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Oct 14, 2018

Ten In A Row A New Record For Rea

On the same weekend that Kawasaki won the WorldSBK Manufacturers' Championship Jonathan Rea (KRT) made another little bit of history today with a new record of ten consecutive race wins. Tom Sykes (KRT) improved through the second 21-lap race in Argentina to secure a top five finish. After heavy overnight rain the second race day at the all new San Juan Villicum circuit threw up even more unknown challenges for KRT riders Rea and Sykes, as did the hot track temperature of over 50°C at the start of the race. Rea, launching from ninth on the grid after his race one win on Saturday, had to use all his skill to pass his rivals on a new track surface that had one clear racing line. Into second place by lap four, Rea chased down the fast-starting leader Xavi Fores on lap nine and set about recording his unique fifth double winning weekend in succession. The four time champion was particularly pleased to have won another race from the third row, given that he took ill on Saturday evening and was awake most of the night. In recording his 55th victory on a Kawasaki, as part of his career record of 70 race wins in all, Rea has now equaled the greatest number of wins scored with a single manufacturer in WorldSBK racing. Rea's 16th win of the season has taken him to within one victory of equaling the record of race wins in a single year, with two races remaining at the final round. For Sykes, race two started in a challenging fashion, going from third on the grid to ninth at the end of the first lap. With a strong overall set-up and a different front tyre choice to suit the hotter conditions of race two, he worked out his best way forward and set competitive lap times right through to the end. He passed several competitors as the race unfolded and he ended up fifth. After 12 rounds, and with one more to go in two week's time, Rea has set a personal target to try and beat his own record points total of 556, which he scored last year. Jonathan now has 520 points, Davies 348, Michael van der Mark 324 and Tom – still fourth overall – has 294. The final championship round at the Losail International Circuit will be held between Thursday the 25th of October and Saturday the 27th of October. The two races will be held under floodlights, as is now traditional at the season finale. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was on the podium on Saturday in Argentina but he gradually slid back from second place on lap three to finish seventh today. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) overcame his first day disappointment with a battling 12th. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 13th and Gabriele Ruiu, (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 14th, scoring two points. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It is really special to come to a new track, where everyone starts from zero, and be able to take the same kind of results. To be fast in the hot conditions and keep our tire that was the key to the race. It was probably the hardest race win from the third row of the grid. If I went off line to pass, I could not be creative with my line choices. Everybody was pretty much on the same line so the passes had to be set up a few corners in advance. Once I settled into my rhythm I was able to clock off the lap times and pick off riders one by one. When I got clear track to Fores I tracked him down quite fast, but then there was the matter of passing him. Today has been difficult because I caught some kind of virus last night. I was ill all night from one o'clock until five this morning. It was good to have the race at 4pm because most of the day I have been sleeping in the cabin, regaining energy!" Tom Sykes, stated: "We are just trying to get our heads round why we are one of the fastest on the track - at Magny Cours, and here in both race one and race two. We have got incredible speed but the start was strange and I struggled with a couple of gear selections anyway. I just got into the dirty part of the track, but that was not the big issue. We ended up down to ninth and then made a recovery. The lap time near the end was very impressive. We changed the front tire for race two and that took a little bit of getting used to. With the hot conditions I suffered initially, but then got my head around it at the end. Just at the beginning of the race I was not able to get the corner speed. I am disappointed not to be on the podium, if I am being honest. The positive to take is how consistent and fast we are in the last third of the race." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182018: Races 24, Wins 16, Podiums 21, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 70 (55 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 133 (91 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 24, Wins 1, Podiums 7, Superpoles 5Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 107 (106 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 47 (47 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)4 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017 & 2018)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 126 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 378 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 80 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #RE4CH4MP

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Oct 14, 2018

Season Best Results For Okubo And Barbera

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Hikari Okubo and Hector Barbera put in their personal best performances of the year at San Juan Villicum today, with Hikari eighth and Barbera ninth after a tough fight in a three rider group. The 4.276km Villicum circuit was dry on race day after heavy overnight rain. In warm up this morning Okubo was down in 20th place, setting only three laps. He made an excellent recovery from 16th place on the grid with a very strong performance in the 19-lap race to score eight championship points. For Barbera, the Argentinean race also gave him his best result of his short WorldSSP season, having been 13th in morning warm up and 14th on the grid after Superpole qualifying on Saturday. Ninth in the race was his third consecutive top ten finish since he joined the team. In the championship standings Hikari has moved up to 12th overall, with 40 points. Hector, after only three rounds, is 18th, with 19 points. The season now moves to its 12th and final round, to be held under floodlights at the Losail circuit in Qatar between the 25th and 27th of October. Race day, unlike the other events on the calendar in 2018, will be held on a Saturday. Hikari Okubo, stated: "The race gave me a much better feeling because my lap times were constant. The only problem was my grid position because my qualifying was no good. If my start position was nearer the front we could have had an even better result. But I am happy because I got the best result in a race this year and the feeling was better with the bike." Hector Barbera stated: "Today was maybe my best race in this category, even if my final result was not what I wanted. I am not happy with the position but my feeling was better, especially after seven laps. My best race lap was better than the qualifying. My best lap today was similar to Perolari and he finished in fifth position. I think now I am closer to the riders in front but I need to work a little bit in the test days. I am happy because now I am closer." Christian Stange was 14th and scored two points for the GoEleven Kawasaki team, while Argentinean rider Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 16th and just missed a point. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 20th, but Glenn van Straalen (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) no scored. #NinjaSpirit

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Oct 13, 2018

Ninja Spirit Delivers A Fourth Manufacturers’ Title

After Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured his most recent race win at the San Juan Villicum circuit in Argentina the points he scored were enough to ensure that Kawasaki would win the 2018 Manufacturers' Championship with three races to spare. In addition to the points Rea has now contributed to the overall Kawasaki score this season Assen race winner Tom Sykes (KRT) and two time podium rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) have also been the top scoring Kawasaki riders in a particular race, at different stages of the season. Rea has taken 15 wins on the Ninja ZX-10RR this year, as part of his total of 20 podium finishes. Sykes has scored one race win and seven podiums all in, and rookie Razgatlioglu gathered in his second career podium in WorldSBK, with third place in race one at Villicum. The bulk of the Kawasaki's points have been scored most recently, as part of Rea's magnificent record-equaling run of nine consecutive race wins - from race one at Laguna Seca in June to the first ever race held in Argentina in mid October. The early season was a tough challenge for all the Kawasaki riders, after regulation changes cut the allowable maximum engine revs more than any other inline four-cylinder manufacturer. In overcoming this early season unknown quantity KHI, their teams and riders have used their combined Ninja Spirit to their very best advantage to make it four titles in a row for both Rea and Kawasaki. Three races remain in 2018, offering up more opportunities for Kawasaki to add to the impressive list of records and totals already achieved with the Ninja ZX-10RR. Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "This Manufacturers' Championship means a lot. We faced the first challenge to make the 2018 ZX-10RR competitive, due to difficulties in the technical rules, but everybody worked hard to make bike competitive. Tom and Jonathan have been working at a great level - Toprak also. With two podiums he is proving that the package, well managed, can be competitive. We want to say thank you for the support of all our suppliers and for sure the KHI staff who support our efforts every day." Manuel Puccetti, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team Principal, stated: "We are very proud to be 20 years into our racing history with Kawasaki. This season we made our contribution to the WorldSBK Manufacturers' Championship that was confirmed today. We are very happy about this. We will do our best to continue to make good result for the rest of this season and next season. We did a good job, the Kawasaki is an incredible machine and together with Toprak we reached our second podium of the season today. This is amazing and we are very happy. So we want to say thank you to everyone involved; Kawasaki, our sponsors and all our crew." Kawasaki WorldSBK Statistics (As of race one at Villicum) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)4 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017 & 2018)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 125 – 16 in 2018Total Kawasaki Podiums: 377 – 29 in 2018Total Kawasaki Poles: 80 – 7 in 2018 #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 30, 2018

Carrasco Wins After Incredible Season Finale

Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) became the first female winner of a full FIM World Championship road-racing category when she finished just one single point ahead of her closest rival in the WorldSSP300 championship race at Magny Cours. Starting in a lowly 25th position on the grid Carrasco was involved in a fight for 20th place for much of the race but she made progress to 19th spot. In the closing laps she moved to a 13th place that would be enough to give her a one-point lead over Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) in the final points table. Perez was in a position to win the championship himself on the last sector of the final lap but his race leading position was taken from him with two corners to go, and his 20 points were not quite enough to give him the crown. Carrasco was unaware that she had won the championship on her slowdown lap almost until her team stopped her for a track-side celebration, with her championship-winning T-shirt having the phrase 'Ride Like A Girl" emblazoned on the front. In her post-race interview Carrasco dedicated her championship win to the late Moto2 rider Luis Salom, who was a friend of Ana's and the cousin of David Salom, her team manager. In another astonishingly close and battling WorldSSP300 race, Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was also in contention for both the race and title wins until he was forced out with a technical issue. Perez and Deroue battled it out for the championship up front but when Deroue suddenly slowed with problems changing gear, Perez was in the lead. He was then the driving seat for the championship itself until Daniel Valle ambushed him in the final two turns. Perez lost out on the title by just 0.168 seconds, in a race that was so close that Carrasco, in 13th place, was only 2.468 seconds behind the race winner. Kawasaki wrapped up the championship at the previous round, and finally ended up with a 61-point advantage at the end of the eight round championship. Nick Kalinin (GP Project Kawasaki was seventh today, but front row qualifier Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) did not finish. Enzo de la Vega (GP Project Team Kawasaki) led the race twice but finished ninth, while Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) tenth. Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) was another non-finisher. In the final championship standings Carrasco has 93 points, Perez 92 and Deroue 80, putting three Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders in the top three positions overall.Ana Carrasco, stated: "It is unbelievable to win the championship and we worked so hard to be here. I did not know I had won on the slowdown lap. I tried to see some TVs to check but I did not see any. I only realized when I got to turn five and I asked the spectators if I was first. I can only say thank you to a David Salom and all the Kawasaki DS Junior Team, it is for all of them. I also want to say thank you to my family who have done so much for me. I want to dedicate this title to Luis Salom. The day we lost him I promised to dedicate my first title to him. At the moment I am happy because we have achieved our goals, but I do not realize all of the things about being the first woman in history. I think after a few days I will be more conscious of this."Mika Perez, stated: "I gave my maximum today. I knew it was win or crash, and finally I got second. I tried everything and the team did a great job. We were very close to the win but we have to congratulate Ana and the race winner Dani because they did an incredible job." Scott Deroue, stated: "We had a really good weekend until now and I think we were one of the fastest. Every session we were in the top positions so I was feeling really good. I felt the same in the race and I was in the top three all the time. Then with seven laps to go my gear lever broke and it was over. We had good speed this season and were really consistent but in Misano we had a problem and today we were supposed to finish on the podium again, and then this happens." #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 30, 2018

