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Jul 24, 2018

Haslam To Join KRT In 2019

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

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Jul 12, 2018

Team Green On The Pace In Final 8-Hour Testing

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

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Jul 8, 2018

Okubo Takes Best Result So Far

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

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Jul 8, 2018

Rea Records Another Double With Sykes Fifth

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

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Jul 8, 2018

Bastianelli Wins As Carrasco Keeps Points Lead

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

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Jun 24, 2018

Second Win At Laguna For Rea

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

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Jun 23, 2018

Rea Wins Again With Sykes Seventh

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

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Jun 11, 2018

Rea And KRT Join Forces Again

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Jun 10, 2018

Khan And Sanchez Podium As Carrasco Still Leads

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

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Jun 10, 2018

Points For Okubo After Morais Finds Misfortune

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

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Jun 10, 2018

Second Day Bad Luck for KRT Duo

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

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Jun 9, 2018

Rea Takes 60th Win And New Record

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

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May 29, 2018

Carrasco Wins Again And Deroue Sixth

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

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May 29, 2018

Ninth For Morais At Donington

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

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May 29, 2018

Double Podium Finish For KRT’s Home Riders

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

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May 14, 2018

Record Equalling Double For Rea As Sykes Podiums

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

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May 14, 2018

Warm Send-Off For Sofuoglu On His Final Weekend

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

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May 14, 2018

Carrasco Wins As Deroue Crashes Out

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

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Apr 22, 2018

Sykes Wins As Kawasaki Takes 1-2

After a start-to-finish win from pole position Tom Sykes (KRT) secured his first WorldSBK race victory since Misano in 2017 in emphatic fashion, heading up a KRT 1-2. Championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) finished a strong second today, despite launching from the third row of the grid after winning the first Assen race on Saturday.Securing what his first but Kawasaki's fourth WorldSBK race victory of the year, 2013 world champion Sykes got back to his very best today, running clear of his early rivals and maintaining a remarkably consistent high pace throughout. He started from pole on Sunday as he had finished fourth on day one, and made the very best of his opportunity. After a trademark front-running Sykes win Tom enjoyed a final margin of victory of 5.445 seconds and his second podium finish of the 2018 season. Rea was fourth after one lap, then third after four laps, before taking second place on lap six. By that stage Sykes had already opened up a gap of 3.5 seconds, which grew as Jonathan had to defend his position at one stage. Maintaining his own high pace, Rea had to fight off the attentions of eventual third place finisher Michael van der Mark in the middle of the 21-lap race. Jonathan reasserted himself to keep his rival two seconds behind at the flag and secure his sixth podium in eight races. After showing real Ninja spirit all through a gloriously warm and sunny race weekend in the Netherlands, Rea leaves with an extended championship lead and Tom has propelled himself up to fifth in the championship, just two points behind fourth place. Rea now has 159 points, Davies 129, Melandri 115, van der Mark 103 and Sykes 101. The next round will be held at Imola in Italy with race days on 12th and 13th May. Tom Sykes, stated: "The Ninja ZX-10RR today was great on a clear track. I was disappointed with yesterday's race, for a number a reasons. But what can I say about the win today? Big thanks to my family, friends and ultimately the crew. I have not had an easy time in the last 18 months or so, but the good thing is that Marcel is not just my crew chief, but also such an amazing friend. He has helped me and gently reminded me of where we have come from in the past, and how we got to where we are now. I knew that the results have not justified the efforts we have put in until now. I also knew last night that a little bit of magic and the Sykes' spark was there. I think there is no doubt in my speed and today we converted that into all 21 laps. I am very, very happy for this and it was quite emotional to win today." Jonathan Rea, stated: "My track position did not help in the beginning. I wasted a lot of tyre life and energy coming from ninth. When I had free track I could see that the gap remained constant. I also ran into some issues with vibration, backing in and the bike becoming a bit unstable. I managed my own race then and totally accepted that today was not going to be my day. Tom was stronger but my race was compromised by my ninth place start. You cannot give a guy like Tom pole position after his pace yesterday. Kudos to him and his team they did a great job, and I can take my points and march on to Imola pretty happy. I have a 30-point lead. It was target achieved at this round and I am feeling better with the bike each week." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 8, Wins 3, Podiums 6, Superpoles 1 Career Race Wins: 57 (42 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 118 (76 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 15 (11 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 8, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 1 Career Race Wins: 34 (34 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 102 (101 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 43 (43 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 113 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 356 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 75 – second overall #NinjaSpirit

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Apr 22, 2018

Disappointment For Okubo And Morais

Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and his teammate Sheridan Morais experienced an unfortunate race day in Assen after they collided on the second lap of the race. Both riders attempted to restart but were forced out of the final classification.Having qualified ninth, Morais was tenth on lap one, until an attempted pass from Okubo in turn five resulted in a collision and then a fall for both riders. In the championship standings Morais is 16thwith nine points from his lone finish in Motorland Aragon last weekend. Okubo has two points and is ranked 26th in the championship after four races. After their luckless weekend in the Netherlands the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team will reconvene at home, at a very different kind of classic and atmospheric circuit to Assen, Imola in Italy. Race day is on May 13th. Hikari Okubo, stated: "I want to say I am very sorry to the team because I made a big mistake, crashed, and hit my team-mate in a very bad way. After this race I will have a lot of things to think about. Very sorry again." Sheridan Morais, stated: "I did not really get to race as it was over after one lap. Hikari, I guess, tried to pass or made a mistake or something and rode into me in turn five. That made me crash and it was a quick end to my day. It is difficult to know what we could have expected from this race because of that." With some regular riders out, the top ESS rider was also the top Kawasaki finisher, Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer), at his home round. He was seventh, making this the best race finish of his career in WorldSSP. Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) was 13th and scored points at his home round as a result. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 17th and Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary Team Kawasaki) 19th. Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) and Lachlan Epis (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) could not get to the finish today, both experiencing technical issues. Series regular Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) could not start the race after suffering a forearm injury on Friday.

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Apr 22, 2018

Deroue Leads Championship On Ninja 400

After an incredibly hectic last lap in the Assen race of the WorldSSP300 championship race a third place finish for local rider Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) saw him take the championship lead after two rounds.Having started from tenth place Deroue was third in the race, by just 0.421 seconds after 12 laps of incredibly close action. He was part of a five-rider finishing group that contained three Kawasaki runners. Added to his second place finish in round one at Motorland Aragon last weekend, Deroue has a four point championship advantage despite recent balancing rule changes that have affected the on-track performance of all the Kawasaki Ninja 400s in this class. Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was fourth, and Walid Khan (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) was fifth, the latter 0.814 seconds from the winner as the final lap unfolded and multiple passing manoeuvres were made. Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) and Tom Edwards (Nutec - Benjan Kawasaki) both fell in pursuit of glory in the final lap, but Darren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was seventh, 1.7 seconds down after an incredible race held in outstandingly sunny conditions. Deroue's Dutch teammate Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) had to retire from his home race. After two intense rounds in which the Ninja 400 has proven itself so well already the next race will take place at Imola, Italy, with raceday on Sunday 13th May. Scott Deroue, stated: "Of course I knew there would be a big front pack in this race and because of my bad grid position I was eager to be with the leaders. I succeeded and showed them that I was feeling strong this weekend. Staying out of trouble was my main objective, and that's not an easy task in this class. Although I couldn't take the victory I'm glad that I took a rostrum in front of my home crowd. I know the season just begun, but it's nice to be the leader of the championship after two rounds."

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Apr 21, 2018

Morais Top Kawasaki Qualifier At Assen

Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will start Sunday's 18-lap WorldSSP race at Assen from the third row of the grid, having ended Superpole 2 in ninth place. Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 12th in Superpole and will be on the fourth row at the start of the fourth race of the 2018 season. Assen has witnessed unseasonably warm air temperatures since the start of the weekend on Friday morning, allowing Hikari and Sheridan to work well with their technical crews as they look for their optimum race settings. Sheridan, who was the top Kawasaki rider after Superpole qualifying, is still looking for one lap pace in what is only his second race for the team, but he is confident he has a good base set-up to take on 18 fast laps on Sunday. Okubo was looking to be on one of the front two rows after today but he still aims to finish inside the top six on race day, as he takes part in his fourth race for his Kawasaki Puccetti team. Hikari Okubo, stated: "In Superpole my final position was 12th so I am not happy because my target was a top six grid position. Now I am on the fourth row but we had two small problems in Superpole so I lost a lot of time. But it is OK, because I made big work to change the front suspension settings and it is coming good. I will try another setting change tomorrow and think about how it will be in the race. The race needs consistency, not just one good lap. I will be trying to finish inside the top six on Sunday." Sheridan Morais, stated: "Again a good day for race set-up and doing a lot of laps, just like we did on Friday. Not so strong for one lap and for Superpole, but we were still only half a second off being on the front row. We are quite close and the confident part is that we can do a lot of laps like this. So I think we are strong for the race and I am really appreciative of my team and my bike." Local rider and ESS competitor Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) used the impetus of his Dutch fan base to go 11th in Superpole 2, to be the leading ESS rider on show. Another Dutch rider, Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) was 18th on the grid. Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 21st in qualifying, Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 23rd, Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary Team) 25th and Lachlan Epis (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 27th. After his crash in Friday top competitor Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was ruled out of further action after breaking his wrist.

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Apr 21, 2018

Rea Equals Assen Race Wins Record

Under sunny skies KRT rider Jonathan Rea won his 12th WorldSBK race at the classic Assen circuit today, extending his championship lead and closing in on the all-time win total by taking his 57th career victory. Tom Sykes (KRT) showed fully competitive lap speed in the race but despite closing in on the leading group, he finished just off the podium in fourth place. In uncharacteristically warm and dry conditions, which blessed both opening days of the Assen WorldSBK weekend, Jonathan Rea showed his affinity with the historic Assen circuit by leading across the line for all but two laps. He was to win the race by an eventual 0.981 seconds from local man Michael van der Mark, who led for two laps. Jonathan's third race victory of the year came after some good work in practice and qualifying, and being able to improve the pace in warm conditions, making a gap that he could control in the final few laps of the 4.542km long circuit. Rea's win was his third of the season and takes him to within two victories of the outright record of 59, held by family friend Carl Fogarty. This was Jonathan's 75th podium for Kawasaki. He is now the second rider, in his own right, in terms of career podiums, with 117. Just 1.413 seconds from the race one win Tom Sykes just needed a better first few laps to have joined in with the podium celebrations, after offering a consistently strong pace on his Ninja ZX-10RR. Having started the race sixth after Superpole qualifying, then going to seventh place for eight laps, Tom was able to pass some of his main rivals to get up to fourth and score valuable points in the process. With race one completed the KRT riders will take part in race two at Assen, on Sunday 22nd April, at 13.00 CET. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I enjoyed that race. I had two or three small attempts to break the group but it just wasn't happening. I preferred to be at the front of the race anyway, to manage things in the places I was strong. I knocked back a little bit in case I was not able to make a gap in the last laps. I think with four to go I started to make a couple of strong lap times and that just broke the gap to the others. I was quite lucky because on the last lap I made a little mistake at T8 but by that stage I had already made the gap. I was super-happy because we arrived here with the bike that was quite strong at the start. With consistent weather on Friday I was able to do two race simulations to understand how the tires would be at the end today." Tom Sykes, stated: "Fourth in the race was a case of having to start a bit behind today, as the race set-up we had was good. The speed was pretty good. We possibly missed out a little bit on initial lap times, but our bike stayed very consistent. In the end we had race winning levels of performance but I just got stuck behind Chaz, who rides differently to some of the other guys I passed earlier. Alex, Marco and Xavi, those guys I could make passes on but Chaz was on a different line and to get him – I wasn't able to do it today. He can stop better and the acceleration of his bike is very strong. We lost out there but in some of the flowing stuff we had a big advantage. Tomorrow we will just try and take advantage of what will be pole position on the race two grid." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 7, Wins 3, Podiums 5, Superpoles 1 Career Race Wins: 57 (42 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 117 (75 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 15 (11 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 7, Wins 0, Podiums 1, Superpoles 1 Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 101 (100 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 43 (43 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 112 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 354 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 75 – second overall

