in Qatar, between 28th and 30th October.Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am satisfied with the championship gap. We can go to Qatar in a relaxed mood and look to pick up the target there. To date we have had nine race wins and done a very good job. I struggled with traction front and rear today and Jerez is a low grip track. As soon as the grip went off I was starting to struggle a lot, although not like yesterday. We changed a lot on the bike for Sunday, including the engine character. I had confidence with my team that it was in the right direction and I think we made one step forward. The temperature was up today so it was quite a different race, and slower at the end."Tom Sykes, stated: "Third is the best we could manage today but that is racing. It was a good race and a good fight over the distance but I just came out third best today. I was very close to Jonathan at the end but just not enough. I could have so easily tucked the front in some areas but we saw it through to a podium finish. We will move on from this and try to be stronger. We have a 48-point deficit and we need to find a better set-up in Qatar to allow me to be aggressive from start to finish. I feel I am not able to do what I need to do right now. I do not want to lose second in the championship if we can help it. We have an important test tomorrow and utilize this in the best way."Behind the official KRT Riders Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) secured a strong ninth place and at his home round Roman Ramos (GoEleven Kawasaki) placed 11th. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) scored a point for 15th. Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Kawasaki) placed 18th but Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) slid off on lap nine. In the championship Ramos is 15th with 85 points and West 17th with 64.

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Oct 17, 2016

Sofuoglu and Kawasaki take Championship Wins at Jerez

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSofuoglu and Kawasaki take Championship Wins at JerezThe main prizes in the WorldSSP championship were awarded at the penultimate round in Jerez when Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) secured the Riders' Championship and Kawasaki took the Manufacturers' trophy. In the ESS category, which races within the WorldSSP rounds in Europe, Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) became the inaugural champion after scoring a fifth place in the combined results today.This was the fifth Supersport World Championship win for all-time class great Sofuoglu, three of which have been achieved on Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R machinery. He has now scored 38 career wins, as part of 77 podiums in all.Kenan had wanted to win the championship at the previous round in France by winning the race. He fell from the lead in that contest but got his wish of securing the championship via his race win today, from Niki Tuuli and Kyle Smith who were second and third on the podium respectively.Kawasaki also made sure of the Manufacturers' Championship after Sofuoglu took his sixth win of the season, the Japanese producer ending the day with an unassailable 48-point lead with one round remaining.Despite crashing while leading on lap five, as he attempted to get away from the chasing Tuuli and Sofuoglu, Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) got going again to try and fight all the way to the end.Randy was forced to retire shortly afterwards but he is still second in the championship, three points ahead of the next closest rider.Bassani's race today saw him lead the chasing pack, some way behind the top four, when it mattered, scoring 11 points and eventually ending his year with a 16 point advantage over his nearest competitor. The first four riders home in the ESS championship all rode Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R machines.The last round of the regular championship will take place in Losail, Qatar, on Sunday 30 October.Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "I am so proud to have won my fifth championship and I have to say a special thanks to Kawasaki. Some years ago they gave me a good package and good support and since that time I have enjoyed racing a lot more. Then I found the Puccetti Racing team two years ago and this is my second title with them in succession. To do that is incredible and we have won many races. At the beginning of this year I did not know what would happen but we won the championship one race early. Racing is not difficult but fighting for championships is difficult. Today, when I saw that Randy had crashed I thought that because I was already champion, I could go on to try and win the race. It was my dream to do that at Magny Cours but I achieved it here. Luck was with me today and together with our good potential and good performance, we won the title again."Randy Krummenacher, stated: "I felt very strong in the race and felt a step stronger than those around me. When I got in front I thought if I pushed a little bit more, not too much, then things would be easier today. I was excited, maybe a bit too much, because I lost the front very quick and it was a bit of a surprise. I want to look forward and do well in Qatar. The bike feels good and I cannot wait until the final round. I want to say thanks to Kawasaki and well done for the Manufacturers' Championship. Congratulations today to Kenan. He did a great job and he really deserves to be champion."Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, stated: "Kenan winning yet another Supersport title for Kawasaki within the fantastic Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team is a dream come true. He's had some very tough times but always he is a true professional, with unrivalled determination to achieve the goal. So a big congratulations from Kawasaki goes to both Kenan and his team again this season."Shigemi Tanaka, Kawasaki Europe: "It is very important and valuable for us at KHI that Kawasaki accomplished the same feat as last season, taking Manufacturer titles in both WorldSBK and WorldSSP championships and highlighting the excellence of Kawasaki Heavy Industries products because WorldSBK and WorldSSP bikes are both based on production bikes."Axel Bassani, stated: "It was great to win this championship because it was not easy at the start and I had to fight to become better and better. At the end of the season, at Magny Cours and here, I got close to the top and the regular riders and I am happy about that. I destroyed a bike in a crash yesterday and the team had to rebuild a bike for me, so I am happy to take this result and the championship win. Many thanks to all involved."Behind the front-runners Illia Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was seventh today and his fellow ESS rider Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) 11th. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was the last Kawasaki rider to score a point, in 15th place. Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) was 16th and Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) 18th.