Rea Takes Double Win With Sykes Fourth

Jonathan Rea (KRT) completed his championship-winning weekend with a second race win on Sunday, after securing his fourth consecutive WorldSBK title on Saturday. His team-mate Tom Sykes (KRT), like Rea, started from the third row today under the reverse grid rules, and he finished fourth. After his unprecedented fourth consecutive championship win on Saturday Jonathan Rea rode in celebration livery today, unfettered by thoughts of potential championship positions. Starting from the ninth grid slot and with data from his first race win to help his cause in race two, he rode with freedom to go third on lap three and take the lead on lap 12. Rea eventually beat Chaz Davies by 1.8 seconds to record his 14th win of the season so far, and his fourth double win in succession. It is still possible for Rea to even exceed the record of 17 race wins in a single season, as there are two rounds and four races remaining. In race two Rea also set a stand-alone record for the number of podium places in WorldSBK, with a new total of 131 across his career. Now almost fully recovered form a training injury suffered during the summer break, Sykes pushed in the early laps to go from eighth on the grid to fifth. He passed Marco Melandri in the final two laps to add a fourth place to his second place finish on Saturday. In the championship, after 11 of 13 rounds have been completed, Rea has 470 points, Davies 335, Michael van der Mark 309 and Sykes 273. The next round will be held at the all-new Argentine circuit of El Villicum, between the 12th and the 14th of October. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) followed up yesterday's eighth place with 12th today. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) got a point for 15th as he approaches his home round next time. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) ended his Sunday in France 18th. Substitute rider Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 19th. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It was an awesome weekend. With the pressure off I was able to ride a bit more aggressively. I put myself in great positions in the first laps and found great track position early on. It proved pretty hard to get past van der Mark, as he kept counter-attacking but once I got clear track I was able to catch up to Davies. But he had, again, proved quite difficult to pass. My team gave me the perfect bike today, also in terms of final gearing. Especially on the straight, I could really make some inroads into Chaz and draw alongside. I tried to out brake him twice and just went long, missed the apex and then he cut back. So I readjusted the strategy a little bit to go and pass on one of the other corners. My bike was turning really tight and I could see he was struggling to find that apex in turn eight. Then I made my rhythm and rode to my pit board. It was a really nice feeling." Tom Sykes, stated: "Overall it was not too bad and consistently we were there, but it is a little bit of the same story as we had at previous events, where we have not got the initial lap time from the race tire. Pirelli has two rear tire solutions and we tried both of these of the races and finally our set-up is really quite good. It has advantages and disadvantages. I felt quite comfortable on the bike in race two, but I just missed a little bit of turning. I felt good while turning yesterday but missed a bit of edge grip. We started from row three and got through the traffic, but this race was a lot closer than yesterday and there were two guys in between Jonathan and me. It was nice to actually close some guys down at the front and make some passes at the end of the races, but we just lacked the initial speed again." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182018: Races 22, Wins 14, Podiums 19, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 68 (53 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 131 (89 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 22, Wins 1, Podiums 7, Superpoles 5Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 107 (106 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 47 (47 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 124 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 375 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 80 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #RE4CH4MP

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Sep 29, 2018

Rea Takes Four Of A Kind Championship Win

Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a famous fourth FIM Superbike World Championship title at Magny Cours today by winning his 13th race of the season on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Rea is the second rider to have won four WorldSBK titles, but the only rider to have won four in succession. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a strong second in the 21-lap race, having earlier set a new track record while earning his 47th career Superpole win. With Sykes and Rea 1-2 after Superpole, and both well under the existing lap record, the KRT duo took the race to their competitors from the start line. Rea passed Sykes early in the race, into the Estoril corner, and he ran up front from then on, sometimes at lap record pace. Rea set a 1'37.152 on his eighth tour of the 4.411km circuit to score his new lap record. Rea's win gave him 130 podiums in WorldSBK, bringing him level to the all time record, which he now shares with Troy Corser. On the slowdown lap Rea celebrated his championship win with a game of cards against three of his own 'alter egos', wearing his racing suits and crash helmets representing each of Rea's championship winning season with KRT, from 2015 onward. Sykes, who has now recovered well from a training injury in the long summer break, pushed as hard as he could to stay in contention with Rea. He had to settle for second place after almost losing the front more than once, but recorded his first podium since Brno in July. In the current championship points, Rea has 445 points, Chaz Davies 315, Michael van der Mark 293 and Sykes 260. One more race remains at Magny Cours, on Sunday the 30th of September. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was eighth today, Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 14th, Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 15th and Jeremy Guarnoni (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 17th. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It is absolutely incredible to win four. Sometimes even after winning back-to-back championships, or three in a row I have to say it is hard to find words to speak about what you have just done. It is like we are riding the wave now with our Ninja ZX-10RR, with incredible people around me. Whilst I always dreamed of being in this position I never thought it to was realistic. It was so fitting that Guim, the team manager, allowed my dad to come and collect the team award on the podium. I got really choked up when he came up because it just reminded me of growing up in Northern Ireland and traveling all round with my parents to motocross races. Then getting my first pro ride in roadracing, and my parents letting go. But they have always had my back. So that was super-nice. Pere and my team gave me a great bike this weekend and the target was clear. We have been in this position before, so there was no kind of nervousness or anxiety around, it was really positive energy. On track Fabien has been analyzing what we can do and the team worked super-hard all weekend to get the best out of the bike when the tire was dropping. In the hot conditions, at the end of the race, that is what we worked towards today. The feeling with the bike just kept coming and I was able to knock it off on the last lap and take it all in. I was aware of the crowd there and what I was about to achieve so that last lap there I thought about winning the championship. It is incredible, and incredible journey." Tom Sykes, stated: "Not a bad day but I am slightly disappointed that we suffered a little bit during the race. I settled into a good rhythm but when I wanted to attack, we missed it. I have spoken to the boys and I think we know what it is. I certainly enjoyed that race. When I tried to push I lost the front a couple of times. I am happy with the way the race went today, with this in mind. I am excited and motivated for tomorrow. I think we can improve our set-up a little bit. We need to start from the third row so it is all about a little bit of aggression. Today is a day for Jonathan Rea. He has had four fantastic years, kind of flawless years, and he has pushed very hard and made a very good job. Congratulations to him, his family and his side of the garage. Tomorrow we will have a go and try to win." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 21, Wins 13, Podiums 18, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 67 (52 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 130 (88 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 21, Wins 1, Podiums 7, Superpoles 5Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 107 (106 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 47 (47 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 123 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 374 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 80 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #RE4CH4MP

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Sep 16, 2018

Double For Rea As Sykes Takes Fifth Place

A second Portimao race win of the weekend for Jonathan Rea (KRT) saw him extend his championship lead while his team-mate Tom Sykes took another fifth place finish to keep fourth position in the overall points ranking. Portimao proved to be as fruitful as ever for Rea this weekend. Since he joined Kawasaki in 2015 he has won six Portuguese races in a row, on a Ninja machine of some sort, and seven in a row at Portimao overall. Rea's 12th race win so far in 2018 extended his all time winning record in WorldSBK to 66. He has earned full points for six races in succession recently, scoring doubles at Laguna Seca, Misano and now Portimao. After his first race victory on Saturday Rea had to start race two from ninth position, which made today's race a more combative affair in the early laps. Chaz Davies led for the first 11 laps across the line, with first Sykes and then Rea challenging behind. Rea made a pass stick on lap 12 and then eased out a lead as the podium order changed behind him. Michael van der Mark eventually finished second, Marco Melandri third. With Sykes feeling more comfortable with his machine settings today he had greater confidence in the battles for the podium places. He was in a fight for fourth right to the end and he was just 4.834 seconds from the winning race time today. With the Sunday race having started at 15.15, as opposed to 13.00 on Saturday, the conditions were slightly different, which meant the race was both slightly slower than Saturday's event and more closely contested. In the championship Rea now has 420 points, Davies 304 and van der Mark 284, with three rounds and six races remaining. Jonathan will have his first opportunity to close out the championship at the following round in France, if results go his way. Tom is fourth in the points, with a total of 240. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) crashed out at T10 and did not finish race two, but is still ninth overall in the championship. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) scored the last point on offer today for 15th place, with Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 16th. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) fell, remounted and then retired later in the race. The 11th round of the 13 round championship takes place at Magny Cours in France, between the 29th and 31st of September. Jonathan Rea, stated: "The run right now is incredible. It was a really tough race, as I had to fight a lot in the beginning. I made a very good start and had good track position early on. At turn five an opportunity opened up behind two riders and I found myself right behind Tom. He proved very hard to pass. I made a pass stick in T13, and chased Chaz down within a lap. Then it took me so many laps to go past him because he was braking so late, and his bike was so fast in the straight. Once I got past I just concentrated on making a couple of clean laps and setting my rhythm. The pace today was a little bit slower because the temperature had risen a bit and also I used the tyre a little bit more coming through the pack. I put everything into the race and managed to get 25 points, so I am really happy." Tom Sykes, stated: "We made a massive step with the bike today. We had good speed all weekend but suffered over 20 laps. We did not have the information, so yesterday we struggled with the front and finished about 13 seconds back. Today, we took nearly ten seconds off of that. We came a lot closer and basically we had a lot more information, and learned from it. We had consistent speed in race two and the bike gave me a lot of warning and feedback. I want to thank my team for this. I suffered a little bit on those last two laps and I think Davies also dug a little deeper with his pace. I tried a few little things to pass but almost losing the front three times in two laps is probably enough. I was just trying to create an opening but he defended well on the last lap." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 20, Wins 12, Podiums 17, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 66 (51 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 129 (87 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 20, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 46 (46 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 122 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 372 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 16, 2018