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Apr 16, 2018

Masterful Race One Win For Rea In Spain

RACE 1Jonathan Rea (KRT) demonstrated all his race craft and experience to win his second race of the season from a front row grid position in a restarted WorldSBK race, finally heading off a battling group of Ducati riders. Front row qualifier Tom Sykes (KRT) could not translate his strong pace into passing opportunities and slipped from fourth to seventh, before recovering a place on the final lap to finish sixth.Despite a relative lack of top end power, because of limits on the maximum revs allowed under the new 2018 technical regulations, Rea found that constant improvements to his set-up through the practice sessions, and a wise tyre choice for the cool track conditions, allowed him to break the sometimes strong challenge of others and win by 1.450 seconds. The planned 18-lap race was stopped after a few laps, after a three rider collision, making the eventual 17-lap restart a nervous time for all. Rea led for 13 of the 17 laps, but most crucially at the end. He upped his pace with a clear track ahead and takes a 14 point championship lead into race two, on Sunday 15th April. Sykes was also well in contention in the early laps of Saturday's race but the combination of not quite enough corner exit acceleration to overtake, and other riders holding him up in the corners, saw him drop back from the leading group. He still pushed all the way to the flag for a top six finish and ten more valuable championship points. Sykes will now look to find a set-up and a strategy to overcome his first day issues and get into contention for a podium finish on Sunday at the 5.077km circuit in Spain, when significantly warmer weather conditions than today are expected to arrive. "These track conditions suited us perfectly today," said Rea. "The tyres worked well in these weather conditions. I managed to find a good rhythm and I was confident, especially at the end of the race, when I knew we would be strong. I saw this race as our chance from the start. I thought that all the cards were on our side, so I just tried to be clean. I made a couple of little mistakes, and when Xavi Fores came past me it more about trying to understand where he was strong, and then improve. Mid corner, I feel like our bike is a little bit stronger. So all that first section of the track, where it is more flowing, I felt really strong. I am enjoying riding the bike.""A strange race and I am obviously disappointed but I am struggling in some places," said Sykes. "When I get in a group I have so much potential in a lot of areas of the track, but I find myself running into the back of other riders. It looks like we are taking a lot of good things from our chassis. We have worked hard and we are taking the best from our bike set-up. But we are giving away too much in acceleration. So many times our corner entry and speed is very good but we cannot get out of the turns as well. Even in the slipstream, on this very, very long straight downhill, I can only start to keep the same speed in the last 50 to 100 metres. It takes all that time to build up our speed. With a few laps to go I got a little bit of clear track and made a 1'51.6 lap time. On the lap before I was on the back of another rider and I was one second slower. Jonathan has done a good job. I think the secret for me now is to try to keep towards the front because the moment you have three bikes in front and couple behind, when I try to line up the guy in front I get passed by the guy behind. We need to really try to understand that now and not let it affect us."RACE 2Jonathan Rea (KRT) added to his race one WorldSBK victory at Motorland Aragon with a second place today in race two, to extend his championship lead to 12 points. Tom Sykes (KRT) had a tough afternoon and finished sixth in the second race of a busy weekend.With three riders eventually competing for the second race victory in Spain Rea continued to pressurise eventual winner Chaz Davies on the final lap, after Marco Melandri had suddenly dropped back to a distant third. Rea was to run wide into the entry of the chicane at turn 12 and lose his chance to attack Davies on the long final corner. Rea was just 1.184 seconds back at the flag, for his fourth podium finish of the 2018 season. In warmer and sunnier conditions today than Saturday, the small advantages that Rea felt had helped him win race one were reduced a little. He also had to fight his way forward in the first lap from a third row starting position, under the reverse grid rules that operate for race two. He is now 12 points clear of Davies in the championship table, with arguably Jonathan's favourite round at Assen coming up in just a few days time. For Tom Sykes a change in weather and a front row starting position did not help him overcome an unlucky start and he was ninth after one lap. He worked his way back to sixth at the flag, despite experiencing issues with turning in the longer corners. Tom is seventh in the championship after Aragon. The next round of the championship will take place at Assen next weekend, with races on 21st and 22nd April. "I threw everything into the last lap but I overcooked it into turn 12," said Rea. "But it was fun! The set-up was pretty good, although I was struggling to stop a little bit after the rear tyre had dropped in grip; then I had reduced corner entry traction. It seemed like Chaz had the same thing but when he was making mistakes he could keep the same lap time. It seems like right now we have to be very precise all through the race, but I enjoyed it today. I had no information on how the race would pan out with the tyre choice we made, and the rise in temperature. I did not know what to expect at the end but I was really happy. I had some good tyre left and was still able to fight. Now we move onto Assen.""I am really suffering with turning the bike and it is a shame," said Sykes. "We are good in some areas but overall, in the long corners, I really suffered in turning and finishing off the corner. It is disappointing but I suppose it has been one of those weekends. We never got the answer and the race set-up. I am surprised at this because on Friday we had something but obviously everybody else has improved and we didn't. I had some limit on the front tyre but overall we just missed a little bit of turning and I was not able to utilise the full grip from the rear tyre because of this. Today I could not get much more from myself and I am disappointed for this."

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Apr 16, 2018

Double Podium Score For New Kawasaki Ninja 400

The first WorldSSP300 championship race of the 2018 season took place at Motorland Aragon on Sunday 15th April with the new Ninja 400 scoring two podium places, and dominating the top ten positions overall.Scott Deroue (Motoport Kawasaki) only missed out on the race win by 0.031 seconds, with third placed Mika Perez (Kawasaki ParkinGO team) just 0.125 seconds from the race winner Koen Meuffels. In a final leading group of eight machines, after 11-laps, six were Kawasakis, and all covered by less than half a second. It was a truly thrilling race in a class that is just one season old, enjoying its global debut in 2017. Deroue's Dutch team-mate Robert Schotman (Motoport Kawasaki) was fifth in Spain, and proven race winner in 2017 Ana Carrasco (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) was sixth, having led at two separate points in the race.Darren Loureiro (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) placed eighth, just 0.819 seconds from the win, and almost eight seconds ahead of the next rider. The WorldSSP300 class has a highly over-subscribed grid entry as it provides affordable racing in a full status FIM World Championship, over eight events. The next round of the championship takes place in a few days' time, at the classic Assen circuit in the Netherlands, with raceday on Sunday April 22nd."This is a nice feeling, to begin the season with a rostrum," said Duroue. "I started the race pretty good, but it was difficult to hold on to first position. At the back end of the group I needed to fight back and I succeeded with just some laps to go. On the last one I got in front and I knew some riders would pass me on the back straight. But I couldn't do anything else, because I knew I wasn't fast enough to overtake other riders with a slipstream. I wanted the podium, so I tried my best to stay in front. Koen passed me, but I'm really satisfied with this second position. My strategy worked, so that's good. I really look forward to Assen and I hope I can give my own Dutch supporters another rostrum.""I'm very pleased with the weekend," said Carracso. "Throughout the race I felt very good and I had a strong rhythm. I managed to stay in the leading pack throughout the race and led several laps. In the end I had a slight knock with another rider, which raised the gear lever and made me lose a few positions. Even so the sensations are very positive. I'd like to thank all my team for giving me a very competitive bike during the weekend, to Kawasaki for all the work and to all the sponsors. Now we have to get ready for the next race, in Assen next week."

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Apr 16, 2018

Morais Seventh After Strong Ride In Aragon

Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) took part in his first race of 2018 as a stand in for the injured Kenan Sofuoglu and secured a positive seventh place finish, having been fifth until three laps from the end of the 16-lap race. Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was heading for a top ten placing today but a technical issues caused him to retire.Having not ridden competitively since November of 2017 Sheridan Morais was unsure of how he would finish in today's race - making his eventual seventh place a real reward for all his and his team's efforts. He had also qualified seventh in Superpole on Saturday. Sheridan made a good start to the race and was sixth on lap one, fifth on lap eight, and hanging onto the back of the leading pack around the long and varied 5.077km circuit in northern Spain. He only dropped his best pace near the end and was finally passed by two riders, ending up seventh and scoring nine points as a result. He will be back in action for the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team at the next round, next week, at Assen. New team regular rider Okubo was in a strong seventh place on track after eight laps, but a loss of power at low revs forced Okubo to slow his pace. It eventually became an issue that caused Hikari to pull over and retire from what was a promising race, riding not far behind the leading runners. Now all the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team staff will head for the fourth round of the year, to be held at Assen in the Netherlands next weekend. Raceday will be Sunday 22nd April. "It was surprisingly good today especially for the first half of the race," said Morais. "I was managing to stay at the front, stay competitive, and I felt like we have worked well all weekend. The bike was really strong entering the turns. I was losing a little bit on the exits, and that is something we will work on for Assen. The thing that let me down was actually mental fitness. Towards the end of the race I ran off track three times. I was out-braking myself and making silly mistakes but I expected worse, because I have not raced for such a long time. Qatar at the end of last year was my most recent race. Fifth was in the bag for us at one stage but we still got seventh, so it wasn't bad, really." "I was feeling good but in the first lap I made a little mistake and hit another rider," said Okubo. "But I kept ninth position in the early laps. I could watch the race in the top group so I tried hard to join, and I had a little bit of a fight with Kyle Smith. Then I had a strange feeling after five laps with my bike and no power at low RPM. I tried to change my riding to keep a constant lap time but in the end it destroyed my front tyre, and some chattering started. I was sliding a lot and then there was a drop in power, so I stopped. It was not a happy result but the lap time was not so bad in the beginning. I think my position to fight is about sixth to ninth." Privateer Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) rode hard for ninth place with ESS competitor Rob Hartog (Team Hartog Against Cancer) 1.5 seconds behind, and completing the top ten. Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) secured 14th place and his fellow regular rider Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 17th at his home round. Peter Sebestyen (SSP Hungary Team) placed 21st, Wayne Tessels (Chromeburner Wayne's Racingteam MTM) in his wheel tracks in 22nd and Lachlan Epis (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) ended up 24th and the final finisher.

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Mar 25, 2018

Okubo Falls But Finishes As Wildcard Scores Strongly

Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was unfortunate to fall on the last lap of the WorldSSP race in Thailand as he tried to close out a well-deserved top ten finish. He re-started to finish 19th. Wildcard rider Thitipong Warokorn (Core Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team) was the top Kawasaki finisher today, in a fine fifth place.Hot conditions arrived in force on Sunday at the Chang International Circuit, with the air temperature recorded at 34°C. I made for a hard race for Okubo and his fellow Kawasaki riders. Getting into sixth place on lap one, Okubo gradually went back to ninth place before a last corner fall stopped his chance of scoring points. His determination to restart took him to an eventual 19th place. Replacing injured regular rider Kenan Sofuoglu this weekend, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished 16th in the 17-lap race. He missed out on a points score by just one single finishing position. The next round on the calendar takes place in Spain, at Motorland Aragon, between 13th and 15th April. Hikari Okubo, stated: "It was a very tough race but my start was not so bad, as I went from ninth place to sixth. I tried to push hard but the top group were fast every lap so my group was a little bit behind. In the last seven laps I had a drop in tire performance but I never gave up and pushed again near the end. In the last corner of the last lap I tried to overtake another rider but I lost the front and crashed. I want to say sorry to the team for that but this race was very important because I found a good feeling again. The next race is Aragon and I like it there. I want to get a podium." Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, stated: "I feel happy to finish the race but it was a very difficult weekend in some ways. It was my first time with a Supersport bike, plus the suspension and tires were all new for me, so I had to adapt to a lot of things. I did not have so much time to understand more things with the bike. It was difficult but I am happy to have finished the race. The experience with the team was great and I would like to say thank you very much to Kawasaki Puccetti Racing for my chance to ride this bike. I gained a lot of experience because this is a top team in the world championship. It was an honor to be here and working with them. I hope I can get more chances like this in the future." Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was unable to stay in contention on the straights but recorded a more than creditable sixth place, winning a last lap battle on his way to ten championship points. Regular WorldSSP rider Lachlan Epis (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) had a crash and could not finish. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) also fell and got back on to ride to the pits, but finally retired. In his first WorldSSP race as a stand-in rider for the injured Michael Canducci, Ted Collins (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was 22nd.

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Mar 25, 2018

Rea Fights Back To Lead The Championship

Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a strong finish after a challenging second race in hot conditions at the Chang International Circuit, following up his opening day win with a battling fourth place despite experiencing issues under braking. Tom Sykes (KRT) had a technical issue with the front end of his machine and dropped through the field from his front row starting position to record a rare no-score.Starting from the third row today, under the reverse grid rules first brought into play last season, race one winner Rea had to fight hard from the start. He occasionally ran on or lost track position as he experienced braking issues at what was already the most challenging circuit on the calendar in this regard. Summoning up all his determination and skills, Rea managed to maintain a high level of pace and even overtake a rider in the final three laps to score fourth place. Sykes felt a problem with his front end early in the race and went from third position on the grid to ninth in a single lap, then pulling out after completing seven laps rather than risk a potential crash. Even being limited in his ambitions today, Rea leaves the Chang International Circuit with a two-point championship lead after four races. Jonathan has 69 points, with former championship leader Marco Melandri on 67. Sykes' race two misfortunes leave him seventh in the points with 43, but with 11 rounds and 22 races left in the championship chase. The next round will take place in Spain, at the Motorland Aragon circuit, between 13th and 15th April. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I think my problem today must have been a similar problem to Tom yesterday. It is what it is. After a very difficult Phillip Island we can go away from here with a first and a fourth, and leading the championship, so it was not a disaster. I am frustrated but with a smile on my face because at least the bike was good and this is the worst track for brakes. Everyone is pushing really hard so when the going gets tough the tough get going. I felt like today I could have fought for the win again, but it is what it is." Tom Sykes, stated: "From the first laps in free practice at Buriram, I felt on form, just like I was in Phillip Island. After Superpole I felt ready for the races. I think at that stage the overall potential of the bike was capable of fighting for the win. But then it was an absolute disaster, through no fault of my own. I have got to try and pick up now for the next race at Motorland Aragon." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 4, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 1 Career Race Wins: 55 (40 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 114 (72 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 15 (11 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 4, Wins 0, Podiums 1, Superpoles 1 Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 101 (100 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 43 (43 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 110 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 351 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 75 – second overall

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Mar 25, 2018

Kawasaki Confirms Official Suzuka 8hr Rider Line Up

Keen to capture success in one of the world's most prestigious races, Kawasaki has unveiled a formidable rider line up for the motorcycle endurance event that takes place at the famous 5.8km long Suzuka circuit in Japan across the weekend of 28 and 29 July.With current world superbike champion, Jonathan Rea as one member of an impressive three-rider team, the other two spaces are filled by British Superbike championship star, Leon Haslam with rising Asian star Kazuma Watanabe as the final squad member. As the official Kawasaki Team Green entry, the riders have an enviable track record in this and other racing classes including three world superbike titles and one Suzuka 8hr win for Rea, two Suzuka 8hr wins and world superbike race wins for Haslam and the Japanese JSB1000 experience for Watanabe. Aboard the highly regarded Ninja ZX-10RR, the bid for success is underpinned by many laps of testing in preparation for an event which is traditionally very demanding of rider and machine with a high attrition rate as Rea explains. "Suzuka is the biggest test for man and machine. It's like an emotional roller coaster during the race and I am very excited to go back this season," commented the three-time world superbike champion. For Haslam – and his years of Suzuka experience, the race is of great significance commenting that. "Suzuka is very challenging circuit and it really suits the characteristics of the bike itself. Being part of Team Green and riding the ZX-10RR is a dream come true. Talented Japanese rider Watanabe is understandably optimistic for Suzuka saying. "For this year's Suzuka 8hr we are fielding our strongest team yet. We will be pushing for the win so be sure to cheer for Team Green" A win at Suzuka, on their "home soil" has a special significance for Japanese manufacturers and can also act as a springboard for other marketing activities according to the head of the motorcycle marketing department at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Eiko Kirino. "There is worldwide interest in the Suzuka 8hr and to achieve success is highly newsworthy across Asia in particular. We wish Kawasaki Team Green well and hope that Jonathan, Leon and Kazuki reach the top step of the podium in July".

