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Sep 6, 2020

Strong Second For Determined Mahias

The final 15-lap WorldSSP race at the Teruel round of the WorldSSP championship saw Kawasaki Puccetti Racing runner Lucas Mahias ride in the shadow of the eventual race winner for long periods and take a final second place finish. Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was on course for third place but just lost out in a drag race to the line to finish fourth. An early crash between regular podium competitors Jules Cluzel and Raffaele De Rosa saw Andrea Locatelli and Lucas Mahias set the front running pace, with Lucas showing real determination to stay in contention for the win until Locatelli rode clear to secure a record ninth race win.Second equaled Mahias' best individual result of the year and gave him his third podium of the 2020 season. An early crash had seen the two leaders at that stage ruled out of the running, allowing Lucas and Locatelli to make a gap to the rest of the pack.It was an eventually lonely race for Mahias with Locatelli in a clear lead and the other podium hopefuls far enough behind Lucas for him to keep his hard-earned second place.With better settings on his machine for today's race Philipp was all set to secure third place but he was drawn back into the off podium fight, having to try and make some clear ground again before the end. Only Isaac Vinales could keep his ultimate pace and he was to finish just 0.032 seconds ahead of Phillip after 15 intense laps of the 5.077km long Motorland circuit.After round five Lucas is still third in the championship and Philipp fourth. In the overall points standings Andrea Locatelli has 225, Cluzel 146, Mahias 119 and Öttl 100.The next round will take place at a new venue for the championship, Montmelo in Barcelona, between September 18-20.Lucas Mahias, stated: "There was a crash in front of me and I gained some places but I think at the beginning I already had the pace for this group. After the crash I tried to stay with Locatelli because I could not keep that pace alone and I really pushed for six or seven laps. But it was not possible to ride for all 15 laps in this condition. One time I would lose the front, then lose two tenths. If I lost three tenths in one lap it was impossible to come back to Andrea. I realized I had a big gap back to the riders behind and I thought 'OK, second is a good position for the team' because we have been off the podium recently while they have been working very hard all the time. I reduced the pace and finishing second. That is a good position for me too as sometimes we have to push hard for fourth or fifth position. Today was a little bit more comfortable at the end."Philipp Öttl, stated: "We had a good race and the bike set-up felt a little better than yesterday. In the end the only thing which I did not like was losing the podium in the last corner. I made one mistake and I could not select fourth gear immediately, which cost me a little bit of speed going out of the corner. I was already alongside Vinales but it was my mistake. We were fighting for third all race long so I am unhappy that we are not on the podium."Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) finished eighth today after an epic midfield battle, while Can Öncü (Turkish Puccetti Racing) retired from the race. In the overall standings Manuel is ninth, on 71 points, Can 13th on 30. #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 6, 2020

Two More Wins For Ninja 400 Riders

Victor Rodriguez Nunez (2R Racing Kawasaki) was an outstanding surprise winner of race one on Saturday at the Teruel Round of the WorldSSP300 championship, with this year's most improved rider Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) running out a clear winner in race two today. The combined result of Victor and Jeffrey's incredible winning performances made it six victories for the Ninja 400 this year, with three rounds left to run.There were other podium successes for Kawasaki's younger riders in this exciting class of racing, designed as a way to fight for a full FIM world championship and showcase riding talents to a global audience.Buis had been third in race one, one day before his Teruel race two win, and his team-mate Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) was just one place from the race one podium, in fourth. Scott then went on to finish second today, heading up a giant-sized chasing pack that was finally 5.114 seconds behind Buis.Championship leader Jeffrey took his third career race win in four races at Motorland Aragon, a remarkable feat in this peerless competitive form of racing.World champion in 2018, Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) was a close fifth in race one but then a disappointed 22nd in the second race on Sunday, after getting tangled up with other riders and losing places.Four of the six possible podium places were taken by Ninja 400 riders in Teruel, plus the majority of the top 20 finishers in each 10-lap/50.770km race were Kawasaki riders.The top ten all fished within 1.334 seconds of each other in the epic first race.Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) was fourth in race two, having been ninth in race one. He is now sixth in the championship standings. His team-mate Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) placed seventh on Saturday and sixth today. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP project) was eight in race one, ninth in race two.Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) was fifth in race two, after no scoring on day one.Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM–Kawasaki) ended his weekend in Teruel by scoring points for 11th in race two, after a race one no-score. He is seventh in the championship, having already secured three podium finishes in 2020.In the championship standings Buis extended his lead to 11 points over Deroue - 127 points to 116. Carrasco sits fourth with 95 points.After two back-to-back rounds at Motorland the championship now relocates to the Montmelo circuit in Barcelona, between September 18-20.Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "In Superpole my plan was to ride in the group but it didn't work out so I need to go on my own. That was good enough for the front row. In the Saturday race, at the beginning I made two big mistakes and then I fell back into the group. On the other hand, I could fight back from there and finished in third position, so I am very happy with that. In the second race I managed to get away from the group and score my third victory of the season!"Victor Rodriguez Nunez (2R Racing Kawasaki), stated: "I didn't even do Superpole, as I only started after winning the last chance race! I started from 30th on the grid. I do not know how we did it but I just pushed, pushed and pushed. I cannot believe it too! All the weekend it has been difficult but in FP3 I felt good so I had to do the last chance race because the tire pressure was wrong I qualifying, and I won that. We won the main race too and I am really happy! We know this is not normal but in this category…? Last week I started 19th and finished eighth. Today I started from 30th and finished first. It is only my third race and my second WorldSSP race meeting of the year." Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec), stated: "The truth is I'm very disappointed with today's result because with the pace I've had throughout the weekend I had options of being on the podium. I had a good start and climbed three positions and I stayed in the leading positions until there was an incident that forced me off the track and I dropped many places. I managed to recover but at the end of the race I made a mistake and then there were no options at all. Now the Montmeló round is coming up, which is a track that I like, so I hope to recover the points that we lost here."Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "We started very well on Friday, which is why I was even more disappointed that I qualified on the fifth row of the grid. In the first race I had a very good first lap and I was able to compete for the front places right away. That fourth position was a good result. In the second race I didn't have a good start and it was difficult to pass the riders in the group. In the end I'm very happy with second place and we scored a lot of important points for the championship."Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki Motoport): "We were not lucky again. In the Superpole I was knocked down in the last lap and in the first race we had a technical problem. However, I'm glad that I showed in the second race that I'm one of the fastest riders in the field. I fought for second place at the front of the group and finished in fifth." #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 6, 2020

Race Two Win For Rea

Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored second place in the Tissot-Superpole race today before taking his 96th career race win at the Teruel WorldSBK round in Motorland Aragon - extending his championship lead in the process. Alex Lowes (KRT) continued to ride through illness and posted sixth and then fifth place finishes today. In the opening ten-lap 'sprint' race Rea took the holeshot and led for much of the first lap, only to be passed by eventual race winner Scott Redding. Rea was finally second in this morning's race, holding off the challenge of Saturday race winner Michael Ruben Rinaldi.Lowes was a gritty sixth in the Superpole race after setting the fastest lap of the race - all while still suffering from the effects of gastroenteritis.Race two, run over 18 laps, saw Rea once more opt for a conventional SC0 rear race tyre when most of his rivals went for the SCX super soft. He was second for most of the race, which was led by first Redding and then Rinaldi, but Jonathan took the lead on lap 16 and rode clear to record his eighth race win of the year.With Redding finishing third Rea now has a 36-point advantage in the championship standings, with three rounds and nine individual races left to run.With more laps to complete in race two than in the sprint Lowes began to feel the effects of his gastroenteritis to an even greater degree this afternoon. He mustered all his efforts and got a fifth place finish and 11 important championship points as a reward for his good pace and perseverance. Even after such a draining weekend, and being in seventh place overall, Lowes is only 20 points from the third place rider in the championship.After the two back-to-back Motorland Aragon race weekends five-time champion Rea leaves with 243 points in total, Redding has 207, Toprak Razgatlioglu 147, Chaz Davies 141, Michael van der Mark 133, Rinaldi 131 and Lowes 127.An almost literal home race for the KRT squad is next up in the championship calendar, with Montmelo in Barcelona hosting round six of WorldSBK, between 18 and 20 September.Jonathan Rea, stated: "We got off to a good start in the Superpole race but when Scott came past quite early it disturbed my rhythm a bit. He set a very good pace. I was strong in the first part of the circuit and although I enjoyed the ten-lap race I realised that today it was going to be second. In race two I realised that instead of managing the race I needed to go through, and then I had a huge 'moment'. I went all in, full gas in that race. You have to ride on 100% but not make any mistakes. It was more a race for me trying to be clean and not making any errors. With the entry speed I could carry and the stopping performance from the Ninja ZX-10RR – also how we kept the tyre until the end – I felt like we had a better package."Alex Lowes, stated: "I have struggled all weekend but I did not complain too much on Friday and just tried to be positive. Since Tuesday morning I have been unable to keep food inside so it was a tough weekend. The set-up changes we made on the bike were good today and allowed me to have some decent results. I could not do any more and I was quite proud of my efforts. I was a shame not to be able to use our potential a bit more. Even this morning, in the short ten-lap race, I was able to go from seventh to near the front but I just didn't have the energy to keep going."Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) scored 16th and then 13th places today, for 13th overall in the championship. Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 15th and then a non-finisher in race two. He is now 19th overall. Roman Ramos (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) was 20th then 15th and sits 22nd overall.2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 15, Wins 8, Podiums 13, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 96 (81 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 181 (139 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 26 (22 for Kawasaki)Alex Lowes:2020: Races: 15, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 155 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 448 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 91 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Aug 30, 2020

Rea Scores Two Strong Wins

Jonathan Rea (KRT) lifted both WorldSBK winners' trophies at Motorland Aragon today to retake the championship lead and continue along his strong seam of form. Alex Lowes (KRT) recovered from a painful crash on day one to record a sixth and then a ninth place today. After finishing third in the opening WorldSBK race on Saturday Rea exceeded even his own expectations to win not just the 10-lap Superpole race but the full 18-lap race two. Jonathan has now won seven of the 12 races this season on his Ninja ZX-10RR.Rea continued his impeccable winning form in the 2020 season's 10-lap Tissot-Superpole races earning him not only more valuable maximum championship points but a repetition of the pole position start he enjoyed in both race one and the sprint. Lowes was a battling sixth in an entertaining sprint race for the off-podium finishing positions.The second full distance race of the weekend, officially called race two, was a front-running display of sheer determination and pace from Rea. With his main championship rival Scott Redding finishing fourth Rea had to fight off the challenge of multiple-Aragon race winner Chaz Davies after running wide and allowing his rival to close up.Rea continued to keep up his relentless pace to ease away and took a margin of victory of 1.280 seconds. This was his 80th WorldSBK race win since he joined Kawasaki in 2015 and the 95th of his entire career. He crossed the line in demonstrative after one of the most impressive race wins of his long and hugely successful WorldSBK career.The second race was a tougher one for Lowes, taking part in his second race of the day after his big Saturday fall. He showed his usual grit and determination in a multi-rider fight, moving up from 12th on lap one to ninth on the final lap despite not feeling 100% confident in his front end set-up.After the latest compelling and unpredictable WorldSBK round, which marks the halfway point of the 'new normal' season, Rea has 189 points, Redding 179, Razgatlioglu 124, Davies 120, Michael van der Mark 110 and Lowes 102.The Teruel Round is next up for the WorldSBK riders but it will be held at the same Motorland Aragon circuit, between 4 and 6 September.Jonathan Rea, stated: "In the Superpole race I made an OK start but then Loris Baz came on the inside, so I got a little bit flustered. I knew I had to keep the rhythm really fast in the beginning because it was a good opportunity. Using the softer SCX tire for the sprint race has a lot of potential but we did not do so many laps on it in practice, and the conditions were not as hot. So, thanks to my team because Pere and all the guys gave me a really good set-up. In race two I went wide at one point and that gave Chaz the chance to attack in turn one but I wanted to attack him back straight away and set my own rhythm. I knew I could push and put my head down again. I did not expect the pace I had today in race two; I was so surprised. I knew I could be fast and the Superpole race gave me a lot of confidence. When I could really get stuck into the 1'50 laps, and keep that load going at the beginning of the race, it was easier to manage when the tyre would drop. I learned from race one yesterday."Alex Lowes, stated: "I was quite happy for the Superpole race and was fourth for most of it, but just lacked a bit of speed at the end, when Alvaro Bautista and Chaz passed me. They were a bit quicker and I could not fight them off after the crash yesterday. We made a change with the front of the bike for the long race today and I did not feel comfortable. I was sort of fighting the bike. I was involved in quite a big battle, which was fun, but not in the positions that I want to be battling for. It was hard because I was not as confident in the front and it was sliding a lot so I could not be too aggressive. We put some points on the board and we have a few days now to get some good result in Aragon again next weekend. Well done to Johnny and the guys today, bouncing back from yesterday's race. He did a fantastic job, so we know the Ninja ZX-10RR can do it, so we need to put our heads together before the next weekend to give myself a little bit more confidence with a better set-up."Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th and 11th today, to sit 13th overall. Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 14th and then 15th, scoring points each time to finish up 19th overall at the end of the weekend. Roman Ramos (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) could not build on his points score from Saturday, finishing the Superpole race 19th and then retiring from race two. He is 22nd after competing in only two rounds of the four run so far.2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 12, Wins 7, Podiums 10, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 95 (80 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 178 (136 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 25 (21 for Kawasaki)Alex Lowes:2020: Races: 12, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 154 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 445 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 90 – second overall#NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Aug 30, 2020

Fourth For Mahias In Aragon

The second 15-lap WorldSSP race at Motorland Aragon saw Kawasaki Puccetti Racing competitor Lucas Mahias finish in fourth place, and his team-mate Philipp Öttl fifth. A strong ride from Mahias saw him push into the podium places for most of the duration of the race, but finally have to give ground in certain areas of the track. He finished a determined fourth, less than three seconds from the race winner Andrea Locatelli.After his podium ride yesterday Philipp was out for another top three prize but he was also passed late in the race. When he realized he could not get back into podium contention he brought his bike home in fifth place.With Lucas still third overall Philipp moved up one position in the championship fight after his two strong points scores.In the championship standings Andrea Locatelli has 175 points, Jules Cluzel 130, Mahias 86 and Öttl 76.The next race weekend – the Teruel Round - will take place at Motorland Aragon again, between September 4 and 6.Lucas Mahias, stated: "In the races I am pushing on the limit every lap but I think fourth is the best we can do for sure. I do not know where I would be in the race if we had more, the podium for sure, but first or second I do not know. I have race pace to win but it is impossible to come back after the straights. I am not happy with the race because you do not have the podium as a 'present' after a full weekend working well with my crew. Normally the podium can be a reward for all of us. I have the potential for the podium, the team has the potential but for the moment some of the others are on a different level. The good point is that the chassis was perfect for this race today and I am very happy about this."Philipp Öttl, stated: "Today P5 was the maximum. We tried everything and the race was faster than yesterday because of the cooler conditions. It was not a big drama. We were fighting for second place but it was not possible today and I had to settle for fifth. In the beginning the front running pace was quite high and Lucas did a great job to stay with them. The team also did a great job this weekend, we did nothing bad, and the bike set-up was good for the races. Now we will analyze things a bit, not too much, and have a few days of rest before the next race here."Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) placed tenth today, and Can Öncü (Turkish Puccetti Racing) 13th. In the championship Manuel is ninth and Can is 12th. #NinjaSpirit

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Aug 30, 2020

Buis Doubles Up For Championship Lead

Teenager Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) scored not only his first but his second WorldSSP300 race wins in a superb double victory display at Motorland Aragon on his Ninja 400 Kawasaki. Just to add to Buis's joy he had already taken pole position after Superpole qualifying and started both ten-lap races from the premium grid spot. Dutchman Jeffrey is the first rider so far to score two wins in 2020 and he is now the championship leader for the first time ever.Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) is second overall in the close and highly competitive championship standings at the halfway point of the season, finishing her Motorland races second on Saturday and sixth today.Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) was unlucky to fall on Saturday after contact with another rider - and no score as a result - but he recovered with confidence today to score third place. It was his 16th career podium – extending the all-time record for top three finishes.All of the six available podium places this weekend went to Ninja 400 riders, with Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) taking second place to make it a clean sweep for Kawasaki in race two today. His team-mate Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) was third on day one, behind Buis and 2018 world champion Carrasco.Rookie rider this year Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM–Kawasaki) placed fifth in race one but no scored in race two, leaving him fifth overall after some great early season rides at the previous rounds.Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP project) was seventh and Victor Rodrigues Nunez (2R Kawasaki) was eighth in race one. Brianti completed the top ten in the opening race on Saturday 29 August.In race two Ieraci was seventh, but just 1.3 seconds from the lead. Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) was ninth and Rodrigues Nunez tenth.Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) could not replicate his previous round podium level performance and no scored in each race. Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) also had two DNFs at this round, while his team-mate Filippo Rovelli was 20th in race one and then 14th and inside the points in race two.In the championship standings, which closed right up at this round in particular, Buis now leads with 86 points, Carrasco is second with 84 and Deroue has 83. Booth-Amos is fifth on 63 and Brianti sixth with 58.The Motorland Aragon circuit is – again - the next stop for the WorldSSP300 runners at the Teruel Round, to be held next weekend, between 4 and 6 September.Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "What a weekend! We were fast in all the practice sessions and I managed to get my first pole position in the first race I pushed from the first lap and was able to get away. It was very special to win my first race. In the second race I pushed even harder, but this time I couldn't get away. It was so cool to score my second victory from the weekend in the last corner. We are now first in the championship. The bike was great thanks to MTM Kawasaki Motoport."Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec), stated: "I am feeling very happy because race one was a really difficult one after a difficult weekend. I struggled a little bit and because of Superpole we had to start on the fourth row. That made it a difficult challenge. I wanted to arrive in the top group very soon but it was windy and the other riders were fighting very hard. But, finally, to finish in the podium is so really good for us and the team."Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "I'm happy with my podium in the second race, it was a good one. I rode behind Jeffrey (Buis). He had a good pace and I thought we could get away together, but that wasn't possible. In the last lap I was in the lead and unfortunately on the straight two riders passed me. I'm disappointed with my crash in the first race; we lost a lot of important points there. But the championship is still long. Next week we will go for it again!"Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki), stated: "After a year and half with no podium and some issues I am very happy to be back in this position – it feels like a small victory. It was a very difficult race, the group was very big and we were fighting in all the laps but the bike and the team did an incredible job. We are starting to make points. We need to take more podiums and win races because we deserve to be there. This podium was a thank you to the team and our supporters."Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki), stated: "For it was a very difficult race today because Scott and Jeffrey had a gap after three laps and I got up to Scott but it was a very, very difficult task. I put in 100%, and that was as much as I could do today."#NinjaSpirit

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Aug 9, 2020

Race Win And Championship Lead For Deroue

A host of Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders faced the second round of the WorldSP300 Championship at Portimao this weekend, with first Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) and then new championship leader Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) taking hard fought race wins. Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) took the Superpole prize on Saturday; one of six riders locking out the top two rows on the race grids for Kawasaki. Like the opening round in Jerez last weekend the Portimao event was blessed with sunshine and a dry track surface, but unlike the furnace-like atmosphere in Spain the temperatures were merely hot in Portugal, as was the race action from the very start.In the first race, planned for ten laps but shortened to six by a red flag, four Kawasaki riders blanketed the podium and beyond, with Carrasco winning her first race of the season by just 0.057 seconds. A first podium of his career for Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) saw him finish second in the opener, the only rider able to stick with the pace of 2018 champion Carrasco.New rider in this championship for 2020, Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM–Kawasaki), continued his strong introduction to the class by finishing third – just 0.006 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Deroue in race one.Samuel Di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo Kawasaki) was sixth (after setting the best lap) and Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) seventh. Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) was ninth. The top ten rundown was completed by Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki).Using their slick tyres to the max once again, and for only the second round in WorldSSP history, the riders in the second race lined up to finish off a spectacular weekend of action.Again, the race did not go the scheduled distance and was red flagged close to the climax when Carrasco, Booth-Amos and Meikon Kawakami clashed and fell. None of the riders involved were able to get back the pits within the allotted five minutes and were thus not classified as finishers in race two, scoring no points.The race result was awarded after nine laps, with Deroue the Sunday winner. With his two team-mates Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) and Buis third and fourth respectively, it was another strong ride for the Ninja 400 riders at the sharp end.Kawasaki riders filled the positions from sixth to tenth, with Perez sixth, Aussie rider Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) seventh, Brianti eighth, Meuffels ninth and Di Sora tenth.In the championship standings, perennial competitor Deroue leads with 67 points after four races. Bahattin Sofuoglu is second, Unai Orradre is third, Carrasco is fourth with 54 points, Booth-Amos has 52 in fifth and Buis is now into the top six after two strong Portuguese showings, with 36 points.Motorland Aragon is the next stop for the rolling circus that is WorldSSP300, August 28-30.Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "We were very strong all weekend from the first practice session. In the first race the leading group fell apart and I just missed the podium. It wasn't easy at the start of the second race. I had to catch up, but then I was able to close the gap to Ana. In the last lap I pushed for the win and was in the lead when the red flag came. I'm very happy with this victory and with the first place in the championship. I want to thank my team, Kawasaki and all the sponsors."Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec), stated: "It's a shame because I was having a good race, I had nearly all the laps under control but at two from the end, with all the tailgating, I dropped many positions. On the last lap I tried to recover and tried to avoid the knocks - until they hit me. The truth is that it's no good because although I wouldn't have made the podium, I would have clocked up some valuable points for the championship. But what's important is that I'm fine after the fall and we'll see what happens in the next race."Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "P2 and P4 this weekend, what a great result. The team has worked very hard. On Friday we didn't have the speed yet, but from Saturday we were on pace. In the first race I was able to ride away together with Ana. It was my first WorldSSP300 podium; that felt very special. The second race was a bit harder, but I'm also very satisfied with fourth place. On to Aragon."Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM–Kawasaki), stated: "Qualifying didn't really go to planned and I think in the future it is better to work on my own. Here it was a little bit difficult because I have not been here before and obviously it is not the easiest circuit to learn. My ideal times were a lot quicker than the qualifying lap I did. My qualifying position of 13th made my life a bit harder. In race one I went back a bit and then pushed forward and got a podium for third."Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki Motoport), stated: "I'm very proud to be the first Japanese rider on the WorldSSP300 podium. Saturday was also great when I took pole position. Unfortunately I crashed early in the first race. The second race I had to leave a gap, but I fought hard to get back. This third place is very special and I want to thank my team for that." #NinjaSpirit