Deroue Win Sets Up Epic Championship Finale

On the day that Kawasaki won the WorldSSP300 Manufacturers' Championship a brilliant race from Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) saw him take his first victory of the 2018 season and draw himself to within 10 points of the championship leader Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki). Ana finished tenth today, while Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) secured second place at Portimao on his Ninja 400. The penultimate round of the championship provided another thrilling and intense WorldSSP300 race but the sheer pace of would-be champion Deroue finally won it by 1.243 seconds, from fellow Ninja rider Perez. With the top six riders covered by just 1.598 seconds, five of them were on Kawasaki machines. With one round to go Kawasaki cannot be caught in the Manufacturers' Championship standings, with an advantage of 56 points over the nearest competitor. Just off the podium Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was fourth, with Enzo De La Vega (GP Project Team Kawasaki) and Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) just behind. No fewer than eight of the top ten riders today were on Kawasaki machinery, including Carrasco in tenth, and her team-mate Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) one place ahead in ninth. In the current championship standings Carrasco leads Deroue by 90 points to 80, with Perez third on 72 points. Such is the close competition in this championship that no fewer than four riders could still be crowned champion at the final round in France in two week's time. With Deroue's win today, the Ninja 400 has topped four races so far, thanks three different riders. The final round of the championship, which is guaranteed to be a tense affair, takes place at Magny Cours in France on Sunday the 30th of September.Scott Deroue, stated: "I am really happy to have won this race because we have worked so hard, from the first test at the beginning of the year and every time in the race weekends. So far the win did not happen but this time it happened! Many thanks to Kawasaki, the team and everybody who helped me do this today." Mika Perez, stated: "It was a really difficult race and to come from tenth position was difficult here. Our bike was incredible today and the team did a great job. We are third in the championship now and it is very close."

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Sep 16, 2018

Top Ten For Okubo And Barbera

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Hikari Okubo and Hector Barbera secured ninth and tenth places respectively in the WorldSSP Championship race at Portimao. One-off rider for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, Kengo Nagao, was 17th today. In warm and sunny conditions the dramatic race was finally decided over only 16 laps, not the planned 18, after a crash and then a red flag incident brought the race to a premature finish. Conditions determined much on race day, even for the experienced riders, as the air temperatures rose to 28°C and the track temperatures hit 40°C. Once again Okubo scored good points and he is 15th overall in the rankings with three rounds to go. With everything from his machine to the track and tyres new for Barbera, the former MotoGP rider worked well to understand the conditions at a unique circuit with huge changes of elevation. This was Barbera's first experience of this class and this circuit, making his top ten finish a very positive introduction to this category of racing. Hector felt he could have made a better tyre choice with more track time at his disposal. The tenth round of WorldSSP will take place in France, at Magny Cours, with race day on Sunday the 30th of September. Hikari Okubo, stated: "The race was very hot causing many crashes and technical problems. I also had some front end issues, as the bike experienced some chattering. After a few laps I also began to feel a bit tired and lost energy from my body. I tried to stay with the group but it was sliding a lot, especially in the final laps. I had to settle for ninth position. If I had a better feeling I could have pushed harder and got more out of the race. Today we collected very useful data and now we will try out best in the next few races." Hector Barbera, stated: "A difficult race for me because this track is new. The tires are new for me as well and I selected the hard tire, which I think was my mistake because I have a better feeling with the soft one right now. After FP2 it was not possible to try it because we had a technical issue. That practice was held at the same time of day as the race so it was necessary to try the tire then, but it was not possible. I went with the hard one and my feeling in the front all race was not good. But it is my first race and with everything so new, a top ten is not bad, but I think it is possible to have finished fifth, sixth or seventh today." Local wild card rider Miquel Pons (H43 Nobby Denso Kawasaki) was 12th, and Christian Stange (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) also scored points in 14th place. Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) finished 16th. Only 18 riders finished from the 28 riders who started. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) was excluded from the results after a collision with another rider that caused the red flag. He is 14th overall in the general WorldSSP championship standings. Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) did not finish the race. #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 11, 2018

KRT Duo Keen For WorldSBK Race Return

After the long WorldSBK summer break the KRT pairing of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will line-up for round ten this coming weekend at the unique Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, near Portimao in Portugal.Since the previous round of the WorldSBK championship, held at Misano between the 6thand the 8th of July, championship leader Jonathan Rea has podiumed at the famous Suzuka 8-Hours race and also set the best lap times at a more recent official WorldSBK test at Portimao. After sustaining a right ankle injury in a sports training accident Sykes missed the recent WorldSBK test and is now looking to get back into action on his Ninja ZX-10RR for the first time in over two months. The remarkable Rea has won 10 of the 18 races in the current season and leads the championship by 92 points. Despite his already impressive performances, and setting an all-time record of 64 career WorldSBK race wins after his most recent Misano double, Rea is looking for another two victories this coming weekend. Sykes is equally keen to get back into top level action but after comparatively recent surgery on his ankle injury he will evaluate his recovery in the first free practice sessions. Tom has 34 career race wins to his credit, the most recent at Assen in April of this year. The Portimao circuit itself is a modern classic, with an intensely undulating 4.592km layout and several blind sections where track knowledge and confidence are vital. With the exception of the 2016 season the circuit has been on the WorldSBK calendar since the first event in 2008, and is also a popular testing venue. Both KRT riders have won races at Portimao in the past, Sykes in 2012 and 2014, with Rea having won all five of the most recent WorldSBK contests in Portugal, including two doubles for Kawasaki. Rookie WorldSBK rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will be ready to make the most of his latest opportunity to shine, having tested at Portimao in August with most of his peers. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki), Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) all return to the action at Portimao, the starting point of a run of four alternating race weekends that will close out the 13 round season. Round 11 will take place at Magny Cours in France, between the 28th and 30th of September. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am very excited to go back to Portimao because it is a circuit that I really enjoy. It has been a really long summer break so the test at Portimao a few weeks ago really helped to whet my appetite to get back. We worked on a range of different chassis items and also some Pirelli tyres but the real work will start this weekend when we look to get the set-up of the Ninja ZX-10RR dialled in for the circuit conditions, and then try to do the best job we can. There is a lot of support coming from back home and I am really excited about that. The target is clear - to try and win two races." Tom Sykes, stated: "The group of people working around me, doctors and so on, have done an absolutely fantastic job to make sure I am ready for this weekend. Given the kind of injury I had it could so easily have been in a cast, and taken four to six weeks to heal. But here we are at not even week four and I have been out enjoying some time on my bicycle. All things considered, we are doing not too badly. I am really looking forward to getting on the race bike. On the first few laps I will probably just feel my way in and make sure that my body, and especially my ankle, are ready for action. After that I will build the speed and get down to business." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 18, Wins 10, Podiums 15, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 64 (49 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 127 (85 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 18, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 46 (46 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 120 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 370 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Aug 24, 2018

Rea And KRT On Top After Portimao Test

Jonathan Rea proved to be the fastest rider after two days of testing at Portimao, having secured the quickest lap time of 1'41.192 on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Rea rode on his own inside the official Kawasaki WorldSBK team at this test after his fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes was forced to withdraw due to a recent ankle injury. Under varying track conditions across both days, from the relative cool of the morning to over 50°C in the afternoon, Rea and his crew worked on both preparations for the forthcoming race at Portimao and new set-up ideas and options for the future. The team also worked with new Pirelli tires, with both the larger diameter rear and front options, to help continue the overall development program with WorldSBK's single tire supplier. Rea's sheer speed was unmatched at this official test, with the three-time champion going 0.948 seconds faster than the second-placed rider. He also went under both the Superpole and race lap record lap times. With the mid-season testing program now complete the tenth round of the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place between the 14th and 16th of September. Rea will be aiming to extend his already impressive championship lead. Tom Sykes is working to be fit in time to compete at Portimao. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It was super-hot at this test but we were able to finish with a good lap time and still put in a consistent level of pace even in hot conditions. It was 53°C on track yesterday and the air temperatures was in the mid 30s. It was good to get re-acquainted with this bike after riding in the Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan. We did not get as many laps in yesterday as we did today, as we made a big change in the middle of the session. We tried some chassis balance items, to create more stability when entering corners. We started at 9am this morning, when they opened the track, and we also got through some Pirelli tires that we had to test. We finished all the work we had to do before the end of the sessions. The finer set-up details for a race weekend can always be dependent on the grip levels of the track, so we will do that when we come back here for the next round." Pere Riba, Jonathan Rea's Crew Chief, stated: "This was a very good test for us. Maybe it sounds like we always say that, but it is true. Even though Johnny came here from the Suzuka 8-Hour race, where he was using a different spec of bike and tires, he jumped straight onto his WorldSBK bike and right away he was very good. In Portimao he is always very fast as he really likes this track. Pirelli brought some rear tyre options, and we also worked with new big front tyre we used in Misano. In addition, we worked to understand our best set-up for the Portimao race weekend, some new set-ups for this year's championship and for 2019. There were some upgrades that made us go forward and Johnny showed that he is at a very high level also."Other KME-supported teams were in attendance at the Portimao test, with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) 12th fastest, Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Racing Kawasaki) 14th, Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 16th and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 17th. 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 18, Wins 10, Podiums 15, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 64 (49 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 127 (85 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 18, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 46 (46 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 120 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 370 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 24, 2018