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Oct 3, 2016

Sofuoglu or Krummenacher Will be Champion but Battle Goes On

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSofuoglu or Krummenacher Will be Champion but Battle Goes OnThe 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship will be won by one of two official Kawasaki riders – either Kenan Sofuoglu or Randy Krummenacher - after a dramatic 19-lap FIM Supersport World Championship race at Magny Cours, which saw Kenan fall and Krummenacher score a top five finish.Long time race leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was in the lead and heading for his fifth championship win until he fell on lap 12, losing the front at turn three. With Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in fifth place after moving up from 11th on the grid, the championship fight between the Puccetti Racing team-mates will go on until at least the next round. After Magny Cours, all their other rivals are too far behind to gather the required points before the end of the year.In dry and sunny conditions Sofuoglu rode strongly from pole position, leading a field of 37 riders in the first laps. Without warning he lost the front, slid off at speed, and was unable to continue because of crash damage to his machine.With Krummenacher too far behind in the early laps to get into podium contention around the 4.411km circuit, the Swiss rider kept up a high pace to finish fifth, gathering enough points to keep his championship hopes alive. He is now 42 points behind Kenan, with a total of 50 available for any rider who wins both of the remaining races, which will be held in Spain and Qatar.Jules Cluzel won the race in France, from Niki Tuuli and Ayrton Badovini. Young ESS rider for Kawasaki, Axel Bassani (San Carlo team Italia Kawasaki) was fourth - the top ESS rider today - and the best Ninja ZX-6R rider in the Magny Cours race. The part-time rider was just 2.232 seconds from the outright win.The next round of the championship will take place on Sunday 16th October, at Jerez in Spain.Randy Krummenacher, stated: "I had some problems from the beginning as I did not have a lot of grip. We made the wrong tyre choice in the front but what was good is that from lap one, although I struggled, it stayed the same all race long. So I was able to develop my to improve my lap time. At a certain point of the race I was faster than the front guys. I am definitely back. My shoulder is perfect and I am riding at my best. This gives me very good confidence for Jerez. I am sorry for Kenan and for the team. In the championship, it is not over until it is over. I will keep on fighting."Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "I took it easy at the start of the race and I cannot say I was pushing, I was riding easy and in a safe way. After seven or eight laps I thought we had a rhythm, the tyres were hot enough, and I thought I would push a little bit. In the last two laps before the crash, step-by step, I was doing faster lap times. Honestly I cannot say why I crashed. This was really an unexpected fall. I wanted to win the race and the championship here but it did not happen. We have two more races and the chances will be bigger at the next one. In two weeks' time we will be ready to try and win the title."Behind Bassani and Krummenacher today, Illia Mykhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) finished eighth and Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) tenth. Kyle Ryde (Schmidt Racing Kawasaki) was 11th, Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) 13th - and the last Ninja ZX-6R rider to score points. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 17th, Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) 20th. Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) and Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki ESS) failed to finish. In the ESS Championship, Bassani leads Mykhalchik by 14 points.

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Oct 3, 2016

Podiums for KRT Riders as Rea Extends his Championship Lead

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropePodiums for KRT Riders as Rea Extends his Championship LeadJonathan Rea and Tom Sykes (KRT) finished second and third respectively in the second 21-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race at Magny Cours, with Rea extending his championship lead over his team-mate to 48 points. Rea has scored nine race wins on the latest Ninja ZX-10R so far this season and Sykes five, but despite being joined in a battle out front for much of the 21 lap contest - held in fully dry conditions - the late pace of Saturday race winner Chaz Davies also gave him a win on Sunday.With both official Kawasaki Racing Team riders keen to add to their race victory tallies, especially after Sykes had been third and Rea fourth in Saturday's opener, the front-running action was close and competitive between the riders who still occupy first and second places in the championship.The conditions of race two could not have been more different from the wet and drying track encountered on Saturday. The dry surface allowed Sykes to post a new lap record of 1m 37.864 seconds, on lap three, as he rode away out front to try and gap the field.The undulations and heavy braking areas of the 4.411km Magny Cours circuit provided many passing opportunities for Rea after he had caught up with Sykes, but Tom proved determined to hold onto his lead. He only surrendered it on lap 16 – temporarily to Rea and then finally to Davies. Rea re-passed Sykes with four laps to go and set about trying to reel in Davies. Rea had lost too much ground by that stage but still scored his first podium of the weekend in second place.The top three riders were covered by just over 2.5 seconds at the end, with Sykes half a second from Rea across the line. After race two in France Rea has now scored 84 podium places during his career and Sykes 81. In the current championship standings, Rea has 426 points, Sykes 378 and Davies 345.The next races in the championship will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October, at Jerez in Spain. The last round will be held at the Losail Circuit in Qatar, between 28th and 30th October.Jonathan Rea, stated: "I tried to plan my pass on Tom because he is strong right now and he is hard to pass at the best of times. When I overtook under braking, unfortunately it let Chaz come past us. Then I had to try to pass Tom again but already the gap to Chaz was too much. Maybe I spent too much time behind Tom but he is riding so well. I am happy with my race because, today, second place was the best I could do and I am happy with the way I rode. We need to improve the bike set-up in some areas but all things considered I am happy with the result. It is a 48-point gap now and it is nice to extend the championship lead, if by one point after Lausitzring last time and by another single point here! Championships can be won by a point so every one of them is important. If we can just have a clean end to the season hopefully we can do the job."Tom Sykes, stated: "When I started the race the bike felt really good and it was quite easy for me to manage 1m 37 second lap times. Unfortunately, for the first time all weekend, our pace dropped and I am confused about this. I then struggled to carry corner speed so that is something for us to look at. On Friday we were very fast and consistent but we had some issues in the second part of the race today. We were more consistent over the whole weekend this time, however, and we are making steps forward. Unfortunately it is quite late in the season now but at least we are able to fight at the front and be somewhere close for the race win."Behind the official KRT riders, Roman Ramos (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) was 13th today and stand-in rider Matthieu Lagrive (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 15th. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) went 17th but Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) no-scored after retiring.