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Aug 9, 2020

Rea Serves Up A Triple Treat

Jonathan Rea (KRT) won both Sunday WorldSBK races in Portugal to take the championship lead for the first time in 2020 and lift his total of race win this year to five. Alex Lowes (KRT) was fourth in the Tissot Superpole race and then a non-finisher in the 20-lap finale to the weekend's hot and intense action at Portimao. It was a perfect WorldSBK weekend for Rea at what is now his statistically strongest circuit. Three race wins saw him take his personal race-winning total to 12 at Portimao. With more podium finishes overall than even at Assen, where he has also won 12 times, the Algarve circuit is now Jonathan's most rewarding track.The five-time world champion also scored the fastest lap in each race and was fastest qualifier in Tissot-Superpole on Saturday.Entering the third round of the championship this weekend some 24 points behind the lead, Jonathan now leaves it four points in front.A clear win by almost three seconds in Sunday's early 10-lap sprint race allowed Rea an ideal starting position for the second 20-lap race in the afternoon. He once more raced his pit board from the front of the pack and eased out to win by 4.3 seconds in the weekend finale.A determined and consistent fourth in the Tissot-Superpole sprint race, Lowes was unfortunate to fall at turn five on lap eight of the longer contest, riding back to the pits to eventually retire.After a dramatic turnaround in fortunes at the top of the championship this weekend Rea has 136 points, Redding 132, Razgatlioglu 103, Lowes 95 and Michael van der Mark 82.The next round will be the first of two back-to-back race weekends at the magnificently appointed Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain, with the first of them taking place between 28-30 August.Jonathan Rea, stated: "That was a perfect weekend. The fastest laps, pole position and three race wins. I do not think it was the result, but it was the way that we made the result this weekend. I could really enjoy the bike. It is strange, because sometimes fighting for a sixth place, like we did in Jerez last time, feels like I was riding 100%. Giving everything to finish sixth. This weekend I could do whatever I wanted and kept increasing the gap at the front. It is an incredible feeling as a rider. I knew Portimao was going to be a good track, and I was talking myself into a good result, but we did not come here in the winter tests so I knew it could also be a difficult weekend. I did not start well on Friday in FP1, but we were able to just work calmly together and understand the bike."Alex Lowes, stated: "It was a shame in race two because I am really sad to have crashed out of that podium fight. After two fourth places it would have been really nice to finish the weekend off with a podium finish. That was not the case. I am not sure what I did wrong, really. The track was getting hot and slippy, and I just lost the front of the bike. Every weekend I am learning more, learning more about the bike, and these conditions were a little bit different again. I am going to focus on the test we have got coming at Aragon soon, improving a few areas of the bike set-up - and myself riding the bike - and I look forward to the races we will have in Aragon in a few weeks' time. Apart from the last race it was a pretty solid weekend in Portugal."In race two Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) crashed when another rider and he collided on lap 16 and he left Portugal 16th overall in the championship, with 14 points in all. Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) had two non-finishes today and is 18th overall. Series regular Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) underwent a successful operation on his T7 vertebra overnight, after a heavy crash in race one on Saturday.2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 9, Wins 5, Podiums 7, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 93 (78 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 175 (133 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 24 (20 for Kawasaki)Alex Lowes:2020: Races: 9, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 152 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 442 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 89 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Aug 9, 2020

Sunday Fifth Place For Philipp

The 17-lap second WorldSSP race at Portimao saw Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Philipp Öttl finish in fifth place while his luckless teammate Lucas Mahias crashed out of the leading positions on the first lap around the 4.592km long circuit. Sitting in a top five place in the early laps, Philipp pushed on to regain that position at the flag, having been involved in a thrilling final lap fight with three other riders.With Mahias out of the running after losing the front going into the second turn, Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was the second top scoring Kawasaki rider today in sixth place overall, after a battle with Öttl, Corentin Perolari and Hannes Soomer.Both Öttl and Gonzalez, the latter being the 2019 WorldSSP300 champion, are first season full-time riders in the WorldSSP class in 2020.After five rounds of the championship, across three different circuits, Mahias is still third in the points standings and Öttl fifth.Five time race winner Andrea Locatelli now has 125 points, Jules Cluzel 90, Mahias 62, Perolari 57 and Öttl 49. Gonzalez moved up to tenth today, with what was his best WorldSSP result to date.The next round will take place at Motorland Aragon in Spain, between 28 and 30 August.Lucas Mahias, stated: "I cannot speak a lot about the race but I did not understand the crash. I lost the front directly in the second corner, a fast corner. I do not understand why. Maybe I touched the inside of the curbs a little but I am not really sure. I will try my best again at Aragon and please no crash in the race next time!"Philipp Öttl, stated: "It was a tough race from the beginning but I had a better feeling compared to yesterday's race. The bike felt fun to ride but not on this track so much because it is like a motocross track, to be honest! My ambition was to finish the race inside the top five or six, because this track is so, so difficult. So I am not too unhappy about this result today – not yesterday – but I am happy with today."Can Öncü (Turkish Puccetti Racing) battled hard for his final tenth place today, and now sits 11th overall in the championship fight, one place behind Gonzalez. #NinjaSpirit

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Aug 2, 2020

Rea Wins Spanish Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored a win and a sixth place in today's hot and demanding WorldSBK races at Jerez, with fellow KRT rider Alex Lowes finishing seventh and fifth. Rea's victory came in the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race. In the 'sprint' race, held at 11.00hrs, Rea made a strong start and the five time champion pushed hard early on to take a victory from Scott Redding by 0.522 seconds. It was his second major success of the 2020 campaign, after taking the equivalent race in Australia in round one. This Jerez win was a new landmark record of 90 WorldSBK victories for Rea, and his 75th since he joined Kawasaki in 2015. The final race of the weekend, over 20-laps was led by Jonathan from the start but he was passed by eventual race winner and championship leader Redding on the second lap. Unable to get the drive grip he had hoped for Rea would eventually finish sixth. Lowes made great strides forward to take seventh place in the Superpole race, battling hard to move through the field in a short and intense contest which he had started from 14th place on the grid. In the second full distance race Lowes shadowed his team-mate Rea for some time but made his move forward on lap 17 to finish fifth and improve his results through each of the three Jerez points scoring races. In the championship standings Redding leads with 98, Rea is now second with 74 and Lowes is a close third with 72. The championship will now move on to Portugal next weekend, for the Portimao round, between 7 and 9 August. Jonathan Rea, stated: "This morning was very good and I felt that it was my chance to go from the very beginning. I did a 1'40.6 from a standing start which was unbelievable. I had a really good rhythm so I was able to cruise the last few laps and really enjoy the race. In race two it was hard because as soon as I got the bike on its side in turn three and accelerated towards four, it was not pushing the tyre in and going forward. I was frustrated with that. We had the same set-up as we had in the Superpole race and the set-up change from yesterday was minimal, so we need to look at the data. This circuit is the one I feared the most, especially in the high temperatures, so it is not a bad outcome." Alex Lowes, stated: "It has not been an easy weekend for me but in the end we took some points so it was not bad. This weekend was quite difficult because this is the first time for me to ride the Kawasaki in these extreme temperatures. But every race at Jerez I have improved and I am looking forward to Portimao already. In the Superpole race it was good because I started 14th, so to arrive in P7 I had quite a lot of confidence for the final race. I was stronger today but I was bit behind in terms of track time. We will try to improve for next week." Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th and 13th in the Sunday races at his home circuit of Jerez, with Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) scoring two more 14th places today, for valuable points each time. New WorldSBK full time rider Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 15th and then 18th today. In the points table Cortese is 14th, Fores 15th and Scheib 16th. 2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 6, Wins 2, Podiums 4, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 90 (75 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 172 (130 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki) Alex Lowes:2020: Races: 6, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 149 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 439 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Aug 2, 2020

Kawasaki Leads WorldSSP300 Championship

A new era of WorldSSP300 competition kicked off at a steamy Jerez circuit with instant success for riders on the Kawasaki Ninja 400. New challenger in this class Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM–Kawasaki) had a remarkably fast introduction to the class and he leaves Spain as the championship leader. His two podiums were added to by a second place in race two for 2018 World Champion Ana Carrasco (Provec Kawasaki) and a race one third place for Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki Motoport). With slick tires for all classes in the WorldSBK paddock this season the WorldSSP300 riders needed all the grip they could get in the hot conditions that were endured in two ten-lap races, the first held on Saturday 1 August and the second on Sunday 2 August.In the opening race Booth-Amos finished second in his first ever WorldSSP300 event, after lighting up practice with his pace at times. His qualifying performance, however, left him only 15th on the grid, making his recoveries to podium places in each race truly impressive.Third place in race two for Booth-Amos came after the rider who had originally finished second had exceeded the track limits and was penalized by having five seconds added to his race time. It was an important development as it helped Tom leave the overheated Jerez circuit with the slenderest of championship leads – just one point.Carrasco and Deroue now share 29 points each, with Ana placed just ahead of her old rival in fourth overall because of her better second place podium finish today, compared to Scott's third place on Saturday. Ana was seventh in race one.The top ranked Kawasaki rider in qualifying was Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project), in third place, with Carrasco fourth and Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki) sixth. Deroue, like Booth-Amos, had to start from the fifth row of the grid in each race, having qualified 13th.Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki Motoport) was almost on the podium in race one but his fourth place puts him overall eighth place in the table, despite a no-score in race two.The sixth placed rider in the championship after the two Jerez races is Thomas Brianti (Prodina Ircos Team Kawasaki), with Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) seventh.Front row qualifier Ieraci was 22nd in race one but seventh in the race two, for 11th overall after one round.Now the 50-plus WorldSSP300 riders head to Portimao in Portugal for the second round of the series next weekend, between the 7 and 9 of August.Ana Carrasco, stated: "I am happy with second position because I think the Sunday race was really hard. I tried to make a gap in the first lap but it was very difficult in this heat. So I decided to stay in the group and fight in the last lap. It was a shame because they had a little bit of a gap ahead so I could not arrive in a good position to try and fight for the victory. It is a good result for us and our championship position and after the end of yesterday's race I needed to be on the podium. I think we deserved it. Let's keep working on the same line and let's see what's happening in Portimao."Tom Booth-Amos, stated: "The Sunday race did not start so well for me, I went backwards again like yesterday. I think after two or three laps I started to find my rhythm and pace and I just picked them off one-by-one. Honestly, I just kept getting held up by people. As soon as I passed them they would pass me back and hold me up. It is a shame really because I felt I had the pace to win the race. I am happy to be leading a world championship for the first time, and obviously this is a good feeling that puts us strong for the rest of the year."Scott Deroue, stated: "I had a good start on Saturday because we had to, coming from P13. I was able to quickly make it to the top five, but I didn't have the speed to get away. Halfway through the race it got really tough with these temperatures, although I normally tolerate heat well. In the final phase we fought for P2. I had the plan ready for the last corner, but because I was hit I had to go wide and lost a few places. On the last straight I was able to come to P3 again because other riders touched each other. I am happy with the result, although I would have liked to finish second. We didn't have the pace today. In the warm-up it went great, but in the race we had a hard time with the high track temperature. Normally they have a hard time passing me with brakes and now they could. Then you get out of rhythm. But with P4 we should be very satisfied today after yesterday's podium. Now, on to Portimão."Yuta Okaya, stated: "I had a good feeling after the Superpole. The start of the first race wasn't good, but after that I could join the front group. I had mixed feelings after the race, because I was so close to the podium. The second race went very well and I was leading a lot. In the penultimate lap, I hit the rider's rear tire in front of me in a fast corner and lost the front. Happy with my pace in Jerez, but I would have liked to have been on the podium!" #NinjaSpirit

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Aug 2, 2020

Mahias Scores Race Two Podium

In a shortened 11-lap WorldSSP Sunday race at Jerez Lucas Mahias was third and his Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mate Philipp Öttl fourth after another hot race at the 4.423km long circuit in Andalusia. With Öttl third and Mahias fourth in the first race of the weekend yesterday, it was a strong overall Jerez weekend for the team. The Sunday race was scheduled to be run over 17 laps but a collision between two riders into turn one put oil down and led to a long delay for track cleanup measures to be completed.In the restart Philipp was in third place on lap one, with Lucas fifth. Frenchman Mahias started to move forward and pass other riders, including his own Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team-mate Öttl with six laps completed.Without quite the same final lap pace as Mahias, Öttl remained in a confident fourth place, adding to his third place from Saturday. He is now fifth in the championship standings.Closing in on eventual second place rider Jules Cluzel in the final few turns Mahias was not quite close enough to make a last corner attack certain, but still scored his first podium finish of the season to go third in the championship.Race winner Andrea Locatelli now has 75 points, Cluzel 60, Mahias 42, Corentin Perolari 35 and Öttl 29.The next round will take place next weekend at Portimao in Portugal, from 7 to 9 August, with two more points scoring races.Lucas Mahias, stated: "For sure it is a nice result to take a podium today. Not the perfect race because I think if I had maybe three or four laps, more like a normal race, it may have been possible to finish second. But, I did not think it was the time to crash in the last corner of the last lap trying to pass. I kept this podium position which is nice for the team, and for me too in championship standings."Philipp Öttl, stated: "It was another good race and I am happy for the result. I wanted to have another podium but Mahias was really strong after six laps. The of how you pass in WorldSSP seems to be a little bit different. It seems to be more of a block-pass style. The beginning of the race was good but afterwards we struggled a little bit. I am happy with the weekend because we did a good job again, so I need to say thank you to the team."Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) made a very strong start and was up to sixth place early in the race, until Mahias came past and he then slowed to finish tenth. Can Öncü (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was 12th. #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 7, 2020

KRT’s Track Preparations Head Home

The Catalunya based Kawasaki Racing Team will make its final major step to restarting the WorldSBK season with a two day test at the Montmeló circuit, located less than a kilometer from their headquarters in Granollers, near Barcelona. Testing will take place between the eighth and ninth of July and will also feature many of the championship's main competitors. Five times WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea and early 2020 championship points leader Alex Lowes have already ridden their Ninja ZX-10RR machines during a short but important test session at Montmeló in late January. The 4.627km long circuit has been a regular host to MotoGP events for many years but this season it will feature a WorldSBK race weekend for the very first time. KRT has already started its journey back into the 2020 season overall with a two-day test at Misano in Italy last month, with both riders finding positives to take into the forthcoming tests at Montmeló. Great care was taken at the Misano test to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 virus that has brought all forms of international motorsport to a virtual halt since the first round of WorldSBK on the first day of March. Those precautions will be continued and enhanced at the Montmeló tests, especially as there will be more participants in the paddock than were present at Misano. The Montmeló test will be particularly important one as it is the final full WorldSBK track session for the team before they relocate to Andalusia for the restart of the 2020 season. The first of four races to be held in relatively quick succession in Iberia will begin at Jerez de la Frontera, with race days scheduled for Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I have been enjoying 'van life' and I stayed out in Misano after the test. I have been pretty much cycling around Italy with Fabien Foret and my mate Gaz for a good few days, in the campground I often stay at in Misano while observing social distancing. I have been cycling a lot, basically smashing the pedals. I also stopped off at Andrew Pitt's place in Lucca. He is an old team-mate of mine and when he retired I ended up staying at his place for a couple of months a few years ago. It was good to be able to hit the roads on the bicycle that I used to ride there in the Tuscan hills. At Fabien's we also did a bit of riding with Regis Laconi – even though we cycled at the correct distance from each other he definitely knows how to pedal a bicycle, I will tell you that much! So I have been full gas training since Misano. Thinking about Lockdown as an athlete, it was a strange period. We did not know when we would ride the race bike again so having no fixed date I was just trying to brush up with things I have struggled with in the past, like flexibility, and try to drop a couple of kilos safely, which managed to do. I feel in really good place and I am just trying to take my foot off the gas a little bit now because it is coming up to crunch time. We will go to Montmeló for testing now. It is super-fast and flowing and really suits my natural style. We got an afternoon there at the start of the season to do our team video shoot and I enjoyed the place. Now we will get to ride the track with all our main competitors. We were right in the mix testing at Misano, as far as lap time and consistency goes. I started feeling good with the bike again and I left there feeling great. Feeling comfortable with the bike before we go to Jerez for the race weekend will be the most important thing." Alex Lowes, stated: "I have been staying close to Misano at my brother's house. His fiancé is Italian so we had some family time and also some training, which has been nice. I spent a couple days on my new KX250 motocross bike and had some nice mountain bike rides around the San Marino area. Right now I am in Barcelona, close to the team's workshop and we will stay here until after the Portimao race. When we tested at Montmeló in January we didn't have very good weather so although I have some knowledge of the track I didn't fully get to get my teeth into it. Now I have a better understanding of the bike it's going to be great to ride the circuit in full-on mode because my first impressions of Montmeló were really good. I need to work on a couple of things with my riding that my crew chief Marcel and I identified from the recent Misano test. We're also looking to improve the rear of the bike, from a set up point of view. Although I've been with the team eight months or so now I am still learning the ZX-10RR. I really enjoying that process so I can't wait to get back out!" Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "It is so special to make this test in Montmeló, which is so close to our KRT headquarters. We are just 1km from the circuit. Will be very interested to see many WorldSBK competitors will ride, for the first time all together, at the Circuit of Catalunya. For sure it will be very good to compare our references with those of the other riders, and from then on start to work to set up the bike for this track. Of course, we will continue working in our Covid-19 mode, with a target to keep the Paddock safe from the spread of the virus. I know everybody in KRT is particularly motivated for this test and the race itself in September!" 2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 89 (74 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 170 (128 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki) Alex Lowes:2020: Races: 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 148 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 437 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit#Rea5stars

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Jun 25, 2020

Reset Test Complete For KRT’s WorldSBK Squad

After an enforced absence from the racetrack due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Kawasaki Racing Team pairing of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes completed their first WorldSBK comeback test at Misano today, having enjoyed two full days of intense action at the Italian circuit. In terms of outright lap times Rea was the second best WorldSBK rider on display at Misano, with 1'33.206 on the very grippy new asphalt that has been recently laid at the 4.226km long coastal circuit. Lowes set his own best–of-test 1'33.694 lap time later in the afternoon, placing him just outside the existing track best lap time, after completing over 100 laps today alone. The entire KRT squad worked hard at this test to not just get back into the groove after some months away from the track but also to adhere to the national, regional and self-imposed Covid-19 regulations, designed to ensure the safety of everyone involved in these tests. With differing degrees of overall experience on the Ninja ZX-10RR five times Kawasaki champion Rea and 2020 signing Lowes worked on some different aspects of machine set-up and their approach to these tests in general. Rea spent today with his technical crew finding greater confidence on the unexpectedly grippy new asphalt. They made the most of the gradual set-up changes to the point where Rea posted the fastest time on race tires, before he and some others tried out even softer rear qualifiers to improve the pace yet again. Lowes, at another new circuit for him on the KRT machine, built up his confidence and pace to leave Misano both satisfied with the work already done and ready find more improvements at the next tests in Spain. Now the team will relocate to their home venue of Montmelo near Barcelona, for a track outing on the eighth and ninth of July. The season itself is due to re-start – after a long gap since the opening round in Australia back in early March – at Jerez de la Frontera, again in Spain, with races on the first and second of August. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am quite satisfied with this test and it was very valuable to get up to speed. Yesterday everything felt quite alien to me, especially as the asphalt was new and the grip levels were high. I just had to adapt my riding a little bit. Also we changed the bike setup; actually to take a little bit of grip away. I was still not 100% confident but I felt better a lot better after the tire grip had dropped a bit. After six or seven laps I felt more comfortable on the bike. At the end, with a race tire, I was still able to be very fast and I felt confident to push. We did not get excited or carried away when we were struggling; we just went about it step-by-step with the crew, and with Showa, changing the bike set-up. We did not have many huge items to try. I really feel like here, with the grip level being so high, we have been able to achieve a little bit more natural turning from the bike. That is a huge thing to take away from here and I hope we can apply it to other tracks where we have been struggling in the past." Alex Lowes, stated: "The test today has been really good because we had clear targets that we wanted to achieve at the start of the day. We wanted to do a race simulation while trying to keep a good pace after such a long time off the bike. And also find a direction with the front end setup for the Barcelona tests. We achieved both those things. I had a nice 20 laps this morning, when the track was really hot, which gave us good information for the next races in Jerez and Portimao, because we think they are also going to be hot. At the end of today we tried to improve our pace on new tires and I was quite satisfied with what we did. After 103 laps I was a little bit tired at the end but it was a successful test and we have a lot of information to take into the next test. That will be another new track for me on the Kawasaki, so it is all about gelling with the bike in all different conditions. I also want to say a big thanks to the team. It has not been easy to organize the test with everything that has gone on but a massive thanks to the KRT guys." Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "Testing has been very good. After this long lock down it was very interesting to see how the riders would be, how the mechanics and everybody worked. And they all worked very well. Johnny is in really good shape and he has been working a lot on his psychology and physically he was very strong. He came here with his batteries recharged. This track, on the other hand, is like a new track as it has been completely re-asphalted. The grip is impressive – completely crazy! On a Q tire Johnny was 1.5 seconds faster than what he did last year. Yesterday, all this new grip made a new request to the balance of the bike and Johnny was not so happy. Step-by-step we understood the direction and from the first 'out lap' yesterday to the final one today we did not stop improving. I am honestly very proud of the job everybody did in the team. Johnny did a 1'33.4 today, making him the fastest one with a race tire. On his Q tire he made a mistake on the first lap but still did a 1'33.2 on his second lap. That could have been a 1'32.9 or 1'33.0." Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Alex Lowes, stated: "A very good test; very positive. We know Phillip Island is a special track and we did well there in the season opener. We came here with a positive mentality and I think everybody was glad to come back to the track. Yesterday, when we started off, it was more like a warm-up after being away for so long. But today, we really sat down to improve the speed of the package. This afternoon especially we made some significant steps with the bike performance - and Alex used it to the maximum. We have a clear idea where we improved and also what we need to improve in the following test - so we can go away from this track with a happy face." Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "This has been such an intense test. After four months stopped – the longest in the last 10 years for sure - it has been nice to come back to the racetrack. We tried to get into the rhythm and let the riders enjoy on the bikes. It has been our first experience in 'Covid-19 mode' and for sure we need to improve our system. We made PCR tests and Antibody tests for all staff. We even asked a few suppliers who were in attendance to do the same, to ensure to the max that nobody could spread the virus. The most important thing will be to be responsible and try to follow current government rules about virus prevention outside the paddock. We are conscious that part of the proposed racing program is linked to preventing Covid-19 from coming into the paddock, so let's see if we can 'win' this race too." 2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 2020: Races 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 89 (74 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 170 (128 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki) Alex Lowes: 2020: Races: 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019) 5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 148 – second overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 437 – second overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Jun 18, 2020