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Mar 1, 2018

Kawasaki Road Racing Contingency Program Set for 2018

With spring right around the corner and racing season heating up, Kawasaki's Road Racing Contingency is back for 2018, with over $2 million up for grabs. Racers competing on a wide variety of Kawasaki Ninja® models are eligible to win green, when they ride green."Kawasaki's Ninja lineup is primed for another great season on the track," said Kawasaki Senior Manager of Racing Dan Fahie. "Our Ninja lineup carries the same DNA as the 4-time and reigning World Superbike Champion Ninja ZX™-10RR and we are excited to support Kawasaki riders across all classes." 2018 Kawasaki Road Racing Contingency Events Total Posted AMA MotoAmerica 10 $1,072,050 American Federation of Motorcyclists 7 $61,775 American Sport Bike Racing Association – ASRA 8 $30,600 Championship Cup Series 40 $386,300 Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association 7 $21,350 Central Motorcycle Road Racing Association -CMRA 10 $68,000 Central Road Racing Association – CMA 6 $20,400 Motorcycle Road Racing Association – MRA 7 $32,725 Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association – OMRA 14 $109,200 Utah Sport Bike Association 6 $36,600 WERA National Challenge 8 38,000 WERE Sportsman Series 24 228,150 Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association - WMRRA 5 41,500 TOTAL 182 2,146,650 For 2018, the all-new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has already been during heads on and off the track. The Ninja 400 is eligible in 21 classes, amongst 10 sanctioning bodies, including nearly $100,000 in the MotoAmerica Championship Junior Cup class. All told, the all-new Ninja 400 has more than $350,000 available to eligible racers. In addition to contingency, Kawasaki offers dealer support programs through Team Green™ dealerships. Enrolled racers who earn contingency will enjoy: Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted Contingency funds credited when results are approved Online account balance and account tracking (24 hours) Easy profile updates ATM Access (Pro riders only) Toll-Free customer service support at 1-866-535-2544 All existing Kawasaki Contingency racers must re-activate their contingency account each racing year. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency Please also check with your local Kawasaki dealer for available Kawasaki genuine race kit parts and Kawasaki dealer race support programs.

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Feb 26, 2018

Sykes Second As Rea Finishes Fifth

RACE 1The opening race of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship saw official KRT riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea finish in second and fifth places respectively, with Sykes leading for 18 of the 22 laps. Sykes' second place today took his tally of podium finishes in WorldSBK to 101 – 100 of them on Kawasaki machinery.For most of the opening race of the 2018 season Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were in podium positions on their official Ninja ZX-10RRs, until the last few laps when Sykes lost a few vital tenths due to a drop in rear traction in the high winds. Rea had more serious issues and slowed quite dramatically as his rear tire blistered and he went from second place to fifth, almost pulling into the pits at one stage to retire. Sykes had started the first race of the Phillip Island weekend from pole position, having won the first Superpole contest of the year earlier in the day. It was his 43rd career Superpole success, making him equal best-ever WorldSBK qualifier alongside Australian legend Troy Corser. Out front in the race Sykes pulled out a strong lead from the start, heading up Rea by over a second after one lap of the 4.445km circuit. He extended that lead to over 1.5 seconds, but them Rea and eventual race winner Marco Melandri drew themselves closer and closer. Sykes defended his position by responding to his pit board signals but after Rea dropped back and Sykes started to lose the very best of his rear traction, Melandri took the lead with four laps to go. Sykes scored a strong second place in the final result, over eight seconds ahead of the third placed rider, with Rea being forced into giving up two more places at the flag, to earn a hard-won fifth place finish. The second race of the new season is scheduled for 15.00 hours on Sunday 25th February."I was smiling from start to finish," said Sykes. "I had a good launch off the line on the Ninja ZX-10RR and I was really happy with the race package. We had done out homework in the test, and in free practice when we used one set of tires for two sessions. Today, with the heavy wind, I was not able to finish some of the corners as efficiently as yesterday in practice. Ultimately, that is what put the rear tyre in a kind of fatigue mode with five laps to go. Shortly after that point we started suffering with the front in turn three, and in places like the last turn. Tomorrow is another day and I am quietly confident." "I had a blister in the rear tyre from around lap 16 which was really unfortunate because until that point I felt quite good with the bike," said Rea. "It is a double edged sword because, of course, the tyre did not stand up to the job and the way I was riding, but also the way I have been riding is not 100% natural right now. I am still trying to find a good way. We have been changing the bike quite a lot to feel really comfortable. We could not make it happen. The vibrations were that much that I kept thinking I was going to crash, like Donington. It crossed my mind to come into the pits and pull out but I just nursed it through all the lefts and finished the race to salvage some points."RACE 2After a change in the regular race two format, from a straight 22-laps to a flag-to-flag contest with mandatory pit stops at half race distance, KRT's WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished second and fourth respectively. Rea's second place today made it 350 podium finishes for Kawasaki riders since the start of the championship in 1988.As a safety precaution to make sure that the race tire options would go for full race distance, the second 22-lap race at the 4.445km long Phillip Island was split into two parts, with riders forced to enter pitlane for a new rear tire during a window of three laps in the middle of the race, and having to adhere to the standard 63 second pit intervention time, which is the minimum every rider has to spend in pit lane during his tyre change at this circuit. From the off, and starting on the front row after finishing race one in fifth place, Rea was with the front group and took over the lead on lap 20. With a lower rev limit of 14,100rpm this year for the Ninja ZX-10RR, under new technical rules for the class, Rea could not quite make his last lap leading position count at the end of the long straight. Despite leading into the final corner the three-time champion was beaten by only 0.021 seconds after a unique and often breathless second WorldSBK contest of the season. Sykes, starting from the third row of the race after his race one podium finish on Saturday, was also in the leading group, pitting at a different time from Rea for a new rear tire. Tom lost some degree of performance and he finished fourth at the flag, and still just 1.488 seconds from the win. In the championship itself double race winner Marco Melandri has 50 points, Sykes 33 points and Rea 31. On a month's time the WorldSBK paddock will reconvene for the second round of the championship in Buriram, Thailand, between 23rd and 25th March. "My only chance to win the race was to try and be in the lead out of the last corner," said Rea. "On the penultimate lap and during the race they were passing me on the straight. When I got passed by Marco into T1 I just thought 'I am going to let the brakes off and go right down the apex and see what happens!' I wanted to put together the best last lap I could but all weekend we have been struggling with fourth gear. It was too long for that corner and we did not have enough drive on the exit. I could not get it done today and I made a bit of a mess of my pit exit. I completely forgot to change into second gear to release the pit rev limiter and both van der Mark and Fores came past me, so I lost track position. When we came round there were already a few riders ahead so I gave myself some work to do. I am happy to turn the page and start afresh in Thailand." "In one respect it has been very successful weekend and in another I am disappointed because I really felt that that race, potentially, was mine," said Sykes. "I had such a good feeling with the bike but unfortunately on lap three we started to have a small technical issue and for some reason the power dropped off in some sectors of the track. Apart from that the general set-up of the bike was spot-on. In one respect we were lucky to get to the end of the race and take the championship points, but honestly I felt a better result was taken away from me. But, I have to be upbeat because it is Phillip Island in windy conditions. I had a good feeling with the Ninja ZX-10RR this weekend and there are lots of positives to take from this round. I am looking at going to Thailand now and making progress through the season."

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Feb 26, 2018

Sofuoglu And Okubo Fight On

In a nine-lap WorldSSP sprint race, after the expected flag-to-flag race was stopped by a red flag incident, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Hikari Okubo secured 13th and 14thplace finishes respectively at Phillip Island.After suffering a fast crash on Saturday, Sofuoglu was ready to take the fight to the opposition, but in the single nine lap race he felt vibrations from his machine as he fought inside the top positions, and slowly dropped back, concerned about another possible tyre issue. Kenan finished with three points for 12th place, and a great desire to have better fortune when the championship heads to Thailand in late March for the next round. New Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Okubo was knocked off his bike in the first attempted running of the race, but was then fortunate to be able to make the restart after some smart repair work from his crew. Riding with his own concerns about a vibration during the race, he finished 14th and scored points in his first ride for his new team. Round two of the championship will take place on Sunday 25th March at the Buriram circuit in Thailand. Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "It was a very difficult weekend. Before Superpole, with a tyre problem that made a very big crash, it did a lot of damage to my body. I still wanted to fight today but in the race I understood that the level was strong and the pace was very fast, faster than Superpole. I pushed very hard but with four or five laps to go the bike started to have a vibration. For that reason I slowed down, and lost positions. After my fall on Saturday I had no problems with my physical condition in the race." Hikari Okubo, stated: "I got a good start in the first race start but in turn two a lot of riders were moving and changing their line, hitting my bike, so I crashed. After two laps there was a red flag and a restart to I could get onto the grid again. The bike looked like it had no big damage and the mechanics worked well to change the damaged parts. A big thanks to them for that. I pushed hard in the restart but I had a different feeling. After three laps the rear tyre had a big drop and a vibration, so I could not push. A difficult first race but a little bit lucky as I got two championship points. Not so many but it is important to always score points."Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was hugely unlucky not to score strongly in the race after demonstrating good pace in practice, suffering an early technical problem and being unable to make the restart. Local rider Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki) scored a point for 15th place today. Lachlan Epis (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) was also unlucky not to finish the race with a small technical issue, but Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) finished 18th. Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) fell and suffered a concussion, and is currently under assessment in hospital.

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Feb 20, 2018

New Season Awaits Sofuoglu And Okubo

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu and his new team-mate Hikari Okubo finished eighth and tenth fastest in the final pre-season test of the 2018 WorldSSP campaign at Phillip Island, before the racing starts for real next weekend in Australia.Five-time world champion Sofuoglu, who is now fully recovered from pelvic injures suffered in 2017, spent much of the two testing days at Phillip Island looking for an improved set-up package. As a result was unable to go for one fast lap to move beyond the top eight in the combined times, or do a final long-run to simulate real race conditions. Even though he is rebuilding confidence and full one-lap pace after missing much of the 2017 season through injury, Sofuoglu was only 0.662 seconds from the fastest test time. Japanese rider Okubo was one second behind the fastest rider of all, and ranked tenth overall in a field of 24 who took part in the official WorldSSP tests at Phillip Island. He is a new signing for the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team this year and is still finding his optimum machine set-up at this stage. Now, with the first race of the season soon to take place over 18 laps of the 4.445km circuit, the main work will be to make a tire choice and machine set-up package to last the entire race distance, at a circuit that is often very hard on the left hand side of the tires. Kenan Sofuoglu, stated: "We know our bike over many years of racing and we wanted to find the next step with the machine set-up. We went in many different directions with the bike's settings but, like in the Portimao and Jerez tests, it looks like in the end we have gone back to our basic set-up. We had a very good set-up in the past and it is not easy to improve in that package. Because we spent so much time working in that area today I only had a chance to try a race simulation yesterday. I think we finished in eighth position after the tests but we will see what happens for the race. It is always different and maybe I need to search for my confidence in the race itself. I am 100% fit to ride the bike. My 2017 injury is fixed and I do not have any problems, I am only searching for some confidence right now." Hikari Okubo, stated: "I am happy about these two days of testing because I had the chance to improve the set-up of bike. Even if this is not the first time I rode the Kawasaki - I tested in Almeria and Portimao - I just needed more time to understand the bike. Together with the team I worked to find a better set-up and to make the tires last the duration of the race. We tried a different set-up with the suspension, I made two long runs and we are probably on the right path to find a solution for the race." Anthony West (EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki) was the fastest Kawasaki rider in the tests, in fifth place after two days of dry, but windy, track action. Wildcard rider, and Australian compatriot of West, Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki) secured the 17th best time, one place up on Michael Canducci (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) in the timesheets. Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) was 21st and Lachlan Epis (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 23rd.