Haslam To Join KRT In 2019

Experienced British competitor Leon Haslam will join Jonathan Rea in KRT to complete the rider line up of Kawasaki's official squad in the 2019 WorldSBK Championship.Currently leading the British Superbike Championship on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki Leon is set to join Rea and Kazuma Watanabe next week to compete in the 41st Coca-Cola Suzuka 8-Hour race as part of the official Team Green effort. Haslam has been Rea's WorldSBK team-mate before, shortly before Rea first joined Kawasaki.Leon is an experienced WorldSBK campaigner, with five race wins and 39 podiums to his credit. He has recently competed as a wild card for Kawasaki at selected WorldSBK events, in between his regular commitments in BSB for Kawasaki Motors UK. Haslam has won six races from twelve in the British championship so far and enjoys a lead of 80 points. A rider of vast experience in almost all forms of racing, Haslam's best WorldSBK season to date was 2010, when he finished championship runner-up. Leon will begin his working relationship with KRT during this year's winter test programme. Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "It's understandably tough to replace a rider of Tom's quality and the final decision to sign Leon for 2019 was made after considering many factors, some obvious and others to answer internal team factors. There's a complex sporting strategy behind this decision, and to satisfy our team goals we felt that Leon was the best possible rider for the job. Rumours and speculation have filled many of the last weeks and we are happy to finally confirm Leon as the KRT choice. KHI knows, I know, he knows, and crew chief Marcel Duinker knows that he takes onto his shoulders a big responsibility and, at 35 years of age, to get this opportunity is his best chance to prove he still has something extra to contribute. We have a clear idea where to find this contribution and I'm personally motivated to use his experience matched to ours to try to make a stronger package that nobody has yet witnessed from Leon. As we say in KRT… "Results are the greatest evidence of endeavour". Steve Guttridge, KME Racing Manager, stated: "Bringing Leon into the KRT WorldSBK team is a great way to show that within the Kawasaki racing structure there is a pathway to the top! Since he joined Kawasaki UK's BSB team, we've enjoyed a very fruitful relationship that included Leon assisting KHI inside our Team Green squad at Suzuka and with additional rides and good feedback in WorldSBK for the Puccetti and Pedercini teams. Most important to us is his enthusiasm to work hard, his boundless energy, proving age is just a number. I have no doubt that his personal motivation will be to push Jonathan at every round next season for podium places. From the upcoming winter test onwards I'm excited to support the very best potential from Leon, back inside the World Superbike arena but now on our Championship winning KRT machinery. Ken Ondo, Senior Manager Kawasaki Heavy Industries Racing Department, stated: "It is a great pleasure for all at Kawasaki to have Leon as a KRT rider. He is on the top of current BSB ranking and put Team Green on the Suzuka podium twice as well as helping development in KHI Japan through his wild card entry in the JSB series. The upcoming Suzuka 8 hour race will be a very good preview for the 2019 KRT duo. Leon, together with Kazuma Watanabe, has spent a lot of time in Suzuka to develop the 8-Hour machine. Now is harvest time!" Leon Haslam, stated: "I have to say a big thanks to Kawasaki for this opportunity. Returning to the World Superbike Championship is something I'm really looking forward to. After scoring race wins, lap records, pole positions and a championship runner-up position in my seven years there it's going to be great to get back to WorldSBK. The support of Kawasaki throughout my three years in the British Superbike Championship and via KHI at the Suzuka 8-Hour race has been exceptional. The like-minded approach from Kawasaki UK and KHI in Japan has been really appreciated and I'm now hoping to repay them with the 2018 British Superbike title and then to challenge for next year's WorldSBK Championship. The 2019 season will throw up some new challenges as the competitiveness between the manufacturers continues to be at the highest level but I'm confident that with the professional and successful team behind me we can enjoy plenty of success." Leon Haslam Career Born: May 31 1983, Smalley, Derbyshire, England.Age: 35 years old. 1991: Schoolboy motocross debut.1995: UK youth motocross Champion.1996: UK youth motocross Champion.1997: Gilera UK scooter Champion, 12 race wins from 16 races. Debut in Honda CB500 Cup, one race win from one race.1998: 7th in UK 125cc championship. One race win, two fastest laps. Grand Prix debut, finished 17th at Donington Park.1999: 5th in UK 125cc championship, one race win, four podium finishes. 4th in Spanish 125cc championship. 125cc GP wild card, finished 19th at Donington Park.2000: 27th in 125cc Grand Prix Championship, with Italjet. 7th in UK 125cc championship, three wins from four races.2001: 19th in 500cc Grand Prix Championship, with Honda NSR500V.2002: 18th in 250cc Grand Prix Championship, with Honda RS250.2003: 11th in UK Supersport Championship, Ducati (half season only). 11th in UK Superbike Championship, Ducati (half season only). 21st in World Superbike Championship, Ducati. Three races, 6th place x 2.2004: 8th in World Superbike Championship, Ducati. Best finish of 3rd place. Qualified on the front row twice, led the Australian race before retiring. 19th in UK Superbike championship. Winner of UK Superbike round at Brands Hatch, contested four rounds.2005: 4th in UK Superbike championship, Ducati. Three pole positions, 19 podium finishes.2006: 2nd in UK Superbike championship, Ducati. Won "best qualifier" award, 18 podium finishes.2007: 3rd in UK Superbike championship, Ducati, four race wins.2008: 2nd in UK Superbike championship, Honda, five race wins.2009: 6th in World Superbike Championship with Stiggy Motorsports Honda Team.2010: 2nd in World Superbike Championship with Alstare Suzuki Team.2011: 5th in World Superbike Championship with BMW Motorrad.2012: 8th in World Superbike Championship with BMW Motorrad.2013: 13th in World Superbike Championship with Ten Kate Honda.2014: 10th in World Superbike Championship with Ten Kate Honda.2015: 4th in World Superbike Championship with Aprilia Red Devils Team.2016: 2nd in British Superbike Championship with JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team.2017: 3rd in British Superbike Championship with JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team.2018: Leading the British Superbike Championship with JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team. #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 12, 2018

Team Green On The Pace In Final 8-Hour Testing

The official Team Green entry for the 41st running of the classic Coca-Cola Suzuka 8-Hours World Endurance Championship race, comprising Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Kazuma Watanabe, took the second best time on their Ninja ZX-10RR at the end of the final official test session before the race itself later this month. In a gruelling three day test against all their numerous rivals Team Green's new look line-up, drawn from WorldSBK (Rea), BSB (Haslam) and JSB (Watanabe) headed off many more experienced teams. The official Kawasaki Motors Japan squad put in a strong showing at a critical time in the build up to race weekend itself, with just over two weeks to go before the action gets underway for real. Leon had flown in to Suzuka direct from a win at the Knockhill round of the British Superbike Championship in Scotland, while Jonathan Rea had a similar travel experience after winning both races in the WorldSBK round at Misano in Italy. In all, eight Kawasaki mounted teams have entered the Coca-Cola Suzuka 8-Hour race this year. The wonderfully varied 5.182km long Suzuka circuit, built in 1962, hosted its first 8-Hour race in 1978. Kawasaki has won the event once before, in 1993, with WorldSBK Champion Scot Russell and fellow WorldSBK Superstar Aaron Slight. The 2018 edition of the Suzuka 8-Hour race itself will take place on the weekend of the 27th to the 29th of July, and will be the climax of the overall FIM World Endurance Championship season. The race starts in daylight and is completed in the darkness, adding another theatrical element to one of the single most important races of the year for riders and especially for manufacturers. Jonathan Rea, stated: "The test is really positive – as this was my first test with Team Green Japan it was important to see the bike set up that Leon and Kazuma were working on. A really good sign is that I jumped on and with only a few tweaks l was up to speed. I basically worked on re-learning the track – it's been four years since I've been here. Also I am learning about the Ninja ZX-10RR Suzuka endurance spec machine. I've ridden six of the last seven days, so it's still fun but also hard work. The bike is working in a good window and we are competitive in all temperatures. The bike is very agile and good in traffic. At the final part of day three we did a race simulation and we had a lot of positive input. To be honest, all three of us in the team have been fast so that's a good sign. All members of the team have been welcoming and I am looking forward to coming back for the race and doing the best we can." Leon Haslam, stated: "We've done three days of testing – the last test before the Suzuka race. It's gone really well. I've done quite a lot of testing this year and it was great to have Jonathan Rea to join this final session. The pace is good and the team is positive and we are making progress with the bike. My race simulation laps are really consistent. We finished second the last two years and hopefully with the steps and improvements we have made we can climb to the top of the podium on 2018. In have another BSB race in the UK coming up then we are back to Japan for the race. I am looking forward to giving some good news after the race itself." Kazuma Watanabe, stated: "This is the first time for Team Green to welcome Jonathan at a Suzuka test. To my great surprise, after hard Misano race and long haul flight from Europe, he has joined the test from the very first session with good lap time. Leon, being direct from his BSB race was also fast. These guys are charged with big amount of energy! They have long been friends, which helps make the team atmosphere in the best condition looking toward the race. The impact of these guys pushes me work hard to make better lap time by studying the logger data thoroughly and carefully. You will see a new Kazuma at the race." #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 8, 2018

Okubo Takes Best Result So Far

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Hikari Okubo had qualified ninth for the WorldSSP race at Misano today and replicated that performance in the race, earning his best finish of 2018 so far. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had to start the race with a used tyre, after suffering issues in warm-up, and finally opted to retire from the race. Hot and intense conditions greeted the large WorldSSP field at Misano for today's eighth round of the championship, with Okubo starting the race off the third row of the grid. Hikari had a very positive early period in the race but after another rider crashed in front of him on lap two he lost ground and had to drop back from fifth to eighth and then ninth. The Japanese rider showed real battling qualities to take seven championship points, which were the reward for his determination to finish inside the top ten after his unlucky second lap. Morais was unlucky that a technical issue made him enter the pits after warm up and he finally had to start the race with a used tire, which was supposed to be changed for a fresh one on the starting grid. After the Misano round Hikari is 15th overall in the championship, with Morais 16th. The next race in the championship takes place after the long summer break, at Portimao in Portugal, on the 16th of September. Hikari Okubo, stated: "At the start I was very happy because I got a good launch and made up four or five positions, but after two laps Mahias had a big high-side and that lost me some time. I was lucky because if Mahias' bike had been a little more inside I would have maybe crashed. I have to understand the bike with a full fuel tank and it is difficult to control the bike in that condition. In the last laps, even after the tire is used, it is easier to push hard. I will try to be inside the top five in Portimao, but today ninth was not so bad as it was my best finishing position this year so far." Sheridan Morais stated: "We are not sure what happened when we left pit lane. Something went wrong, so of course we entered the pits with a used tire that we used for the warm-up lap. The bike returned late into pits when the race was starting, so we had to start with this old tire. In the race of course the tires were cold having been standing for 20 minutes. I tried, but there was so much chatter from the tire and the bike that it was better that I come in, because I was going to crash for nothing anyway." Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) battled with characteristic determination for sixth place, the he was the top Kawasaki finisher today. He is seventh overall in the championship. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) placed 13th and was again top ESS rider. Now 14th overall in the general WorldSSP championship standings, he continues to lead the ESS points table, comprising riders who race in the European rounds of the championship only. Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) placed 20th at Misano with Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 21st. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) crashed out near the end of the 19-lap race. Christian Stange (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) failed to finish. #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 8, 2018