Rea And KRT Renew Record-Breaking Partnership

Five-time FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea will continue his record-breaking partnership with Kawasaki and KRT after signing a new multi-year contract.Rea has won five consecutive WorldSBK championships as a KRT rider, starting in his first Kawasaki year in 2015. The most successful WorldSBK racer in history, the vast majority of Jonathan's championship points and race wins have been earned while riding Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR machinery creating a legend in the process.With one race win under his belt already this season, at the only 2020 round to be held so far in Australia, Rea's competitive nature is as strong as ever as he goes for title number six. Signing his new contract demonstrates his intention to build on and extend his winning streak well beyond this current season.Jonathan's ambition is as sharp as ever, especially after confirmation of his new contract with the most successful modern day WorldSBK manufacturer and team in the paddock. His close connection with Kawasaki and KRT is now globally understood and accepted, and in many ways he has become "the face of Kawasaki racing".The full support of his wife Tatia, his children and his entire family have been an important element throughout his glittering career, during all the good and more challenging times. The mutually beneficial relationship with his team, one which Jonathan has helped nurture, is an integral part of their combined success.With current championship leader Alex Lowes already signed with Kawasaki beyond 2020 KRT has moved early in its rider choices for the next era of its overall WorldSBK campaign.Jonathan Rea, said: "I am super happy to sign a new contract with Kawasaki and KRT. What we have achieved together is incredible. Our success is driven by a great team and of course the base of the project - our Ninja ZX-10RR. I will keep working hard, together with my crew, the engineers at KHI to be in the best condition every single race. This period away from racing has reignited a burning desire to keep winning and continue to improve my skills and the package of our bike. Racing never stands still and all the riders and manufactures are continuing to improve - we must do the same. Now we can fully focus on our 2020 WorldSBK season where racing will restart soon. I want to thank Kawasaki, the team and all my sponsors for their continued support and this great opportunity."KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, said: "Everyone in the team is delighted that Jonathan will be with us again. In racing we cannot assume anything until it is completed so we are very happy that JR65 has confirmed his future with Kawasaki and us. Everyone involved understands that this is a long-term project and that continuity and success go hand-in-hand. As a rider Jonathan has incredible talents that are very rare. For sure, to keep him as part of KRT gives us a chance to create yet more WorldSBK and racing history. His pit crew and everyone at KRT are delighted to continue this hugely rewarding professional and personal journey together."Steve Guttridge, KME Racing Manager, said: "Since Jonathan signed his first deal to race with us in 2015 it has been a dream partnership. Kawasaki as a group had our full focus on extending our relationship into the future. This season, his sixth with us, means that JR is very much part of the Kawasaki family and his record-breaking partnership with the Ninja is revered by our competition and has amazed our fans worldwide. Jonathan - together with his great crew, the team and our engineers - once more has the perfect combination for success. JR's professionalism, approach to racing - and particularly his mentality - have helped us as a manufacturer to define our blueprint to racing success. Together we aim to continue rewriting the history books and breaking records together. The whole Kawasaki family and Kawasaki fans worldwide welcome the new multi-year agreement with Jonathan and we are excited to witness the next chapter of this amazing story unfold."Jonathan Rea WorldSBK StatisticsWorld Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 89 (74 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 170 (128 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 148 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 437 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall#NinjaSpirit

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May 27, 2020

KRT Locks In Lowes For 2021 WorldSBK Season

Kawasaki is pleased to announce that current WorldSBK Championship leader Alex Lowes will remain with the official KRT FIM Superbike World Championship team for the 2021 season. After just one round in Kawasaki colours Lowes enjoyed a dream start when he scored a race win at Phillip Island in Australia, during what was his first competitive event on the Ninja ZX-10RR. Even with track action currently on hold after the suspension of all forms of global racing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alex is fully prepared to continue his initial success as soon as the season restarts, as well as looking forward to partnering his team-mate Jonathan Rea in the Suzuka 8 Hours EWC race. Optimism is high for both teams and fans starved of racing action since the outstanding opening round in Australia, where Alex and Jonathan won a race each on their KRT machines. Lowes, now 29, made his latest signing official during a Skype call between himself, KME's Steve Guttridge and KRT Team Manager Guim Roda. In re-signing Alex the team has the continuity to build on its current success and aim for even greater things next season. Alex Lowes, said: "It is great be with Kawasaki for 2021. I can continue adapting to the team and adapting myself to the ZX-10RR. Ever since I joined the team I have really felt like it was an opportunity to for me to make another step forward with my riding. Being team-mates with Johnny I feel can learn so much from him and the atmosphere in the team is great. The current situation in the world is not ideal for anyone but Kawasaki really makes me feel positive and focused on the future. It has been fantastic to get something sorted for 2021 before going into the rest of the races this year. My personal target is to keep working hard every day, keep improving myself and also as a team to continue enjoying it. That is why we go racing. This little bit of 'down-time' has made us all appreciate how amazing our job is. Our fire was already burning hot but this recent period has certainly brought up the level of appreciation about what we do. I cannot wait to get back up there with Team 22 this season, working Marcel and the guys, and looking forward to even bigger things as we go into next year." KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, said: "The job Alex has done until now, his motivation for the KRT project and the serious way he trains himself to be the fittest rider he can be have been such strong arguments to renew with him. It also gives him the time and reassurance to show his full potential on the ZX-10RR. He has the speed to ride the bike on the limit and to perform at the level we expect. We find him a good combination with Rea in terms of mutual respect, and the competition between the riders will help lift up the team to the maximum. We have evaluated his riding since he joined with us for 2020 and we believe he can ride the bike fast and consistently. We expect to restart this current season again - to make sure the show comes back for all. Fixing an agreement with Alex for 2021 so early in the season will give him a calmness to fully concentrate on his racing and make the best results possible this year." Steve Guttridge, KME Racing Manager, said: "Kawasaki Racing Team and our riders have been the dominant force within the WorldSBK series for several seasons now but we cannot relax in that situation; we must keep that momentum moving forward. Our KRT Superbike project is part of a global effort by Kawasaki, combined with numerous important sponsors and suppliers to our racing programs. It is our duty to retain the services of the very best riders in the World and Alex has demonstrated that he is just that by leading the Championship from round one. With Alex re-signing for the 2021 season we feel that not only his team and crew will continue to build a strong relationship together but also our key sponsors can have continuity from this (interrupted) season too. We are very happy confirm Alex will be staying with KRT and now look forward to the restart of this season and claiming more podiums together into 2021." Alex Lowes WorldSBK Statistics2020: Races: 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)BSB Champion 2013 Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 148 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 437 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Mar 1, 2020

Lowes And Rea Share Sunday Race Wins For KRT

Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes each scored a close race victory on the second day of the opening round of the 2020 WorldSBK Championship, with Rea winning the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race and Lowes the full distance final contest, after a thrilling WorldSBK weekend in Australia. The final race of the weekend, over 22-laps, featured up to nine riders in the leading group, even at half race distance, but it was Lowes and Rea who made the decisive moves to go 1-2 in warm and dry conditions. Lowes was just 0.037 seconds ahead of Rea across the line, with Scott Redding 0.849 seconds behind Alex. As temperatures rose for the final long race the leading bunch were closely packed but even as riders dropped off the group one by one there were four potential race winners again with just a couple flaps to go. In the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race, held at 12.00 noon today, Rea showed all his five time championship winning quality to pass race leader Toprak Razgatlioglu and hold on across the line for his first win of the year. Lowes, so close to being the opening race winner on Saturday, was fourth in the sprint race, just over 0.2 seconds from his new team-mate. Rea's Superpole race victory was particularly poignant as he received news overnight of the passing of his maternal grandmother back home in Northern Ireland. He dedicated his 89th career race win to his family. In both races constant overtakes and aggressive passes were commonplace as the 2020 season started in an incredibly competitive fashion. After his strong debut weekend on the Ninja ZX-10RR Lowes now leads the championship with 51 points. Rea is fourth overall on 32 points after his race one no-score on Saturday. Qatar will now host the next round of the championship, under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, between 13 and 15 March. Alex Lowes, stated: "I knew when it got a lot hotter it was going to play into our hands as Marcel, my crew chief, had forced me to work really hard on old tires in practice! When the grip dropped I knew I was going to be more comfortable than the other guys. In the second race there were so many people hitting everybody, Johnny trying to control the pace and Baz hit me a few times. It was hard just to stay calm but each time by past the pitbox I said to myself, 'relax, stay calm, you have go the pace for the next ten laps - relax, relax.' In the end, luckily, I had a bit more grip than the other guys and won race two. A great start here with Kawasaki. Obviously this track is a little bit strange so I need to just enjoy the moment, go to Qatar and refresh. We will see how we stack up but I am really happy with the first weekend." Jonathan Rea, stated: "I got a good start in the Superpole race and put my head down. It seemed like I was really setting the rhythm with a few laps to go. Toprak was showing me his front wheel, so I knew he was there. On the last lap, throwing the bike down the inside line, I knew I had a little bit more traction. I really wanted to win that Superpole race for my family. It would have been nice to do it again in that second one but it was very strange race. I did not have the experience of doing 22 laps from race one on Saturday. I was not sure how the bike would be. The temperature went to 45°C on track today too. Nobody seemed to want to come through and do the work. I set about my rhythm and with five laps to go I put my head down - but as soon as I completed this lap I felt a drop in the tire again. Alex got by me and made a gap and although I had a close ride up to him on the last lap it was just not enough to get to the line first. We got to Qatar now and see what that brings. Yesterday we were 25 points behind, today we are 19 behind, so a positive day all-in-all after yesterday." Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th and 11th today, to sit 14th overall. Maximilian Scheib (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) had a very strong Sunday; finishing tenth in the Superpole race and then seventh in race two for 11th overall in the championship standings. Sandro Cortese (Outdo Kawasaki TPR) was 11th and then ninth in the races, for 12th place after the opening round. 2020 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192020: Races 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 89 (74 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 170 (128 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki) Alex Lowes:2020: Races: 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 22 (2 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 148 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 437 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Mar 1, 2020

Mahias Fifth After Two Part WorldSSP Opener

The first round of the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship, at Phillip Island, was finally run under flag-to-flag rules, with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Lucas Mahias finishing fifth after his mandatory mid-race pit stop. New signing Philipp Öttl was to fall and no score from a strong track position in his first-ever WorldSSP race. Mahias, the 2017 world champion, battled hard in the race from his first row starting place, and completed his pit stop without penalty. Several riders left pit lane too soon after their pit stop and suffered time penalties as a result, complicating the final analysis of the race until the official results were published. Finishing some 11-seconds from the win, Mahias is fifth in the championship rankings after the first of 12 championship rounds, with a total of 11 points after day one of the new season. Öttl was riding confidently behind the leading group until he slid off and got back on his bike, albeit out of the points scoring positions. He eventually retired from the race but learned valuable lessons in Australia - in the pre-race tests and then in the run-up to the two-part 16 lap race. After the Australian weekend the WorldSSP riders will head to the desert backdrop of Qatar for the next round of the championship, between 13 and 15 March. Lucas Mahias, stated: "The race was not so good. I was having to open the throttle very early and that makes you slide a lot. That starts to wear out the tire and finally creates some other issues. When we started the season I hoped that it would be a little bit better today." Philipp Öttl, stated: "In the beginning I was searching for my rhythm and in the beginning I had it. I passed Perolari and had a very good feeling to make a podium. Then I made a mistake in Turn Two and went off line. I closed the gas and I am sad that I fell off. We can make a good race in Qatar and for sure I would like to not do something like this again. I am more sorry for the team than me today as they did a fantastic job since we got here." 2019 WorldSSP300 champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) had a strong first race in his new category, finishing eighth from 18 riders who made to the finish after a total of 16 laps. Can Öncü (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was 11th and like Gonzalez, scored points at the very first time of asking. #NinjaSpirit

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Oct 27, 2019

Rea Ends 2019 With Perfect Final Day

Five-time WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea added to his Race One win on Friday with both race wins today at the Losail International Circuit, ending a remarkable season with 17 victories in all and a points total well into the 600s. His KRT team-mate Leon Haslam battled with his characteristic determination and finished the Tissot-Superpole Race in fourth place; in the final race of the year he was ninth. In the last round of a truly memorable season Jonathan Rea took his run of career race wins to 88, by securing all three race victories under the floodlights in Qatar, even though scoring his first win of the year took until round five, at Imola. In the short Tissot-Superpole sprint race Rea led every lap and beat Alvaro Bautista by 2.027 seconds. In the 17-lap season finale he had pressure from two Ducati riders behind him but used his strong overall race package to push on in the final laps and take a winning margin of almost three seconds. Rea's historic fifth successive championship win was thus ended in a perfect way, especially after Rea started from pole position each time and Kawasaki won the Manufacturers' Championship after Race One. He ended his year – which featured three races per weekend for the first time in WorldSBK – with 663 championship points, 165 more than his closest competitor. Haslam had one positive and one tough experience on his final day in the KRT set-up, riding with skill and focus to come within 0.160 of a second of a podium finish in the ten lap sprint race. Race Two had Haslam in the middle of the fight for the final podium place for a time, but after half race distance his front end grip dropped and he had to settle for ninth place. He ended his season seventh overall, with 281 points. Jonathan Rea, stated: "Seventeen race wins this year and two triples – Donington and here - so this is special, super-special. I am really happy and content because to be honest we never expected to get beaten so bad in the beginning. Even in the middle of the season we knew we needed to enter these last two rounds with a gap in the championship to fight for it, but what we expected we didn't find. I am really happy with the package of our bike because in these last two races, with the longest straights in the championship, and the fastest circuits, we have proved that you need more than a fast engine to win. I am super-proud of all my team. This weekend we changed the base set-up so many times, from Race One to Superpole to Race Two; you would not believe me is I told you what we did. We turned the bike upside down and each and every time we had some positives and negatives, so it just shows our bike is working inside a good window." Leon Haslam, stated: "We struggled halfway through the final race because I lost my front traction and struggled to get it to stop and I kept losing the front, not off gas but just as I tapped the gas on. To be honest after that it felt like I was tiptoeing around the corners and when it came to a fight I had nothing to fight with, even through I was there. The season has had its ups and down and I have had a fundamental problem of trying to adapt my to what is needed on this bike. Getting the bike stopped and battling has been one of the things I have struggled with and normally that is one of my strengths. But I have had some positive races, good battles in Australia, Misano and Aragon with Johnny. To win Suzuka this year has been fantastic. I had three good battles in the last three races of the year." Top Independent Rider in 2019, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing), helped his team to the Top Independent Teams' title today, despite a technical issue preventing him from making it to the start of the Tissot-Superpole race. He battled strongly in the final race of the year and finished up fifth in the race and the final championship standings, with 315 points. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 14th in the Tissot-Superpole race and 13th in the final full distance race of 2019. He ended his season in 11th place overall. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) finished his season with an 11th spot in the sprint race and repeated that in the in the 17-lap finale. He was beaten for 15th place in the championship by one point on the final day. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192019: Races 37, Wins 18, Podiums 34, Superpoles 7Career Race Wins: 88 (73 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 168 (126 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 37, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 146 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 433 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Oct 27, 2019

Deroue Wins The Race And Takes Second Overall

Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) ended his 2019 WorldSSP300 season in overall second place in the championship after taking a well-judged race win at the final round in Losail - his second race victory of the year. After the usual heated and combative WorldSP300 contest, in the highly unusual setting of the Losail International Circuit under floodlights, Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders filled the six top places at the flag. Koen Meuffels (Kawasaki Motoport) finished second by just 0.010 of a second and Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) was only 0.249 seconds from the race win. New World Champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) was fourth, 2018 champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) fifth and Tom Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) sixth. All top six riders finished within a second of each other, in what was a ten-lap race laden with overtakes and some elbow-to-elbow action. In the first ever WorldSSP300 event at this unique venue in the deserts of Qatar, Carrasco had been the form rider in Free Practice and she went on to be the Superpole winner; her first pole position of the season. Ana led for half the laps of the race, Edwards for one and Meuffels for two, but it was the last lap that mattered most and Deroue had worked himself into the slipstream of Meuffels at just the right time. On the impressively long finish straight Scott waited until the perfect moment to pull out of the slipstream of his team-mate Koen and take an advantage of 0.010 seconds - so close it had to be re-confirmed by an old-school photo finish. Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) was tenth today, his team-mate Dion Otten 12th, with two more Kawasaki riders, Samuel Di Sora (Flembbo Leader Team Kawasaki) and Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM), inside the points scoring positions. Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team) crashed out on the final lap, while inside the leading group and just 0.6 seconds from the leader on the penultimate lap. Over nine rounds of the championship, Kawasaki riders won eight races, and the top three riders in the final points table all raced on Ninja 400s. Gonzalez finished his season with 161 points, Deroue 131 and Carrasco 117. Scott Deroue, stated: "I was quite nervous before the race because Ana was so fast the whole weekend long. I did not have her pace. But in warm-up we made a step forward with the front because we had struggled with chatter in some corners. When we made the step I thought, 'OK, maybe we are ready for the race'. But still it was hard. Sometimes Ana had a gap but I just pushed, and pushed and it worked out. It was a very difficult race because there were so many overtakes and it was hard in the heat and everything to keep your concentration. But in the last lap I knew it needed to happen. Koen had a gap and Ana was in front of me. I overtook her and some others but there was still a gap to Koen. I had to push again and it worked out, because I overtook him on the finish line. Second in the championship is like a dream come true. Two times I have been third so to finish second in really good." Ana Carrasco, stated: "Overall, it has been a positive weekend, where we have been competitive since day one. It was a shame to finish off the podium because I had pace and I felt good to fight for the victory, but it was a difficult race with the group and I had several things that made it very difficult for me to get in a good position in the last turns. Even so, we have achieved third position in the championship. I think that both the Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300 and I have improved a lot during the season and we are happy with our performance. I want to thank the team, Kawasaki and all the sponsors for supporting me in what I think has been the best season of my sports career." Koen Meuffels, stated: "I felt really great today but yesterday in qualification I felt not quite as good and had to start from P16. In the warm-up today we found the right settings and the race was great. I could gain position after position. To be second - and have my team-mate win the race and finish second in the championship – is great for my Kawasaki Motoport team." Bruno Ieraci, stated: "It was an amazing day for me. First row start yesterday and a first podium today so it was a perfect weekend for us. It is important for us and it was a great job from my Kawasaki GP Project team and this is the result. I am happy and to end the season this way is perfect." #NinjaSpirit

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Oct 27, 2019

Mahias Secures Second Kawasaki Race Win

At the finale of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Lucas Mahias took his second race win of the 2019 season while his team-mate Hikari Okubo was eighth. Lucas added his third career WorldSSP race victory in Losail to his first Kawasaki WorldSSP race victory at Magny Cours a month ago to finish his year on a high, before he comes back for more in the 2020 season. After a sometimes challenging start to the 2019 campaign Lucas has scored six consecutive podiums in the second half of the year, including his two race wins. He has now won three Losail races in succession. Fears of an impending sandstorm made the organizers swap the starting time of the WorldSSP race with the WorldSSP300 class - so Mahias and his rivals got off the line at 17.15, not the planned 18.15. Mahias was part of the early leading group for all 15 rescheduled laps. The combative race was held in ambient temperatures of 32°C, despite the race being run in darkness and under floodlights. Starting the race inside the leading group Hikari was in eighth place, then ninth, before losing grip from his overworked front end set-up. He overtook one final rival three laps from home to score an eighth place finish and gain more valuable championship points. In the ultimate championship standings Lucas is fourth, on 168 points, Hikari fifth with 105. Lucas Mahias, stated: "A very good race and I was pushing for the victory. At the beginning it was difficult and I knew I had a better rhythm compared to Jules Cluzel but Corentin Perolari was very hard to overtake. That was difficult. I lost a lot of energy for three laps, because baking hard is not my natural style. When I took first position I had one strategy and that was to push hard so that no other rider could overtake me in the slipstream. I looked back, nobody overtook me and then in the second lap in the lead I pushed very hard again and got a gap of 0.8 seconds. Then I managed the lead. I did not sleep last night because I am not in good condition. I have a stomach problem. I did not eat before the race and in the hot conditions, when I was not feeling 100%, I think I lost a lot of water from my body. But it is OK because we finished the season with a victory." Hikari Okubo, stated: "It was very difficult today. I knew that this track would be hard but I pushed. Eighth is my position in the race but I know my bike is better. The problem is my riding which is using too much front while I am pushing hard. If the front drops, I cannot push more. In the corners with little braking it is good, so I need more training to make another step. Thank you so much for everything this season." Kyle Smith, the FIM Europe Supersport Cup (ESS) title holder, finished his season with ninth place in Losail, for 15th overall, while Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was tenth today, also finishing tenth overall in the points table. Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) took a final point in the season for 15th in the race and 19th in the final championship reckoning. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) was 19th and finishes his 2019 season 21st. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 21st today. #NinjaSpirit

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Oct 27, 2019

Kawasaki Wins Manufacturers’ Award After Rea Race Win

Five-time WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea secured his 15th race win of the year and in doing so Kawasaki took an unassailable lead in the Manufacturers' Championship standings. Leon Haslam (KRT) came out on top of a tough personal battle for fifth today on his Ninja ZX-10RR, one position higher than he had qualified in Tissot-Superpole. In the surreal night time environment of the 5.380km long Losail International Circuit Jonathan Rea enjoyed even more success in his fifth successive championship-winning season, winning Race One after taking his seventh Superpole award of the season earlier in the day. Starting from pole, Rea was never headed but he had Alex Lowes for very close company in the early laps and then Chaz Davies closed in for a period during the latter stages of the 17-lap contest. The Ducati rider eventually dropping back to finish 2.732 seconds behind Jonathan at the flag. Rea's win gave Kawasaki a 42-point advantage in the Manufacturers' Standings, with only a maximum of 37 points left to play for on Saturday, in the Tissot-Superpole Race and Race Two. Haslam had an eventful opening race in his return to Losail race. He overcame a collision with another rider and also being run off track at one point, to take a truly determined fifth place. There will be two more chances for Leon to score points on Saturday, when the race meeting and the entire season wraps-up. Jonathan Rea, stated: "That was a massive target met. What a year – all the big awards. The Riders' Championship, Superpole Award, Manufacturers' Championship... That was the target coming here. I knew I had to finish in front of the Ducati's to win the Manufacturers' Award today. I felt good from the start with the bike. I had such a good rhythm in Race One, it felt quite automatic, but I know I need to make a step for tomorrow because the pace could be faster with more rubber down. But that might help our situation with more rubber on the track. We just need to work in some areas on the front of the bike to finish the corner a bit better." Leon Haslam, stated: "From FP1, FP2, FP3 to Superpole we got faster and faster. We were trying not to run before we could walk, learning this track again, and the way around. We knew everything was going to be difficult here and that fifth is what we could do today. We got caught up a little bit in the early laps with a few people, I got hit by Tom Sykes, got punted off once, but my battle was my battle and I managed to beat them. To make that next step, and go with Lowes and Chaz, we need to make a couple more tenths - and we also need to get away with them as well. We will see what we can do tomorrow." Ichiro Yoda, KRT Senior Engineer, stated: "When I think about the start of the season, our competitors started strongly. So we thought maybe it was going to be a quite difficult season and our issues would be different again compared to previous seasons. But we predicted that we would be stronger toward the end, after we moved to the European rounds. Our prediction worked out OK, because together with our strong riders, engines and bikes we finally met our target." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) has already reached the status of top Independent Rider in 2019 but lost out on a top five chance today after he ran wide onto the gravel and fought back to score points for 11th place. He had qualified tenth in Superpole. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) crashed on lap one at Turn Two, restarted, but had to pit and then finally retired from the opening race of the weekend. In the initial inspection in pit lane the team found water on the tires, an indicator that a stone or other object may have holed his bike's radiator on the warm-up lap. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) had to retire after experiencing a technical issue on lap seven. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192019: Races 35, Wins 15, Podiums 32, Superpoles 7Career Race Wins: 86 (71 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 166 (124 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 35, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)5 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018 & 2019)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 144 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 431 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Oct 13, 2019

