Club News - 29 April

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29 APRIL



Rea sets another WorldSBK record!

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NW200 and Coleraine Kawasaki Competition

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Dealer Demo Days & Events Coming Up

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Rea Sets Another WorldSBK Record!

Jonathan Rea became the first rider to break through the barrier of 100 race wins for a single manufacturer after taking the Superpole Race victory at Assen. An unfortunate collision with a rival in the second race then saw Jonathan no-score. Alex Lowes was unlucky to not finish in the Superpole race but came back with a strong fourth in the final 21-lap race of the weekend.
Jonathan Rea's record-breaking relationship with his Ninja ZX-10RR and the Assen circuit saw him achieve the total of 100 race wins with one manufacturer after the Superpole Race on Sunday morning.

The planned ten-lap Superpole Race was shortened to nine laps after a sudden red flag was shown on the starting grid. One of the competitor's machines developed a technical issue that had to be checked before racing could continue.

Rea used all his experience to go from fourth to third to second and then the lead, which he took ultimate control of on the final lap from Alvaro Bautista. Rea's eventual margin of victory was 0.220 seconds, but Bautista lost one position for exceeding the track limits on the final lap, promoting Toprak Razgatlioglu to second.

Lowes was on schedule for fourth place in the Superpole Race until a technical issue ended his hopes.

Rea was in confident mood in Race Two, hunting a trio of Assen race wins. He was riding in second place, having closed in on early leader Razgatlioglu, when his rival ran wide into Turn One on lap six. As Razgatlioglu came back onto the racing line Rea was already there and they collided, with both crashing out of contention and no-scoring. The race was won by new championship leader, Bautista.

Lowes was a fighting fourth in the final race, proving that he had strong pace and determination after two unlucky moments in the earlier Assen races. He was the top Kawasaki scorer in Race Two, for his best race finish of the 2022 season so far.

In the overall points' standings Rea leaves Assen second and Lowes is tenth overall. Rea has 91 points to Bautista's 109, with Razgatlioglu third on 64. Lowes has 28 points.

After Assen, Round Three of the WorldSBK championship will take place between May 20-22, at Estoril in Portugal.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “In the crash in Race Two, from my point of view, I drew alongside Toprak on the start-finish straight. He braked 15 metres later than normal. He stopped the bike on the kerb before going off and sacrificed so much speed that my normal apex racing line was so much faster. In this situation at Assen normally the guy on the outside gives way, because someone is coming on the inside. Like I did in Turn One, in the first lap of the race with Lecuona. I went deep - and I understand that you can't come back onto the track. You cannot make sudden movements into the racing line. I was committed to my line going into T2 later in the race. I was in front when we came together because he hit my hip on the rear side. Unfortunate, as it really soured our weekend. My team gave me an incredible bike for the race. I am frustrated for myself, but also Toprak and the fans. We were deprived of a good race. Two into one when that happens doesn't work. We have to be happy with taking 100 race wins for Kawasaki in the Superpole Race. It was a great morning for us! It didn't finish in the best way but I think we can take a lot of confidence that our package is working really well.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “I was pleased with myself to end the weekend with a fourth place in the final race but my pace was better than that. I should not have been in that position. Unfortunately when Jonathan and Toprak went out, I felt like I should have been able to get on the podium, but I did not feel as good as I expected in Race Two. But if you look at it, starting from the fourth row to finish fourth is not too bad. When Redding and Bassani were battling I had to have a few laps trying to save the tyres to try and go fast at the end. The rear was spinning a lot more than I anticipated. It was an OK end to the weekend but I feel I have been a lot better than the results show.”

Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 13th in the Superpole Race and then tenth in Race Two. He is 14th overall after two rounds.

Oliver König (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) took his Ninja ZX-10RR to 23rd place in the Superpole Race and then 18th place in Race Two. Leon Haslam (TPR Team Pedercini Racing) ended his Superpole race in 17th place. In the final race of his Assen weekend he finished 13th, scoring points.

2022 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
2022: Races 6, Wins 3, Podiums 5, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 115 (100 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 220 (178 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 35 (31 for Kawasaki)

Alex Lowes:
2022: Races: 6, Wins 0, Podiums 0, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 29 (9 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)

8 x Riders' Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020), 1 x EVO Riders' Championship (David Salom 2014)
6 x Manufacturers' Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
5 x Teams' Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 174 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 494 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 100 – second overall



North West 200 & Coleraine Kawasaki Competition!

