Superbike World Championship Qatar

Rea crowned, Kawasaki king

Virtually assured of the championship title on arriving in Qatar, Jonathan Rea logically won his second world champion crown. Tom Sykes completed the success of the Kawasaki team, ensuring second place overall.

The Races

Needing only two points to be crowned, Jonathan Rea had no reason to go all out in the last round of the season held on the Losail circuit. The Brit therefore satisfied himself with a second place on Saturday afternoon, but not before taking pole position a little earlier and winning his second world champion title in a row.

Fourth in the first race, Tom Sykes meanwhile found himself threatened by Chaz Davies, the winner, who was determined to outflank the Kawasaki rider to take second place in the championship. Everything depended on Sunday’s race as a result, reduced to ten laps after a trace of oil required a red flag. Although Davies won again, Sykes was able to rely on the helping hand of his teammate who kindly gave him second place.

In so doing the two Kawasaki riders finished the 2016 season with the two first places of the World Superbike Championship. In Supersport Kenan Sofuoglu finished six milliseconds away from victory. Randy Krummenacher finished fifth.

The Championship

After joining Kawasaki last season, Jonathan Rea this season won his second world champion title ahead of his teammate Tom Sykes. Taking the last podium of the year together, the two Brits also allowed Kawasaki to win the constructors’ title with 582 points, 65 more than the runner-up to the Japanese manufacturer. Assured of his world title on arriving in Qatar, Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to help Randy Krummenacher in his quest for the place of vice-champion in the World Supersport standings. The Swiss rider eventually finished in third place overall two points away from the second-placed rider, France’s Jules Cluzel.

The Background

Less than two years after entering the new ZX-10R to motorsports, this season the Kawasaki team made a clean sweep of the championships, winning the riders’ title, the manufacturers’ title and the team title! Three well-deserved world champion crowns and a magnificent twin-win for Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

There are magical moments and this is undeniably one of them […] Seeing our two riders in the first two places in the championship says a lot about their investment. Now we need to keep working, because I am sure that next year the competition will be even hotter.

Guim Roda, Team Manager for the Greens

For Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager Steve Guttridge, the triple crown rewards the work of a whole team once again.

I have to congratulate both riders but also to all those who make up this great team. Without them, nothing would be possible.

Steve Guttridge

MotoGP World Championship, Malaysian Grand Prix

Miller the most

Tenth in Australia, eighth in Malaysia, Jack Miller set things right again at the end of the season, which is good news for the next MotoGP championship.

The Races

Once again, the rain disrupted the weekend of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Even though the temperatures were much warmer than at Phillip Island, the showers further complicated the work of the riders and their teams. Avoiding the traps as he managed to do in Australia, on his home home turf, Jack Miller once again fought it out with the top ten. He crossed the finish line in eighth position this time but above all was the first Honda rider.

Lacking feeling on the wet track, Rabat could do no better than eighteenth. In Moto2, the two riders of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS shone between the raindrops. For a long time the race leader, Morbidelli only bowed out in the final laps against the now twin world champion Johann Zarco. Marquez recovered from his tough Australian weekend by snatchin­g a nice seventh place.

The Championship

With his new second place, Morbidelli is now only six points from the third place in the championship, held by Alex Rins. Marquez has moved back up to twelfth position. In MotoGP, Miller has moved up one place, and is now seventeenth. Rabat has slipped back to twenty-first.

The Background

I didn’t think Johann was going to attack like that at the end of the race. He could have stayed behind me since a second place was all he needed to win the title…

Franco Morbidelli

At the finish of the Malaysian Grand Prix he ended with a new second place, his fourth since the beginning of the season, Franco Morbidelli was still in good humour. The friendly rider of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS not only scored his fourth podium in a row, but is also becoming increasingly effective. An associate of the Academy VR46, the Italian is a student highly appreciated by the master Valentino Rossi.

Franco is not far from victory,” ensures the nine-time world champion. “He’s a talented and hardworking young rider. As soon as he wins his first Grand Prix, he’ll move up a gear. He has everything he needs to become a candidate for the Moto2 world champion title starting next year.

Valentino Rossi

For now, Franco would like to get the upper hand over Rins at the next race in Valencia and take third place in the overall classification.

MotoGP: Australian Grand Prix (Phillip Island)

Morbidelli within a hundredth of victory

Leading at the exit of the last bend on the Phillip Island circuit, Franco Morbidelli had his first Grand Prix victory stolen right under his nose at the finish line. But his time will come.

FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA  ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS  KALEX Moto2  GP Australia 2016 (Circuit Phillip Island) 21-23/10.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

The Races

This time, Franco Morbidelli nearly made it to the top step of the podium. After two complicated free practice sessions and a few falls that never managed to shake his confidence, the Italian rider completed a near perfect Australian Grand Prix. Leading at the exit of the last bend, Morbidelli had victory stolen from him by Tom Lüthi right under his nose.

Experience tells, but you cannot find fault with Franco, he rode very well and I am sure that his first win is not far away.

Michael Bartholemy

His teammate didn’t make it to the start. Victim during the practice test sessions of a heavy fall after hitting Julian Simon who had run out of gas, Álex Márquez spent the night from Saturday to Sunday at Melbourne hospital. Back on the circuit for the warm-up despite sharp pains in the back and abdomen, the Spaniard was suffering too much to compete in the race. In MotoGP Jack Miller scored a good tenth place while Tito Rabat finished in sixteenth position, one away from any points.

The Championship

With the twenty points he pocketed in Australia, Franco Morbidelli has now climbed to fourth place in the Moto2 championship. Having had to withdraw, Marquez has slipped back to fourteenth position. There was no change in the MotoGP standings. Miller and Rabat remain in seventeenth and twentieth positions respectively in the championship.

The Background

This time, Jack Miller was equal to the task. Racing on home turf, the rider of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS handled the pressure of his country’s Grand Prix perfectly and no doubt had his best weekend since his victory in the Netherlands. The performance all the more remarkable in that the conditions were particularly atrocious last weekend at Phillip Island, with polar cold, incessant rain and raging gusts of wind.

It was very complicated, especially during the practice test sessions because the track conditions changed constantly. You had to have the right tires at the right time.

Jack Miller

Fifth on the starting grid, Jack signed his best qualifying time of the season. And in the race, he fought it out until the last lap for seventh place with riders such as Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Danilo Petrucci and Stefan Bradl. Starting with a front tire that he had not had time to evaluate during the practice test sessions, the Australian regaled the audience by trading places tit for tat with his opponents.

The important thing was to cross the finish line and score a few points and that’s just what I did

Jack Mller

MotoGP-Grand Prix of Japan

Morbidelli on the Move

As in Alcaniz three weeks ago, Franco Morbidelli once again made it to the Moto2 podium in Japan. Tito Rabat has regained points in MotoGP.

FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA  ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS  KALEX Moto2  GP Japan 2016 (Circuit Twin Ring Motegi) 14-16/10.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

The Races

Finishing third as in the last race in Aragon, in Japan Morbidelli took his fifth podium in eight races. A series of results that confirms the build-up of the rider of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team. Starting from the front row, Morbidelli rode a good section of the race behind Lüthi, the eventual winner, before having to leave second place to Zarco. Attacked late in the race by Nakagami, the Italian immediately retaliated to keep his place on the podium. Also seeking his second podium in a row, Alex Marquez unfortunately fell early in the race just as he had slipped into seventh place. In MotoGP, Tito Rabat finished fourteenth after two Grands Prix during which he didn’t score a single point. On the other hand, Jack Miller was even less successful when he returned to racing after several long weeks of absence. The Aussie fell in the seventh lap when he hoped to finish in the top ten.

The Championship

Taking advantage of his podium and Sam Lowes’s fall, Franco Morbidelli is now only five points from fourth place in the Moto2 championship. Marquez has lost a place in the overall standings, and is now thirteenth. In MotoGP, Rabat has kept his twentieth position while Miller has slipped into the eighteenth spot.

The Background

With the Japanese Grand Prix, the teams in the MotoGP world championship have begun a series of three races in three weeks which after Motegi, will take them to then to Australia and Malaysia.

It’s an intense period which is as exciting as it is complicated to negotiate; You have to manage the fatigue of the series while avoiding any injury that could jeopardize the future.

Michael Bartholemy
boss of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team

This overseas tour is equally delicate for the men and women from the Total Group who supply the fuel. In the month of August, some 18,000 litres of gasoline, manufactured in the Total ACS research centre in Givors, which left the port of Rotterdam bound for Japan, Australia and Malaysia on three different ships. You have to anticipate any delays in shipping or possible customs clearance problems. Fortunately, we have a highly efficient logistics service that takes charge of everything.

Jacky Hutteau
head of the distribution of Elf fuel to the race circuit

Superbike World Championship Jerez

Harvest Time!

After winning in Spain, Kenan Sofuoglu has become the first Kawasaki rider to win a world championship this season. The Japanese manufacturer has also already secured both the manufacturer’s title in the Superbike and Supersport categories.