Two Wins For Rea In Argentina

WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea took his Ninja ZX-10RR to the top step of the podium twice today, winning both the ten-lap Superpole Race and Race Two. Leon Haslam (KRT) battled hard today and finished eighth and tenth. Two third places for Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) ended his weekend on a high. The penultimate round of the 2019 season ended up providing two fast and competitive races on Sunday, each won by Rea to extend his all time record score of race victories to 85. In the cooler conditions of Sunday at Circuito San Juan Villicum the pace improved greatly and Rea set a new lap record - and track best - of 1'37.462, on lap three of the 'sprint' race. His opening Sunday race win also earned him the top grid spot for the final race of the weekend, and thus Jonathan also became the 2019 Tissot-Superpole Award winner, for the best overall qualifying performance. In the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole fight Rea was in command from the start, easing away to win by over two seconds from Alvaro Bautista. Haslam was eighth, having started from 14th on the grid. In Race Two Rea got involved in a tense early fight with Bautista, before his pace told and he eased away to score his second race win of 2019 and his 14th of the season. Now starting from eighth place on the grid for the final race at the 4.276km long circuit Haslam was finally tenth in Race Two, after losing early ground in a collision with another rider. Three points scoring races all together in Argentina keep Leon sixth overall in the championship standings, with one more round to go. Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK won the Teams' Award today, with one round to go. Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers' standings by 37 points with just the final three individual races to be run. The season finale, to be held under floodlights as is now traditional, will take place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, with WorldSBK race days on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October. Jonathan Rea, stated: "That was really positive, especially the Superpole race where I felt really strong in the cooler conditions. The grip level was really high so I was able to push the bike and manage it. The sensations felt quite normal. We made a change overnight, on the front of the bike, just to give me a bit more front confidence in trail braking to stabilize the bike. That enabled me to carry that much more entry speed. We knew Alvaro was one of the strongest guys and to race with him I was going to have to be really strong on the brakes and corner entry. Kudos to the guys because we came up with a really good set-up. Yesterday I made too many mistakes in the race and that gave Alvaro too much breathing room, so now I am really happy to win both races today." Leon Haslam, stated: "Starting from 14th on the grid was hard work. We made it to sixth in the long race yesterday and eighth in the first race today, and I do not think we could have done much more because the passing around this circuit has been hard. I was really looking forward to that last race. I got a good start and then got tangled with Tom Sykes. As I went up the inside of him he came into me and I think it was my handlebar that got caught in his fairing. That dropped us back to pretty much last. We came through to battling for eighth position, I think, at one point but we had destroyed the rear tyre and ended up going backwards for the last five, six or seven laps." Already crowned top Independent Rider, Toprak Razgatlioglu put in another strong weekend performance with two third places today. In doing so he drew himself to within six points of the third placed rider, ensuring an exciting season finale in Qatar next time out. Toprak is currently fifth, but with a clear aim to finish third by season's end. Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: "More podiums, but in the sprint race the bike felt like it was not turning. After we changed the set-up the bike gave me an incredible feeling. But my tire was finished. This was a problem for all riders but I tried for second place, but it was not possible. I am happy to take another podium. We will see how things are in Qatar because I am very close to the top three in the championship." Home rider Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was tenth in the sprint and a truly combative eighth in front of his enthusiastic Argentinean countrymen in Race Two. Leandro is now 14th overall. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 11th and then 9th today and enters the final round in 10th place overall, six points up on the next nearest rider. All five Kawasaki riders in Race Two finished inside the top ten positions. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192019: Races 34, Wins 14, Podiums 31, Superpoles 6Career Race Wins: 85 (70 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 165 (123 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 22 (18 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 34, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)4 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017 & 2018)5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 143 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 430 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 87 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Oct 13, 2019

Mahias Second After Intense Villicum Race

Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) could not quite take his second race win of the 2019 season today in Argentina but he finished in runner-up position, securing 20 more championship points. His team-mate Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th after suffering chatter from his machine in the race. Mahias, the 2017 FIM Supersport World Champion, was once again fully in the fight for the win today, overcoming a lack of feel in the early part of the race. He pushed hard to try and win the race outright as his pace improved but eventual winner Jules Cluzel had built up too much of an advantage and Mahias was ranked second by just 2.406 seconds. For Okubo the 19-lap race, held in relatively cool conditions, was a difficult one as he felt a strong vibration from the rear of his machine. This held back his pace in the early laps and his motivation in the closing laps. After a challenging weekend all round Mahias is fourth overall, with 143 championship points, while Okubo remains fifth, with 97 points. After relocating from Argentina the 2019 competitors will finish their competitive action under the floodlights, at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The final race will be held on Saturday 26th October. Lucas Mahias, stated: "The race was nice. When I started out I did not have a good feeling because in practice and qualifying the feeling was not so nice. I was a little bit slow then but maybe because I did not follow the other riders during the sessions. In the race I looked at the other riders and I understood some little points of the track to go faster. Finally, in the middle of the race, I was very fast. I pushed to try and get into first position but it was not possible. A good race and also good for Kawasaki, so I am happy." Hikari Okubo, stated: "Today's race was so difficult because I had a problem with a big vibration from the start of the second lap on. When I picked up the bike going onto the straight it was vibrating so I could not push harder. I could not keep my motivation in the race. I do not know why we had this vibration from the rear. We are looking again to Qatar." Team-mates Kyle Smith and Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) tussled in the first corner but pushed on inside the early leading group, until the laps counted down and they lost touch with the leaders. Kyle was ninth and Ayrton tenth. In the overall championship, Ayrton is still tenth and Kyle now 15th. Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) placed 18th, and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) 21st, neither scoring championship points. In the rankings, with one race to go, van Straalen is 20th and Hartog 21st. #NinjaSpirit

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Oct 11, 2019

Lowes Joins KRT For 2020 Season

British rider Alex Lowes will join Jonathan Rea in the official Kawasaki Racing Team set-up in 2020. Lowes is a proven race winner and 18-times WorldSBK podium finisher, having been a regular in the series since 2014. Lowes, a BSB champion before he joined the WorldSBK ranks, is a regular podium challenger and currently sits third in the 2019 WorldSBK points table, with two rounds and six races remaining. As well as his WorldSBK experience Alex has won the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours race three times in succession, from 2016 to 2018. Alex, brother of Moto2 rider Sam, will take the next steps on his career path inside the championship-winning KRT squad, riding alongside five-time champion Rea.Kawasaki issues a warm welcome to Alex and looks forward to working with him to achieve the best possible results on the class-leading Ninja ZX-10RR. Guim Roda, Team Manager, stated: "KRT welcomes a 27 year old rider with a lot of pace and good experience. Our target is to 'polish' Lowes and try to make him a candidate for the title too. And he has a long career ahead. He has shown very good skills during these years and for sure the potential is there. We'll try to use all the tools at our disposal in KRT to help him show his best." Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, stated: "All at Kawasaki would like to send a warm welcome to Alex, who will join the elite Kawasaki Racing Team for next season in WorldSBK - partnering up with the all-time greatest Champion Jonathan Rea inside our Factory team. Alex is known to be a very hard worker and shows 100% commitment in every race. This attitude, combined with his talent and a clear enjoyment of his job, means that we are very confident that, along with the great staff we have inside KRT and on the Ninja ZX-10RR, this will be the start of a very exciting new era for all." #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 29, 2019

Rea Five Times Champion After Race Two Win

Jonathan Rea (KRT) took an all-time record fifth WorldSBK Riders' Championship win today after finishing second in the Tissot-Superpole race and then winning Race Two. Leon Haslam (KRT) was ninth in the short race and then seventh in Race Two. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) added the 'sprint' race win to his Saturday Race One victory, before a no score in Race Two. After overcoming a tough early season Jonathan Rea became the World Championship for a record fifth time in the best way possible - with a race win. No other rider has won five titles in this category, never mind five in succession. The eventual timing of Jonathan's latest title success was somewhat unexpected, despite his strong podiums showings in the first two Magny Cours races. Rea had a genuine opportunity to take the crown again after his only title rival Alvaro Bautista collided with Razgatlioglu and had to retire. Jonathan's race two victory was his 12th win of the season. Rea had aimed to win all the French WorldSBK races before the final contest of the weekend and he finally took his 83rd career victory by 0.862 seconds from Michael van der Mark. Jonathan's latest title win came with two rounds to spare. Haslam had a difficult Sunday after his Race One crash on Saturday but fought as hard as he could, against an aggravated shoulder injury and issues under braking, to record ninth and seventh place finishes today. Rea's championship points total is now 544, while Haslam is sixth overall after Razgatlioglu's first two race wins in WorldSBK. The next round is a flyaway event, and will be held at the El Villicum circuit in Argentina, between the 11th and 13th of October. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am just super-happy. It has been the biggest challenge to date and we have just chipped away. The beginning of the season was really tough, to be beaten the way we were. But to mentally accept the challenge and keep working as a team - also away from the track – we kept strong. I have worked and kept working. We all go to each weekend looking for the opportunity and we have had lots of opportunities this year, and won a lot of races. It is beyond my wildest dreams to win the title here because after four rounds I would have bitten your hand off if you told me I was going to be champion. With yesterday's race being quite chaotic I was nervous going into today because I did not understand the points situation. The target all weekend was to try and – realistically – win it in Argentina, so we could go to Qatar with less pressure. But we got another opportunity today and I felt a little bit better with the bike compared to yesterday. With the temperature going up the pace was not so fast I was able to manage the bike, and I could see my opportunity with Michael. He was struggling in some areas where we were strong. And we were weaker in some areas where he was strong. So I was putting that all together, learning that for a few laps and then putting my head down and getting the job done. Massive thanks to Kawasaki, the team, my sponsors, my family, all my friends and everybody in my corner. I am the guy taking the plaudits but it is such a big team effort and I am fortunate to be in this position." Leon Haslam, stated: "It was a tough day. I knew it was going to be tough, especially with my main issue this year being stopping. There are five or six places on track where you have to make a maximum stop. I knew Toprak's strength was there, so for me that was kind of predictable with the way he works the bike. For my part, from yesterday to the third race today I found a lot more consistent and better pace but it just was not enough. I had a battle with Tom Sykes and managed to beat him in the last race but we were missing two or three tenths of a second at least." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) won the sprint race from Jonathan today but crashed out of Race Two after an early rear end slide and then a collision with the following Alvaro Bautista. Toprak's two race wins in France take him to fifth in the championship, on 260 points, and contributed to the fact that a Kawasaki rider won every major race at Magny Cours. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 15th and then a fine tenth despite starting each Sunday race from a lowly grid position. Jordi is now 11th overall. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) will face a home round next time out in Argentina, but on Sunday in France he scored 14th and 11th place finishes. He is ranked 15th overall. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 20192019: Races 31, Wins 12, Podiums 28, Superpoles 6Career Race Wins: 83 (68 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 162 (120 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 22 (18 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 31, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 7 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)4 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017 & 2018)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 141 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 424 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 87 – second overall #NinjaSpirit #Rea5stars

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Sep 29, 2019

Gonzalez The Champion After Kawasaki Clean Sweep

Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) became the youngest rider ever to win an FIM Roadracing World title after finishing second to 2018's history maker Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) in the 12-lap Magny Cours WorldSSP300 race. The only other potential champion pre-Magny Cours, Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport), was third in a close fought race. All three top Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders covered by just 0.430 seconds at the flag. The race was held in dry and warm conditions for the time of year and the top three riders enjoyed the fight at the penultimate round of the season. Deroue had started from pole, Carrasco from second grid spot but Gonzalez was only 14th on the grid and had to make up early ground on his rivals. The 4.411km Magny Cours circuit features many types of corners but it is characterized strongly by braking areas, which allow many opportunities for passing - and defending - track position. Gonzalez picked off his opponents and was ninth on lap one, fourth on lap two and in a podium position as early as lap three. Deroue and Carrasco were in the leading group throughout, with Scott setting a new class lap record of 1'54.065 on lap 11 as he tried to get into winning contention. After winning three races in the early season Gonzalez just needed to keep pace with his two Kawasaki rivals to make his championship safe but the 17-year-old pushed to the end and scored his sixth top three finish in seven races so far. Carrasco's win puts her out front alone again in terms of WorldSSP300 class race wins, with five over her short but successful career in this category. Behind the podium dramas and decisive rides Kawasaki riders dominated the top ten, with Livio Loi (2R Racing Team Kawasaki), Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) and Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) filling the finishing spots from sixth to eighth – and Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM) taking the final top ten place. Three more Kawasaki riders scored championship points of some kind today. As the other WorldSBK classes head to Argentina next, the top WorldSSP300 riders have a final round at Losail in Qatar, with race day on 26th October. Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "The race was good and I knew on the last lap that the group was a four, so I only had to finish in this group. But I tried to finish on the podium because it is always nicer to finish there and see yourself up on the podium. I tried in the last corner to overtake Verdoia and Deroue and I have to be happy because I was near the top in most of the races; only one zero score in Donington. I had some wins and some podiums so I am very happy with my season." Ana Carrasco, stated: "I felt very strong in wet and dry conditions and I was ready for the race. I knew that I could fight for the victory but I knew it would be not easy too, because it was windier than the rest of the weekend. The bike was not working in the same way. I pushed with everything I had and I am very happy to achieve another victory this season. We are going in a good way and it was another race win for us but it was shame to lose the championship here, in a place I won it last season. But Manuel had quite a perfect season so he deserves to win the championship this year." Scott Deroue, stated: "To be honest I was a quite difficult race because Ana was setting such a good pace. I tried to follow but it was very hard and sometimes there was a small gap and I had to close that gap again. In the end it worked out because I was there near the end. On the straight I had to brake later before the hairpin, and with three riders in front of me it was difficult to do. I got into second place but three corners from the end I nearly lost the front. My exit was not so good so Manuel passed me on the straight but I nearly passed him back before the last corner. It did not work out but third is OK, so I am happy." #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 29, 2019

Fabulous Win For Mahias And Kawasaki

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP rider Lucas Mahias battled hard at his home round and in a shortened 12-lap race he was rewarded with a race win for the first time as a Kawasaki rider. Hikari Okubo was also well in the hunt for a podium and finished fifth, just 2.166 seconds behind his team-mate Mahias. Pole man Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was ninth in the race and won the FIM Europe Supersport Cup today. Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was third in a thrilling race at the 4.411km long circuit in France. The WorldSSP race at Magny Cours was eventually run over 12 laps after a red flag stopped the first attempted running after three riders fell in the very early stages, in the same incident. In the final re-start Mahias contested the lead and finally took it on lap eight. He lost it to eventual runner-up Isaac Vinales on the penultimate lap, but took it again in a thrilling final sector of the track, defending his line into the last chicane and emerging the winner by 0.264 seconds. Okubo was a fine fifth, and very close to what would have been his first WorldSSP podium finish. He had been part of the big original leading group and ended up over a second clear of the rider in sixth place. After ten of 12 rounds, Lucas is still fourth overall with 123 championship points, Hikari is fifth with 93 points. The WorldSSP championship riders now relocate to Argentina, for the penultimate race on Sunday 13th of October. Lucas Mahias stated: "There were a lot of questions for us at the beginning of the year but I worked a lot to understand the bike and finally I have come back to the first position. It is very nice to win in front of the people from my own country and it was especially good because this is my first time to win a race in France. It has been a perfect weekend for me, and the team." Hikari Okubo, stated: "Today was a better day because I pushed hard and tried to get to the podium. I didn't this round because I got a new small problem, and my riding is limited to the top five, not the podium. I need another step from myself and need to do more thinking on my bike and have more control. There were two Kawasaki's on the podium today so I need more training, sure, and more thinking. I will try to get a podium in the final two rounds." Ayrton Badovini had his best race of the year and took a dry weather podium of third place, and an overall tenth place in the championship standings. Kyle Smith was in the leading group but eventually finished ninth today, winning the FIM Europe Supersport Cup in the process. In the combined championship rankings, he is 16th. Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) were unable to restart after the red flag and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) retired from the race. In the championship van Straalen is 20th and Hartog 21st. Kyle Smith, stated: "It has been a real difficult season at times, to be honest, and everything was set-up relatively late. But with Team Pedercini - here we are - European champions. It has been a long season and we have had some bad luck but we have made it in the end! We will be wild carding in Argentina and Qatar at the end of this season and we will carry on working there." #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 8, 2019

Points Leader Rea Wins Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea (KRT) left the Portimao round of the championship with two race wins and a second place finish to extend his championship lead. Leon Haslam (KRT) was fifth in both Sunday races while Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) took a podium finish of third in Race Two today. After his win in Race One on Saturday Rea got today's action off to another victorious start. In the ten-lap Tissot Superpole race Rea enjoyed a start-to-finish win, with his championship rival Alvaro Bautista eventually second. Rea's pole position was turned into an immediate advantage as he pushed on remorselessly to take the victory and a new lap record of 1'41.272. Haslam was fifth in the Tissot Superpole race, with Razgatlioglu one place ahead in fourth. In Race Two a five-rider group contested the early lead in the final WorldSBK race of the hot Portimao weekend, with Rea leading Razgatlioglu and Haslam for the first four laps. Eventual race winner Alvaro Bautista took the lead on lap six and looked set to run out the clear winner for a time. Rea's good machine set-up and battling qualities saw him trim Bautista's advantage and then cut it to only 0.111 seconds over the line with a final attempt to secure all the Portimao wins. Rea took two wins from three in Portugal and extended his championship lead to 91 points over Bautista. In the final race Razgatlioglu rode to an eventually lonely third place, for his eighth podium of the season. Haslam was not far behind; making it a hat trick of fifth place finishes at this round. In the points Leon is fifth overall and Toprak sixth, with three rounds remaining on the calendar. The next round will be held between 27th and 29th of September in Magny Cours, France. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I felt strong with the bike. I was pushing in Race Two and where Alvaro was gaining time on the front straight and the top straight, coming out of T5 I almost felt that he was increasing the gap. But when we went into T14 I had already eaten up that advantage he had in the first sector. It was enough motivation to keep pushing. He was making a few mistakes and it was enough for me to keep the pressure on. You never know what can happen and I could see the gap to Toprak was increasing in those last six laps. Yesterday I ate too much tire in the beginning but today on lap 19 I could set a 1'43.2. I enjoyed that final race; we had a fight. I am proud of myself because I had fight in me." Leon Haslam, stated: "It was a good fight in the final race and I felt I should have got Alex Lowes, as I had more grip than him at the end. That said, from half distance I sort of lost the front grip on the right side, a little bit but I felt comfortable behind Johnny and Toprak. After about nine laps I lost my advantage with the front so I dropped off the pace quite a lot which put me in a battle with Alex. I was managing the front but I got in a bit of a scuffle with van der Mark, which lost me the tow. I managed to bridge that gap quite quickly but I was suffering just to get the thing to stop. I tried to pass several times into turn one. We made a lot of steps for that race with the bike balance but I am a little bit disappointed because I felt again we had the pace to go with the podium guys, especially in the first half, but just a few little niggles and mistakes just knocked me out of it. My pace in the Superpole race should have got me a better result." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) scored fourth and then third place finishes today. He is ranked sixth overall, six points behind Leon and 19 points ahead of the rider in seventh place. He is still the top independent rider in the championship-within-a-championship, by a comfortable margin of 70 points. Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: "This morning we tried a new and different electronics set-up, which gave me a good feeling. In the short race it was important to get a good starting position for the final long race, so fourth position was not bad. In the final race I followed Johnny and Bautista and after ten laps the tire had a big drop. I know all the riders had the same but I am happy because again I got on the podium." Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 12th and then 11th today fighting all the way but unable to find the chassis set-up to allow him to race fast over the entire race distance. Jordi remains 12th overall. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) missed out on a point in the Tissot–Superpole race by one place, but scored 15th for a single championship point in Race Two. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 28, Wins 11, Podiums 25, Superpoles 5Career Race Wins: 82 (67 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 159 (117 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 21 (17 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 28, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 138 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 419 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 86 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 8, 2019

Mahias Takes Podium For Kawasaki

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP rider Lucas Mahias took a third place finish at the undulating Portimao circuit today, in a race which was red flagged and finally classified as finished after 13 laps of the planned 18. Hikari Okubo finished seventh, scoring valuable points in his overall championship campaign. Many of Mahias and Okubo's rivals had taken part in testing at Portimao two weeks ago but by race day itself Mahias and his machine were ready to take on the challenge of the 4.592km long circuit. He was in a fight for a podium all the way from the first to the last lap, waiting make a decisive move in the final lap. Under a hot Portuguese sun Mahias was third for much of the race, then second from lap four to lap six, before holding onto the back of the leading duo for the rest of the race. Lucas was only 0.312 seconds behind the race winner, scoring his third podium position in succession. Okubo was in the early leading group but could not maintain that position and he slowly dropped back to finish seventh, just behind the sixth placed rider across the line, in what was an unexpected final lap finish. With nine rounds of the 12 now completed Lucas is still fourth overall with 98 championship points, Hikari is fifth with 82 points. The WorldSSP championship riders will have their next race at Magny Cours in Mahias' native France, with race day on Sunday September 29. Lucas Mahias stated: "I do not know if we could have got more than third place because I was pushing at my maximum during the race. I do not know if we could finish higher because it was difficult to overtake. I tried to manage my tires but it is impossible to manage the front tire in these conditions. To come back to the leading two I had to push my front tire in the slower corners so I am not sure how the final laps would have been. It was a strange race but I pushed from the first to the last lap. I did not test here two weeks ago and the start of the weekend was difficult. But I am happy for myself and my mechanics because after the first day it would have been easy to have a lot of excuses and finish lower in the results - but everybody pushed all weekend. Because we pushed to the limit we got a podium." Hikari Okubo, stated: "The race was not so good because I could not follow the top group and finishing this race in seventh position is not what I want. I need to do more work but I do not have any ideas right now, so I need to think about everything a bit more. I am quite sad because although my championship position is fifth, I need to win. Maybe I need to change my riding more." Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) equaled his season best result of fifth today but his team-mate Kyle Smith was unlucky to start from pit lane after exceeding the maximum number of engines used from his allocation. He eventually tangled with a slower rider under braking as he came through the pack, and no scored after a crash. Badovini is now 11th in the championship and Smith 18th. In the red flagged race Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) was just out of the points in 16th, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 17th and Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) 18th. Gaetan Matern (Flembbo Leader Team Kawasaki) was the 21st and last finisher. #NinjaSpirit