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Oct 3, 2016

Weather Plays Its Part as Sykes and Rea Go Third and Fourth

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeWeather Plays Its Part as Sykes and Rea Go Third and FourthThe opening race of the Magny Cours FIM Superbike World Championship weekend had begun in wet conditions but the track dried out through all 21-laps, after which Tom Sykes (KRT) had taken third place and Jonathan Rea (KRT) fourth.Both Superpole winner Rea and second fastest qualifier Sykes started out on full wet tyre options at the start of the first race but changed them after making a pit stop as conditions improved. Sykes took on slick tires and almost took second place as a result, on the very last lap. Rea earned fourth place on a set of intermediate tires.The entire race was punctuated by many riders moving rapidly back and forward through the rankings but early leader Sykes led, with confidence, for eight laps. Rea was in second place until lap eight, as a dry line appeared more emphatically with every passing lap. Realising they had to stop for tires, the KRT riders entered pit lane together, and went out together, dropping to the lower reaches of the top ten as a short-lived consequence of their pit lane entry.On their different tire choices they rode at the same pace for some time but eventually Sykes passed by Rea and then made up ground and positions, running at a high pace. Tom eventually got to within touching distance of second place on the very last lap. He set the fastest lap of the race on the very last circuit, posting a 1'40.491.Rea had played a patient game to take a fourth place finish, passing one rider on the final lap to end up just one place behind his main championship rival Sykes. Jonathan had won Superpole in wet conditions earlier in the day, his seventh Superpole success of his career but his first in 2016 on the all-new Ninja ZX-10R.Chaz Davies won the opening Magny Cours race, with Michael van der Mark second. In the championship points, Jonathan has 406; Tom is 44 behind on 362, with Davies now 86 points behind Jonathan and in third place overall.Race two at Magny Cours will take place on Sunday October 2nd, at 13.00. Dry weather is expected but KRT is ready to face any condition after Saturday's ever-changing wet and dry experience.Tom Sykes, stated: "That was a really tricky race. Some riders went on intermediates and some on wets. I was one of those on full wets, as I wanted to be a bit safer in the early laps. Chaz went on intermediates, and it paid off for him in the end. I think we had a good race, considering we had a pit stop. After that it was definitely a good comeback through the field. The lap times were really competitive compared to the others guys. We just ran out of time, but that is racing. I am grateful to be on the podium in such tricky conditions, which could have easily gone another way. Tomorrow I hope it is fully dry and we can improve the result. In fully wet conditions we were good, also in dry conditions, so we are prepared for any of those. It is just that you can't really make a perfect set-up for those 'in between' conditions. Tomorrow we will be prepared in any case."Jonathan Rea, stated: "It was a race of strategy today and unfortunately we were not on the winning one. The bike was working OK and in the first part of the race I was patient, just marking time behind Tom. Our main opposition right now is Tom so when he was on rain tires it made the decision of when to come into the pits much easier. I am just a little bit disappointed in myself for not being clear to ask for slick tires at the pit stop. I did not have complete confidence and I expected the intermediate would last much longer, as the track was taking a long time to dry. When I saw that he had exited from the pit stop with slick tires it was very difficult to find the same edge grip as the slick tires had. All in all, I am happy, because we made some mistakes today but we finished fourth in the race and did not lose too many points. Being the championship leader we had to adopt the more conservative option today, rather than the more aggressive one."Behind the top two KRT machines stand-in rider for the Pedercini Racing Kawasaki squad, Matthieu Lagrive, was an impressive sixth at his home circuit, after choosing a mixture of a full wet front and intermediate rear for the whole race. Roman Ramos (GoEleven Kawasaki) placed 13th, Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 18th and Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) 21st. Vizziello's team-mate Dominic Schmitter had to retire from the race.

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