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Feb 20, 2018

Successful Test Prepares KRT For New Season

KRT's WorldSBK riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have now completed their pre-season preparations after the conclusion of a two day test at Phillip Island in Australia, which will be the host venue for the first round of the championship this coming weekend.Often taking place under windy conditions the tests were led in the end by Rea, setting a 1'30.598 best lap on the final day as he found the correct feel and feedback from his machine. Sykes was third quickest on his Ninja ZX-10RR, with a 1'30.804 best lap; despite suffering some discomfort from the ankle he hurt in a high side crash on the first day. Rea had also crashed on day one, and again at slow speed today, but both KRT riders will start in good shape for the first practice session of race weekend, to be held on Friday 23rd February. All Kawasaki riders will start the 2018 season with an upper rev limit of 14,100rpm. Despite this being a lower level than any of the other four-cylinder manufacturers at present, KRT now starts the season in a defiant mood after some positive testing experiences. The heavy winds that characterized this test overall were also accompanied by sunshine at times, allowing a lot of track time for the riders and teams to make their final pre-season preparations. Now the riders will have a slightly changed weekend schedule to take part in, with three practice sessions on Friday 23rd and then race one on Saturday 24th and race two on Sunday 25th. Jonathan Rea, stated: "Even though the track was not in perfect condition this afternoon we managed to put together a full race simulation and we are better equipped with that information to improve the base of the bike for the race. Unfortunately yesterday I had a big crash at T11 and gave my mechanics a lot of work. They have been working super late and hard during this test and I'm so grateful for their efforts. Also a special mention should go to Arai, Alpinestars and the physic Albert, because I woke up this morning feeling relatively ok! Now we can enjoy the build up to the weekend and keep our eye on the conditions." Tom Sykes, stated: "Overall I am third in the lap times but I am very happy. I am even happier when you consider my physical condition, after a big crash yesterday. Big thanks to the boys in the garage who worked until the early hours of the morning to be ready for today. They have given me another great bike. I have to thank Dainese and Shark for my protective equipment, and the airbag as well, as I did a few barrel rolls through the gravel in my Monday crash. I could not believe it when I woke up this morning and was ready to go. I will definitely be OK for race weekend." Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am happy with the results of this test and the job has been done. We have tried to prepare for the race weekend and compare some points. I think we have a good base to prepare for Friday's race weekend. Johnny has also been improving himself from yesterday until the end of today. He is quite confident with the bike. Now we will analyze everything and try to make another step in the right direction. We tried some different items and also some tires we tested in Jerez and Portimao. But mainly we have been trying to prepare for race weekend." Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes stated: "Most of our job was done over the previous winter tests. We worked through our complete test program then and we knew that this test in Phillip Island was only to prepare ourselves for the race. We did this and we even managed to improve our general bike setup over these four test sessions. In our initial speed we are happy but over distance we are more than happy. We have done a good job during this test and we are ready for the weekend." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 54 (39 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 112 (70 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 14 (10 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 100 (99 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 42 (42 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 109 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 348 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 73 – second overall

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Feb 12, 2018

Kawasaki Racing Team Unveils Ninja Spirit

The Kawasaki Racing Team unveiled its official 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship machinery and riding line up today, 8thFebruary, at their headquarters in Granollers, Barcelona. Kawasaki Heavy Industries' official team will once again feature three-time champion Jonathan Rea and 2013 season champion Tom Sykes aboard the latest race specification Ninja ZX-10RR.With an all-new graphics package and stunning color scheme, the 2018 race machine features prominent logos from team sponsors, including Motocard, Elf and Monster Energy. With several new technical rules imposed for 2018, including some that have already affected Kawasaki more directly than their competitors, the message for the 2018 KRT campaign is #NinjaSpirit. The spirit of accepting a challenge of striving for on-track excellence, and never giving up. The launch started early for some members of the media who had enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the recently refurbished KRT HQ and race workshops, including a Q&A session with KRT Project Leader, Yoshimoto Matsuda. Beginning in the early evening the launch featured speeches and explanations of the #NinjaSpirit approach for 2018. As well as the formal launch of the team, a new range of KRT clothing was unveiled to cover the next two seasons which will soon be available for sale. With the launch concluded there was no rest for the KRT squad and KHI, as the official machines and much of their race equipment are to be flown to Australia on Friday 9th February. Even in the face of new rules which are set to effect the class leading Ninja ZX-10RR more than the majority of machines on the grid, Kawasaki, Rea and Sykes now enter the 2018 season full of Ninja Spirit, determined to succeed no matter the odds or however many more external influences may arrive during the season. Winter testing in Europe has been completed but immediately after the launch in Barcelona the team will begin final preparations for a two-day official test against their rivals, and then the first round of the season at Phillip Island in Australia 23rd to 25th February. Jonathan Rea, the 2015, 2016 and current world champion, stated: "It is always exciting to unveil our new colors. It is when you feel like the season is kicking off for real. It is now time to go racing which I am super-excited about. KRT always pull out the stops when it comes to the team launch and they are making a big deal out of the new liveries. That gives you the feeling that you are walking into something new all the time. To be at a high level event like this makes me proud to be a Kawasaki rider." Tom Sykes, the 2013 world champion, stated: "Anything is possible this year and we have had a really good testing program, taking into account the change in the rules. At this moment I feel we are very well prepared. The launch itself at the team's HQ was absolutely fantastic and everyone involved has done a really good job. It is very fitting, and this amount of effort is a great way to start the season." Mr. Yoshimoto Matsuda, KRT Project Leader, commented: "For 2018, in order to level up the performance among the manufacturers taking part in WorldSBK, Dorna has set a new limit for the engine revolutions for all four cylinder bikes to 14700rpm, except for Kawasaki, which is limited the lowest among the four cylinder bikes at 14,100rpm. That means that we have 600rpm less than even our closest rivals. Furthermore, if the bike performs exceptionally in successive races, the limit can be lowered 250rpm further. For comparison, in 2017 we worked at 15200rpm. So, with the new rules we will have to work with 1100rpm less. Obviously, this creates a great handicap for the ZX-10RR. Having the ZX-10RR at the lowest RPM limit, we consider that Kawasaki is being challenged for being too successful. But our spirit has been always been that of a fighter. For 2018 we overhaul our working direction. Winter testing has confirmed that we are working in the correct direction and the results have been good. We know from experience that winning and keeping the victory is not easy, for sure we'll be giving our best effort and energy for this season. We never give up, we have the Ninja Spirit!" Biel Roda, KRT's Marketing and PR Director stated: "2017 has been a very profitable season for us. History has been made with a third consecutive rider title plus a third manufacturer title. We achieved 18 victories last year, our personal record in a single season. Thank you very much to all who make the Ninja Spirit become a reality that allows us to achieve our dreams." Communications and PR Manager for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Martin Lambert stated: "We want to show the wider story of the Kawasaki Racing Team. 2018 will be a challenging year. There have been changes in the technical rules of World Superbike that will demand our very highest efforts in all areas. In the face of yet another challenge we pick up the gauntlet proudly and in a positive way. KRT take this 2018 season as the best opportunity to show what continually drives them to be a successful racing project. We call this the 'Ninja Spirit'. It's a combination of competitiveness, teamwork and passion for racing. A spirit present within Kawasaki, within the staff of KRT and within all Kawasaki fans." #NinjaSpirit

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Jan 24, 2018

KRT Duo Light Up Jerez Tests

KRT's official WorldSBK championship riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea played a leading part in a two-day test session at Jerez in Spain, between 23rd and 24th January. Sykes set the fastest time of all with Rea just behind in the final rankings. A return to track testing for the KRT team provided strong results for both official riders in another new era of technical regulation. Sykes set a 1'38.889 lap time that was the best of the test, with Rea posting a 1'39.470 today to ensure a Kawasaki 1-2 in the first major opportunity to compare performance with most of their 2018 WorldSBK rivals. With a 14,100rpm maximum rev limit imposed on the Ninja ZX-10RR at the start of the 2018 season both riders worked at maximizing the potential of their machines' new engine characteristics. They also worked on items and ideas to take into the next test at Portimao in a few days' time. Sykes, the 2013 world champion, opted to use a qualifying rear tire near the end to set his outright best time but he was also fast on a full race tire set-up. He was pleased with the tire life his Ninja ZX-10RR delivered, even at the high pace he displayed throughout. For reigning and three-time champion Rea, after so much time away from his race bike in the winter break, he used this test to get back up to race pace in himself as much as make improvements in his machine set-up. After this strong showing in Spain the KRT squad will now relocate across the border to Portugal, for another two-day test at Portimao between 28th and 29th January.Tom Sykes, stated: "Of course we used a qualifying tire to our fastest time but we used it along with an old front tire. I had a small crash and credit to the boys in the team because they swapped all the suspension and everything into the second bike and I went back out on track to test something else. I was straight back into fantastic lap times. I think even on race tyres we were the fastest but that was not the target. The target was to understand the bike, and I have to say I am very happy with our performance even on very old tires. Even though the bike is moving in those conditions, the lap time is nice. I am definitely getting my head around how to ride it a little bit better and I have a different mindset this year. I am really looking forward to finishing testing off and heading over to Australia. I feel we are more prepared and ready for action." Jonathan Rea, stated: "I started to feel my flow a little bit more today. It is not that I have forgotten how to ride but it feels a little bit strange to be going really fast. But we had a positive day. We managed to confirm a lot of things and get some confidence back. There is still a little bit to work on but I think our pace is pretty good. Today I did not make many laps outside the 1'40s, which is positive. There was not so much to try out but this was more of a set-up test. Really, it was understanding how the bike is working because the track is definitely not in the best shape compared to the November test. So it just required a little bit of a different set-up. For me it was important to do long runs because, as much as it is nice to still be fast, it is more important to get myself race ready." Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes stated: "Tom finished the test being fastest with a qualifying tire but was also fast on standard race tires. That makes us confident. We just continued on from the previous Jerez test in November, where we did 90% of the job over four days. Coming back here we were lucky because the traction level was high in November but quite a lot lower now. So you will find a different bike performance, just because of the different level of traction. But we have just confirmed that this bike, in lower traction conditions, is working well. We did not touch the bike from the set-up side at all. It means we have done a good job in these two days of testing and now we have another test in Portimao where we will just test some remaining parts, and then we will be ready for Phillip Island." Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am happy with this test. Jonathan did not use a qualifying tire and even without this he was one of the fastest riders. He did one long run yesterday and two today. This is something he likes to do and it allows us to collect information. Jonathan had two small crashes on day one but the grip level compared to the last test here in November was down. Johnny was not really comfortable yesterday, as you have to set up the bike for the track, and today we improved straight away. He was comfortable, doing a very good job. We did a lot of work at the end of last year so this was a confirmation of different things to prepare for the first race in Australia. We move to Portimao now to keep checking the settings, doing laps and keeping the rider in good shape." 2018 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017 2018: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 54 (39 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 112 (70 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 14 (10 for Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2018: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0 Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 100 (99 for Kawasaki) Career Poles: 42 (42 for Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017) 3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 109 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 348 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 73 – second overall

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Jan 9, 2018

Race Green and Earn Green with Kawasaki in 2018

Kawasaki Team Green™ is pleased to announce its 2018 racing contingency program. Kawasaki continues to raise the bar in support of amateur and professional racing with nearly nine million dollars up for grabs, including the largest offer of any manufacturer in AMA Pro Motocross. Racers competing in road racing, flat track, motocross and off-road can earn their share of the payout by heading to www.Kawasakisalesreward.com to enroll. Once enrolled, racers will receive a Kawasaki Sales Reward MasterCard® that can be used at Kawasaki dealerships or anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Contingency is available at nearly 500 races for the 2018 season. "Team Green is proud to have a competitive contingency program that covers motocross, off-road, road race and flat track for Kawasaki racers on our KX™ and Ninja® models," said Team Green Manager Ryan Holliday. "Last year we saw Kawasaki racers in all disciplines achieve great results and we're happy to reward them with the benefits of our program. For 2018 we're pleased to offer our Kawasaki racers nearly nine million dollars for select race event finishes." Enrolled racers who earn contingency will enjoy: Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted Contingency funds credited when results are approved Online account balance and account tracking (24 hours) Easy profile updates ATM Access (Pro riders only) Toll-Free customer service support at 1-866-535-2544 All existing Kawasaki Contingency racers must re-activate their contingency account each racing year. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingencyPlease also check with your local Kawasaki dealer for available Kawasaki genuine race kit parts and Kawasaki dealer race support programs.2018 Kawasaki Team Green Support Schedule: DATE EVENT LOCATION January 13-14 AMA BIG 6 GP Adelanto, CA January 13-14 Florida Winter Am Series Echeconnee, GA January 21 Amateur SX Anaheim, CA February 3-4 WORCS Las Vegas, NV February 10-11 Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier Buckeye, AZ February 10-11 Florida Winter Am Series Gainesville, FL February 24-25 GNCC Union, SC February 24-25 Road To Mammoth Riverside, CA March 3-4 AMA BIG 6 GP San Bernardino, CA March 4 Amateur SX Atlanta, GA March 11-12 RCSX Daytona Beach, FL March 20-24 Freestone Spring Championship Wortham, TX April 7-8 GNCC Morganton, NC April 11-15 California Classic Pala, CA April 14-15 Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier Wellston, OK April 21-22 Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier Decatur, TX April 21-22 Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier Seward, PA May 5-6 WORCS Primm, NV May 10-12 Junior MotoX Guthrie, OK May 25-27 Glen Helen MX Amateur Day San Bernardino, CA May 26-27 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier Blountville, TN June 2-3 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier Rancho Cordova, CA June 2-3 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier Jacksonville, FL June 9-10 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier Ponca City, OK June 9-10 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier Sutherlin, VA June 16-17 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier Millville, MN June 15-25 Mammoth MX Mammoth Lakes, CA June 24-25 GNCC Showshoe, WV July 14-15 TN State Championship Blountville, TN July 30-August 4 AMA Amateur National Hurricane Mills, TN August 25-26 National Hare & Hound Panaca, NV August 26 Ironman MX Amateur Day Crawfordsville, IN August 31-September 2 Baja Brawl Millington, MI September 15-16 WORCS San Bernardino, CA October 6-7 WORCS Mesquite, NV October 12-14 Top Gun Showdown Blountville, TN October 13 Monster Energy Cup Las Vegas, NV October 18-21 MotoPlayground Race Ponca City, OK October 19-21 Kawasaki Race of Champions Englishtown, NJ October 27-28 GNCC Crawfordsville, IN November 2-4 Transworld Mini Major Riverside, CA November 3-4 Good Time Pro-Am Pell City, AL November 19-25 Winter Olympics Gainesville, FL