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Sep 8, 2019

Deroue Wins WorldSSP300 Face Off With Gonzalez

Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) and championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) had an eventual rider-to-rider fight for victory at the undulating Portimao circuit in Portugal, with Deroue winning by 0.153 seconds for his first race win of the season. With the usual strong field of over 50 riders hoping to make the race itself at Portimao Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders ended up dominating the event at the 4.592km long circuit, which sizzled in high temperatures all weekend. Breaking away from the usual big group of would-be winners Deroue and Gonzales pushed each other all the way. The lead changed hands across the finish line eight times in the race - and it was often contested by Deroue and Gonzalez. Gonzalez had been the fastest rider in Superpole qualifying and started from the best possible grid placing while Deroue started from row two. He launched from fourth place after a rider who had qualified one place ahead of him in Superpole was penalized and dropped 12 grid positions. Such has been Gonzalez' brilliant early form this year that he could have wrapped up the title today but now it will at least go to the next round, if not the finale itself in Doha in late October. Despite Gonzalez strong points lead any one of three Kawasaki riders could still, technically, be crowned champion. After today's podium-plus-one performances from Ninja 400 riders of one kind or other, Kawasaki won the Manufacturer's Award. Scott is now the joint highest race winner in the short history of the championship, with four race victories to his name. Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) is the rider who shares that quadruple victory status with Deroue. The 2018 WorldSSP300 champion was in the leading fight throughout the Portimao race and she finished third, at the head of a tight group of riders. She is still in championship contention, only just, being 47 points behind Gonzales and nine behind Deroue. Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM) made it five Kawasaki riders inside the top six and two Australian riders - regular rider Tommy Edwards (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Portimao one-off Joel Kelso (Nutec – RT motorsports by SKM Kawasaki) – fought each other the last place in the top ten. Edwards took tenth, Kelso a fine 11th in a race with 29 finishers. Samuel Di Sora (Flembbo Leader Team) was the final Kawasaki points scorer in Portugal, finishing 15th. Dion Otten (MTM Racing Team Kawasaki) placed 17th. After the unbroken sunshine of the Portimao weekend the entire paddock wishes for more of the same in the penultimate round of the championship, which will be held at Magny Cours in France, with race day on Sunday 29th September. Scott Deroue, stated: "To be honest my championship hopes were probably gone after Donington because we missed so many points, but this race in Portimao was awesome! I got a good start but they overtook me on the straight. I said to myself to 'reset, reset, try to go! try to go!' I nearly got away but then Manuel was able to close the gap. In the end I made a plan about what I could do in the last lap. It worked out and winning is awesome, especially as my last win was at this track last year." Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "The race was very difficult because Deroue was fast, especially in the last sector. I tried to pas him in the last corner but I did not see any chance; it was too difficult. Also, before crossing the line I could not pass him on some previous laps. I did my best, conserved some points for Magny Cours and I will try to win the champion there. Now I have an eye on the championship but at this race it was too difficult." Ana Carrasco, stated: "It was a difficult race because from the beginning I had problems with the front and it has been impossible for me to follow Manuel and Scott. I would have liked to fight for the victory with them - but finishing on the podium despite these problems is a good result for us. I want to thank the team and Kawasaki for all the work because although it has been a difficult weekend at times we have managed to end it with a really good result. Now we are going to think about the next one and we will try to fight for victory in France." #NinjaSpirit

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Aug 25, 2019

Satisfying Official Tests For KRT In Portimao

Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have successfully completed two days of WorldSBK testing in Portugal, held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimao between the 24th and 25th of August. Four-time World Champion Rea finished up second quickest and his experienced team-mate Haslam was sixth. Coming only two weeks before the Portimao round of the championship this test was used by the team to find the best set-up for the rapidly approaching race weekend, and also try out some development and set-up ideas for the 2020 WorldSBK season. Hot sunshine and clear August skies were evident on both days at the 4.592km long circuit, resulting in slightly cooler track conditions in the morning and a hotter track surface in the afternoon each day. Rea was the fastest of the Kawasaki riders and second quickest overall. Haslam proved to be sixth fastest while day one quickest rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was eventually third overall, and the top independent rider. The tenth of 13 FIM Superbike World Championship rounds takes place at Portimao between 6th and 8th September, restarting the season after a long summer break in racing action since the Laguna Seca round in mid-July. Jonathan Rea, stated: "The test was really good and to be honest I needed to test. I was a little bit slow in waking up yesterday. I have had a great summer break but I was not only readjusting to riding again. With the momentum I had from the endurance spec bike in Suzuka, I felt really fast coming here. At a circuit I am really strong at, I did not really feel I had much more yesterday. But this morning I woke up and we found a better lap time and also more consistency. In the heat of the afternoon I was much better compared to the opening day. I feel really positive." Leon Haslam, stated: "We had a lot of things to evaluate and we ended up - on race tires - the second quickest to Johnny. I was the only one who did not use a qualifier, an 'SCX' or a prototype tire. So race tire-to-race tire we were just a couple of tenths off where Johnny was. We made a big step here and we were 0.7 seconds faster than we were in pre-season testing at Portimao, and in hotter conditions. I felt we got through all our items and it was a really positive test. It shows me as sixth on the time sheets but that is purely down to others using a qualifying tire." Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "We came here with a list of test items thinking about making a general improvement compared to the first two-thirds of the season. Then we thought about race weekend here, with the base bike, and some general things for next year. We tried a couple of things on the suspension side from Showa, and then we also focused on the electronics. We also worked on the balance of the bike for the Portimao race weekend. We had hot conditions in the afternoons and also a little bit less temperature in the morning sessions - and we have been fast in both. Especially in the hot conditions it seems like we have made a little step forward and now we are ready to start the race weekend." Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Leon Haslam, stated: "We have a happy rider and that is where it all starts from. The main target of this test was to prepare ourselves for race weekend. We had a test in January here and that was one of the first times Leon had jumped on this bike. Then, he was still discovering the character of this bike but this time we stated from a different point. We improved the bike in quite a few areas and the most important thing is that his lap times are close to the top guy, plus he was fast and consistent. We used only the SC0 race tyre all through this test. Leon showed a very nice pace and we are very well prepared for the race weekend." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) ended the first day of testing fastest of all, with a 1'41.897 lap time. After suffering a bout of food poisoning he only rode in the morning session today, but remained third fastest overall thanks to his improved best lap. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 14th in the combined times and Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) placed 16th. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 25, Wins 9, Podiums 22, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 80 (65 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 156 (114 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 20 (16 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 25, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 136 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 415 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 85 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 28, 2019

Victorious Suzuka 8 Hours For KRT As SRC Kawasaki France Wins The Championship!

After a truly epic and finally dramatic contest the Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8 Hours squad took the race victory on their Ninja ZX-10RR, securing Kawasaki's first win at this highly prestigious event since 1993. There was double joy for Kawasaki as the FIM World Endurance Championship title went to the Team SRC Kawasaki France squad, after they posted a 12th place finish in the final race of the season.Forming a two-rider team in the race the experienced Suzuka 8 Hours duo of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam took turns to take on the serious competition that had been evident from the very first laps, as the first-time 8 Hours rider Toprak Razgatlioglu played his role as reserve rider. Having made their Le Mans-style start from second place on the grid the early action in the race was incredibly tight for Jonathan and Leon, with KRT third after the first hour - at which point five different teams were covered by just 0.795 seconds. The KRT riders led after four hours, after five, then six, and then again at the seven hour point. With Haslam struggling with recent injuries in the final laps of his riding stints Rea, the four-time WorldSBK champion for Kawasaki, re-took the lead in the very last session and looked destined to secure the win for KRT. In an unbelievable turn of bad luck Rea arrived on another machine's oil spill in the gloomy and damp conditions that arrived just as the daylight was exhausted. He fell, blamelessly, but was unable to restart. At that stage the dream of a famous race victory seemed gone and the official Yamaha team were initially declared winners after a red flag was thrown because of the oil. Despite missing out on the initial podium ceremony, and after a long period of time, the results were amended by the race organisers to put the number 10 Kawasaki back on top. In the final reckoning KRT won the race by 18.720 seconds from Yamaha, with three teams in all on the same lap total of 216. Even before the final race classification was determined the Number 11 Team SRC Kawasaki France entry of Jeremy Guarnoni, Erwan Nigon and David Checa had already won the FIM Endurance World Championship title outright for the Team SRC Kawasaki France outfit. Although they lost one place from their immediate Suzuka classification of 11th, to finish an official 12th in the race, their closest rivals Suzuki Endurance Racing Team suffered a technical retirement. The next-closest team to SRC entering the final round, F.C.C TSR Honda France, could not make up enough points today to deprive the French based Ninja ZX-10RR squad of a famous World Championship success. After leading but then finishing a disappointed seventh at the Bol d'Or championship opener, the SRC 2018/2019 championship winning season included a race win at the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours race in April. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I cannot believe what is happening really. From being dejected and feeling that everything was out of our hands, I had already gone back to the hotel, said goodbye to all the guys, with lots of tears. I was in the restaurant already, ordering dinner, when my mechanic Uri called me and said, 'Hey, are you sitting down?' I thought he was going to ask me to go to another restaurant - but he then told me we had won the 8 Hours. I think common sense prevailed in that one. I have no words because I am really emotional and happy. The strategy was to work on fuel consumption and race consistency and make no mistakes. I feel we executed that quite well although I got quite tired and cramped at the end. But we prepared the best way possible with the limited time we had. I am so proud to be part of the project and what an effort from KRT, KHI, KMJ who prepared for this race in two tests. During the race it is like hell, the hardest race you can ever imagine, but getting a result like this almost makes me want to come back for more. The emotional roller coaster is unreal." Leon Haslam, stated: "From everyone being in tears to getting the news sitting in a restaurant that we actually did win it, I have no words to describe how I feel. The Suzuka 8 Hours is always one of the hardest races of the year. The effort we put in to win, from us, the team and Kawasaki means it has been a big roller coaster of emotion. When the oil went down and the situation happened at the end; words cannot describe the lows we had. But when the good news came through, the highs were just as high. In the second half of each stint I really struggled physically but the bike was working well. I am so happy and I want to thank Kawasaki for this opportunity; also the whole team, Toprak and Johnny, and we pushed as hard as we could. It is a shame that we did not get to stand on the top of the podium but the result is in and we have won the Suzuka 8 Hours." Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated; "Today I am very tired after watching the race for eight hours! But I am very happy for Johnny and Leon because that was an incredible job today. We are all happy and thank you to everyone. For me this was my first time here - and our team won." Guim Roda, KRT Team manager, stated: "This race has been outstanding and I think for the public, the fans and everyone it has been the most incredible Suzuka 8 Hours. Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki - the riders and the factories – have been amazing everybody and they all saw a great race. The best point is that we finally got the victory after Johnny made an incredible last riding stint. The strategy we planned was very good so at the end we got the victory." TEAM SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE QUOTES Jeremy Guarnoni, stated: "It is unbelievable to win the championship and for me it has been the first time that I have done the full season - and we won it. We deserve it because after the Bol d'Or it was a really difficult moment for the team and me - for my head. Of course we are a bit lucky at the end but we deserve it because we made the job in Le Mans and I have two unbelievable team-mates. The team itself and the bike were - all season - really good. This weekend was a bit more difficult but Suzuka is always a strange race. We are really happy." Erwan Nigon, stated: "What a race and what a championship also. We had all weather conditions, 24-hour races are hard and early in the 2018/2019 season we had a victory at Le Mans which is always a good sign for the rest of the championship. We pushed a lot all through this year and in the end we won the championship. First time for me and I want to say thanks to the team because they worked a lot all winter to adjust the bike to make good race settings. Many thanks to my partners, my family and my incredible team-mates. We are friends also so it is a really good feeling to win it with them." David Checa, stated: "I do not know what to say. In my first year with Kawasaki and Gilles's team I am world champion again. It is like a dream. When you change a team it is not easy, when you change a brand it is not easy, but my team and my team-mates did a really good job. The atmosphere in the team is incredible. We are friends and for me this is the main point. When we talk and share everything for sure you push more. I believed that we could win the championship all year. The Bol d'Or was frustrating because we had a problem two hours from the end but we continued to believe. When you dream, and believe, the dream can come true – and we are world champions. Now I want to win the next Bol d'Or for Kawasaki, my team-mates and my team. We are world champions today but we have to think of the future and that future now is the Bol D'Or." Gilles Staffler, SRC Team Manager, stated: "We are very happy, the riders made a really good job, my team too, and it is fantastic. To win the title was a dream for us and Kawasaki and all the sponsors. It is a great day." #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 18, 2019

The King of Supercross Tests Jonathan Rea's WorldSBK Ninja® ZX™-10RR

Following a successful FIM Superbike World Championship weekend for the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the team stuck around an extra day for a unique opportunity on Monday as seven-time Monster Energy® AMA Supercross champion and Kawasaki brand ambassador Jeremy McGrath arrived to test his road racing skills aboard Jonathan Rea's WorldSBK Ninja® ZX™-10RR. "Riding this bike is like a dream for me. I am such a big fan of all of these guys and Jonathan and I have been friends for a while," said McGrath. "We've been thinking of doing a bike swap for a couple of years now, as he rode motocross with me a couple of years ago. Trying to learn the track and the bike was a steep learning curve, and I wish I could've stayed out all day. This track is another one I can check off the bucket list. After riding the Corkscrew, it was like a motocross berm, so it was really fun. I wanted to stay out and go faster but I've had a great day, I played it smart and I loved it!"McGrath first hit the famous U.S. circuit aboard a production Ninja ZX-10R to acclimate himself to the track layout and conditions before hopping onto Rea's winning race machine. McGrath made the most of this bucket list opportunity, utilizing each session on the track to get tips from the four-time champion and current WorldSBK points leader Rea. "It's always great to see Jeremy, especially letting loose on our Ninja ZX-10RR," said Rea. "I was impressed at how fast he was able to get the hang of things. The "King" is even fast on the tarmac. It just goes to show the natural talent he has on anything with two wheels. It was such a special day and fun to be the one watching from the sidelines instead of riding this time. It was fun to coach him along on an unfamiliar track and show him the differences between the dirt and tarmac."Rea and the KRT team are now on their summer break and will return to action on September 6th in Portugal as Rea will continue his push for yet another WSBK Championship to add to Kawasaki's winning heritage.

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Jul 14, 2019

Rea Extends Championship Lead With Win And Second

Jonathan Rea (KRT) enters the long summer break in WorldSBK action with an 81-point championship lead having scored another race win and a final runner-up spot on Sunday at Laguna Seca. Leon Haslam (KRT) recovered well from his big fall on Saturday to record a fifth and sixth place finish today. Top independent rider Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) took another podium finish, in Race Two. With two races to compete in each Sunday in the 2019 season, Rea and Haslam had two opportunities to score at the intense 3.660km circuit in California, and both rose to the occasion. The Tissot-Superpole race was cut from ten to eight laps after a red flag was thrown to halt the action after two back markers had crashed. For the second time this weekend former championship leader Alvaro Bautista fell in a race, and he could not make the restarted Superpole race. Rea, setting a new lap record of 1'22.700 in the process, won the Tissot-Superpole race to take his total of 2019 race victories to nine after winning the opening Laguna Seca race on Saturday. There was to be no tenth race win to round out this weekend but in finishing a strong second behind Chaz Davies in Race Two Rea extended his championship points lead to a remarkable 81, on a weekend when his main rival Bautista no scored completely after retiring from Race Two. Rea lifted his career race-winning total to a new and unparalleled height of 80 (part of 156 total podiums) thanks to his pair of winner's trophies from this round. Haslam overcame an injury to his left hand after his Saturday crash to secure two strong finishes - despite a lack of strength and stamina in his hand and an eventually overworked left arm and shoulder. Fifth and sixth places maintained Haslam's top five position overall. In the championship points Rea has 433, Bautista 352, Alex Lowes 220, Michael van der Mark 215, Haslam 202 and Razgatlioglu 191. After the very long summer break – in WorldSBK action at least - the tenth round of the championship will be held at Portimao between 6 and 8 September. Before that Rea, Haslam and Razgatlioglu will compete at the Suzuka 8 Hours race and then there will be an official WorldSBK test for all at Portimao in late August. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I would never have believed you if you told me I would come here and set a new lap record, win two races and take the overall, so it has been a great weekend. We made a very small change to the bike between the Superpole race and Race Two. My feeling was completely different, which we did not expect. There was a lot of front movement, whereas all weekend before that we had been strong with the front. I had a few small warnings, just enough for me to roll it back a bit, think about finishing and we got it done. I am just super-satisfied with this weekend and I did the best I could in race two. I am looking forward to the summer break now." Leon Haslam, stated: "I felt we had good pace today and we were there for that podium pace. I could catch Tom Sykes and Alex quite comfortably but in the end I just struggled with myself, not the bike. Especially braking into left hand corners - and there are a fair few of them here. I was disappointed with the crash yesterday and I have suffered all day today with my wrist and the pain transferred into my shoulder because I was not riding as freely. I can't be too unhappy as it was my mistake when we crashed in Race One, but we have had a fifth and sixth today and were not far off the podium pace." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) had another strong weekend in WorldSBK, scoring fourth in the Tissot Superpole race and then going third in Race Two, adding to his Race One podium ride on Saturday. Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: "I was fourth in the Tissot-Superpole race and then in the long race I had a good feeling with the bike. I tried again to follow the leading riders but it was not possible. In the last ten laps the rear traction dropped but I am really happy to have scored a second podium at Laguna Seca. Now the Suzuka 8 Hours and then a holiday!" Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) had his best weekend of the entire season in the USA, ending it with an eighth place in each Sunday race. He is 12th overall, but only three points from a top ten ranking. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) ended the first part of the season 15th in the overall standings after a ninth and then an 11th place finish on Sunday. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 25, Wins 9, Podiums 22, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 80 (65 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 156 (114 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 20 (16 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 25, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 136 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 415 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 85 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 7, 2019

Rea Scores First Triple Win And Extends His Lead

Jonathan Rea (KRT) completed a near perfect WorldSBK race weekend at his home round in Donington Park by winning both of today's races, adding them to his Saturday victory for a maximum possible points score. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was second in each of the races today. The sprint race delivered an all-Ninja ZX-10RR podium when Leon Haslam scored third place, before finishing fifth in race two. After an astounding wet race win in Saturday Jonathan Rea scored two more in dry conditions today to extend his championship lead to 24 points, with just one round to go before the summer break begins. In the Tissot Superpole race today, held in the morning, Rea followed pole man Tom Sykes until he passed him going into the chicane at half race distance. Jonathan pulled a small gap at that point, which was to give him the race win after a red flag was shown. Another rider's engine blew oil onto the track in the braking area at the Melbourne Loop, causing five following riders to crash in quick succession. As Rea and the leading pack came round at a slow pace under the red flag to enter the pits, Sykes found the oil and fell. As he was unable to get back to pit lane on his bike inside the time allowed, he was removed from the classification, which put Rea, Razgatlioglu and Haslam all onto the podium together for a Kawasaki lockout. In Race Two, which was also held in dry and sunny conditions, Rea, Razgatlioglu and Haslam were the leading trio until Haslam was passed by eventual third place rider Alvaro Bautista. Razgatlioglu had led for seven of the first 11 laps but it was Rea who would manage to control strong pressure from the young Turkish rider to win race two His winning margin was 0.365 seconds. Haslam would finish fifth in race two, after losing a place to Alex Lowes on lap 21. Rea also set a new lap record of 1'27.166 on his way to the win in the Superpole race this morning. Rea now has 376 points to Bautista's 352. Haslam is fifth overall with 187 points. The next round will be held next weekend at Laguna Seca in the USA, between 12 and 14 July. Jonathan Rea, stated: "This morning in the sprint race with Tom Sykes, who is one of the best riders at this circuit, I was able to analyze where he was strong and make my move. Unfortunately the race was red flagged before the end. But to win the second race this afternoon was really special - the best of the weekend. Another nice fight with Toprak, who was really strong in some areas of the track and I was able to be strong in others. A positive weekend and I am looking forward now to the next few races, because I feel like there are some good tracks coming for us now. I seriously did not expect these kind of results this weekend." Leon Haslam, stated: "Honestly, I had a really good feeling on 80% of the track but I was just struggling on that last part with the stop/start areas. I am happy with the pace because I was losing so much in the last two turns but and making it back in the rest of the track – and that was against the fastest guys. I did feel that if we could have sorted those last two corners out we would have been in that battle for those top two spots today. We have had a run of podiums and a fifth place finish recently so we are there or thereabouts. We closed the points gap on third and we will keep on pushing on." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) is sixth overall now, with 153 points, and is the top independent rider. He is 29 points ahead of his next nearest rival, Marco Melandri. Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap of the second race, as he led on lap three. Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: "I wanted to win and I tried but Johnny was very strong today. I followed him and on the last three laps I tried again to pass but it was not possible. I am happy with another podium after the Superpole race second place. I like the braking sections and it was incredible in that area but in acceleration I am always sliding. In the final three laps I tried a different line but it did not change the result as I was still sliding but I took a second podium. Maybe next season, maybe next year – maybe next race – I will win? I do not know!" Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) finished a strong ninth in the sprint and scored a point, but a technical issue put him out of the final race on lap one. Jordi is 12th overall after eight of 13 rounds. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) having scored an excellent sixth in a wet race one on Saturday was a faller on the oil spill that ended the Superpole race but recovered to finish 14th in Race Two. He is 15th in the rankings now. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 2019: Races 22, Wins 7, Podiums 19, Superpoles 3 Career Race Wins: 78 (63 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 153 (111 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 19 (15 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam: 2019: Races: 22, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 45 (7 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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) 4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 134 – second overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 410 – second overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 84 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 7, 2019

Kalinin Takes Podium Finish In Dramatic WorldSSP300 Race

Few of the championship challengers in WorldSSP300 found any good fortunate on race day at Donington Park but Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM) ensured Kawasaki's 100% podium finish in 2019 would continue, taking third place in a busy 13-lap race. Championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) was ruled out by injury after falling in the wet qualifying session on Saturday, dislocating his shoulder, and being declared unfit to compete. Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) qualified 15th but then fell from contention in the first lap of the race, restarting to finish 19th from absolutely last place. Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport), in third place overall entering Donington, was unlucky to fall at a key time in his wet qualifying session. He was then was taken out by another rider in the last chance qualifying race and did not earn a grid position. Despite all the issues for Kawasaki's front-runners their main rivals only made up a little ground today, which leaves Gonzalez out front still on 108 points, Carrasco and Deroue second and third respectively - even thought they each have 65 points. Bizarrely, three riders have 65 points after Donington, as podium man Andy Verdoia joined Ana and Scott on that points total today. Kalinin's podium was an impressive result in what was a difficult dry-wet-dry weekend in England, and his third place lifted him up to 11th in the overall championship standings. Despite missing some of the season through injury Dion Otten (MTM Racing Team Kawasaki) had a superb sixth place today, the best result of his rookie season. Oliver König (ACCR Czech Talent team Kawasaki) was seventh, placing three Kawasaki's inside the top seven places. Only 1.969 seconds separated König from the race winner Kevin Sabatucci. In all, nine Kawasaki riders scored points at the UK round. After six races of the season have been completed there will now be a long summer break. The championship restarts at Portimao in Portugal, with race day on Sunday 8 September. Nick Kalinin, stated: "I did not expect to finish on the podium even if I was dreaming of it while relaxing before the race. It was a great race for me, for other guys maybe not because there were so many crashes. I was confident and pulling away, pulling away, taking riders one by one and now I am here on the podium. It is good to be here after a long gap since my last top three finish and I hope you will see me on the podium one or two more times this year." Ana Carrasco, stated: "I am a little disappointed with today's race because I honestly believe that I could have fought for the victory. I made a good start and I had advanced enough positions, but a rider fell in front of me on the straight and I was left well behind the leading group. I tried to come back quickly but before finishing the first lap another rider hit me at turn 11 and I fell. I'm a bit sad because it was a good opportunity to catch up to the championship leader and to have gone to the summer break much closer in the points. I will work very hard this summer to try to keep my opportunity for the title open until the very last race." Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "I am perfectly OK. On Saturday the qualifying was held in the wet. When I was in third position in my group I had a fall and I have dislocated my shoulder. I feel good, without pain, but now I'm just annoyed, because I wanted to run in the race but they do not give me the OK. Thanks very much to my ParkinGO Team for always thinking of me in everything, and thanks to all those who are calling and asking about me. I'm fine, I just wanted to race!" Scott Deroue, stated: "Friday was good. I had the speed and we had made a step since Misano. On Saturday it was wet and the circuit was very slippery, but I had a good feeling in the rain. In Misano I had waited too long during Superpole and I wanted to attack more here. I was in sixth place in qualifying and had not had a 'moment' when I suddenly lost my bike in a place where I didn't expect to. Then you are suddenly in the Last Chance Race. I tried to save my tires and control the race. It was going very well until a rider behind me crashed and involved me into his crash. Then the dream was suddenly over and you're on the sidelines on Sunday, unable to race." #NinjaSpirit