Rea Records Another Double With Sykes Fifth

KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished first and fifth respectively in the second 21-lap WorldSBK race at Misano, with Rea coming from the third row of the grid to record his tenth race win of the season. Sykes ended up fifth, with a better machine set-up than he had during the first race on Saturday. Three–time world championship Jonathan Rea had to use all his skills and determination to secure the second race win of the Misano WorldSBK weekend, and with it his third double win of the season. Having to pass several riders, some of them after more than one attempt, Rea seized a late opportunity to take the lead from long time front-runner Michael van der Mark, Jonathan eventually won by a narrow 0.334 seconds from van der Mark, with the third placed rider Marco Melandri just 0.595 seconds from Jonathan. Rea set the fastest lap of the race, a 1'34.944, on lap ten, after breaking free of one of the riders who started ahead of him in the race. Sykes had been in second place from laps three to four but gradually dropped back to take fifth place and with it defend his fourth place in the championship standings. In winning race two today, Kawasaki now has a total of 120 race wins in WorldSBK since its inception in 1988, making the Akashi manufacturer the second most successful of all time in its own right. Kawasaki leads the 2018 Manufacturers' Standings by 59 points. Entering the long summer break Rea has a points total of 370, Chaz Davies has 278, van der Mark 248 and Sykes 218. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th in race two, despite his recent foot injury. He is ninth overall. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) placed 15th, for one more championship point. Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) finished 16th and Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 17th, despite suffering a crash. With a long summer break looming, but an official test session at Portimao beforehand, the next round of the championship itself will take place at the same Portuguese venue, between the 14th and 16th of September. Jonathan Rea, stated: "That was a super-super hard race. Yesterday I controlled the race. I could lead from the front, make my rhythm and go away. Today I could not make that in the beginning and I spent so much tire and energy coming through the traffic. The bikes are so evenly matched now it is so hard to make a pass and make it stick. It was a hard job to track down Mikey and when I arrived I was starting to panic a little bit with five laps to go. I wanted to be in the lead by that stage and make a gap. I was worried about getting through because he was not making mistakes, but then he ran into the last corner a little bit deep, and I was able to pull alongside and out-brake him in T1. I made a lot of passes in that race and it was really hard work." Tom Sykes, stated: "Today was a big step in performance and we had a much better feeling with the chassis. With that we made a big step forward and it is a shame that we did not use this front fork at the beginning of the weekend. I just could not get the bike to do what I needed in some areas and I gave up a little bit of performance. In a lot of areas the bike was working really well. We just lost the edge grip, which is strange because the lap time was really consistent all race. I lost a lot of time at the beginning when I tried to push on new tires I just could not do it. The bike performance compared to yesterday was much, much better." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 18, Wins 10, Podiums 15, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 64 (49 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 127 (85 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 18, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 46 (46 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 120 – now second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 370 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 79 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 8, 2018

Bastianelli Wins As Carrasco Keeps Points Lead

Local wild card rider Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) swept to a narrow victory in a typically dramatic and incident packed WorldSSP300 championship race at Misano. Spanish rider Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was unable to challenge for a podium after 13-laps today but in finishing tenth – and only 1.730 seconds from the race winning Ninja 400 - she was still in the leading group to the end. Carrasco remains in the lead of the championship, predominantly thanks to her two race wins in Imola and Donington. Another Kawasaki championship challenger, Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) led the race on numerous occasions in Italy until a technical issue showed up and the Dutch rider entered the pits to retire, not scoring any points. Ninja riders Bastianelli and Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) ended up 1-2 today, with just 0.036 seconds separating them. Perez was riding in his comeback race after injury. Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) won a personal duel with his team-mate Carrasco, finishing ninth, and the first Kawasaki rider behind the two podium finishers Bastianelli and Perez. Enzo De La Vega (GP Project Team) scored points in 12th place, leading the second group of riders, and still only just under 2.5 seconds from the race win. Deroue's team-mate Tom Toparis finished his Misano weekend 19th, with his fellow Australian Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) 26th. Walid Khan (Nutec Benjan Kawasaki) a podium finisher at the most recent round in Brno crashed out of contention today. Borja Sanchez (ETG Racing Kawasaki) also fell out at this super-heated and super-tough round. After another healthy points score, Carrasco leads the championship by 16 points, from Luca Grunwald, by 84 points to 68. Sanchez is third on 58, Deroue fifth on 55, two points ahead of Loureiro. Two rounds remain in the championship, the next at Portimao between the 14th and the 16th of September.Ana Carrasco, stated: "We've had many problems which have not allowed us to work as we wanted this weekend. To start from so far back on the grid is complicated for the first laps. I tried to overtake as many positions as soon possible and get into the front group. I think the end result could have been better if I hadn't had a knock with Hendra on the last lap. I'm still happy, as we're still ahead in the championship. The holidays start now and we will try to improve all aspects for the last two races of the season." Scott Deroue, stated: "I was leading the race today until my bike had a clutch problem and I needed to stop. Winning the World Championship is gonna be really difficult now. Thanks to my team and Kawasaki for working so hard. We don't give up!" Dorren Loureiro, stated: "The race didn't go as expected by ending in P9 after starting on the front row, but we can walk away with a big positive, and that is that we are only five points away from 3rd in the championship. Thank you to Kawasaki for all the hard work and effort this weekend and my team for all they do."#NinjaSpirit

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Jun 24, 2018

Second Win At Laguna For Rea

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) scored a famous double win at Laguna Seca after winning race two from his nearest championship rival by 5.099 seconds. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) had a tough day and finished eighth, not finding a race set-up to compete at the level he expected. In cooler conditions than those experienced during race one on Saturday, today's 25-lap WorldSBK race saw Sykes start from the second row and Rea from the third row, under the reverse grid rules for race two at each event. Rea had got up to fifth on lap one and then into the lead by lap eight at the intense 3.610km long hillside circuit. He found a set up on his Ninja ZX-10RR that allowed him to ride with his desired natural flowing and he ran out the clear winner. It was his eighth victory of the season, giving him a 50% winning record for the season so far. Jonathan reached the landmark of 125 career WorldSBK podiums today. It was a difficult second race day for Sykes, who went sixth after one lap but was down to ninth after two laps. He ended his day in eighth place, for eight championship points. In winning for a fourth time in his career at Laguna Seca, Rea extended his championship lead to 75 points over runner-up in race two, Chaz Davies. Sykes is still fourth overall, 19 points from third place, with 16 of the scheduled 26 races completed. In the Manufacturers' Standings Kawasaki enjoys a lead of 45 points. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 11th in race two and is 16th overall. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 12th but sits one place and two points ahead of Mercado in the championship. Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) rode to 15th today and took the last point on offer at what was an intense and well-attended eighth round of the season. After injuring his left foot in a race one crash, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) did not make the start of race two. Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, will host the next round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, between the 6th and the 8th of July. Jonathan Rea, stated: "An incredible weekend. I expected to be strong here but I had no idea how strong. Two weekends in a row now, Brno and here, we have been the reference. Weekends like that do not happen all the time so we have to really absorb it and enjoy the moment. A double win at Laguna in the sunshine - it does not get much better. There are so many people out around the track. A massive thanks to all my crew, especially Pere because even though we won yesterday with a margin, last night he changed the bike completely and gave me some more confidence in the front. It worked a dream. It was one of those races where I could absorb what was happening, the crowd, the weather, where I was; it really was an incredible race." Tom Sykes, stated: "We just did not get the set-up. We changed a couple of things but the only positive is that we confirmed that the front tire yesterday was an issue. Today we had a relatively good front set-up but unfortunately it looks like a small change to the rear did not help. I just struggled really when it came to the races, which I am disappointed about. There is nothing much more I can say. The only strange thing is that during practice we had good speed and felt we were capable of a much stronger result today." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 16, Wins 8, Podiums 13, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 62 (47 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 125 (83 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 16, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 45 (45 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 118 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 368 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 78 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 23, 2018

Rea Wins Again With Sykes Seventh

Jonathan Rea (KRT) won the opening race of the WorldSBK Laguna Seca race weekend, by almost three seconds, to record his 61st career victory. Tom Sykes (KRT) was a front row starter but slid backwards from a podium position in the early laps to finish seventh. After qualifying third fastest in Superpole on Saturday morning, Jonathan Rea spent the early laps right behind eventual race one second place rider Chaz Davies, before pouncing to lead on lap seven. Davies had run wide at the entrance to the famous Corkscrew chicane, Rea instantly took his opportunity on the inside line. Rea built his lead from then on to ease out to an eventual clear advantage of 2.978 seconds after 25 intense laps, on a tricky track surface that rose to over 50°C under the hottest conditions of the weekend so far. Rea extended his championship lead over Davies to 70 points with his latest win, with one more race to come at Laguna on Sunday the 24th of June. Front tire grip issues for Tom Sykes saw him go from third on lap one to seventh on lap 18, defending his final finishing position in the last few laps to score valuable championship points. Kawasaki is now 40 points ahead in the Manufacturers' Championship, with 15 of the scheduled 26 races now complete. An unlucky finish to a promising race for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) saw him suffer a fast high-side crash in The Corkscrew chicane. He suffered a fracture on the outside of the base of his left big toe, and will not be able to compete in race two on Sunday. The highest placed Kawasaki rider behind the KRT duo today was Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki), in 11th place, with Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) in 12th position. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was a faller and was unable to finish the race. Race two at Laguna is scheduled for a 14.00 start, local time in California. Jonathan Rea, stated: "In the early laps I felt good behind Chaz, although his pace was really fast. I knew as soon as he made that mistake I wanted to go through, set my rhythm, and tenth-by-tenth slowly build up a lead. It was not easy, much more difficult than I expected. The front grip was dropping quite a lot at the end so I just had to ride accordingly. We have not had that issue all weekend but the temperature change today, that extra ten degrees on the track, was massive. We learned some things from the race today to be a little bit stronger tomorrow." Tom Sykes, stated: "We had a decent start but even on the first laps I knew I was in trouble. I was having a lot of under steer from the front of the bike and I lost the front in many corners. Then about from lap four, that was it really. That was the end of the game. It was over the limit from then on and there was no way I could maintain the lap time any more. Definitely, we had an issue with the front tire. Our lap time was so far from what we did in practice. We lost a lot of time. Our pace should have been enough for the podium today and I feel we could have had a good battle, considering where we were in all the practices and the build-up to the race." 2018 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172018: Races 15, Wins 7, Podiums 12, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 61 (46 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 124 (82 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132018: Races: 15, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 45 (45 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 117 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 367 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 78 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 11, 2018