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Nov 6, 2017

Record Points Haul For Rea With Sixteenth Win

Race 1The opening 17-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race of the final round saw Jonathan Rea record his 15th race victory of the year, surpassing his previous personal best of 14, which he set in 2015. Fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes had rear traction issues throughout the race and dropped from a strong second to a final sixth at the flag.From pole position, which he earned with a new track best of 1'56.228 earlier in the day, Rea was unstoppable out front under the floodlights in Qatar, winning by almost five seconds and easing up over the line. His Superpole win was his tenth for Kawasaki, and his sixth of the season. This was Rea's first WorldSBK race win at Qatar, and also the first for a Kawasaki rider at the 5.380km circuit in the desert near the capital city of Doha. In taking his victory today Jonathan is now second in the all time WorldSBK race win rankings, with a career total of 53. Only Carl Fogarty, with 59, has won more races across his career than Jonathan. Should Rea win the Saturday race at Losail, the last one of the year, he will take the record points total in one season to add to all his other achievements in 2017. For Sykes, who is still trying to ensure he finishes the year in second place overall, finding less drive than he expected in the opening race saw him finish in sixth place. As a result of this he dropped ten points behind his rival for the runner-up spot, Chaz Davies, who was second today. "It is nice to score one more win than Troy but I never thought about the stats at all," said Rea. "I just wanted to win a race here. I never thought about the potential points record or anything. Now that looks - with the way we rode today – like it is possible. I thought coming here to win, where Chaz was so strong last year, would be really difficult. But it seems like we have found a little bit extra this end of season, to be honest. Of course we have improved the bike, especially in the chassis area. I feel I have a lot more confidence than last year, I feel that I am riding better than ever and physically I feel in much better shape. I have just been training myself a lot smarter. So it is a combination of many things. The total package of the bike is really good and balanced." "I set off behind Jonathan in the first laps and trying to go into the corners the bike was all over the place; the front and rear chattering," said Sykes. "I could not turn. This afternoon in hotter conditions the bike was doing 1'58s, all yesterday 1'58s and 1'57s and then today I did a 1'59.5 and that was about my limit. I could not brake, could not tip in, could not get through the corner the way I wanted to. I just missed a lot but we did not change anything. I cannot do anything about it but it is disappointing. I will just try to get a good result tomorrow and what will be, will be.Race 2Three time FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured his 16th race win of the season this evening in Losail to set a record total of 556 points in one year. Tom Sykes (KRT) crashed out from a podium position early in the last race of the 2017 season and no scored.An almost perfect season for Jonathan Rea culminated with a double win at the final round in Qatar on the Ninja ZX-10RR. In winning race two by 1.961 seconds he won two more races in a single season than he had managed in his previous best winning year of 2015. For the final race of 2017 Rea started from ninth place, under the reverse grid Superpole regulations, but got up to the lead on lap four. From that point he started easing his way forward and maintaining a gap to the riders behind. His strong finish saw him 153 ahead of overall second place finisher in the points, Chaz Davies, after 13 rounds. Rea was never off the podium in any race he finished this year. Sykes lost his chance of finishing the season in second place after he fell on lap three, at turn 14. His machine was too badly damaged to continue. Tom finished his season a clear third overall in the rankings, with 373 points. After the finale under the floodlights KRT will now head back to Europe to make preparations for the first of the winter tests, to be fully ready for the new technical challenges that the 2018 season will bring. "The points tally is nice but the championship is the main thing," said Rea. "To win 16 races in a season, more than 50% of the races, is not normal. That's the biggest thing I take away. This year, like I keep saying, I have no words. It has been feeling normal to be here on the podium and that is kind of scary. Right now is my time, so I really am enjoying the moment. Next year it could easily be somebody else so we really need to enjoy this and celebrate an incredible year. I know how difficult it is when things are not coming naturally, and it is an uphill struggle, so that is why I am so grateful to Kawasaki for this opportunity. It is a huge team effort. In a few weeks' time we can start turning our attention to 2018." "We started this final weekend so well but things just turned against us," said Sykes. "In race two the bike felt much better. Initially I missed a bit of lap time but the bike was coming to me. I was just in a fast turn, clipped the white line and fell. People are running up and over kerbs here but I go and touch a white line and lose the front. It has been one of those things. The lap times were right there for the race today because we had made slight modifications from yesterday, so I cannot believe the way it finished. Jonathan has had an incredible season this year, he has done a fantastic job." Shigemi Tanaka of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Motorcycle and Engine Company, Marketing Department, stated: "We send our congratulations to Jonathan on behalf of KHI. It is a great achievement to score so many points, in a season which has been remarkable."

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Oct 31, 2017

KRT Looking To Shine Under The Stars

As is now tradition, the FIM Superbike World Championship season finale will be held under the dark desert skies and floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. With Jonathan Rea the new and three time WorldSBK champion, and with Kawasaki and KRT winning the Manufacturers' and Teams' championships respectively, the immediate focus is for 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes to secure second place in the final points table.The drama of the final 2017 weekend in what has been an outstanding season for Kawasaki is always magnified under the vast array of artificial lighting rigs that turn the desert night into brilliant day at the 5.380km circuit near the Qatari capital, Doha. Having won a historic third title in succession recently, the final challenges for Rea are two-fold. To take his first race win at Losail and then go for a second full point score in race two. Should he manage to take away a perfect 50 points this weekend he would set a new all-time points scoring record in WorldSBK. Rea is also keen to win this weekend to score more race victories in one season than he has managed in any previous season. He is currently on a total of 14 race wins in 2017, equalling the tally he set in taking his first championship with KRT in 2015. Injured at the Portimao round in September Sykes is looking to ensure he scores enough points to finish second in the championship table. He is currently tied on the same total as Chaz Davies, with his fellow Briton above him in the official standings as he has more race wins to his credit in 2017. A Kawasaki 1-2 in the Riders' championship would be the perfect end to an almost perfect season, with the Ninja ZX-10RR proving to be the package to beat in the first year of its 'RR' model designation. In another new initiative for 2017, the series organisers will hold the Losail races on Friday and Saturday, 3rd and 4th November, not the more traditional Saturday and Sunday. This move is designed to make it easier for the local fans to join in the celebratory atmosphere of the championship finale. Action on track first gets underway with FP1 and FP2 on Thursday 2nd November. Jonathan Rea, stated: "Reflecting on Jerez last time out it was an amazing weekend. It has always been a good circuit for us during the winter tests but this year we managed to be really strong all weekend in the races. This has given us good momentum to take into Qatar. This is the last round and I want to finish well. I enjoy the atmosphere there as it is a chilled out paddock and the night time race adds a bit of excitement between the riders and teams. The layout suits me and there are a lot of high speed corners there. It is important to maximise the grip as the track is in the middle of the desert and early in the weekend there is not so much rubber down. So we need to pay attention to that. I want to keep an eye on the long game and finish the season strong. Whatever happens, I think we can be satisfied with the job this year." Tom Sykes, stated: "This is the final round of the year and the season has passed by almost without realising it in some ways. My hand is feeling better than it did in Jerez where all those many changes of direction meant things were not ideal. I was still not fully myself at Jerez but I am looking forward to the last races. Losail is a lovely venue and I really enjoy riding at night under the lights. I also enjoy the general layout and the weekend timetable. In the final round we will try to get the bike settings to suit my riding in the best way possible. I have gone quite a way to try and change my riding style to suit the changes that came in this year. In Qatar we will see if we can get the bike set-up to do the rest. Right now we're working toward making sure we take the runner up slot in the final championship standings." 2017 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 20172017: Races 24, Wins 14, Podiums 22, Superpoles 5Career Race Wins: 52 (37 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 110 (68 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 13 (9 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 22, Wins 2, Podiums 16, Superpoles 4Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 100 (99 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 42 (42 For Kawasaki) 5 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)3 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017)3 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 107 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 346 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 72 – second overall

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Oct 23, 2017

Rea Wins As Kawasaki Takes Manufacturers’ Championship

New 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a cherished first-ever win at Jerez after race long pressure inside the podium positions paid off at the end. Tom Sykes (KRT) was also in the podium fight throughout, from his fourth place on the grid, taking third place. This was Sykes' 100th podium finish in WorldSBK.An incident that saw two riders crash out on the first lap of the original 13.00 race start brought out the red flags and the race was restarted at 13.21, over a shortened distance of 19 laps. Having finished second in Superpole Rea was in contention for the race win from the start, taking the lead for six laps before Marco Melandri came past. Getting involved in a fight with Chaz Davies for a time in the mid-section of the race, Rea eventually got free and started to pursue Melandri again. Rea was gradually catching ground to the lead as the race unfolded, with both Rea and Melandri setting lap records on the new Jerez track surface. After Melandri's bike experienced a technical issue Rea re-took the lead and won by just over a second from Davies, his first ever WorldSBK win at the 4.423km Jerez circuit. After an early issue while changing gears Sykes had been part of a train of four leading riders, which became six after he had clipped some trackside gravel on lap five, dropping back from immediate contention with the leading group before recomposing himself and pushing on again. Racing at high pace just behind Chaz Davies - his rival for overall second in the championship - Sykes tried all he could to get back ahead before the chequered flag. He finished just under half a second behind, in an eventual third place after Melandri's exit. Sunday's race, again scheduled for 13.00, will now see Rea and Sykes start from the third row of the grid, as they finished on the race one podium. "So, so nice to tick that box for a Jerez race win," said Rea. "I really wanted it, even before the problem for Marco. I was riding way over my limit to try to chase Marco down. The gap was slowly coming, some laps not changing, but tenth by tenth I was getting excited. In the end he had a problem and I am really sorry for him because he did not deserve that. We both deserved to be able to fight to the end. I was trying to manage the race a little bit in the beginning because I did not get a long run in yesterday, after my big crash, so I was not sure how the tyre choice we made was going to play out. Arguably, I gave up too many positions when Marco came past but in the end we go it done. I went all in to that race. With the position we now have in the championship I went in over my head - but it was fun to ride like this." "We had a good race set-up at the end of FP2 on Friday and FP3 today, on used tyres, so I was relatively happy in the hot conditions," said Sykes. "The pace stayed very consistent and it was quite nice at the end. Unfortunately at the beginning of the race there was a little bit of stop-start so I could not set my usual rhythm and I lost some time. In the first three laps I had a small issue with gear selection, and then missed a gear coming onto the straight. I lost some track positions but regrouped and then the pace was acceptable. Chaz found some speed from free practice but apart from that, the top four or five were very similar in pace. We were just not able to bridge that gap to the guys in front."Race 2Kawasaki won the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship Manufacturers' title today after Jonathan Rea (KRT) won his second race of the weekend. This was Rea's 14th victory in his third consecutive championship-winning season. Tom Sykes (KRT) could not find optimal rear traction in race two at Jerez and he finished fifth.At the conclusion of a successful Jerez weekend Kawasaki's third successive Manufacturers' Championship arrived one round early, and is now added to the 2017 Riders' Championship for Rea and the Team's Championship for the Kawasaki Racing Team. The second race was started on schedule at 13.00 but was almost immediately halted and restarted after clash between two riders brought out a red flag. Over a reduced race duration of 19 laps, Rea was not to be denied and set a new lap record of 1'40.640, to secure his second win of the Jerez weekend. Rea has now scored 52 race wins in his WorldSBK career, making him equal second best of all time alongside another three-time champion, Troy Bayliss. He also scored his 110th World SBK podium with his race two win, taking him one place above Carl Fogarty, and making him the third most successful WorldSBK rider in that ranking. Having reached a total of 100 race podiums in WorldSBK on Saturday, Sykes was unable to add to it with his fifth place today, fighting against an unexpected lack of rear traction. He still set strong lap times and fought all the way to finish just six seconds from the win. Tom is tied on points for second place overall with Chaz Davies, with one round to go. He is ranked third in the points table as he has fewer wins in 2017 than his rival. The final round of the season takes place under the floodlights of Losail, Qatar, with races behind held on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4thNovember. "Kawasaki won the Manufacturers' Championship today and it is not just the bike, the rider, the management, the crew chief, it is every single person inside the team and at the factory race department in Japan," said Rea. "Everyone has made this result and I am super-proud to be a part of it. In the race I had a really nice hash tag on my dash today for a little bit more motivation on the grid. My mechanics were building me up right before I left the grid and I knew today I had to go. I feel like I steered the bike around today. The win came from my crew chief Pere Riba because he asked me to trust him with some front geometry changes and a front tyre change. It was awesome." "Kawasaki has had a great run in the past few years and certainly they have a great team together which helps them reach their goal," said Sykes. "For the manufacturer, to get this title is probably as special as the riders' championship. Today they got their prize for their effort. Fifth was not what I was looking for today. I was struggling with the bike set-up today if I am honest I could not find the rear traction. I just tried some things while riding the bike and finally it was OK to keep the lap times in the low to mid 1'41s. That is as fast, or faster, than yesterday but for whatever reason I just could not get that grip on the rear. It is something so, so small but unfortunately you spend a lot of time on the side of the tyre here."