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Jul 7, 2019

Podium Once Again For Mahias And Kawasaki

After Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP rider Lucas Mahias took a third place finish at the previous Misano round he repeated the feat again at Donington Park this weekend, and moved up to fourth place in the overall ranking as a result. His team-mate Hikari Okubo finished 13th today, breaking a run of consistent top ten finishes or better all through the season. From the front row of the grid Mahias attacked the 4.023km long Donington Park circuit from the first to the last lap. He led from lap three to lap 14, and finished third in a leading group of four that was covered by 0.804 seconds at the flag. In warm and dry conditions Mahias showed mastery of the tricky Donington circuit by setting a pace in some sections of the layout that no others could match, riding right to the edge of his confidence in his machine and race set-up. In finishing third today Lucas jumped one place ahead of his own team-mate Okubo in the overall championship, putting Mahias fourth overall. Until lap three Okubo was feeling strong but after that point he started to experience slides and a chatter from the front end. This was a particularly difficult issue to deal with at a circuit that demands a strong front end set-up in both the fast flowing sections and the heavy braking areas. After the eighth round and the beginning of the summer break Lucas is fourth and has 82 championship points, Hikari is fifth with 73 points. The WorldSSP championship riders will reconvene at Portimao in Portugal, with race day on Sunday 8 September. Lucas Mahias stated: "It was an incredible race and I was pushing a lot from the first to the last lap. I am very happy for my team and Kawasaki because in the last two races we have had two podiums. I think for the moment the bike is very fast in the fast corners but not the same in acceleration, so it is not so easy to overtake sometimes. But I have a lot of confidence in my team to improve the bike for the next race and I hope we can come back in first position." Hikari Okubo, stated: "In the first three laps the feeling was not so bad but after three laps the bike had a very different feeling. I was really thinking I would have to come into the pits at one stage because the front of the bike was moving a lot and also chattering in all the corners. But I checked the riders behind and I realized I could take some points, which was important. If I had come into the box maybe I would have dropped to sixth in the championship. We have four races left in the season after the summer break so I will be training more and more." Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was tenth today, after qualifying sixth. His team-mate Kyle Smith did not finish after experiencing a technical issue but leads the FIM Europe Supersport Cup standings. Kyle remains 18th overall, Badovini is 13th. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) was a strong 12th today, one place up on Okubo, with Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) 16th. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 19th today. #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 23, 2019

Rea Wins Kawasaki Podium Lockout

Jonathan Rea (KRT) finished fifth and then first in the two WorldSBK races at Misano today and with his team-mate Leon Haslam third in Race Two, and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) second, it was an all Ninja ZX-10RR podium. Rea has cut Alvaro Bautista's championship lead to just 16 points this weekend Before the Race Two podium domination the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race – effectively a sprint race - provided had already provided a podium for KRT, as Leon Haslam took third spot in a crash-strewn race. Rea had led the race, then fell from second place, remounting to take fifth place. On a dry track in Race Two, which was hotter than the morning Superpole race, Bautista took a lead after his sprint race win. He fell on lap two, allowing first Haslam, and then Razgatlioglu and Rea, to do the front-running. Rea and Razgatlioglu had a crowd-pleasing fight for the final win of the weekend on the final laps, with the eventual margin of victory only 0.381 seconds. Rea now has 75 career race wins, and a round figure of 150 career podiums from 262 race starts.The three Ninja ZX-10RR riders that filled the Race Two podium – Rea, Razgatlioglu and Haslam - are the same three riders picked to race in the official Kawasaki Racing Team Suzuka 8 Hours squad next month. After the Sunday races at Misano Kawasaki has now scored over 400 podium places in WorldSBK, with a new total of 403. Arriving 41 points behind Bautista, Rea now leaves Italy for a home round in the UK next time out just 16 points adrift, and with two more race wins to his credit. Haslam is still working toward finding an ideal set-up but his strong recovery from two crashes at Misano saw him leave with two more podium finishes, his first top threes since round one at Phillip Island. Haslam is fifth overall, just 11 points from fourth place as he approaches Donington, a circuit which is almost literally a home round for him. In the championship standings Bautista has 330, Rea 314, Van Der Mark 188, Alex Lowes 164 and Haslam 153. The next round will be held at Donington Park, between 5 and 7 July. Jonathan Rea, stated: "Winning two races at Misano was good for us, especially the two important races. Unfortunately in the Superpole Race today I made a big mistake in turn ten, when I lost the front. But I restarted to finish fifth which was all important for the weekend. Race Two today was a tough one because the temperature was hot. I was very unsure of the pace. I felt like it was slow but I did not want to push any faster. I saw Alvaro go down very early in the race and the conditions out there were very tough, especially for the front tyre. The rear was just not digging in and going forward, it was just spinning so much – but we won, which was the main thing. It was a super-nice day for Kawasaki because we put three bikes on the Race Two podium. Team Suzuka! Donington next and we will go to every track with an open mentality." Leon Haslam, stated: "The third place in the sprint race today was just a matter of staying on and bridging the gap to Tom Sykes, and I managed to pass him on the last lap. This afternoon I was struggling from lap one and did not have much front feeling, but I think everybody was in the same position. When Johnny and Toprak came past I felt I could have pushed to go with them but I had already risked too much so I had to run my own race. Alex was then behind me and I did not want to give up the podium, so I fought a little bit at the end. We have made some good steps from the Jerez test but there are little things we are still finding out." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) finished just behind Haslam in fourth place in the short race but finished in a strong second place in Race Two, running out front of his fellow Kawasaki riders for 13 laps. He is now sixth overall and the top Independent Rider in the championship standings. Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: "For me, Race Two was my best race. In the short race I did not like the feel because yesterday I had a big crash and we tried the second bike. I did not have a good feeling in the race because the rear was sliding too much. I knew Race Two was important because I started from fourth position and I needed to stay with the front group. In the race I followed Johnny and Leon after Bautista crashed and I felt the bike was good, especially under had braking. I pushed in all laps and made a gap but I saw Johnny was coming. In the last lap I tried to get to the front again but it was not easy. After my crash yesterday this podium was for my crew who did a good job, and we tried a small set-up change that worked. Imola, Jerez and here, on the podium." Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) finished eleventh in the sprint and then tenth in Race Two. He is 12th in the championship standings. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) pushed himself to ninth in the sprint but fell in Race Two. He remounted but was eventually forced to retire. Leandro, despite missing some races through injury, is 17th in the points. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 19, Wins 4, Podiums 16, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 75 (60 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 150 (108 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 19 (15 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 19, Wins 0, Podiums 4, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 43 (5 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 131 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 403 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 84 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 23, 2019

First Kawasaki Podium For Confident Mahias

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP rider Lucas Mahias used all his experience as a former World Champion to take his first podium of the season, securing third place after starting the Misano race from pole position. His team-mate Hikari Okubo pushed hard throughout and took fifth place. Having already scored a satisfying fastest lap in Superpole qualifying Mahias was in determined mood as he led the first two laps of the race. Holding onto the leading riders around the intense 4.226km long circuit for all 19-laps, Mahias was almost close enough to pounce when Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo made contact in the final corners. Lucas was not quite close enough to pass either of the leading duo in the very last corner but the 2017 world champion was just 0.161 seconds from his first win in Kawasaki colors. This was Lucas' 16th podium finish in WorldSSP and the first of the year for his team and Kawasaki as a manufacturer. Determined to make up places after his Superpole qualifying performance in ninth place, Okubo made a lightning start and then made up several places in the first corners, keeping pace just behind the leading group. As the race unfolded Hikari kept up his strong pace, re-joining the top four at one stage. He was forced to slow in the final laps as he had used up the best performance from his front tire, but he secured yet another top five finish in fine style. In the championship standings, after seven rounds, Hikari holds on to fourth place overall. He has 70 points, with Lucas jumping up to fifth place overall, now with 66 points. The next round will take place at Donington Park in the UK, between 5 and 7 July, before the start of a long summer break in race action. Lucas Mahias stated: "It is an incredible feeling and an incredible sensation to take this podium finish. For me it feels the same as a victory because at the start of the season I knew it was so difficult to jump on the podium. But race after I race I continued to push. The race was not very fast because the two riders at the front played a lot - but for me I am not playing. The last lap was very aggressive from the leaders but in the last corner exit it was impossible to get to second or first position. Thanks to Kawasaki and to my team - I hope this is a good present for them because they are working a lot. Sometimes I am not smiling when we are not at the front but for tonight I have a big smile!" Hikari Okubo, stated: "Today's race was not so bad because for the first time I could follow the leading group, but in the last five laps I had finished the front tire. I was losing a bit on top end compared to the riders in front. I tried to maintain the small gap to the front group by diving into the corners, so the front started closing and I finished fifth. Also, as a rider I know I need to make one more step, but today's race was very important. I got more championship points in the race which allowed me to keep fourth place overall in the championship standings." Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) crashed out of his home race and now sits 15th overall. His team-mate Kyle Smith finished out of the points in 19th place. Smith still leads the FIM Europe Supersport Cup standings and is 18th overall. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) placed 18th, Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) 20th. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) ended the Misano weekend 22nd at the flag with wildcard rider Roby Rolfo (Team Green Speed Kawasaki) 23rd. #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 23, 2019

Carrasco Takes First Win Of The Season

Reigning WorldSSP300 champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) won her first race of the 2019 season after making a small break from the rest of a six-rider leading pack and staying clear of the dogfights going on just behind her in the final few corners. Ana enjoyed a winning margin of 0.822 seconds on her Ninja 400, which can be considered a clear win in this evenly matched and exciting world championship class. Incidents and accidents through the race took their toll on some top runners and broke the leading groups up on occasion, but Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) avoided the dramas and was second today. Gonzalez had been on pole for this race, with Carrasco also on the front row of the grid, in third place. The final six-rider group featured just two Kawasaki Ninja 400 riders, but they were to finish first and second. Ana's win has maintained Kawasaki's 100% success in 2019, after victories from Gonzales (three) and DS Junior Team Kawasaki rider Marc Garcia (one) in the four previous rounds. Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) could not get to the final leading group after qualifying 18th in the wet Superpole for his group of riders. The three time podium scorer in 2019 rode at high pace through the whole race but his race was interrupted by crashes that held up his push towards the front. Scott was finally seventh, having a lonely race in the final laps to finish 9.730 seconds behind the winner. Manuel Bastianelli (Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki) was eighth, meaning half of the top eight riders today were on Ninja 400s. The 13-lap race was held in warm and dry conditions after some earlier periods of wet weather on Saturday, but that did not prevent some bad luck showing up for winner of one of the most recent races in Spain, Garcia. He was 23rd and out of the points, having qualified 15th. Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was one of the high-profile fallers, crashing out early at Turn 13. No fewer than 58 riders tried to qualify at Misano, split into A and B qualifying groups who then went on to Superpole sessions. The sensational Last Chance Race on Saturday afternoon was just that as usual - the final opportunity for the top six riders who did not automatically make the grid via Superpole to race for points on Sunday. Donington Park in the UK will host the sixth of nine championship rounds next time out. Race day will be on Sunday July 7. Ana Carrasco, stated: "I am very happy to have taken my first victory of the season. I think we have worked very well all weekend and this has allowed me to keep a very good pace in the race. I pushed hard from the beginning, but it was difficult because it was very hot and had little grip in some places. But I really wanted to win so I pushed as much as possible! I climbed many positions in the championship and I'm second overall now. Donington Park comes along now and I like the layout a lot. As always, thanks a lot to Kawasaki and Provec for giving me a super Ninja 400 to win on!" Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "A good race for the championship. We knew we have to take podiums in all races to maintain enough points for the leading championship position but the race was very calm because the leading group was small. I tried to be second in the last lap but the KTM overtook me and then tried to push as much as possible to take Ana. But I have to be happy for a second place finish, as it is a good result for the championship. Thanks to all for the good work the team does through all the sessions. We have to continue like this." Scott Deroue, stated: "During the free practice sessions it went pretty well. I was always able to set good lap times. In the wet qualifying I did not have a good feeling with the engine and that resulted in being P18 on the grid. I had a good start, but the first lap was one big period of chaos. There were several falls around me, so I lost a lot of time. This created a gap from a few seconds to the leading group. I rode clear from the second group, but without a slipstream I could not get to the front. I have driven a very constant and good race, but it wasn't possible to convert this performance into a good result." #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 9, 2019

More Points After Front Running Spanish Race

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP riders Lucas Mahias and Hikari Okubo were part of the leading group at Jerez, finishing sixth and seventh respectively after the sixth round of the WorldSSP championship.From third place on the starting grid, thanks to a strong Superpole showing, Mahias took the holeshot and led the first two laps, with a pack including his team-mate Okubo in close attendance. After being passed by three riders in the first half of the race Mahias was still firmly in the leading group, while Okubo's pace quickly dropped off as he experienced vibration from the rear of his machine. Under sunny skies Mahias hung on to the leading pack for as long as he could but had to settle for a sixth place finish, 5.516 seconds from the race winner Federico Caricasulo. Okubo was only one place behind Mahias, in seventh, but 17 seconds from the win. In the championship standings Hikari remains fourth, on 59 points, with Lucas seventh on 50 points. Okubo and Mahias have one free weekend to prepare for the next round, to be held at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli between 21 and 23 June. Today marked the end of the first half of the season, with six rounds remaining. Lucas Mahias stated: "Again a difficult race but my feelings are strange today. One is positive and the other negative. I think this was my best ride on the bike; every lap on the limit. It was the best result possible right now. If I tried a little bit more for sure I would have crashed. After I dropped back a little it was impossible to improve and come back in the podium at the end. Riding at the front is always good but I want to ride for the win, or to jump on the podium, and I finished sixth. It is disappointing." Hikari Okubo, stated: "Today started well but it was not a happy race because when I was behind the top group for five laps I could follow them, but after ten laps then I had a problem with my feeling. There was a vibration coming from the rear after the first or second lap. I need to check the data and maybe it was the tyre as it was a new one in a bigger size. There was just too much vibration and the tyres were finished so quickly. My lap times are much improved from two years ago but I was seventh, and we need to get on the podium." Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was unfortunate to encounter a problem with his rear sprocket and that held him back in 13th position. He is ranked 14th in the championship standings. Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) lost out on track time in practice and experienced so much chatter in the race that he fell on the second lap. Kyle is still the leader of the FIM Europe Supersport Cup, and 16th overall. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) scored a point for 15th place today but Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) just missed out in 17th position. Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) did not finish the race and Gaetan Matern (Flembbo Leader Team Kawasaki) was forced to enter the pits to retire. #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 9, 2019

Rea Reaches Final Jerez Podium

Jonathan Rea (KRT) scored a second place finish in the last race today in Spain, after he had battled through to fourth in the earlier Tissot-Superpole Race. Leon Haslam was sixth and then fifth today, scoring valuable points.Rea, having to start the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race from the back of the grid after suffering a double penalty on Saturday, worked his way through the pack at speed. He finished fourth despite having the same pace as the leading riders. Haslam was eventually sixth after starting the race from fifth place on the grid, after changes to his machine's set-up from Saturday. The planned second full distance race of the weekend was a dramatic finale to complement the hot on-track action in Spain. Race leader Alvaro Bautista fell while leading and Rea took over his top spot, only relinquishing it to eventual race winner Michael van der Mark. The race was called to a halt after 18-laps, due to the after effects of a crash. Rea was particularly keen to win the final race today to make up the maximum points possible on his championship rival Bautista. Jonathan did not quite have an optimal set-up for the second half of the race, but 20 points to Bautista's zero means he leaves Spain 41 behind in the championship fight, and still in a clear second place overall. Haslam found his bike better under braking in the final race of the Jerez weekend, but less so entering corners, meaning that he had to work hard to finish fifth in the race and remain in fifth place overall. In the championship standings Bautista has 300, Rea 259, Van Der Mark 188, Alex Lowes 142 and Haslam 130. Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the seventh round of the championship, between 21 and 23 June. Jonathan Rea, stated: "In the final race I did not have the pace of Mikey. I need to check the times but we definitely made a step with the bike set-up from yesterday afternoon to today, especially with the front end feeling in the faster corners. But over the lap there were some areas where I was very close, or even better than Michael, but in one crucial area I just lost too much. It is something we have been working on all weekend and today the bike was better. I needed a clean day today to finish both races strongly. This morning's race took a lot out of me mentally and physically - coming from the back of the grid to try and make up all those positions in a short space of time. I am looking forward to Misano now." Leon Haslam, stated: "Every session we were struggling with the front traction and we ran a bit more angle and corner speed compared to some of the other Kawasaki riders and I think that has been hindering me, especially as the temperatures have risen. I have tried to adapt my and played around a little bit with set-up. I felt in that final race of the weekend I had good pace and could have challenged for that third place but I get stuck behind Tom for too many laps. Then when I got past him I was pushing too hard, like I was before, making too many mistakes. I was just lining Rinaldi up when the red flags came out. Another fifth place, so obviously I am not too happy about the result, but we have managed a lot of problems here this weekend." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) went from seventh in the sprint race today to third place in the red-flagged finale. This was Toprak's second podium of the season, after scoring third place in race one at Misano one month ago. He is ranked seventh overall, with 95 championship points. Toprak Razgatlioglu, stated: "Today I am really happy to take a second podium of the year. In this morning's short race we tried a new set-up but I did not like it. We came back to the same set-up as we used earlier. Today I followed Michael van der Mark and Johnny, but I was on my limit. I watched Johnny as he has the same bike but my big problem was in turn 11 and 12. In the last eight laps my front tyre had started to slide and I reduced my pace because I was in a podium position." Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) finished eighth in each race today, the sprint and the red flagged full race, to end his home weekend in 11th place in the championship. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 13th and 11th today, making him the 16th placed rider after missing some recent races through injury. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 16, Wins 2, Podiums 14, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 73 (58 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 148 (106 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 18 (14 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 16, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 41 (3 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 129 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 398 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 83 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Jun 9, 2019

Kawasaki Locks Out The Jerez Podiums

After the cancellation of the planned Imola race last month the sun-kissed Jerez crowd ended up with two WorldSSP300 races to enjoy, the first on Saturday the second on Sunday. The usual incredibly close and combative races saw Kawasaki riders take every single podium place available, with Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) winning race one and championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) the victor in race two.With the Ninja 400 riders rampant in the hot and intense competiton that matched the weekend weather, both races delivered astounding competition for the top points scores. In race two Spanish riders monopolised the three podium places, after taking two of the three podiums at their home event in race one. In race one the four leading Ninja riders finished within 0.361 seconds of each other after 11 laps. In a seven lap second race the three Kawasaki podium riders were separated by only 0.048 seconds – the whole top five covered by just 0.223. The Saturday race saw Garcia win from championship challenger Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) in a race where reigning World Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) took her first podium of 2019, in third place. Ana would repeat her third position on Saturday, in another stone-cold thriller of a race, ending up within touching distance of winner Gonzalez and second placed Garcia. Deroue was involved in a crash that brought the red flags out in race two and he had to start from the back of the grid for the seven-lap re-run. He finished 23rd but remains overall second. After missing out on the podium on day one by an impossibly narrow margin, Gonzales' third win in four races gives him a 32 point advantage over Deroue, with Garcia third, six points behind the Dutch rider. Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing Kawasaki) was seventh in race two, but Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) had a tough weekend, 25th on the grid, 19th in race one and then having to start the second race from pitlane after a race one incident. He no scored after entering the pits. A giant total of 55 riders attempted to qualify in Spain, first in A and B qualifying heats or in the always high-drama last chance race on Saturday afternoon. After a double round in Jerez the next chance for the young WorldSSP300 riders to compete again in the regular single race format will be at Misano, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, between 1 and 23 June. Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "Incredible is the perfect word for today. In the last corner it was difficult to close the door or to overtake. In the straight I could overtake Garcia. It is thanks to my team and Kawasaki that I won this race. Yesterday was not the best for me, fourth position, so the victory today pushed me higher in the points table." Marc Garcia, stated: "I am really happy to take a victory and get back on the podium. It was a difficult race because there were so many riders at the front. We expect that, but we got the win in race one and we are all so happy for that. I did the same strategy in race two and passed Manuel in the last corner, just like yesterday, but he passed me in the slipstream. I am still very happy." Ana Carrasco, stated: "In race one I think we did a good job and for sure were in the battle for the victory. We lost it in the last corner but in this category there is always crazy things. I think we deserved to finish on the podiums, because we worked so hard through the winter and the past weeks. The team all have been working for many months and deserve a result. The race on Sunday was very short but very hard. I am happy to finish on the podium again. If we work hard and keep pushing for sure the race victory will arrive." Scott Deroue, stated: "To be honest my best position on Friday and Saturday was P8 and I qualified P13. I was two seconds off so we had something to do, hoping to get a good start and get into the pack. We did and I was just pushing always, like unbelievable level in race one. On the last lap I was just looking for a good line and track position and it finally happened. We took second place and I was unbelievably happy. In the second race I had a lot of bad luck and I could not avoid a crashing rider in front. We made every effort to be able to restart. From last place on the grid I didn't have the right feeling and I didn't get to set my best lap times." #NinjaSpirit

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May 12, 2019

Rea Doubles Up Before Rain Stops Play

Jonathan Rea added to his Saturday race win with another decisive victory in the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race today. Leon Haslam battled hard once again and was sixth. Persistent heavy rain caused the cancellation of all further track action after the WorldSSP race had been completed, hence the scheduled final Imola WorldSBK race did not take place. The Autodromo Nazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola provided another race winning chance for four times champion Rea, but only one opportunity, due to the decision to stop all further track action after the weather conditions turned. Rea took his chance to win on Sunday in both hands and finished 2.141 seconds ahead of Chaz Davies. He led across the line every lap, as he had done on Saturday, and took his tally of WorldSBK race wins at Imola to nine. After his breakthrough win on Saturday, Rea's victory today also netted him more points and he reduced the previous advantage of championship leader Alvaro Bautista, who finished third in the Superpole race. Haslam found some of the same issues today that he had under braking on Saturday, but worked hard to finish sixth and score more championship points. In the championship standings Jonathan, in second place overall, has reduced the championship lead to 43 points. Leon is fifth and has a total of 108 points after five rounds. The Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto in Spain will be the venue for the next round of the championship, between 7 and 9 June, but first there will be a two-day test at Misano, between 29 and 30 May. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It was a really positive weekend, to get my feeling with the bike here and be able to really get the maximum out of it. To pick up two race wins makes me really happy. I want to thank all the team for always believing and keeping on pushing. We never stopped believing that this weekend was a perfect opportunity for the chance to win. With our form here in the past, the way our bike works here and the way I ride - it was our chance. So we had to take it and I did, in both races. That was positive but unfortunately race three was cancelled because of the weather which came in. I completely understand and I am sure we will get our chance again." Leon Haslam, stated: "I had exactly the same problem as in race one. I could not pass, could not follow the guys. When I had a gap I could go really fast. Compared to Jonathan we are losing under braking but on a positive note, in cornering, in the exits, and how I adapted my in other areas, we made good steps. Jonathan is very good here and I knew it was going to be a tough weekend trying to adapt my style with the things I have struggled with, but it was a lot harder than I expected. We will take a fifth and a sixth." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was again the top Independent team rider, scoring seventh place today in the ten-lap race. He is now eighth in the championship, mostly thanks to his Saturday race podium finish at Imola. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 11th today, putting him in overall 11th place. Hector Barbera (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 14th in the Superpole race, and is now 21st in the championship rankings after two rounds. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 13, Wins 2, Podiums 13, Superpoles 1Career Race Wins: 73 (58 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 147 (105 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 17 (13 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 13, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 41 (3 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 129 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 396 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 82 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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May 12, 2019