Rea And KRT Join Forces Again

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Jun 10, 2018

Khan And Sanchez Podium As Carrasco Still Leads

Spanish rider Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) continues to lead the WorldSSP300 championship on her all-new Ninja 400 despite scoring 11th place at the Brno round in the Czech Republic today. Ana was only one second from a podium finish, despite being 11th; such was the ferocity of the battle for a top three finish. Championship challenger Scott Deroue (Motorsport Kawasaki) was seventh, and is fourth in the championship standings.Ninja riders Walid Khan (Nutec Benjan Kawasaki) and Borja Sanchez (ETG Racing Kawasaki) finished second and third respectively today after an intense race at Brno, at the head of a vast group of riders behind the race winner Galang Hendra Pratama. Third on the grid after Superpole 2, Carrasco and her 37 fellow competitors finally faced only a six-lap race, not the scheduled ten laps, after a red flag was thrown following a two-rider crash on lap seven, leaving Ana stuck in the middle of the pack after a small mistake dropped her from a potential podium position. Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was in the running for the podium places also, as he invariably is, after scoring the second best time in Superpole 2. Even finishing seventh in the shortened race he was within touching distance of another podium. Just over two seconds separated the main competitors from Khan in second place to the rider in 14th! Donington park podium finisher Dorren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was 12th today just behind Carrasco, with stand-in rider for the Motorsport Kawasaki) team, Tom Toparis, 19th. Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) crashed out on lap one today. Carrasco leaves Brno with her championship lead almost intact. Ana is 20 points ahead of Sanchez, 21 ahead of Luca Grunwald, and 23 ahead of Deroue. Loureiro is seventh, 32 points from Carrasco. The next round of the exciting WorldSSP300 tour will take place at Misano, with race day on the 8th of July. Ana Carrasco, stated: "I'm a bit upset with the result because I think we could have finished further ahead, even so the weekend has been positive. We're still leading the championship with almost the same advantage that we came with, so we have to be content. We'll have to work harder to get back on the podium in the next race at Misano. I want to thank the team for this weekend's work, and to thank Kawasaki." Scott Deroue, stated: "It was really disappointing in today's race. We were fast all weekend long but because of a red flag, with three laps to go, the race stopped and I ended up 7th. It's a shame because I was just waiting for the last lap to attack to try for a podium." #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 10, 2018

Points For Okubo After Morais Finds Misfortune

Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 13th in the WorldSSP race at Brno today but his teammate Sheridan Morais was unlucky to crash as he tried to pass another rider, ending his race on lap six of 16.On a dry and warm race day Morais looked set for a top six finish at least, as he felt he had the race pace to challenge right at the 5.403km Brno circuit. Starting from the third row he was unfortunate to lose the front as he tried to overtake another rider, in order to get free to make his challenge towards the front group of riders. Okubo, knowing that he had to score points today, kept a cool head and finished up taking three points away for 13th position. A new rider to Brno on Friday, he could not find the same level of full race pace as he had found to qualify 12th in Superpole. Morais is still 15th in the overall championship standings and Okubo is now 18th after seven of 12 rounds. The WorldSSP riders will not race at the Laguna Seca WorldSBK weekend but will return to action at Misano, in Italy, between the 6thand the 8th of July. Hikari Okubo, stated: "It has been a very difficult race week. On Friday I had a very bad position in Free Practice but in Superpole we improved to 12th, but I could not find a good race set-up. Over one lap was no problem but for race pace it was not the same. If I pushed hard maybe I would crash again. I am not happy with my finishing position but it was important to get some championship points. I am not giving up and I like the track at the next round in Misano, so I need to push hard there." Sheridan Morais stated: "I just lost the front. We had really good race pace but I was trying to get past Gradinger. His bike is really fast, and I had to risk it like I did to try and get past him, and I crashed. It is a pity because we had the race pace to be at the front, not only for the podium, but to fight to the guys out front." Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was the best placed Kawasaki rider in the race today, in seventh. The Aussie rider is now eighth in the championship fight, just four points behind the seventh placed rider. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) was 11th, and second in the ESS class-within-a-class race. He still leads the overall ESS rankings by 13 points. Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) was 20th today, with Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) just one place behind. Luigi Morciano (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 22nd at Brno, Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 23rd. #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 10, 2018

Second Day Bad Luck for KRT Duo

Two moments of misfortune prevented either KRT rider from scoring points in the second WorldSBK race at Brno, with Jonathan Rea out on lap three and Tom Sykes falling on lap six. Sykes restarted, finished 16th and missed a championship point by one place. Rea still enjoys a handsome lead in the standings after round seven, with Sykes in fourth position overall.On the hottest day of the WorldSBK weekend in Brno the 18-lap second race offered up several surprise results. These included a rare DNF for triple World Champion Jonathan Rea, after an accidental clash with his teammate Tom Sykes on lap three, at turn 12. As the official Kawasaki riders vied for track position they arrived on the same line at the corner exit and after they touched Rea crashed. After his emphatic race one win on Saturday, and recording the greatest ever number of race wins in WorldSBK history as a result, Rea still left Brno with a new record of 60 race wins and an extended 65 point championship lead. With Sykes and Rea starting off the third row, after they each scored podiums on the opening day of racing, they were running in sixth and seventh position respectively early in race two. Sykes survived the early scare at Turn 12, but fell on lap six, in the middle of turn 10. Despite his low-side crash Tom's bike could be ridden again and he completed the race, just missing out on a championship point. In the overall standings Rea leads still with 270 points, Chaz Davies is second with 205, Michael van der Mark has 196 and Sykes 179. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was top Kawasaki rider in race two, in ninth position. Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) placed tenth and Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) got two championship points for 14th place. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki was 17th today. The United States round, at Laguna Seca, will be next up for the WorldSBK riders, with race weekend being held between the 22ndand 24th of June. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It has been a great weekend for so many reasons but unfortunately today we did not get to finish it off in the way we wanted. We have to understand that we extended our lead in the championship and that is the positive I can hang onto today. I felt very comfortable in the early laps. I had asked the mechanics to write 'smooth' on the dashboard. It was an 18-lap race and my pace all weekend has been a step ahead of everyone, so I was in no urgency to get to the front and start making ground in the race. At the start everyone was in a rhythm, in the low to mid two minutes lap times, and that pace I could manage, no problem. But what happened put paid to my race. A very short race for me, so not much to say." Tom Sykes, stated: "It was disappointing to not score in race two but in general this weekend I am not overly disappointed because I thought we would have the pace. Today, I think we made some improvements after race one and we got a good start. I certainly felt we could have started to push on and close in on Eugene and Chaz. We had the pace to run at the front. I am not saying what the outcome would have been but we had the bike and the package to run at the front in these conditions. I fell when I was trying to line a pass up. I had good corner speed and was about to pick the bike up, to get a good run into T11 and go inside. As I picked up the throttle I lost the front. To lose the front when you touch the throttle is not the usual way you crash, and it just caught me out." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 14, Wins 6, Podiums 11, Superpoles 2 Career Race Wins: 60 (45 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 123 (81 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 14, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 3 Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 45 (45 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 116 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 366 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 78 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 9, 2018

Rea Takes 60th Win And New Record

Jonathan Rea (KRT) won the opening WorldSBK race at the Automotodrom Brno and in doing so smashed his way to a new record total of 60 race wins in his WorldSBK career, surpassing the 59 race victories taken by Carl Fogarty. Tom Sykes (KRT) finished third in today's race, having extended his Superpole record to 45 earlier in the day.Triple World Champion Jonathan Rea was in imperious form in taking his record number of race wins to a new high. It was not an easy task after having to face three starts from second place on the grid, in a race that was twice delayed and then finally run over 16 laps, not the planned 18. A red flag for a damaged section of air fence and then a false launch after the starting lights developed a fault, saw the race finally underway at 13.40. Once off and running for real Rea put as much space as possible between him and the pursuing pack, in what turned out to be warm and dry conditions at the 5.403km long Automotodrom Brno. Jonathan took his historic 60th win by a margin of 5.382 seconds over Marco Melandri, who finished just under two seconds ahead of Tom. Starting from his third pole position of the season, Sykes was the closest challenger to Rea in the early part of the 16-lap race. Tom held off all the challengers behind except Melandri to record his 106th career podium visit, and his sixth top-three finish of the season. Today marks the exact halfway point of the 2018 season, with 13 of the 26 races planned for 2018 now completed. In the championship Jonathan leads Chaz Davies by 81 points – 270 to 189 - with Tom back into third place today on 179 points. Donington podium finisher Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) started the race 15th on the grid after Superpole, but finished tenth, leading home a running flush of Kawasakis down to 13th place. Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 11th, Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 12th and Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 13th. The second Brno race will take place on Sunday the 10th of June, at 13.00 local time in the Czech Republic. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am really happy. Of course it is hard to get super-ecstatic and go and start celebrating, although it is worth celebrating being the winningest rider in WorldSBK history, but we have another race to do tomorrow. I feel really fortunate to have this opportunity, riding a great bike and to be here every weekend. To win the 60th race in that fashion, being dominant, was really nice. I could ride to my pit board at some points, which was also nice. It was a huge team effort, especially after coming here to test after Assen and before Imola, because it was such a tight schedule. It made yesterday less stressful because the conditions were not good for anybody. We were not so worried, because we had done two full days at Brno where we had evaluated all set-ups. We put it together from there." Tom Sykes, stated: "The stops and starts were not ideal today and we have to be so careful not to burn the clutch. It was a bit of a scrappy start procedure but we eventually got underway in safe conditions and we made the best of our situation. I tried to go initially with Jonathan but I just could not get the bike through the middle of the turns, and gave away too much on the cutback. The front was under-steering and in hot conditions it looks like everybody was struggling. I was just following the front all the way around turn one and turn four and had a lot of warnings in that race, but we got the feedback through the Showa suspension and took a third place. It isn't a perfect scenario but it is a lot better than some of the other guys, so we have to be grateful." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 13, Wins 6, Podiums 11, Superpoles 2 Career Race Wins: 60 (45 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 123 (81 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 13, Wins 1, Podiums 6, Superpoles 3 Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 106 (105 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 45 (45 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 116 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 366 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 78 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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May 29, 2018