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Oct 2, 2017

Guarnoni Wins At Home As Deroue Loses Podium Chance

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

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Sep 30, 2017

Rea Creates History With Third Successive FIM World Superbike Title

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

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Sep 17, 2017

Super Double For Rea And KRT

Jonathan Rea (KRT) completed a confident double win performance at Portimao in the FIM Superbike World Championship, despite starting today's 20-lap race from ninth place - under the reverse grid rules that come into play for race two this year. Jonathan now has 11 wins for the season and he extended his championship lead to 120 points with another full points score today.After his first Portimao race win on Saturday, from pole position, it was a more difficult challenge for Rea today. He took only two laps to get into the lead and despite a small electronics glitch at times he carried on at an unmatchable pace to record his 34th win for Kawasaki, becoming the company's all-time WorldSBK race winner. Rea now has 49 race wins over his entire WorldSBK career and is the third most successful rider in the history of the class. The record sits at 59 wins, set by the legendary Carl Fogarty. Kawasaki scored a full house of wins in every class this weekend – with Rea's double in WorldSBK, Kenan Sofuoglu in WorldSSP, Toprak Razgatlioglu in STK1000 and Ana Carrasco in WorldSSP300. Jonathan was the lone KRT rider today as his team-mate Tom Sykes was in Barcelona undergoing surgery to repair left hand injuries suffered in a big crash in FP3 on Saturday morning. With Tom unable to score today Jonathan moved 120 points clear in the championship fight, with Sykes second overall and race two faller Chaz Davies third, 135 points from Rea's lead. Three rounds of the championship remain, the first of them at Magny Cours in France, between 29th September and 1st October. Jonathan Rea, stated: "I am really happy to win and aside from one little issue it was plain sailing race. I made some tough passes in the first laps to get my track position and as soon as I hit the front I made my rhythm and went away. We had a completely different bike set-up today. I had a lot of feedback from the bike and I was able to ride in my own rhythm but with seven or eight laps to go I had a drop in power in second gear. But as the laps were ticking down I could see that the gap was staying constant, and then I saw Chaz went out and I had some breathing space. We have had our bad luck this year in Donington. The championship lead is massive now and we can go to Magny Cours thinking about trying to win it in France. If we have a solid enough weekend in Magny Cours we can get it done. I said to Pere before the race today that because Kawasaki had won every race at Portimao there was big pressure now. He said that there was no pressure as we had done all the jobs, and I should go out and do what I had to do. I visited the podium in every single race at Portimao to say congratulations to the Kawasaki riders. The most impressive was Ana Carrasco. I have never seen an atmosphere like it and our pit box was like a football match. All the KRT team were up there at the podium, so it was cool to see." 2017 KRT Rider Statistics Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 2016 2017: Races 20, Wins 11, Podiums 19, Superpoles 4 Career Race Wins: 49 (34 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 107 (67 For Kawasaki) Career Poles: 12 (8 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013 2017: Races: 18, Wins 2, Podiums 14, Superpoles 4 Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki) Career Podiums: 98 (97 For Kawasaki) Career Poles: 42 (42 For Kawasaki) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics 4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014) 2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016) 2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 104 – third overall Total Kawasaki Podiums: 341 – third overall Total Kawasaki Poles: 71 – second overall

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Sep 17, 2017

Razgatlioglu And Carrasco Take Stunning Race Wins

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

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Aug 21, 2017

Red Flag Finish Keeps Sofuoglu Second

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

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Aug 20, 2017

Razgatlioglu And Deroue Still In Contention

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

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Jul 10, 2017

Rea Wins As KRT Riders Lead The Field

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

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Jun 19, 2017

Podium Finishes For Rea and Sykes At Misano

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

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Jun 19, 2017

Sofuoglu Makes It Four Race Wins

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

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May 30, 2017

Rea From Sykes In Second Race Thriller

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

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May 30, 2017

Third Race Win For Sofuoglu in WorldSSP

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

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May 15, 2017

Sunday Podium Finishes For KRT Riders At Imola

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

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May 15, 2017

Forty WorldSSP Wins For Sofuoglu

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

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May 1, 2017

STK1000 Victory For Toprak As Deroue Wins Again In WorldSSP300

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

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Apr 30, 2017

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

In the opening 21-lap Superbike World Championship race of the Assen weekend Jonathan Rea scored the win and his KRT team-mate Tom Sykes took second place, results which put them 1-2 at the head of the championship rankings.In cool but dry and bright conditions Sykes from the front row and Rea from the second row both made clean starts, with fellow-championship challenger Chaz Davies doing most of the early front-running. Rea set a new lap record, over a second faster then the previous one, on lap three, with a 1'34.880 as he caught up to Davies. The race was evidently going to be contested by three riders, as Davies and Rea headed up Sykes, who moved closer and further behind in his third position, only losing contact for the possible win in the latter stages. Rea had passed Davies, only to be re-passed, close to the end, but on the approach to the last two laps Jonathan's burst to the front would be a final one, as Davies was forced to slow and then stop at the trackside. Tom therefore took second place, with Marco Melandri taking over third spot in a dramatic final act to what had already been a dramatic day for the KRT squad in some regards. In Superpole 2, held shortly before race one, Rea set a new track best for the Superbike class with a 1'33.505. Jonathan was demoted to fourth place on the grid after it was judged he had impeded the progress of a rival while he had been setting a fast lap. Jonathan remained on pole statistically but Tom took over pole position on the grid, with Jonathan finally starting from fourth spot in a race he would ultimately go on to win. This 1-2 for the Ninja ZX-10RR ensures that Kawasaki still leads the manufacturers' Championship, this time by 33 points after seven races. Rea, in taking his sixth race win of 2017 secured his tenth win at Assen across his career, five of them on Kawasaki machinery. In the championship, before race two at Assen, Jonathan has 170 points and Tom is second overall with 111. Race two takes place on Sunday 30th April, with the 21-lap race scheduled for a 1pm start again."That one was really nice because the more wins you get on a certain track the more pressure you feel to repeat it," said Rea. "I am not sure why I click so well with Assen but it seems to be working. It seems like our bike was working very well in the faster sections of the track, and Chaz was fast out of T5 in acceleration. I could maintain the lap time as we were to-ing and fro-ing at certain parts of the track, but I was strong in the back section, where it counts for passes. I had good pace at the end and I wanted to go through then and make a gap. But every time I put my nose in front there was a big block pass into the last corner. It was, honestly, very unfortunate for Chaz at the end and it is never a good way to lose points. But it was important for me that that bad luck happened to him when he was behind me because at that point of the race I was trying to make my rhythm and go away.""Obviously I did not feel 100% fit but that is no excuse," said Sykes. "On the bike we just had some limitations for the set-up in this race. I think that tomorrow we can make a change in set-up and be stronger. Realistically we need to close in by about three seconds and I feel this is possible, taking all things into consideration. I was struggling at the end today not because the tyres had given their best or anything like that but, it was just that in two fast areas of the track I was struggling with feedback. In the beginning of the race I dropped back but I could keep up a good pace and got back up with the leaders again. Whatever I did, I just lost it again in the faster section of the track. That was just about confidence, so I feel we can improve." 2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 7, Wins 6, Podiums 7, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 44 (29 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 95 (53 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 11 (7 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 7, Wins 0, Podiums 5, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 89 (88 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 97 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 319 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 66 – second overall

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Apr 30, 2017

Rea Wins Race Two From Sykes By Just 0.025 Seconds

A 1-2 finish from KRT Riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes in the second Superbike World Championship race of the Assen weekend provided great drama in the final chicane, with Sykes closing in to within 0.025 seconds of victory but Rea holding on to secure another double Dutch success. The classic TT Circuit at Assen provided an ideal backdrop for Rea to start the 200thWorldSBK race of his career and he duly took away his seventh race victory of 2017, his 11th at Assen since he started his WorldSBK career and his third double at this 4.542km circuit since he joined Kawasaki in 2015. It was an important day of statistics for Rea, as he also secured his 45th career win in WorldSBK and his 30th individual race win for Kawasaki.Tom Sykes and his crew worked to improve his machine set-up overnight and he almost took his first race win of the year as a reward, only losing out on a last chicane attack on Rea by 0.025 seconds across the line after 21 intense laps. Battling the high winds today like all his peers, Tom duly overcame his continuing physical issues to record two second places at Assen this weekend, making it six podiums from the eight races held so far this season. In the championship Rea now leads by 64 points, from his team-mate Sykes, with Chaz Davies third on 111 points and second race faller Marco Melandri on 97. The next races in the series will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May, at the Imola circuit in Italy."It has been an incredible weekend of racing," said Rea. "I have been especially happy with Superpole yesterday because the lap I made then was maybe the best lap I have ever made on a bike. I am really proud of that. Of course the race wins were really nice to take away. Today was a race of two halves. In the first half I raced hard until I got a warning so in the second half I just managed things to try and be safe and bring her home. I had a little bit left at the end but the biggest problem was the wind today. I was pulling a gap but then I had a huge front slide in T11, and my foot came off the peg, at mid-race distance. I decided just to ride and save something for the last laps after that. I had a big wobble coming out of 11 again near the end and I then just tried to be clever in the last lap and cover the last corner. My line was probably not the fastest way around there but it covered any move up the inside and I made it to the line first.""It was a very close finish and I have to say thanks to the public, my fans and all the team for being very understanding about my physical condition," said Sykes. "Yesterday we had an acceptable race but today we never stopped pushing to find an ideal set-up, right up until 30 minutes before the race started. Marcel and I were still talking about how to get the bike easier for me to ride. Physically, I was obviously not fully comfortable with the bike set-up from yesterday but today I felt we had a package capable of winning. I just did not have the bike in the right place at the right time and did not get the win for that reason. I always kept trying and I am obviously disappointed not to take the win. But considering where I was even at the start of the race week, if anybody had have offered me two second places from Assen I would have thought it was never going to happen." 2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 8, Wins 7, Podiums 8, Superpoles 3Career Race Wins: 45 (30 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 96 (54 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 11 (7 For Kawasaki) Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 8, Wins 0, Podiums 6, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 90 (89 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016) Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 98 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 321 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 66 – second overall

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Apr 30, 2017

Sofuoglu Shows His Winning Style At Assen

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

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Apr 2, 2017

Second and Fourth for KRT Riders in Race Two

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeSecond and Fourth for KRT Riders in Race TwoKawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished second and fourth respectively after the second 18-lap WorldSBK race at Motorland Aragon. Rea was in the hunt for a win right until the final corners, despite suffering from the effects of a head and chest cold. Sykes, still fighting off an infection, ended up in a lonely ride to fourth after starting the race from the third row, like his team-mate Rea. For the first time in 2017 the combination of the Ninja ZX-10RR and Jonathan Rea did not win a WorldSBK race but they came within 0.483 seconds of making it six in a row, after a thrilling fight with eventual winner Chaz Davies.Under the new rules that govern the starting positions for race two, race one podium finishers Rea and Sykes went back to the third row today. Rea was nonetheless in the lead by lap four and held that position until Davies passed on lap 13.From then on Rea only had to win a short-lived battle with eventual third place rider Marco Melandri before attacking Davies again on the final lap, passing but running wide as Davies held a better line heading onto the back straight.For Sykes, a fever meant he had nothing to eat since Saturday. Even though he started well and made up places from seventh to fourth on lap one, he was unable to go with the leading group of five that developed shortly afterwards, a group which was whittled down to just two at the end.In the championship Rea has 145 points, just five from a perfect score, Davies has 95 and Sykes 91 after three rounds and six races.Now the KRT squad will go testing on Monday 3rd April at Motorland, as part of the organizers' official test program. The next round will take place at Assen in the Netherlands, with racedays on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th.Jonathan Rea, stated: "I got to the front quite early but I could not make a break because it was so windy on the straight that the group stayed together. When Chaz came past he had a little bit more pace and I upped my own pace to try and go with him. He made a few mistakes but none that meant I could really go through clean on him and make it stick. On the last lap I just fought - fought for a win. I tried in a few places but it did not work out in the end. We can't complain too much because on one side of the circuit we were really strong. Congratulations to Chaz because to come back from a big crash yesterday and win today was really impressive. I am really happy with the way I rode today and I got 45 points this weekend, even though I was not feeling my best. But the bike was working really well so I am looking forward to rolling to Assen now."Tom Sykes, stated: "I thought I would feel better today but I am worse in my physical condition than yesterday because I have not eaten anything. We got close to the front but I am just not comfortable on the bike in windy conditions. It looks like we are sensitive on the front set-up anyway, but the wind was terrible today! And for whatever reason I am not able to keep a nice constant load on the front, which is something to consider for testing tomorrow. I just wasn't able to keep the pace of the leaders here. We finished third and fourth on a tough weekend, and this has been the first time in a long time I have been sick on a race weekend. I have not been working at full capacity and, on the bike, you can feel how your mind does not even run at the same speed as normal. It has been a very surreal and strange feeling this weekend. I gave everything I had but I am obviously not running at full capacity."