Rain Stops Final Act Of Imola Weekend

After some intense and closely contested qualifying sessions Kawasaki's many young WorldSSP300 championship hopefuls were primed and ready to fight for the race win at the old school parkland circuit of Imola. The arrival of heavy and persistent rain, however, brought about the inevitable cancellation of the planned 11-lap race today. Until the enforced end to a typically exciting and popular event it had been a strong venue for many of the top Ninja 400 riders. Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing Kawasaki) was on pole with a new track best of 2'06.31 and reigning World Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) was third on the grid. Championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) finished eighth in qualifying, one place up on perennial contender for trophies and titles, Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport). With Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) and Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) tenth and 12th on the grid respectively there was no shortage of possibilities for a third Ninja 400 race win in succession, especially after Gonzalez had taken full points at both Motorland Aragon and Assen. No fewer than 56 riders attempted to qualify, first in A and B qualifying heats and then - for those who miss out - the always thrilling last chance race on Saturday afternoon. Now the entire WorldSSP300 circus has already packed its bags to go home early but they will reconvene happily for the Jerez round in Spain, between 7 and 9 June. Mika Perez, stated: "Today we were unlucky again. After getting pole position, setting the circuit class record and showing we were the strongest, the race was cancelled due the heavy rain! Obviously I'm not happy because starting from the pole position I was in the right condition to make a good race. I was hungry to win my first race of the season but safety is the priority. The next race will be at Jerez, one of my home rounds. We tested there at the beginning of the season and I think it was very positive." Ana Carrasco, stated: "It's a pity not to be able to make the race but the weather conditions have changed a lot from yesterday and the track was not in good condition. Apart from that, I am happy with the weekend. The team has worked very well and we have been strong in all the sessions. Thanks to all of them and to Kawasaki for the great job, we'll have to wait until Jerez to get back in the running." Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "It was a complicated time in Imola. We were eighth on the grid, but we have pace to be in the lead. The rain on race day changed the panorama for everyone and they cancelled the race. See you in Jerez on June 7-9th."Scott Deroue, stated: "I was satisfied with Saturday at Imola because we were able to made a step in FP3 and then in Superpole. This is a difficult track but the feeling with the bike is getting better. I had hoped to make it a good race here." #NinjaSpirit

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May 12, 2019

Career Best For Okubo At Imola

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing WorldSSP rider Hikari Okubo scored his best result to date with a fourth place finish after 17 laps of a sometimes bizarre race at Imola. His team-mate Lucas Mahias was looking for a podium finish until the rider in front of him missed a gear exiting a chicane. Lucas collided with his rival's bike before falling but he restarted to score eighth place. With rain clouds threatening overhead the WorldSSP riders set off in a race that would prove to be full of drama and excitement, with crashes, rain flags and finally a red flag all appearing as fortunes rose and fell. It was basically dry throughout, despite some very light showers appearing at times. Hikari, who had qualified fifth, went from a lowly 12th on lap one to a final fourth place by a combination of determined riding and the misfortunes of others. His career-best fourth place saw him only 3.643 seconds behind the winner at his team's home round. After an epically determined push from 2017 World Champion Mahias in the early laps he was closing in on third place rider Jules Cluzel when suddenly the latter slowed coming out of the Variante Basso corner. Mahias could not avoid him and Lucas fell after hitting the tail section of his rival's machine, restarting in 11th place. A final position of eighth was no real reward for Mahias' riding performance but he did score valuable points. In the championship itself Okubo has moved up from fifth to fourth place with his new points total of 50, while Mahias is seventh on 40 points. Okubo and Mahias will next compete at the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto, between 7 and 9 June, in the sixth round of the championship. Hikari Okubo, stated: "I am so happy because I got my best result so far but if I got one more place I would have got a podium. There was a big mistake in the first lap of the race and I made a big drop, but I never gave up. That is the Japanese spirit. Sep-by-step I pushed so hard every lap and I could get to fourth position. Now I need to do one more step and next race I will try for the podium." Lucas Mahias stated: "My race was shaping up not so bad but finally the result is again not my real position. I think if I did not have this problem in the chicane I would finish on the podium. This was my target. I am really angry because Cluzel missed a gear. OK, it was still a good step today to be close to the podium positions before the problem, because race after race the bike set-up is getting better." Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was fifth at his home round, making this his best race of 2019 so far. Kyle Smith (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) still leads the championship-within-a-championship FIM Europe Supersport Cup, scoring more points today for his 13th place finish. He is now 16th in the overall WorldSSP championship classification. Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) just missed a point today for 16th place, with Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 19th. Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) retired at Imola and is now 17th overall. #NinjaSpirit

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Apr 21, 2019

Le Mans 24 Hours: SRC Team Kawasaki France Victorious

Eluding them since 2016, Kawasaki has won a textbook victory on the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans; the 14th in its history ... an incredible record!The struggle for the highest step of the podium was a credit to the whole team managed heroically once more by highly experienced Gilles Stafler. They declared themselves exhausted yet relieved after a dazzling finale witnessed by 78,500 spectators. Saturday 20 April 3:00 pm: After a very good start from 4th position - which didn't accurately reflect the real potential of the team who's objective was not the pole position at all costs but a consistent performance across 24 hours - the trio of Jérémy Guarnoni, Erwan Nigon and David Checa took and maintained the lead as each handed over to the other during scheduled pit stops. At the end of the 8th hour, the team had accumulated 10 points in the intermediate rankings then 10 more during the 16th hour of race. The riders did not have it all their own way though and at around 13:00 SRC Team Kawasaki France temporarily conceded the lead of the race. Riders David Checa, Erwan Nigon and Jérémy Guarnoni rode on relentlessly to the end of the 42nd running of the race, never imagining they would finish anywhere other than in first position. Tactically Gilles Stafler played a final master stroke asking Jérémy Guarnoni to extend his last riding session. It proved decisive and "Le Toulousain" took back first place 20 minutes from race end, crossing the finishing line the winner as the checkered flag dropped just seconds ahead of the nearest pursuer. With this latest victory, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR #11 is points leader in the world endurance championship with 102 points against 86 for the closest opponent. Other Kawasaki teams also featured as part of the historic race with the next best placing by vastly experienced Swiss team, Bolliger, in a noble fifth place completing 827 laps on their Ninja ZX-10RR compared to the winners' 839 laps. Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto in tenth spot ensured that no less than three Ninja mounted teams were in the top ten at race end with nine Kawasaki teams among the accredited finishers making up very nearly 25% of those that completed the race. Next stop for winners SRC Team Kawasaki France and other competitors is the Slovakia Ring 8 hours in May.

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Apr 14, 2019

Two Race Sunday Gives Rea Two Podiums

After the postponement of the first planned race from Saturday to Sunday, both of Assen's 21-lap races took place today, with Kawasaki Racing Team rider Jonathan Rea scoring first a second and then a third place finish. His team-mate Leon Haslam rode to fifth in race one and then a more difficult eighth in race two. Under sunny skies, but in bitterly cold conditions, the first race took place at 11am, with Rea starting from eighth on the grid and Haslam fifth. Rea would work his way into third place after two laps, then second place from lap eight to the end. Haslam fought hard with Alex Lowes to finish fifth in the opening race. In the second race Rea hit the front very early and led for the first five laps, as a battling bunch of seven riders began to form. With Haslam fourth in the first few laps he looked set for another good result, but a fading front tire saw him drop back to finish eighth. Today Kawasaki overtook Honda as the second most successful manufacturer in WorldSBK history in terms of podium finishes, with a new total of 393. After Assen Rea is still a clear second in the championship points table, having finished second ten times in 11 races, and third in the remaining one today. He sits 53 points from Alvaro Bautista's lead with his total of 183, while Leon's Assen results keep him fifth overall, with 93 points. The next round of the championship will take place at the parkland circuit of Imola, in Italy, between the 10th and the 12th of May. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I felt good in the fight and my team gave me a good bike to fight with and keep the gap quite stable for a while. I enjoyed today and it was like good old Superbike, two long races in one day. I feel like the only difference today was that I had a shorter time to take lunch and prepare for race two. But it was not anything extraordinary. I really feel like we maximized our potential with the bike this weekend. I felt good with the bike and we were stronger in some sectors and weaker in others compared to Alvaro. Even in the cold conditions I felt like the grip level was really, really good but at the end when the tires were dropping, I lost a lot of grip. The bike became more physical to ride. Apart from that I was very impressed with the potential of the tires and I was able to run quite consistently in the start to middle of the second race. I am pretty content." Leon Haslam, stated: "In both races, with about eight laps to go in race one, the front tire grip just went and it was even worse in race two, with about 11 or 12 to go. I was happy to keep the bike upright and not lose the front. I feel we easily had the pace for podiums but we didn't, so we have to reassess the problems." In a competitive day for the Independent Riders Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) and Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) each scored the same total of championship points in Assen – 14 – but the best single performance came from Jordi, who was eighth in race one, with Toprak only 0.049 seconds behind in ninth, despite the painful effects of a heavy fall on Saturday. In race two Razgatlioglu edged out Torres for ninth place by just over half a second. With Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) injured at Motorland Aragon last weekend the team's replacement rider for Assen, Hector Barbera, was 16th after having to pit in race one. He placed 16th again in race two, ahead of one other rider. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 1, Wins 0, Podiums 11, Superpoles 1Career Race Wins: 71 (56 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 145 (103 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 17 (13 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 11, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 41 (3 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 127 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 393 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 82 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Apr 14, 2019

Gonzalez Wins Again As Deroue Podiums At Home

The usual mind-bendingly close and exciting WorldSSP300 championship race at Assen saw a leading bunch of 19 riders cross the line almost as one, with Spain's Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGo Team) taking his second win in succession, doubling up on his recent success at home in Motorland Aragon. After the results of the race were revised from those first flashed up on the TV screens, Gonzales was finally confirmed as the winner, from another Ninja 400 rider - local man Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport). Deroue had finished the Motorland race third, moving up by one place at his local track after an astounding contest in the highly oversubscribed WorldSSP300 grid. Scott was eighth at the end of the penultimate lap, making his push at just the right time to be in contention for the win. Reigning World Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec) led the race with just a few corners to go but was swamped by other riders desperate to get on the podium. She finished eighth, but still only 0.780 seconds from the winner Gonzalez. It was a good day for Kawasaki riders in general again, with young Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM) the third Ninja rider in the top four. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) was seventh, one place and 0.192 seconds ahead of Carrasco. Local rider Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was 12th today, but as an indication of how close and competitive this class is in 2019, Robert was only 1.180 seconds back from the winner. The top 19 riders were covered by just 2.305 seconds at the checkered flag. Once again 50 riders tried to make sure they could qualify for the race today, but after snow, sleet and a wet tack surface cancelled the 'Last Chance' race on Saturday afternoon, all of the 34 riders who started the race today came direct from the 'A' and 'B' groups in qualifying and Superpole. In the championship standings, after round two, Gonzalez leads with a perfect 50 points, Deroue is second with 36, and Hugo De Cancellis is third with 31. Schotman is 10th and Carrasco 11th. The third of nine rounds this season will be at Imola, In Italy, with race day on Sunday the 12th of May. Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "Again victory, but it was so difficult. Last week it was in the last corner and here again in the last corner. We did really good work in all the practice and qualifying sessions. The bike was very good but it was difficult for me to overtake in the corners. In the straights I could manage to pass and in the last sector I wanted to be first! So thanks to the team for all the work they have done."Scott Deroue, stated: "It is always special to be at home and take a podium in front of your friends, family and sponsors. Last year we were strong in Imola as well but in the last lap we crashed. In the other races we were strong so I think the rest of the season we can do the same, and that is my goal. Aragon and Assen are really slipstream races but in Imola and Donington, for example, it is more about pace and corners. There are not so many straights. So I am really looking forward to the other races to see how fast we are there." Ana Carrasco, stated: "We are all very close this year but the race was very similar to last year, only we have been a bit unlucky in the last lap. I felt strong and I thought passing the leader in the slipstream would be enough to allow me to enter the last corner first, but in this class you never know! So finally we finished eighth but I felt very happy with my performance and I also felt very strong. I think I was the strongest in the group so that is really good; it gives me some confidence for the next one. The result is not what I wanted but we did a good job, so we will wait for Imola." #NinjaSpirit

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Apr 7, 2019

Rea Podiums Twice As Haslam Recovers Pace

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) took his eighth and ninth second place finishes of the 2019 season today, first in the 10-lap Tissot-Superpole race and then in the second full distance contest. His team-mate Leon Haslam recovered from a tough Saturday to record a seventh place in the sprint race and then fourth this afternoon, fighting for a podium all the way. Rea and Haslam have two points scoring races to compete in on Sundays in 2019 and in each of the races today Rea rode to what he feels were his best possible results - two runner-up places. In every race of the year so far Rea has finished second but in the final race at Motorland he really had to work for it, using all of his race craft and experience to make the most of a late opportunity to ensure his second place. Windy conditions did not help Rea's cause but he demonstrated why he is a four time World Champion by taking three second places away from the Spanish round. Haslam and his team were fully competitive for a podium finish in the final race of the weekend, pushing up to second place at one time and finishing just 0.454 seconds off another podium finish for his KRT squad. It was particularly satisfying result as it was a relatively tough weekend for Leon and his crew until the afternoon race, at a circuit which has not been one most favored by Haslam in the past. In the championship rankings, after three rounds and nine individual races, Jonathan has netted a total of 147 points and is 39 behind points leader Alvaro Bautista. Haslam is fifth overall and just five points from fourth place. The classic circuit of Assen, in the Netherlands, will host the fourth round of the championship next weekend, with track action running from the 12th to the 14th of April. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It was a tougher Sunday than I expected and the strategy was different. Especially in the sprint race, I lost a lot of rear traction at the end. We think it was a consequence of being so fast in the beginning. During the 18-lap race I decided to be calmer in the beginning but when Alex Lowes came through he had a good pace with Chaz Davies. I started to panic a little bit that maybe these guys had an extra gear. And then Leon came past, so I had to step up and really use the tire that I was conserving. My body language was a lot different at the end of the race because I really put my head down and maximized where we were strong. It looks like our bike is really creating a lot of traction in the long corners, which is positive. Our corner entry is not so bad. It was nice to see Leon in the front as well because our data becomes more relevant to compare and we can try to move the bike set-up forward together." Leon Haslam, stated: "Starting from the fourth row was not ideal in the first two races so we used the sprint race to get back into it. The team has done mega-well from really struggling on Saturday morning to being able to battle for second place for Johnny. What a turnaround. I am really happy about what we have done here and I feel quite positive. In the sprint race I did not get the best of starts but it got me a better grid position for the final race. We made some steps in being able to pass people in the last race as well." Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) ran out a remarkable eighth in the sprint race and an even better seventh in the final full distance contest today. He ended his home race weekend inside the championship top ten, with 35 points. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was unfortunate to retire from the final race, having finished the sprint race today in tenth place. He sits 12th overall. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) could not ride on Sunday after breaking his wrist yesterday. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 9, Wins 0, Podiums 9, Superpoles 1Career Race Wins: 71 (56 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 143 (101 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 17 (13 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 9, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 41 (3 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 for Kawasaki) 6 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 127 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 391 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 82 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Apr 7, 2019

Gonzalez Wins As Carrasco Finds No Luck At Home

The opening round of the new-look WorldSSP300 championship took place this weekend at the Spanish circuit of Motorland Aragon, with a win for Kawasaki and two podium places for the Ninja 400 in total. Spanish rider Manuel Gonzalez, only 16 years of age, took his Kawasaki ParkinGo Team to the very top step of the podium at his home race. Last year he scored three podiums in this exciting class, designed around young riders, but to record his first WorldSSP300 race win at home left the teenager from Madrid almost speechless. He had also taken pole position after Superpole Qualifying, with a new best lap of 2'06.938. Title challenger in previous seasons, Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) had a remarkable ride from 14th on the grid to third place, picking off rivals at just the right time to get him into the leading bunch in the final lap. Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec), the reigning champion, was well in the multi-rider fight for the podium places but was unlucky to fall on lap six after being hit from behind, losing the chance to start her title defense in style. Like all her competitors she will have eight more chances to go all-out for race wins, in a season that runs from Motorland in April to Losail in October. Ana, the first woman to win a full FIM World Championship in roadracing, does not leave her home round without any reward. She set a new lap record on lap two, with a 2'07.487 on her impressive run through to the leading positions. With over fifty young hopefuls trying to take ultimate glory in the FIM Supersport300 World Championship in 2019, qualifying has to be split into 'A' and 'B' groups, with the fastest few from each group being joined on the final starting grid for the race on Sunday afternoon by the top riders from a 'last chance' race on Saturday. A few talented riders needed to qualify for the grid via that last chance race route, and even some others like Deroue and Carrasco found it relatively tough in qualifying. No less than 36 riders started the 11-lap race today. Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) was another top ten rider at Motorland on a Ninja 400, in eighth place. Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) just missed out on the top ten places in 11th. No fewer than 11 of the top 20 riders were on Kawasaki's today. Proof of just how competitive this class is can be found in the fact that the top seven riders were covered by just 0.891 seconds at the checkered flag in Motorland. In the current championship standings, with just one race gone, Gonzales leads with 25 points, Hugo De Cancellis has 20 and Deroue 16. The next round will take place in a few days time, at Assen in the Netherlands, with race day on Sunday the 14th of April. Manuel Gonzalez, stated: "I do not have words for this race win because it was so difficult - but I enjoyed it a lot! The last lap was so tough because the slipstream in the main straight was difficult to manage. But I overtook De Cancellis in the last corner. Thanks to all in the team for the hard work they have done here. See you all at the next races."Scott Deroue, stated: "Yes it was incredible to come through for a podium. This weekend was quite hard and in qualifying I was not really good. I was not in the best place on the grid so I knew we had to something. I was just pushing, pushing - like unbelievably hard. I think this is one of my best races ever. I already won some races in this class but I think this race was the best ever." Ana Carrasco, stated: "It is a pity to not score. We had some issues in the practice sessions and I started the race from the fourth row. In the race itself I felt myself to be very fast, and comfortable, so much so that we actually set a new lap record. Some bikes had better acceleration but in braking and top speed I was super strong. In the crash two guys in front of me touched and I had to close the throttle - then someone hit me from the back. It is a shame because I am sure I could have finished on top. I just want to say thanks to all people that came to see me here at Motorland, to my team and Kawasaki. I am on the bike again in only four days, at Assen - I can't wait!" #NinjaSpirit

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Mar 17, 2019

Podiums For Rea As Haslam Fights On

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) took two more podium places today to remain in a strong second place in the WorldSBK Championship rankings after two rounds. His team-mate Leon Haslam battled hard in his return to the Chang International Circuit and recorded another two fifth places today, keeping him sixth overall. With two Sunday races to compete in at the 4.554km-long Buriram circuit, one ten lap sprint race and a second full distance contest just like the opening race on Saturday, Rea and Haslam stuck to their tasks well on their official Ninja ZX-10RRs. In finishing two seconds behind Alvaro Bautista in the early Tissot-Superpole race Rea scored nine points. He again scored a second place, by ten seconds in the final race, meaning Rea now has six runner-up spots on his 2019 record. Being hampered by a trapped nerve in his lower back all weekend Haslam, as well as having to re-learn the secrets of the Chang circuit, also scored three identical race finishes this weekend - fifth each time. The short race today was even shorter than planned, when a two-rider incident saw the red flag thrown to stop the action after two riders fell. The planned ten-lap contest became a six-lap event in the final classification. In the second 20-lap race of the weekend Rea again tried to stay in the slipstream of Bautista but ended up riding to make sure of second place, after Alex Lowes ran close behind him early on. Rea maintained his strong pace to the end and he crossed the finish line with a 2.3 second margin of advantage over Lowes. He headed Lowes by 0.4 seconds in the sprint race. In the championship rankings, Jonathan has scored 98 points and is 26 behind the lead after six individual races. Leon's overall sixth place comes thanks to his total of 51 points, 11 more than the next closest rider. There will now be a run of six European-based WorldSBK events, starting with the Spanish round at Motorland Aragon, which will be held between the fifth and the seventh of April. Jonathan Rea, stated: "The best we could hope for today was a brace of second places and we managed to achieve that, albeit with a lot of pressure from Alex in the final race. He kept really pushing, as he had in the sprint race, but I just had that little bit extra in the end of race three to go away. I want to thank my team for giving me a good bike this weekend and there is always some work to do to improve the package. I felt this weekend we struggled a little bit with front end stability, especially when the front was moving a little bit in that second part of the final race, in the sectors where I was strong. Behind my visor I was giving it 110% especially in those early laps to try and keep in the slipstream as long as I could. As soon as I lost that it was back to managing my own race. I am taking home 49 points again and we will try to build on that in Europe." Leon Haslam, stated: "It was more consistent for me in the second race today. We were running the bigger brake discs, which I did not have the best of feelings with this weekend, but in general we made a big step with the bike. I can say now that I have been suffering with a tapped nerve in my back, which flared up just before I came here, and I have had to take painkilling injections. I struggled a lot this weekend and I am glad it is over, in some ways. I need some rest and then we can start again in Aragon. I had not been to Chang for four years. It was always going to be tough with just two 50-minute sessions and going straight into it. So to get three fifth places, I am quite happy." Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) once again won a final lap duel in the long race today, with fellow Kawasaki rider Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki). Toprak was ninth in the 20-lap contest, Torres tenth. Razgatlioglu was also ninth in the sprint race. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) placed 12th in the sprint, one place ahead of Torres, but had to retire from the final race of the Thai weekend. In the championship Toprak is ninth on 24 points, Jordi 12th with 18 and Leandro 15th with 11. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 6, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 1Career Race Wins: 71 (56 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 140 (98 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 17 (13 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 6, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 41 (3 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 127 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 388 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 82 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Mar 17, 2019