Carrasco Wins Again And Deroue Sixth

Spanish rider Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) continued her amazing run of recent form on the Ninja400 by scoring her second win of the year - and her second in succession - at Donington today. Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was in the running for the podium place but overcooked it into the final entry of Foggy's Chicane and ran off the track, dropping places and finally finishing sixth.The exciting WorldSSP300 class delivered astounding entertainment and close racing once again, but for the second race in succession the main pack of riders was chasing Ana Carrasco's shadow. The first woman to ever win a full FIM World Championship road race event, she has now won three in her career, one last year two this season. Carrasco took a clear lead and then a win by over 4.602 seconds from her own team-mate, Dorren Loureiro, from South Africa. Carrasco had also taken the Superpole award on Saturday, earning a pole position start for today's 13-lap race. There were four Kawasaki Ninja 400s in the top four places today, and five in the top six after Dutch rider Deroue's luck ran out on him in the final quarter of the race, after some had passing and close quarter riding. Borja Sanchez was the third Kawasaki rider on the podium on his ETG Racing Ninja, with Enzo De La Vega fourth on his GR Project Kawasaki. Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was eighth for the second weekend in succession and Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) placed 15th today, making him the final points scorer. Edwards' team-mate Walid Khan crashed out of contention on lap one. Carrasco now leads the championship by an extended margin of 22 points, from Luca Grunwald, 73-51. Deroue is still third in the title hunt with 46 points in all, with Sanchez and Loureiro ranked fourth and fifth, and just four points behind, with 42 points each. Brno in the Czech Republic will host the next round with raceday on Sunday the 10th of June."I am super-happy because the weekend was not easy but we were calm and worked really well," said Carrasco. "A second victory in a row is incredible for us and also for the championship it is really good. It was a difficult race because there was more wind than yesterday and I could not make lap times so easy. I have to say thank you to everyone around me because everyone is pushing for me, and everybody watching at home." "That race was definitely so stressful and very, very crazy, especially going into the last lap," said Loureiro. "We had to catch everyone in the race because were a little bit too far back but I am happy to do it and get my first podium finish." "I'm so disappointed after a good race, a big moment and a technical problem in the last lap resulting in a P6 finish," said Deroue. "Also disappointed that being fastest in the corners doesn't mean you win the race in WSS300. Next stop Brno and hopefully the luck is on our side."

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May 29, 2018

Ninth For Morais At Donington

Warm and dry conditions appeared at Donington Park in time for the WorldSSP race, with Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finishing ninth and scoring valuable championship points. A competitive early ride for Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) ended in a crash on lap five.After finding similar problems in hard braking areas that he had experienced in practice and qualifying, Morais found it tough to pass other riders from his tenth place staring position. Running wide and losing places as a result in the early laps, Morais mode up several places as the race progressed, making his ninth place finish a strong performance. Okubo's race was shaping up nicely as he was fifth on lap one and lap two, and then slowly dropped back before his fall at Coppice Corner. It appears he drifted onto the kerb, as Hikari could find no other reason why he fell. In the championship Morais in 15th and Okubo 19th, with the top Kawasaki rider being Anthony West in overall ninth position. The next round will be held at Brno, in the Czech republic, with raceday on Sunday the 10th of June. "My start was good and for the first few laps I was inside the top group, which is very important," said Okubo. "I do not really know why I crashed. The front moved a lot and I could not control the front and I think that is why it crashed. I was very shocked and I am very sorry to have fallen again, so I am not happy about that. I will try to have a good race next time." "I am happy with the progress we have made with the bike," said Morais. "But the problem we have had this weekend is stopping the bike. It was a problem at the start when I was trying to pass and make up positions. I kept running wide and was losing way more positions. This was the only issue and we started to make up positions after that, and I had to make passes in the fast corners. I also struggled a bit with arm pump because I had to use so much brake pressure. But I believe this was a really hard track for the bike because the stopping power was so difficult. I am happy with the bike but I am disappointed only to come home with a top ten finish." Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was just outside the top 10, his 11th place being his fourth points scoring result of the season. Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) was 20th in the race, Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 21st, and Javier Ezequiel Iturrioz (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 22nd. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was not able to start the race at the last minute, and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) crashed out, but still leads the FIM Europe Supersport Cup (ESS) championship by 15 points.

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May 29, 2018

Double Podium Finish For KRT’s Home Riders

RACE 1Official KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished second and third respectively after the first 23-lap WorldSBK race of their home round at Donington Park in the UK.Sykes had started from a record breaking 44th career pole position, with Rea just behind in the second place grid spot. In the race their Kawasaki battle for the win was eventually for second and third place, with Rea taking the runner-up spot. In a race that appeared to be a start-to-finish KRT battle after the first few thrilling laps, Rea finally secured second place and finished just over a second from first time WorldSBK race winner Michael van der Mark. Rea led the first five laps of the race, before first Sykes and then van der Mark came past. Rea got past his team-mate finally on lap 17. Sykes was 2.193 seconds from the victory in race one, and led the race in determined fashion from lap six to lap 14, before rear traction issues dropped his pace. He was still over four seconds ahead of the fourth place rider. In what were dry and relatively warm conditions compared to a damp and chilly first day of track action on Friday, Rea secured his ninth podium of the year in race one, pushing himself 59 points ahead of his nearest championship rival, Chaz Davies, in the process. Sykes drew himself to within 17 points of second ranked rider Davies after his third place finish at Donington, with Chaz finishing down in eighth place today. Tomorrow's 23-lap WorldSBK race is scheduled to start at 13.00, local time in the UK. "The bike felt good to be honest but just in the middle to end the grip level dropped and I was having to override to try and make up, especially in the Craner Curves sector, where I was losing a lot to Mikey," said Rea. "In the more stop and sections I felt quite OK and I could be constant. He just had a better pace. Michael was riding well and his bike was working good but the first race gave us good information for tomorrow. In initial acceleration I felt quiet good but anywhere I was using a lot of lean angle, trying to carry momentum, I was really struggling. We just need to re-evaluate our package for tomorrow. I felt like I did the best job I could as at the end of the race the bike was becoming very physical to ride, moving a lot and I was riding a bit tense. It was not for us today.""It was pretty good to get a new Superpole record," said Sykes. "There is personal satisfaction because for me Superpole is all about pure speed, so you are the fastest guy in that moment. It is a nice record to have, and it is something to be personally proud of. In the race I just wanted to get into the lead and I had a lot better pace at the beginning. But for some reason in the middle of the race I started suffering with spinning the rear tyre. I think I managed that and I think we did the best we could. Michael had incredible grip and when he came through, away he went. So for tomorrow we have a little bit of work to do but a podium is nothing too shabby. Tomorrow I feel we can improve the bike and give it a better shot."RACE 2Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored a second podium during his home race weekend after finishing third in Sunday's 23-lap WorldSBK race, with his team-mate Tom Sykes sixthA thrilling finish to the second WorldSBK race at Donington Park saw Jonathan Rea just lose out on his chance of finishing second, being displaced by young Kawasaki privateer Toprak Razgatlioglu. It was a thrilling battle for the spectators, but with most of his main championship rivals behind him, he extended his championship lead once again. Sykes had a tough second raceday after his podium performance on day one, finishing sixth and unable to compete in the way he expected to. On the same standard rear tyre choice as day one he felt that the larger development rear may have been a better race two choice, despite winning a man-to-man battle in the closing laps with Lorenzo Savadori. In a dry race, the flags came out at one stage to warn of rain falling in all sectors but it came to very little and the pace was unaffected at the front. In a race that had four leaders, including Rea, there were several aggressive early passes and some thrilling overtakes, in a classic WorldSBK event in the UK. In the championship, Rea leads by a strong 64 points after 12 races. Sykes is now fourth, albeit on the same points total as third place rider, and double Donington race winner, Michael van der Mark. The astounding podium finish of second for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was his own first top three and the first podium for any Turkish rider. He was tenth on lap one and moved forward at great pace in what was only his 12th WorldSBK race start. Local wildcard Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) made a superb start and was in podium contention until he fell on lap two, and was unable to restart. Leandro Mercado (Orelac VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 12th today, while stand-in rider Luke Mossey was 14th for Team Pedercini Kawasaki. The next round of the championship will take place at Brno, in the Czech Republic, which is a circuit the team has tested at recently. Racedays will be the 9th and tenth of June."It was a difficult race because in the beginning it was very aggressive from all riders," said Rea. "Guys who are not usually near the front were super-aggressive. When I got a track position I could be really smooth and do my own thing. Michael passed me, made a good attack and was able to stretch that gap a little bit. I wasted a lot of tyre and energy trying to get back to him. I also ran into some arm pump under braking at the end so it was hard to start thinking about attacking Michael. I could see Toprak was coming from my pit board but there was nothing I could do about him at that point, as he had better pace at the end. The target here at Donington was to exit the weekend with more than 50 points of advantage in the championship and we exceeded that, so for me it was a positive weekend." "It looks like we missed out with our tyre choice today," said Sykes. "We continued on the standard rear tyre and we really suffered with traction. The guys in front obviously used the bigger tyre. So I was disappointed with that. I felt we had good speed to be a lot closer but we were battling with Savadori, and the lap times were not great at that stage. I also suffered with the strong winds at the top of Hollywood. I know where to be fast at Donington and I could not hold the throttle like I could in the past, so we need to adjust the bike setup. It was a bit of a mixed bag today and not what I was expecting. Onwards and upwards and we have lots of good tracks coming up."