 

SOFUOGLU Kenan (TUR) Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R Supersport  WSBK Lausitzring 2016 (Circuit Lausitzring)  16-18.09.2016  PSP / Mateusz Jagielski  www.photoPSP.com

The Races

Although he thought he’d win the title at Magny-Cours, because of an unfortunate fall Kenan Sofuoglu was forced to wait a while to achieve his aim. The Kawasaki rider caught up the lost time by winning masterfully in Spain. This success, the 38th of his career in Supersport, gives him his fifth world champion title. In Superbike, Jonathan Rea is right next to winning a new crown. In Jerez, the title-holder made it twice to the podium, as did Tom Sykes. The two riders shared the second and third places in the weekend’s races, both won by Chaz Davies.

The Championship

This means Kenan Sofuoglu won’t have to wait for the last race in Qatar to win his fifth title as World Supersport champion. The win in Jerez makes it the Turkish rider’s third title riding for Kawasaki. Randy Krummenacher was the only one who was still capable of posing a problem. But a fall early in the race when he was in the lead ruined the Swiss rider’s last hopes, leaving him now only three points ahead of Jules Cluzel. In Superbike, Jonathan Rea now leads Tom Sykes by forty-eight points. The reigning world champion only needs two points to keep his crown.

The Background

Kenan Sofuoglu was not the only one to be crowned champion in Jerez. The first race of the World Superbike weekend in Andalusia was all the Kawasaki rider needed to take the manufacturers’ world championship title, even before obtaining the same consecration in the Supersport category.

A just reward for the work done by the whole team and the performance of our two excellent riders.

Steve Guttridge
Manager of Kawasaki Racing Europe

This year, with one more race still to run in Qatar, the ZX-10R has already scored fourteen victories. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have also made it to the podium thirty-eight times, eight times in a twin-win for the Kawasaki team.

We can be proud of what we have accomplished, winning the title in the first season with a new model demonstrates how it well it works.

Gim Roda,
Team Manager

A good sign for future times, because as Tom Sykes says:

We are still far from exploiting the full potential of our new machine.

An early warning for Kawasaki’s Team Green opponents next season.

Superbike World Championship France (Magny-Cours)

Kawasaki Supersport champion

The title of Supersport world champion can no longer escape one of the two Kawasaki riders. With two races to go, Kenan Sofuoglu is on the inside track to take a fifth crown.

 

The Races

After winning another pole position on Saturday afternoon, Kenan Sofuoglu no doubt thought he’d take the top step of the podium on Sunday at the Magny-Cours circuit to win his fifth world championship title.

Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki ZX-6R  Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Supersport  WSBK Magny Cours 2016 (Circuit Magny Cours) 01-02/10.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

I started in the lead and rode without really forcing myself, I increased the lead over my opponents, and then in the twelfth lap I fell without understanding why. Fortunately I still have two races in which to clinch my fifth title.

Kenan Sofuoglu

Fifth on the finish line after pointing in twelfth position early in the race, Randy Krummenacher is keeping the suspense alive. In Superbike, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes rode neck and neck in the two races of the weekend. The first took place on a drying track which forced both Kawasaki riders, starting with rain tires, to change tires along the way. Sykes managed to take third place on the podium while Rea had to settle for fourth. On Sunday afternoon, Jonathan took his revenge by beating his teammate. The two Kawasaki riders mounted together on the podium in a race won by Chaz Davies as the day before.

 

 

The Championship

Despite his Did Not Finish, Kenan Sofuoglu keeps his 42-point lead over Randy Krummenacher. Since the championship leader also has a 55-point lead over Jules Cluzel, the title of Supersport world champion can no longer escape one of the two Kawasaki riders. In Superbike, 48 points separate Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes just before the French round of the World Superbike Championship. Tom Sykes has a 33-point lead over Chaz Davies.

 

 

The Background

After the World SBK and the World SSP 600, here’s the World SSP 300! This is the new competition that will take place next year in the Superbike world championship calendar alongside the premier-class and intermediate-class categories. Like Moto3 in relation to MotoGP, the World SSP category will be reserved for young riders and new 300 cm3 sports bikes that most manufacturers develop today, especially for the South-East Asian market. Kawasaki will be able to enter their Ninja 300 two-cylinder with a minimum weight limit of the order of 140 kg.

This new competition for riders aged 15 and older has been designed to find new talent. We also want the SSP 300 category to develop in all of the national championships, and not only in emerging countries.

Vito Ippolito
President of the International Motorcycling Federation

 

For the manufacturers, this new World SSP 300 category will obviously serve as a reservoir with the creation of genuine career pathways.

It means we’ll have an affordable series for young riders with a real lift to the Superbike class.

Javier Alonso
Executive Director of the World SBK