Okubo Sixth And Mahias Eighth In Thailand

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Hikari Okubo finished the Buriram WorldSSP race today in a fighting sixth place, having been up as high as third in the early laps. His team-mate Lucas Mahias was eighth even though he had to start from the back of the grid at the tough 4.554km long Chang International Circuit. Equaling his career best race result of sixth for the second weekend in succession Okubo was competitive with the leading riders for most of the 17-laps, especially in the tighter sections. He dropped back slowly as the race wore on to end up only 4.599 seconds from the winning rider. After being unlucky to suffer a time penalty in the opening race in Australia recently, Lucas had to start the Buriram race from the very back of the grid. His rear tire was found to be fractionally under the minimum permissible pressure and he was made to give up his third row starting spot. The 2017 champion's pace as he made up 12 positions in one lap, and then tried to get back into contention with the leaders was such that could have achieved a stronger finishing position. He got up to eighth on lap six, and remained there until the flag, taking eight valuable championship points for his efforts. After the second race of the 12-round championship Hikari is an impressive fifth overall, with 20 points. Lucas is currently ninth with 12 points. The next round of the championship takes place at the Spanish venue of Motorland Aragon, with race day on Sunday the seventh of April. Hikari Okubo, stated: "I rode in third position for the first time in the early laps with some very strong top riders. It was very difficult to stay in that group and I had to drop behind as the race went on. A sixth position I am not happy with because my target was the top three, but the time gap was just 4.5 seconds from the winner. In the last race I was 17 seconds behind. I finished sixth there too. That is a big improvement. I need more good training and better thinking but I feel I am at a different level from the last two years. I hope I can push hard in the next European rounds." Lucas Mahias stated: "The bike was not so bad today but it was the rules that held us back after my tyre pressure was measured to be too low. I started at the back of the grid and I finished eighth. So it was impossible to finish in the front group today. I made up a lot of places, pushing for three or four laps but the group in font was two or three seconds ahead and it was finished for me." Rob Hartog (Team Hartog – Against Cancer Kawasaki) finished 14th and scored two points today, while Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) was 16th and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 18th. Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was put of contention after another rider crashed into him in the very first turn, causing Ayrton to crash. #NinjaSpirit

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Mar 13, 2019

Kawasaki Official WorldSSP 300 March Test Report

In the second week of March, Kawasaki Motors Europe (KME) exclusively hired the Almeria track in southern Spain for an official manufacturer test event welcoming the majority of its supported teams in the fiercely contested WorldSSP 300 category of WorldSBK.Playing host to six teams and an impressive 15 riders - all of whom receive support from Kawasaki Motors Europe - the two day test was designed to give each team and its riders a chance to make ready for a nine round series that is being seen as one of the closest and most exciting on the WorldSBK schedule.With no less than four Italian based teams at the event, the other two slots were filled by the Netherlands based MTM Kawasaki team who will field four riders in 2019 and the newly formed Provec team from Catalonia who have 2018 WorldSSP300 Champion, Ana Carrasco, as their pilot.Enjoying good weather and favourable track conditions across the test, the teams plus riders familiarised themselves with their race machines developed within the predicted strict guidelines laid down the series promoter, Dorna. Based on the highly popular Ninja 400, that can be purchased from any Kawasaki road bike dealer, the test was targeted byKME as an environment where the transition from road bike to racer that the teams had spent the past few months undertaking would be near completion.Ludo VanDerWeken, Manager of the MTM team commented; "It's a good start to the season and very good to have an open track situation for full days to complete our heavy testing schedule. Plus our riders can do many laps before season starts. I'm happily surprised by the already good pace of our two rookies and their serious attitude across the test"Provec team manager Jordi Caparros said the team used the test to look at a wide range of parameters. "This test has been so interesting. It has been a warm up test to know how to work together in the new team. The bike is same base last year but we forced Ana to ride with extra kilos and rev limits to learn to ride in tough regulation conditions. She has been working and training so hard in the last weeks and she feels so good on the bike; this is the most important feedback we got. We dedicate test to help her to get on-bike feeling and, of course, enjoy."For Fabien Raulo, the KME coordinator for Kawasaki teams in this fast evolving race series, a chance presented itself for teams to liaise on and off track as he explained. "We wanted to see what the riders could do for sure but also we created this official test so that teams could compare notes on things such as machine set up, team structure and the overall approach to racing with the Ninja 400. In that regard it was a great success and the riders really appreciated the chance to benchmark each other in a controlled environment."Alessio Altai of the Italian GP Project team endorsed this saying: "This was good experience for us and a good comparison with some of the best teams in WorldSSP 300. It's good to build confidence and link in the team with others. The event was well run and weather conditions were also with us so we could use this as the best way to prepare for the season ahead".A sentiment echoed by Gianluca Ruboli of Maranga Scuderia : "This test is a good chance to evaluate our level compared to more experienced teams here with the Ninja. It's also good to be in touch with other teams. For sure it's good to get a useful feedback from riders about bike preparation. We still need to work on a base set-up but this helped us make a good step in the right direction".For Eduardo Rovelli of the ParkinGo team and Marco Lobelli of the BWG by Puccetti squad the test was positive while they waited for final confirmation of the category regulations:"We came here to try the 2019 configuration even though regulations are not 100% confirmed yet, giving us some challenges in preparation of the bikes" commented Rovelli. "But otherwise, we could make some good race simulations and the riders are really bonding with the team and we got some work done on the base set-up".The sentiment was echoed by BWG by Puccetti's, Lobelli; "This test was positive. We could identify and already fix some issues. We make only 40 laps but quite efficiently and we could work on the base set-up. A good step was made here. Our next test is in Aragon. Hopefully by then we can have regulations confirmed."For the riders this was a chance for them to blow away winter cobwebs and start the business of matching themselves to other riders joining them on a packed grid for 2019."It's good to be back on the bike after winter break", said Scott Deroue of the MTM team. "I felt good immediately. After a small crash early on I was back on the bike quickly and we could catch up with the busy testing schedule. I didn't push too much. Most important was to understand potential new rule influences even though they are not fully confirmed yet and to work on our base set-up".Current World Champion in the class, Ana Carrasco declared herself: "Happy with all testing done. We worked on suspension and settings to make me feel comfortable on the bike. I think we improve again from last year".Mika Perez of Maranga Scuderia detailed his progression during the test commenting "Overall, it was very positive test for us, we improved a lot from the first day the feeling on the bike with a big step on suspension set up. On the final day we were consistent and fast, it's encouraging for the season".Looking towards the season start, Race Planning Manager for KME, Steve Guttridge was enthusiastic about the programme saying: "The Ninja 400 has to be the machine of choice in this class again for 2019. Ana took the title on the bike along with Perez and and Deroue claiming the other top medal positions in last season's World Championship! We created this supported teams test so that our official teams that could be present there, could focus on their machine and rider preparation as well as get to know one another and look forward to the season possibilities ahead. Despite not having the rules in place for sure the teams benefited from the extra investment and initiative from Kawasaki".

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Feb 24, 2019

Rea And Haslam Earn Podium Finishes

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam scored two podium finishes apiece in the new-look WorldSBK Sunday format at Phillip Island in Australia, with Rea second on two occasions and Haslam third each time. The first race of the final day of action was the innovative ten lap Tissot Superpole race, which gives points to the top nine riders. The result of the race also determines the top nine riders' grid positions for the final race of the weekend. Rea was second on two occasions today, and Haslam third each time, but they will only be credited with one more podium each on their official records, not two. The second Sunday race was held over 22-laps, like race one, and for full points. Rea was again second and Haslam third after an entertaining and close contest between the official Kawasaki riders, which went all the way to the flag. The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR took Rea to the top of regular Superpole qualifying on Saturday, a new track best of 1'30.075 in the ten-lap Superpole race today and three second places in all. Jonathan has earned 49 championship points after round one, and sits 13 points behind the lead. For Haslam, two third places today were a real reward after his unlucky crash and single point score in the opening 22-lap race on Saturday. His competitive and rewarding Sunday sees him rise up the championship ranking to sixth overall, on 24 points. The second round of the 2019 WorldSBK Championship will be held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, with race weekend running from the 15th to the 17th of March. Jonathan Rea, stated: "We made a little change from yesterday, to make the bike a little bit calmer, and I feel we achieved that. Our race time was faster than yesterday and I am happy with the results of the weekend. I am a little bit disappointed in the classification because the gap to the front is too much. We expected a really difficult race here. I have always had to fight for results here, so to come away with three second places, a pole position and an outright fastest lap in the Superpole race; I am satisfied. Of course, there is definitely still work to do. We could not risk a bit more today than yesterday. After race one, in Parc Ferme my tire was almost the best, but I rode a slower race. Lots of other guys were having issues, so today with the temperature going up in the final race I had the same frame of min, to just trying to get to the end of the race and not abuse the tire." Leon Haslam, stated: "It was good to get on two podiums today. In the ten-lap sprint race I was a little cautious and I got caught behind the Yamahas, so I settled. I thought I had a little bit in hand to catch Jonathan in the final race. I tried to make my own rhythm for the first four laps. After this I tried to save the tire and which then created a group of five riders. It was a nice easy rhythm and I was feeling good with my pace. Johnny and I had some good passes; good battles. My plan was to go away with two laps to go, then he passed me into turn one and I ran a little wide. At the same time he went 0.4 of a second faster. I went with him and caught him up on the last lap but I felt like I had been caught out a little bit. To battle with Jonathan in my first race weekend of the year, with his record in this class, I am happy. " In the short Superpole race today Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) was 15th, and Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) 17th. Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) did not finish, after all three Kawasaki riders crashed at the same time, and only two could make it to the end. In the 22-lap final race of the weekend a strong ride from Mercado put him 11th. Torres placed 14th, for two championship points, while Razgatlioglu had a technical issue and was forced to retire. 2019 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182019: Races 3, Wins 0, Podiums 3, Superpoles 1Career Race Wins: 71 (56 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 137 (95 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 17 (13 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2019: Races: 3, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 41 (3 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 127 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 385 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 82 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Feb 24, 2019

Sixth For Okubo At Opening Round

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing's Japanese challenger Hikari Okubo scored a career best sixth place in today's flag-to-flag WorldSSP race at Phillip Island in Australia. His new team-mate Lucas Mahias was on course for a good finish but eventually left Australia with a 12th place result in his first race for the team, after suffering a time penalty. After concerns were raised about potential tire life over the planned 18-lap race in the WorldSSP class, the teams and riders knew from early in the weekend that they would take part in a two-part race, over 16 laps, with a mandatory tire change at mid-race distance, sometime between lap six and 10. Okubo, who had qualified eighth, and top Kawasaki rider, was also to finish top Kawasaki rider in the race. He took a sixth place for the second time in his career. This being the first round of the championship, he is also in sixth place overall in the points table. Unfortunately for Mahias, his strong ride ended with a time penalty for exiting pit lane too early after his mandatory tire change. With tougher penalties in place this year he was finally given a 19.565 second penalty, putting him down in 12th place. Without this penalty he would have been fighting for at top six finish. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing duo now head to the Chang International Circuit in Thailand for round two, to be held between the 15th and the 17th of March. Hikari Okubo, stated: "I was not so bad today because sixth position is our best finish so far. It was a very strange race because it was in two parts, with a tire change in the middle - and the conditions were hot. The high track temperatures may have caused some chattering from the bike. During the previous sessions my position was always between around fifth and eighth, so the race result was pretty much in line with the pace in practice." Lucas Mahias stated: "Today's race was a difficult one. I expected to finish in the top five and tried to do my best. I was doing OK and understanding a lot more about the bike. But I'm very angry about the penalty. I've lost a lot of points because of a small mistake. Anyway, it is Buriram next and the Thai track is normally a good one for the bike. The event is a good one with lots of fans, so we need to look ahead and focus on the next round." Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team Kawasaki) also received a time penalty for leaving pit lane too early but he finished up 14th, scoring two championship points. Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) took a single point for 15th place. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 17th today. #NinjaSpirit

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Feb 16, 2019

KRT Launches Official WorldSBK Team In Australia

Kawasaki unveiled its official 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship machinery and graphics at the team launch today, shortly before the opening round at Phillip Island takes place between the 22nd and the 24th of February. Kawasaki Heavy Industries' effort will once again field record-breaking four-time champion Jonathan Rea aboard the latest race specification Ninja ZX-10RR, Joining him is new signing for the new season, Leon Haslam.The new season livery and sponsor line-up was confirmed as the covers came off the Ninja ZX-10RR, with Motocard, Elf Total, Monster Energy and Showa logos prominently displayed, alongside other valued commercial and technical partners. Having won four straight championships for rider Jonathan Rea, Manufacturer Kawasaki and team Provec Racing, the overall Kawasaki heavy Industries WorldSBK effort is determined to meet the challenge of maintaining its high standards. In launching its final line-up and image in Australia this year, rather than at their home base in Barcelona as in previous seasons, KRT has already put a fresh spin on its approach as the excitement builds towards another new season at the highest level of production-derived racing. Mr Shigemi Tanaka, Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Australia, led the speakers on the night as the latest product of KHI's passion for racing was unveiled to a waiting world, both on site and to the world through live streaming via the Internet. With winter testing ended in Europe at the end of January, there will now be two days of official tests for all WorldSBK competitors, at Phillip Island between Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th of February. With a new format to race weekend in 2019, featuring three WorldSBK races and not two, the first round of the new season will be truly historic even before it wraps up on Sunday the 24th of February. Jonathan Rea, champion for the past four seasons, stated: "KRT always push the boat out when it comes to launching the new colors and it is the first time you see your final bike in the flesh. Everything is real and now we turn the page to 2019. Alpinestars have done a great job with my leathers as well. I changed my number 1 plate a little bit too, incorporating some new logos. It is nice to do the launch here in Australia, and so close to the first race weekend." Leon Haslam, stated: "To be part of such a professional team, and to see the manufacturer itself and Kawasaki Australia putting on such a massive show, is fantastic. They are really getting behind it. I just want to get going now. The launch and all the things around it are exciting but now I just want to get on track to ride the new bike." Mr Shigemi Tanaka, Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Australia, stated: "It is indeed an honour to have the unveiling of the 2019 Kawasaki Racing Team here at Phillip Island and for Kawasaki Motors Australia to be hosting this important event. Three times in the past it has been my pleasure to speak at these launch events on behalf of both Kawasaki Motors Europe and Kawasaki Heavy industries. Now with Jonathan Rea as a four-time world champion on the Ninja ZX-10RR it is a nice coincidence that this is now my fourth time to speak, this time on behalf of Kawasaki Motors Australia and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The theme today is Ganbarou – we will face our challenges and try harder. In 1995 a devastating earthquake hit Kobe, close to the Kawasaki manufacturing plant in Akashi. It was a difficult time but we said "Ganbarou" – we will face our challenges with a smile and we will rebuild we will try harder and do our best. For the Kawasaki Racing Team 2018 was one of our most difficult years so far. We were under huge pressure. The fans and media naturally expected more championship success, yet our Ninja ZX-10RR was a victim of its own success as new rules were adopted to help other teams reach the high level of Kawasaki. Our Ninja Spirit – and the dedication of the team, loyal fans and riders – saw us prevail with a fourth consecutive world title for Jonathan Rea plus another manufacturer and team title. This is the racing definition of Ganbarou – we will compete and, whatever the circumstances, we will try our best." Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated : "Last year we faced the challenge of new technical rules that we feel constrained our performances. Nevertheless, we succeeded in winning the Riders', Manufacturers' and Teams' world titles in a very successful year. For this year these rules are still maintained but we're prepared. We have a bike with a new more capable engine and we have reinforced our technical and human assets to take advantage of this. We also welcome a new rider in Leon Haslam, who has been making big steps in the Winter Tests. We think makes a great pairing with Jonathan Rea, who has offered us so much in all terms. At KRT we think riders are the spearhead of our effort. All the team is geared towards bringing them the best weapons because, once the lights go out, it's all in their hands. They are the magicians that make dreams possible. Together, we'll do our best." Biel Roda, KRT's Marketing and PR Director, stated: "The support of our main partners has been crucial. Showa now joins our main partners list along with Monster Energy, Elf and Motocard. Motocard has been supporting Provec Racing since the very first days, back in 2006. It is, one of the biggest online shops for motorcycling gear in Europe and they have always funded the sport. The same goes for Elf: you all know the large racing heritage of this lubricant brand, which has very strong commercial ties with Kawasaki and supply us with magnificent products to increase our performance since the very beginning of the KRT adventure in Superbike racing. Monster Energy joined us in 2015, you all know Monster, more than just an energy drink, it's a lifestyle; thanks also for making us part of this cool attitude to racing."

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Jan 28, 2019

Rea Fastest As Haslam Goes Fourth

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have now completed the European-based legs of their winter testing program, with Rea setting the fastest lap and Haslam ending another successful test fourth overall. After a positive test at a partially resurfaced Jerez just a few days ago the entire KRT team arrived at Portimao ready for two more days of action, at what is a very different track design and layout from its Spanish equivalent. Undulating and featuring many blind corners, Portimao is an exciting track for the riders and almost unique in terms of its character compared to the other WorldSBK circuits. This outing was the first opportunity for Haslam to ride his official Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR at the 4.592km track near the Algarve coast. Portimao features as a round of the championship itself again this year, in early September, which added another layer of significance to the final days of the European winter test season. Rea tried out a qualifying rear tire to set a best lap earlier today and then went out again and bettered it, to leave with an untouchable 1'40.885 lap time. He was almost a second faster than the second quickest rider Alex Lowes. A late fall on his very last lap, shortly after performing a practice start, left Rea uninjured and fully ready to take on the next challenges in Australia. Haslam's best lap of the test was a 1'42.144, set on a qualifying tire. His impressive best time on a race tire was only just 0.1 seconds slower, after he got interrupted when going for a final quick lap on a Q tire. Rea and Haslam also had the first chance to use the new Pirelli SCX rear tire, designed for the new initiative of a ten lap Sunday morning 'sprint' race in WorldSBK, which will feature in addition to the traditional full distance races on Saturday and Sunday. With the new Ninja ZX-10RR having been tested by Rea and Haslam at three different tracks now, on four different occasions in all, the results have been positive for both riders and Kawasaki technical staff. The next track sessions will be the official organizers' tests at Phillip Island in Australia, shortly before the first round of the championship. The final preseason tests will take place on Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th of February. Jonathan Rea, stated: "It has been a super-positive test. We came from the Jerez and I was still understanding the bike and the asphalt there. It made it difficult to understand the work we had done over the winter. But coming here we had quite a neutral platform to work with and a lot of data. Although the temperatures did not get into a perfect operating window it gave us a consistent effort over two days. We confirmed the chassis items we tested at Jerez, and electronically we worked a bit better. We started to work on our race performance. I was really happy with how I felt with a lot of laps on the tire compared to last this time last year. I got to try a qualifier at the end of the day and that felt quite good and I was really fast with it. This test ticked every box, just a couple of little items we could have re-checked and gone over. But the priorities were done and we got to try some new Pirelli tires as well." Leon Haslam, stated: "A good test for us and we made a step with the lap time. I made a 1'42.2 with a race tire, which I was really happy with. I did not get any benefit from using the soft tire mainly because with the first chance to go faster there was a red flag and for the second one I got rained on. I never really got a chance to go for one lap again. That was a little bit frustrating but on the race tire times I was really happy. I made some good steps and tried a few things, including a different front tire for the first time, which I felt was a bit better. We only had one of them so I could not put it toward an even better lap time. But I was consistently in the 1'42s, so I am pretty happy with things." Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am really happy because we have been improving since yesterday morning. Here we confirmed some items that were on the list, mainly with the balance of the chassis. The new engine has a small difference in the character on corner entry or corner exit, and the revs are different, which also changes the character a bit. This also affects the chassis and we tried to put it all together. Honestly speaking we made a step forward and Johnny was flying. On the race tires we made a lot of laps and after many laps it was we were still doing very strong times. The tire wear was good and overall everything was very good." Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Leon Haslam, stated: "I am very satisfied because this was the final day before moving to Phillip Island. We managed to do a 1'42.2 on race tires, and not in the first lap, after a couple of laps. We made some progress on set-up for the Portimao race weekend but that is not just what we were here for. We are here to improve the base machine and introduce some items that we tested already in Jerez, and reconfirmed at this track. Leon feels happy with his bike. Of course we know that this is a very special track, not the average racetrack we face during the season. You can try to make a base set-up here but it is just a waste of time. A good lap and consistency on race tire means we are ready for Phillip Island and I am looking forward to it." 2018 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182018: Races 25, Wins 17, Podiums 22, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 71 (56 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 134 (92 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2018: Races: 4, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 39 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 127 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 380 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 81 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Nov 15, 2018

First Winter Test Complete For KRT

New KRT riding line-up Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam completed their first winter test sessions on the 2019 Ninja ZX-10RR at Motorland Aragon, with Rea going fastest of all and Haslam working well during his first contact with his new team.On a dry first day of testing, on Wednesday the 14th of November, four-time WorldSBK champion Rea demonstrated some serious pace to set a best lap time of 1'49.668, drawing an impressive early line in the sand for others to match. New inductee to the KRT squad Leon Haslam was in confident and positive mood on his full-time return to the WorldSBK paddock, improving with every session on day one before wet weather prevented any track action on day two. Rea's technical crew used this test to make back-to-back comparisons between the 2018 and 2019 official WorldSBK machines, with Rea stating that he feels there is a lot of potential in the new bike already. Rea set his fastest lap times on the 2019 machine. BSB champion Haslam worked between two base settings on his 2019 WorldSBK spec machines, making one clear choice of direction but then losing some track time to a minor technical issue just after lunch. Leon still set an impressive 1'51.479 lap on his first day back in the paddock he knows well from his earlier WorldSBK career. Rains arrived early today and continuing throughout, so the decision was made not to take to the track. Jerez de la Frontera in Spain will be the venue for the final KRT test before the winter break, with track sessions scheduled for the 26th and the 27th of November. Jonathan Rea, stated: "Day two of our test was cut short by wet weather so we were not able to refine the base set-up of our new 2019 Ninja ZX-10RR - but first impressions were positive after back-to-back tests with the 2018 machine. It is clear that the potential of the 2019 bike is much higher. To achieve that potential we need to delve into more set-up changes and that will require more time. It needs a bit more of a base setting because the new engine character has more power and more potential, especially under acceleration and on the brakes. That requires a little bit of a different riding style, so I need to understand that together with all my crew, in the next weeks. It was a simple back-to-back test here but in Jerez we can start to test more items with the chassis, electronics and some engine components." Leon Haslam, stated: "The test was positive and I am getting to know all the guys in the team. We missed some track time on the opening day, but even then it could have not gone any better. We got quicker each time we went out and the pace was quite competitive, considering we were not looking for that. We were just evaluating and understanding things. We are taking it step-by-step and we have another two days at Jerez to test again before the winter break. So far, so good." Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "Our test was good. With our new engine upgrade we have some new parts and it 'talks' differently to the rider. That needs time for us to understand how to give the best to Johnny, especially in terms of feeling. Apart from that, his lap times were really fast and we have already collected positive information. It is a shame that is was raining today and we decided not to test in the wet. All the items we needed to try need dry conditions, or else you cannot understand them properly." Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Leon Haslam, stated: "I was very happy and confident from the very beginning of the tests. We have a BSB champion in our house with a lot of experience on different bikes, different championships and different tyres. Day one went very well. We had two different bike set-ups to put us in the correct direction for chassis development. He clearly chose one of them and with some minor changes towards the end of day one, Leon was in the ballpark with our closest competition, who had won several races in the past few years. So from this point of view I am very happy, but unfortunately day two was wet. After this single day on track and with the positive results, we are confident we will continue doing well in Jerez." 2018 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017 & 20182018: Races 25, Wins 17, Podiums 22, Superpoles 2Career Race Wins: 71 (56 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 134 (92 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 16 (12 for Kawasaki) Leon Haslam:2018: Races: 4, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 5 (0 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 39 (1 for Kawasaki)Career Poles: 3 (0 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)4 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 127 – second overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 380 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 81 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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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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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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