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May 14, 2018

Record Equalling Double For Rea As Sykes Podiums

RACE 1KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes scored first and second places respectively in race one at the fifth round of the WorldSBK Championship in Imola, after breaking free of their main competitors in the first few laps.In warm and sticky conditions Rea started the first 19-lap race of the WorldSBK race weekend from pole position, having secured his 16th career Superpole just a couple of hours before the 1pm race start. Jonathan led from flag-to-flag with only his own team-mate Sykes for company in the first few laps, before Rea's pace took him to an eventual margin of victory of 3.755 seconds. His latest win was his fourth of the season, all of them coming at different circuits. After gathering a lot of data in practice on Friday, Sykes and his crew found a strong set-up on Saturday morning and Tom ended up second in Superpole qualifying. Getting away from the start line ahead of all his rivals except Rea, Tom pushed his pace but realised that second was going to be his best possible result and he took 20 valuable championship points. Sykes' finished over three seconds ahead of his closest podium challenger, and is now fourth in the championship standings. Rea's fourth success of the year was the 58th of his career and takes him to within one victory of sharing the all-time record for WorldSBK race wins with Carl Fogarty. Regular BSB rider Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) started from 11th place on the grid and finished his first race of the WorldSBK season ninth."Going to the front from the start was my only plan today," said Rea. "My pace has been a little bit extra all weekend so the best thing for me to was to set my own rhythm and not get involved in anyone else's race. There was a five lap plan to make a small gap but I had more than one second of advantage, so I was happy to ride to my own pit-board after that. When the gap was stagnant I could make a small effort, without taking many risks, because the temperature came up quite a lot today. The bike behaved differently because of this, so I was just trying to understand all the limits of the bike through the race and bring it home. It felt like a long race but I had a good solid rhythm, and that was enough." "I was fairly happy with the bike set-up and the pace was pretty good," said Sykes. "Yesterday looked worse on paper than it was, because we did a lot of trial and error testing, but today we put it all together. I just missed a few tenths of a second compared to Jonathan. I had clear track for much of today so I was able to use the bike in the best way possible. I just followed the warnings from the front and rear tires and in some areas I was not quite as settled on the front. We need to improve just in some areas tomorrow. We will work to make a few little set-up changes to enable me to push a little bit faster at the beginning of race two."RACE 2In taking his first double race win of the season at Imola today Jonathan Rea (KRT) made WorldSBK history by equalling the all-time record of 59 career race wins. He now shares that honour with WorldSBK legend Carl Fogarty. Tom Sykes (KRT) finished a fighting third in race two, after sharing a third row starting position with Rea.After a masterful race one win for Rea from pole position on Saturday, Sunday's 19-lap race delivered a victory of a different kind. Starting from ninth, and not getting away as cleanly as his team-mate Sykes, Rea had to put in several passes before getting into the slipstream of early leader Chaz Davies. Rea was in second place after four laps, and sat behind Davies for much of the race before deciding to make a final pass into the Variante Alta, on lap 13. Rea put in two blistering laps with clear track ahead of him and eventually won by a margin of 4.019 seconds. He has now won half for the races in 2018, but this is the first time has been able to win the second race of any weekend, rather than the first. He now has the chance to become the stand-alone record holder for race wins at the next round, at his home circuit of Donington. For Tom Sykes a less than perfect front end feel in race two held him back down the order for some time, even after he had made a strong launch from his seventh place grid position. As some other riders fell Sykes used all his experience to catch and pass Xavi Fores with three laps to go, and took his fourth podium of the 2018 season. In doing so he has moved up to third in the championship rankings. Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) just missed out on a point after running off track late in the race, being classified 16th. In the championship standings, after five of 13 rounds, Rea leads Davies by 47 points, 209 to 162, with Sykes now third on 137. "We got it done and it was probably the best race win of the season," said Rea. "Coming from ninth on the grid, it was so difficult. I was not so confident I could win today. In fact, it was Fabien Foret, who kept talking me round. I think I was over-thinking the first lap a lot - and my track position - coming from the outside of row three. I lost places in the first corner but eventually I was able to stick in some passes. I wasted no time so when I arrived with Chaz I was able to relax a little bit behind him and understand where I could pass him. I tried two or three times, but he was determined to come back. The final time I made it through, into the Variante Alta, it was time to put my head down, set two clean laps and make a gap. It was really nice to equal the record total of race wins, and with a long season left I feel confident that I can extend my win tally, and that is super-nice." "It is positive that I am now third in the championship, so we are coming back," said Sykes. "We had a difficult feeling with the front of the bike today and it was not easy to do what I wanted on the entry to corners. That meant I suffered with rear traction on the exits, so it was difficult for me to manage the race. I kept pushing and I could see the guys in front of me had better overall speed but, strategically, I tried to come back at them and slowly, slowly got there. Michael van der Mark made a mistake and he and Marco Melandri were out of the race and that made it easier for me to manage. On a 'bad' day I was able to take a podium so I have to be happy for this."

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May 14, 2018

Warm Send-Off For Sofuoglu On His Final Weekend

WORLDSSPHaving qualified third for what was scheduled to be his final WorldSSP race Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finally elected not to ride today at Imola. The most successful WorldSSP rider of all time was given a warm and rousing send off after the race was completed, as he began his retirement from on-track life. His team-mate Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) secured a top ten finish at Imola, his best of the season since he joined Kawasaki, and is now 18th in the championship rankings.A few minutes before he was due to race at Imola Sofuoglu, elected to not line up for what would have been the final contest of a long WorldSSP career. Realising he was not fit enough to truly compete in a full race, particularly starting from a front row grid position in front of almost 30 other riders, Kenan did not want to potentially affect the outcome of a championship fight he would no longer be part of. Promising his family he would not be injured again, and not wanting to pull out mid-race in case the fans thought his retirement was caused by a technical problem, the statistically greatest-ever WorldSSP rider decided to do a sighting lap and retire in pit lane. In practice, despite his lack of race fitness, he achieved the same lap time as he had last year and decided to leave his competitive career on that note. Sofuoglu's career sign off, in his team's home country of Italy, was the focus of incredible media and public attention, with even many of his old and current rivals attending a special send-off for him on Saturday the 12th of May, at the WorldSBK Paddock Show. Kenan's career-ending stats are untouchable by any other rider since the FIM World Championship class was instigated in the late 1990s. No other rider has come close to Sofuoglu's five world championship crowns, three of which have been attained using Kawasaki machinery, and the two most recent with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing. The lone official Kawasaki Puccetti rider in the race was 2018 signing Hikari Okubo, who finished tenth and scored six valuable championship points.After some misfortune at previous rounds, Okubo rode as hard as he could while ensuring he completed the race, and the Japanese rider now heads to the next round armed with much greater understanding of his machine package over full race distance. Donington Park, in the UK, will host the sixth round of the championship, with raceday on Sunday the 27th of May."Friday went well and on Saturday we took a front row Superpole position," said Sofuoglu. "It was a very great moment for me to be here. Dorna, Kawasaki and my team organised a very nice event yesterday. I felt that if I raced today what was the reason that I would start? I felt I was not really physically ready to do this race. If I crashed with some of the championship challengers, if something happened, it could be very bad. I would feel I had damaged someone's championship. I was here for the show, not here for the goal, and I think the show was over. I came on to the grid, onto the front row, and said goodbye to everyone. I think this was the best decision to make. Honestly, this morning I did not know what I was going to do. I only decided not to race a few minutes before the start. My team were surprised but they respected what I wanted. I did not want to break a promise to my family. Thank you to everybody; thanks to Jonathan Rea, who came to my goodbye event at the Paddock Show, and my Turkish riders for the future, plus all my Turkish fans. I was happy to be here but this is not my decision to retire, my family and everyone that surrounded me persuaded me to retire. I am here to say goodbye to racing – and to say thank you to everybody." "I enjoy riding at this track but it was a hard race," said Okubo. "In the previous rounds I have had some crashes and a technical problem, so I have not done a full race yet on my Kawasaki. So I did not know how the bike would feel over 17-laps. It almost feels like today was my first race of the season. I understood some things about the machine and set-up today so now I need to go to the next step. I finished inside the top ten and it was an important result today. We can do better step-by-step from now on." Ken Ondo, Head of Motorsport for Kawasaki Heavy Industries, stated: "It has been a great pleasure having Kenan working with us for many years and losing him is a great loss for Kawasaki." Steve Guttridge, Race Planning Manager, Kawasaki Motors Europe, stated: "It's been fantastic to work with Kenan, he gives 100% every time. He has full motivation and he works with a great team; we will really miss him." Manuel Puccetti, Team Manager, stated: "This is a difficult moment for the team. In our very first season in 2015 we got the title. He asks 100% of the team and gives more than 100% in return." Fabien Foret, 2002 WorldSSP champion, stated "I have been lucky to know him well and he is a very good person. On the track, he gave me a very hard time because he never gave up. He was the best rider in Supersport for a very long time; probably the best rider ever and a very good person."

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May 14, 2018

Carrasco Wins As Deroue Crashes Out

Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) won the second WorldSSP300 race of her career after putting in a pole-to-chequered-flag win at the Imola circuit in Italy today. Recent championship leader Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) was unfortunate to fall in the final sector of the race, but is still only 12 points off the championship lead, in third place.After posting the best lap in Superpole qualifying Carrasco simply let loose in the race itself, piling on the pace to ease away from the chasing bunch in a class that is known for close competition between younger riders, all desperate to make their mark in the newest form of full FIM World Championship racing there is. Ana's final margin of victory was over 13 seconds, after only 11 laps of the 4.936km long Imola circuit. On the awesome new Kawasaki Ninja 400 the uncatchable 21-year-old Spaniard Carrasco made good use of her strong pre-race preparations to follow up her race win for Kawasaki in Portugal last year. After qualifying second but being penalised for slow riding in a practice session – like many of his competitors - Deroue was put back to sixth on the final grid. He was on course for a podium finish until he almost lost the rear exiting the Tosa hairpin, also dropping track position for a short time. He regrettably crashed after losing the front on the very last lap, but his misfortune allowed another Kawasaki rider, Borja Sanchez, from the ETG squad, to take second place, at the head of a pack of six battling competitors. Sanchez had originally been classified third but was promoted after another rider was penalised for going over the limits of the track. Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) placed eighth, one second behind the second group, but Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) crashed out early. His team-mate Walid Khan was tenth today and Darren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) 11th. Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) crashed heavily and was taken to hospital for checks. In the championship fight, Carrasco leads with 48 points, Luca Grunwald has 45 and Deroue 36. The next round will take place at Donington Park in the UK on the 27th of May."Incredible," said Carrasco. "I think we had a perfect weekend because we were really strong in all the practice sessions and the whole race. I did not push, push, push to go alone but it was easier than I thought. I feel really happy and the team did a perfect job." "I'm really disappointed about this DNF, because I rode a pretty good race," said Deroue. "In the sighting lap I noticed a problem with my quick shifter. An hour before the race the external company who's responsible for the quick shifter visited us. In the warm-up on Sunday morning everything still was fine, but during the race the reaction of the quick shifter was really slow. It affected my race a lot, so I'm pretty upset that it gave me a harder challenge to get a good result. I tried to gap my opponents, but it wasn't possible with this quick shifter problem. I pushed a lot in the last lap and unfortunately a little bit too much. Of course, it's my own mistake, so I'm really disappointed in myself. I needed to be smart, but tell a racer to be calm if he sees the podium. I'm really fired up to go to Donington Park and set this DNF all straight. I also hope that my teammate Robert Schotman has a speedy recovery, so he will be able to show his speed in the UK-round."

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