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Apr 2, 2017

Ryde Scores Well as Sofuoglu Gets Forced Out

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

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Apr 1, 2017

Fifth Win for Rea as Sykes Also Podiums

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

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Mar 31, 2017

Rea First and Sykes Third on Motorland Opening Day

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

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Mar 25, 2017

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

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

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Mar 12, 2017

Top Five Race Finishes for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeTop Five Race Finishes for Kawasaki Puccetti RacingStand-in rider Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and team regular Kyle Ryde (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished fourth and fifth respectively in a fraught and overheated WorldSSP race in Thailand today. The 11 points Ryde scored today keep him fourth in the overall championship fight.The 17-lap WorldSSP race at the Chang International Circuit proved to be a dramatic affair from the start with many top riders crashing or having technical problems. For season-long official Kawasaki rider Ryde and stand-in rider Warokorn it was a long race, but a highly successful one.Riding instead of the injured Kenan Sofuoglu at this round Warokorn relied on his local knowledge and home crowd support to take him and his Ninja ZX-6R from 18th on the grid after qualifying to fourth in the race itself. He finished seven and a half seconds from the winner as he got the better of a late battle with his team-mate for the weekend.British youngster Ryde felt the heat on race day, with official track temperatures reaching 50°C, but stuck to his task with enthusiasm and determination to score well. He was only four seconds from the podium, and just in the slipstream of Warokorn. With a total of 24 points to his name now Ryde is only six points behind the lead of the championship after two rounds.Motorland Aragon in Spain hosts the third round of the championship, with race day on April 2.Kyle Ryde, stated: "I cannot argue with a top five. I am really happy that I was not that far behind first place. I was really nervous this morning because I was not particularly fast in warm up but I was seven seconds from the win. It is great be running in the front group but this weekend has been very hot. I thought I was quite fit but I think I will need to be a bit fitter for next time here. The last five laps were hard and even harder when there are people behind you. It was a good race. It was a great job from the team and I would like to say a big thanks to Andrew Pitt because yesterday and on race day he has really helped with last year's experience with Kenan and Randy. It all counts to get that fifth place."Thitipong Warokorn, stated: "It was an incredible race. I put a lot of effort into it because it is my home race and all my fan club and sponsors were here. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team gave me the opportunity to do my best. There were a lot of riders in front of me and it was difficult to overtake, but I passed them one at a time and then took one more place in the last corner for fourth. I could hear the crowd a little bit but I could see them and my fan club cheering for me. Many thanks to Kawasaki and to Manuel Puccetti for this opportunity. I did my best and took a not so bad finishing position. "Kazuki Watanabe (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was ninth in the race. Lachlan Epis (Response RE Racing Kawasaki) and Nacho Calero (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) were 12th and 13th respectively. Gino Rea (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) was excluded from the results while Michael Canducci (Puccetti Racing Junior Team FMI Kawasaki) andZulfahmi Khairuddin (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) experienced technical issues and retired.

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Mar 12, 2017

Four Wins for Rea After Thailand Double

Press release for Kawasaki EuropeFour Wins for Rea After Thailand DoubleJonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) continued his perfect start to the latest FIM Superbike World Championship campaign on the Ninja ZX-10RR by taking his second win of the weekend today and his fourth in succession. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) had his best finish of the year in second place, in a second race, which was shortened to 16-laps after a red flag was shown early in the first attempted running.After taking pole position and the first race win at the Chang International Circuit Jonathan Rea had to make two race starts today, just like his peer group. In the only race finish that mattered Jonathan scored his fourth win in a row, giving him a perfect score of 100 points so far and a championship lead of 30 over Chaz Davies.Having won both Superpole contests this season, at Phillip Island and Chang, Rea has also grown his career win total to 42 after his second race success. His margin of victory in race two proved to be just over four seconds, from his own team-mate Sykes.Sykes rode with consistency and determination again and in a copy of the Saturday's race in Thailand he passed Marco Melandri right at the end, this time for second place and not third. A grandstand finish gave Tom his third podium of the season, and third place overall in the championship rankings, with a total of 62 points.With the second race start based on where the riders finished the red flagged race, Rea and Sykes launched off the front and second rows respectively for the real 16-lap contest.In the Manufacturers' Standings, Kawasaki's lead was extended to 24 points after two rounds. The next WorldSBK event will take place at Motorland Aragon in Spain, with race days on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April.Jonathan Rea, stated: "The best start to a season ever in my career. It is important to maximize these points when we can because it is how I built my championships in the past. When we can win, make sure we win, and then we can try and consolidate. These four victories are nearly halfway to my win tally from last year already! It is a good start and I just feel comfortable on the bike. We took the bike set-up we had from Phillip Island to here and it just pretty much worked. That is unheard of, so I have a good bond with the bike. There are still some areas we need to improve for the coming races but KHI are working hard on this. We expect to improve the bike again in the next races."Tom Sykes, stated: "The race win was not on today but second place was, so it was all about making the smartest move possible at the end. I could see Marco had some limitations so on the last lap I knew I had a margin. He was faster than me in the twisty section before the last corner so I had to put the lap together. Finally on the last lap on my dashboard there was 1'33.7, which was the fastest of my whole race. We still have to find a little bit more from our package. I am slowly getting there and consistency has pretty much been there. We keep closing the gap but we need to try and close it a bit faster."

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Mar 11, 2017

Rea Wins Third Race of the Season

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRea Wins Third Race of the SeasonJonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) secured his third race win in succession on the Ninja ZX-10RR this season after a front-running display from pole position at the Chang International Circuit. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) made a successful late challenge for third place in the 20-lap race and scored his second FIM Superbike World Championship podium of the year.From the very beginning of the first Thai race, in the full heat of the afternoon, Superpole winner Jonathan Rea was in determined mood, making a clear gap after just one lap of the 4.554km circuit. He finished up 6.279 seconds clear of second place finisher Chaz Davies at the end. Other than the first and last circuits, Rea posted lap times in the 1'33 bracket, a pace which none of his rivals could match in the hot and humid conditions.Rea also set a new lap record to add to his new track best from Superpole 2. He reduced the lap record to 1'33.436 on lap five and in Superpole he had made a 1'32.957 - on race tires - as there were no qualifying tires available at this round. Sykes, who was third for the first three laps of the opening race, was unable to keep his early position and dropped to fourth for some time. He used all his experience and speed in the closing laps to pounce on Marco Melandri for third place at the flag, scoring 16 valuable points in the process.In the Riders' Championship Rea leads Davies by 15 points - 75 to 60 - with another race to go this weekend. Sykes is a clear third in the standings after three races, with 42 points.The second race of the weekend is scheduled for 16.00 on Sunday 12th March.Jonathan Rea, stated: "I did not know what my pace would be. I know it was fast enough to fight for the win but when I saw I had a gap of 0.4 seconds in the first lap I decided to try and put my head down as much as I could. As soon as I broke the one second mark I knew that slipstreaming was not going to come into play for the riders behind, so I just set my own rhythm. My pace was 1'33 and honestly I made a couple mistakes on some laps and was still in the 1'33s. I managed to hold that rhythm and not try to over-push. It looks like we used the tire a little bit on the right side but I guess that was to be expected as we were six seconds up the road at the end. I am really happy with that race."Tom Sykes, stated: "I had some limitations early on in the race with the brakes. I was not able to brake strongly initially and that meant I was unbalanced towards the apexes of the corners. I was still able to keep quite a consistent pace and close down Marco at the end. It was nice to take a podium but it was the beginning of the race where we were missing the initial pace – and that is not like us! We will keep working and try to improve that aspect for tomorrow. I was pushing and pushing at the end and finally with three laps to go I changed the entry to some corners and tried to use the tire to the best. I think in the end we did a good job so I'm happy to recover a third place."

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Mar 4, 2017

Warokorn Joins Ryde as Sofuoglu Stand-In

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

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Feb 26, 2017

Fighting Fourth for Ryde at Round One

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

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Feb 26, 2017

Island Double Gives Rea 40 Superbike Wins

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

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Feb 25, 2017

Superb Win for Rea as Sykes Takes Strong Podium

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

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Feb 25, 2017

Ryde Rises to Fourth After Strong Superpole Saturday

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

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Feb 21, 2017

Sofuoglu Out of First Two Rounds as Ryde Continues Progress

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

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Feb 21, 2017

New Season Approaches After Final Tests

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeNew Season Approaches After Final TestsKawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes stand on the eve of the new FIM Superbike World Championship season having completed their final winter test today. Rea ended up fastest of all on his Ninja ZX-10RR, with Sykes fourth quickest.The popular Phillip Island circuit will host the first round of the season between 24th and 26th February and will offer the first points scoring opportunities of the new year for 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes and double champion Jonathan Rea, who won the title in 2015 and 2016.The weather at the unique 4.445km circuit, which features long left hand corners and a location very close to the edge of an ocean, was very different from the changeable first day of testing to the drier and more consistent second day. Day two allowed Rea to post his best lap of 1'30.545 on race tires. This was well under the existing lap record pace.Sykes was also under the existing lap record on race tires, with his 1'31.044, despite having to work on his final machine set-up for the start of the season, and losing some available time today after a low speed fall at turn four.Tom and Jonathan now have two days to relax and complete their final preparations for what promises to be a competitive 13-round/26-race season. Having made real progress with the 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR through the winter test program each official KRT rider has positive expectations as they now anticipate racing at the high-speed Australian circuit in just a few day's time.The first qualifying sessions of the new season start on Friday 24th February, with race one to be held at 3pm local Australian time on Saturday and the second race of the year coming along 24 hours after the first.After the opening round has been completed the second event will take place at the relatively new and highly popular Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, between 10th and 12th March.Jonathan Rea, stated: "Now we have picked the bike we will use for race weekend and put the package together. I have had such a good off-season; I feel I have done a really good job with my personal condition and I have managed to stay healthy so far. Every winter test we've done we have been working step-by-step. We understood at the end of last year, when we made a huge change for Qatar, I could race the bike again. So during the winter tests it was not about re-inventing the wheel. Already the ZX-10RR has given us some more potential. We were already at a high level. This winter was about building the package, building momentum and confidence. Now I feel like I have it so I just hope we can stay safe and bag some big points at the start of the new season."Tom Sykes, stated: "We had a lot better weather today than yesterday. We lost a bit of time in these tests but it is not the end of the world not to be the fastest rider in the timesheets. The good thing is that we understand where we are and where we need to find a clear improvement. So that leaves me relaxed going into the first race weekend of the year. We can make improvements in every corner so if we can find those our lap times should be nicely improved too. I had a small crash today, such a small crash, but the bike got tied in knots in the gravel and that left the lads in the team with a lot of work to do. We just need to make a good opening race weekend and leave here with more points than we have done in the recent past."Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "Jonathan did his lap times on a regular race tire and we have to be pleased with the result after these two days of testing. It has confirmed all the jobs we have been doing in the wintertime. Before we came here, we felt very strong with the whole package of the bike. We have done long runs, fast laps for one lap and tested many things to create a package that we have confirmed here. In all conditions we feel the bike is working well. We did not do a really long run today but we made 20-something laps, which is race distance, and it was impressive. The drop from the best lap time to the lap time after 20 laps was very small. So we are positive for race weekend."Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: "The changeable weather on the first day interrupted our plan but this test was all about preparing ourselves for the race weekend. We finalized our test plan in the previous Jerez test and it was all about preparing for the race in this Australian test. We got some interference due to the weather yesterday and today's crash, which reduced our track time. We will make a proper plan for Friday's opening sessions over the next two days. This is the track where we have never been very competitive but we can improve a lot for the weekend, and I am confident we will."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Feb 19, 2017

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

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeRea and Sykes Primed for Final Pre-Season Tests at Phillip IslandKawasaki Racing Team riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea stand ready for their final pre-season track tests on the new Ninja ZX-10RR at the same Phillip Island circuit that will host the first round of the season between 24th and 26th February.The two-day official organizer's pre-race track sessions, held on 20th and 21st February, will be used to make final preparations for the beginning of the 13-round series. The 2017 season will see KRT travel to several long-haul rounds in their quest for more success, as well as attending the more numerous European events in the middle of the season.After highly positive winter tests in Spain the new model ZX-10RR is prepped and ready to take on the challenge of retaining the world championship in both manufacturers' and riders' categories.Sykes (in 2013) and Rea (in 2015 and 2016) have already proven their championship-winning credentials with Kawasaki's official team. Both are hungry for more race wins and championship success as they approach the first round of 2017, with enviable records over the past few WorldSBK seasons between them.Weather conditions could be changeable during the imminent Phillip Island test sessions, with torrential downpours interspersed with sunny periods evident at the circuit one day before the final track outings of the pre-season.The two-day tests themselves will see Rea and Sykes enjoy eight hours of available track time before the first qualifying sessions of race weekend take place on Friday 24th.Jonathan Rea, stated: "Phillip Island presents a different challenge from the other tracks we have been testing at in the winter. Whist we have defined our base package now, and I feel quite comfortable, we really need to fine-tune the bike for this circuit to understand what the track demands. And we must pay attention to the weather because it looks like the forecast is a little unpredictable. The wind direction at Phillip Island is also important for set-up. We basically need to get up to speed and try not to get too excited because it is important at these tests to come away strong and healthy. Aside from that we will use these tests to try and fine-tune the bike."Tom Sykes, stated: "The plan for testing is in place and obviously I am looking forward to the track time. If it is all uninterrupted we should have everything pretty much squared off in preparation for race weekend. I have just been speaking to Marcel my crew chief at length and we have come up with our testing plan. We should go into race weekend fairly ready. We just need to find a final race set-up from the bike. We need to find a little bit more feel and feedback to be able to get through the corners differently from how I have been riding in the past. I feel that is an area in which we are finding improvements. I just feel we need to make that final little bit of fine tuning to be able to keep my corner speed and do another couple of things slightly differently."Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "Here we are again. We reboot and all the points start on zero for the riders again. The past is past and although we start the year with great memories of 2016 we know this means nothing for 2017. The way this first race develops is so important to understand the tendencies of the championship. Apart from the result we need to study carefully how all the other teams work to understand how our competition is. For sure this is a more important race weekend than most people understand but Johnny and Tom already knew this very well. They arrived here so focused, with so much concentration and I'm really convinced about their possibilities this weekend."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Feb 9, 2017

Kawasaki Racing Team Reboot at Barcelona Launch

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

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Feb 3, 2017

KRT Ready to Fly After Final European Winter Test

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKRT Ready to Fly After Final European Winter TestKawasaki Racing Team pairing Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea concluded their final European-based winter tests on the Ninja ZX-10RR at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, on 1st and 2nd February, sharing the track with some of their 2017 rivals. Experiencing mixed weather conditions at the tests Rea confidently topped the times with his day one best lap, with Sykes posting the second fastest lap as he worked through set-up and component options.With a wet track on the morning of the first day of testing Tom and Jonathan got down to serious work that afternoon as the asphalt dried out. Rea also tried out some new race and multi-lap qualifying tyre options supplied by Pirelli. He set an impressive 1'39.248 lap time but Wednesday would be his final pre-season dry track session in Europe as the rains returned on day two. Rea, the champion in 2015 and 2016 for Kawasaki celebrated his 30th birthday today and was again fastest of all, even in wet conditions.Sykes, working on modifications to his 2017 machine in readiness for the first round of the year in Australia (to be held between 24th and 26th February) used all of the dry and much of the wet track conditions to narrow down his set-up and component options. Not reverting to testing new race or qualifying tires, the 2013 world champion set his best lap of 1'40.930 in the dry part of Wednesday afternoon. He was also second quickest in the wet of Thursday.The highly anticipated official KRT launch in Spain next week, and then the series organizers' pre-season tests at Phillip Island, between 20th and 21st February, are all that remain between the KRT squad and the first round of the year. Once again races will be held over two days for the WorldSBK class, meaning the first podium places of the year being competed for on Saturday 25th February.Jonathan Rea, stated: "The test was really positive. On the first day we waited for the track to dry and then we got some valuable track time. We maximized that by testing different suspension set ups, with the 2016 fork as the base, to try out some ideas. We confirmed the best chassis and suspension set up that we will start the year with and we worked with some engine components and clutches, to understand what my preference is. We practiced starts and found something that was good for me. Pirelli also brought some development tires to try, which we gave some time to. We crossed a few things off our list and back-to-backed a few things. We were also trying to look for some performance, a bit of lap time and we did that on Wednesday. We are getting ready now for Phillip Island."Tom Sykes, stated: "On day one we started strongly and then very quickly moved on to try out many different test items and machine setup changes. We knew where we were with the base of the bike and we then used a lot of time on track to ensure we will arrive in Phillip Island with a lot less options to evaluate. We still have some small work to do in the Australian tests but because of what we did yesterday we were able to go through a lot of items. Today, in the wet, we built up speed, gradually made some small changes and ended up fairly close to where we needed to be. We found out a lot of information. We now have a cleaner slate to make our preparations for the first race. For Phillip Island we need to start being more focused on performance."Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "The last European test before the season starts was very positive and we could work in wet conditions too, which was good. We tested all the final items we had in the list. After the Australian test we can analyze, 100%, how we will make the base of the bike for the first round. It was very positive because we got to test everything and understood all the items we wanted to. Also, Jonathan was really, really fast even though the grip level of the track was not the same as the Jerez tests last week, and especially the tests here in November. He was fast on race tires and he was also able to make a very good lap time on the new soft qualifying tire from Pirelli. We are really looking forward to going to Australia for the last test and then the first event."Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: "Our target was to test some remaining items on our list, which we could not do last time because of some interruptions from the weather. We also had some weather changes at this test but on he first day we made a clear selection of some vital chassis components. The most important things have been done in the past two tests and we have an acceptable speed. We have now reached a point where we have to go and test at another track. Jerez is a good test venue but we have to go to Phillip Island now to work on a different track layout. Our winter tests in Spain have been positive and now we are getting close to the start of the season."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Jan 26, 2017

Sofuoglu Focuses on Opening Round as he Recovers from Training Injury

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

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Jan 25, 2017

Strong Restart for KRT After Two Days on Track at Jerez

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeStrong Restart for KRT After Two Days on Track at JerezKawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes made a positive start to their 2017 championship preparations on the new Ninja ZX-10RR during a two-day test at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, with Rea going fastest of all and Sykes placing third.Two-time champion Rea set a lap of 1'39.809 on the final afternoon, after also posting the fastest lap on the opening day. His eventual leading time was achieved with a standard race tire fitted front and rear, as he wanted to concentrate on a race set-up only at this stage.2013 world champion Sykes finished his two-day test with a 1'40.219 best lap for third best lap time of the entire test sessions. He also used a race tire combination to set his quickest time.Both Rea and Sykes experienced crashes on day two but came back with determination to complete their program of work and improve their individual performance.This test was used partly to underline which material and components they will use to take on the challenge of the first two rounds of the season in Australia and Thailand, and to evaluate some development parts, especially in terms of suspension.The dry weather conditions that favored both days of track action at Jerez allowed the KRT duo to make consistent progress in many areas, with one more Jerez test session in Europe to complete before the last pre-race outing – the official organizers' tests at Phillip Island – between 20th and 21st February.Jonathan Rea, stated: "It is nice to set such a good lap time at this time of the year but it is testing and I have never been the best guy for one lap. We have been able to make many fast laps in these winter tests, however, and we have found a bike set-up that has been working well. The grip level at this test was a little bit lower than in November but we have been able to find consistency as well. With the different character on the track we have been able to evaluate different rear shocks. Showa have been working so hard and I am really impressed. I felt my own 'bike fitness' was not great as I have been off the race bike for so many weeks now. I am looking forward to the next test to try and do a lot of laps. I need some more mileage to feel like I did during the season last year."Tom Sykes, stated: "I am happy enough even though I suffered with my neck all day today after a crash, while I was riding the bike at least. That took the edge off me a bit but we still did a lot of things with the bike and tried a lot of different set-ups. Jerez is not my strongest circuit anyway but thanks to Marcel, Danilo and all the boys we finished the day very happy. I feel all the information we have from today means we will be strong. We were able to make real progress. We are still struggling in some areas but we will keep working and I feel we are putting in enough laps and mileage during testing to build ourselves a stronger package for Phillip Island and round one."Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: "Jonathan's best time was done with standard race tires. This afternoon we made a small change with the balance of the bike, to make things more sharp and to concentrate on finding a lap time. We also found some good things with the electronics so Jonathan felt good with the bike. We decided not to put in a qualifying rear tyre as there was no point. We know if he had put in a qualifier he would be faster. I was happy on the first day that the track did not have fantastic grip yet because it is better to work in those conditions to understand the bike. When you have good grip almost everything you test feels good. We have to understand the best way possible with low grip and high grip so this test was very positive."Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: "We continued our test schedule from where we finished last November at Jerez. It was not the perfect test back then but we continued well here; we made a good step forward. We know the regulation change from 2016 to 2017 means we have to adapt the bike set-up as well as we can. Then it is up to the rider, but we made some fundamental tests regarding new parts and today we put all the good things together. At the end of the day Tom was fairly happy with his speed and consistency. We made a good step and we will continue next week in testing. I am sure after the second day of those tests we will be ready to move to Phillip Island for the first race."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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Jan 23, 2017

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

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeJerez Track Sessions Set to Kick-Start KRT's 2017 Title DefenseFIM Superbike World Championship contenders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will be reintroduced to their 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR machines at the popular testing venue of Jerez de la Frontera on 24th and 25th January.After two season-ending test sessions in November of last year, at Motorland Aragon and then Jerez, the official Kawasaki Racing Team riders will be able to exploit the latest race developments on the new model Ninja ZX-10RR during what will be the opening winter tests of 2017 at the 4.423km long Jerez circuit.After so much recent success with the Ninja ZX-10R the RR model has retained the basic characteristics of the three-time championship-winning machine and added even more performance oriented initiatives to compete for greater success this year.Jerez, in the south west of Spain, holds a variety of challenges for riders and machines, featuring superfast curves and tight hairpins, flowing sections and a variety of elevation and camber changes. This makes it a true test of a machine's all-round potential.Rea and Sykes each set impressive lap times during their 2016 tests at Jerez but most importantly of all they made real progress in defining and refining their 2017 race components and electronic systems.The intention at the forthcoming test is reconfirm recent developments and to make final set-up direction choices that will be used for real in the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island in Australia, to be held between 24th and 26th February.Before the beginning of the new season KRT will return to Jerez for the final European winter test on 1st and 2nd February and then Rea and Sykes will take part in two days of official championship organizers' tests at Phillip Island, on 21st and 22nd February.Jonathan Rea, stated: "We have almost completed our winter test program at Jerez after the last test there. We can start 2017 with a base package that we are already satisfied with. We are now starting to put all the pieces of the jigsaw together so I can start to build a package looking toward the first round of the championship at Phillip Island. Jerez is a track that presents different challenges at different times of the year, depending on the temperature and grip levels from the track, so we will have to see what the track surface presents to us when we arrive there. The first test of 2017 is about getting up to speed, throwing away the winter cobwebs and starting to work with my teams again to built up to Phillip Island. We have six days of testing before the first race weekend, so we have enough time to prepare. We have some new parts we are going to evaluate in the search for more power. After the last test we left Jerez very optimistic that we had done a good job both in lap times and consistency."Tom Sykes, stated: "There is no question that Jerez, as a venue, is a good one for testing. That's why so many teams and categories go there for testing. You have to be careful because not only do lap times change day-to-day I find that Jerez is also sensitive to the time of day. We have not shown our full potential yet after the last test because we have not put the perfect set-up together yet. What we have been able to do in previous tests is explore some different parameters, explore a few things on the bike and try to understand more. With the recent technical rules we have not been as close to what I would class as a racing bike as we had been in some previous years. We have been stepping away from that and I have to say that it is about time that I need to try and adjust myself. I have to understand that it is not a thoroughbred racing bike and I need to adapt myself more to this. That has probably been my biggest struggle for the past couple of seasons. Now it is time to accept that there has to be a compromise. I am not able any more to fine-tune the bike set-up as in the past so now I probably need to bring a bit from myself."Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: "We will really start the 2017 project in Jerez with nearly everything in place to attack race one in Australia. We have all been working hard in the winter to improve many areas on the bike and in the team so we will put it all in place at Jerez. KHI and the suppliers have been working a lot to cover the crew chief and rider requests. From the team's side we have been working to define the correct workflow inside our structure and introduce new staff into the system. I'm sure in 2017 we will be able to cover some weak points we had in 2016 and I expect us to have a more competitive package. Let's see were we are in race one in Australia."2017 KRT Rider StatisticsJonathan Rea: World Champion 2015 and 20162017: Races 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 38 (23 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 88 (46 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 8 (4 For Kawasaki)Tom Sykes: World Champion 20132017: Races: 0, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0Career Race Wins: 31 (31 for Kawasaki)Career Podiums: 84 (83 For Kawasaki)Career Poles: 38 (38 For Kawasaki)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics4 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015 & 2016), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)2 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)2 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015 & 2016)Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship StatisticsTotal Kawasaki Race Wins: 91 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Podiums: 307 – third overallTotal Kawasaki Poles: 63 – second overall

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