Ireland's largest outdoor sporting event, the North West 200, returns to the North Coast this year (8th – 14th May).  To celebrate, Coleraine Kawasaki have a weekly paddock pass and Club Kawasaki bundle to giveaway to a lucky Club member.  Just email your membership number to motopluskawasaki@btconnect.com, with NW200 Giveaway in the subject line, by Thursday 5th May, or keep an eye on our Facebook & Instagram pages and DM your details.  The winner will be drawn on Friday 6th May and prize must be collected at Coleraine Kawasaki.  Good luck!


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Dealer Demo Days 2022

Kawasaki is pleased to announce the dealers Demo Days events will return in 2022. The Kawasaki demo fleet will visit Kawasaki dealers across the county and will give riders the chance to sample many of the new models in the 2022 range.

With the summer months around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days tour is the perfect opportunity for motorcyclists to discover the latest 2022 machines. 

From exhilarating mid capacity, to top of the line supercharged motorcycles, the following models will be available to ride on the day:

  • Z650
  • Ninja 650
  • Versys 650 Tourer - NEW
  • Vulcan S
  • Z650RS - NEW
  • Z900
  • Z900RS
  • Ninja 1000SX Tourer
  • Ninja H2 SX - NEW
  • Ninja H2 SX SE Tourer - NEW
  • Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer
  • Z H2
  • Z H2 SE
  • Ninja ZX-10R

All test rides must be booked in advance through the sign-up form for the relevant dealer. The test rides will be done in groups on a guided route arranged by Focused Events. If your local Kawasaki dealer isn't included in the list currently, please return to the site at a later date as new events will be added to the calendar.

Once you have completed the sign up form, Focused Events will contact you with further details and to confirm your test ride slot.

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“Our Dealer Demo Days events last year were a huge success, with hundreds of bikers across the country visiting their local Kawasaki dealer to enjoy the chance to ride the latest models. Since then, we've been inundated with requests asking if it was running again for 2022, so we're very pleased to confirm the first dates.

Each event will showcase a wide array of machines, from the versatile Versys 650 to the supercharged Sports Tourer Ninja H2 SX, and the all-new modern classic Z650RS. We're looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.”



SHOWS & EVENTS COMING UP


MCN FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING

The MCN Festival of Motorcycling is back and bigger than ever! 

  • Test ride the latest 2022 bikes: Hundreds of test rides will be available to try over the weekend
  • Non-stop racing action: The Live Action Arena will be packed with non stop day-time racing action
  • Looking for new riding gear? Find great deals and bargains on biking kit & accessories
  • Stunt shows: Watch jaw-dropping stunt displays
  • Club Zone: Browse the UK's best club displays
  • Camp for the weekend: Grab your tent and make a weekend of it! Campers get early entry into the show plus access to the evening entertainment
  • NEW FOR 2022: Silverstone Auctions: A live auction of classic and contemporary motorcycles


VIP Hospitality - WorldSBK - Donington Park - 17 July

Tickets currently still remaining - book now! 

  • Weekend admission - 16-17 July
  • Sunday suite access & hospitality – 17 July only
  • Morning coffee with a hot breakfast
  • Hot buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea & cakes
  • In suite bar serving house wines, beers & soft drinks
  • Television with live feed and timing
  • Parking pass - 1 per booking
  • Directors' Suite – the best views of the circuit with balcony on three sides of the suite, located by Goddards
  • Rider appearances from Kawasaki Racing Team - Jonathan Rea & Alex Lowes - subject to timings & team discretion on the day

BSB Hospitality at Brands Hatch - July & October

We're giving our Club Kawasaki members a unique chance to get trackside at Brands Hatch BSB in our all-new Kawasaki suite! Overlooking one of the best corners in the world, the iconic Paddock Hill, the newly refurbished suite is the perfect place to celebrate being able to return to watch the bar-bashing thrills and spills that is the British Superbike Championship.

Included in the package will be weekend entry tickets, ensuring you can watch every minute of the action, and full hospitality on the Saturday. Based on the main straight, you will be able to enjoy the very best views and can see almost the entire Indy circuit and podium directly from our Kawasaki suite. There is also a large outdoor decking area for you to enjoy, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and (hopefully!) glorious sunny weather.  

Guests will be able to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast to kick-start the day, while a delicious lunch and host of sweet treats ensures there really is no better place to be for a day at the races. To make your day even more special, rookie sensation Rory Skinner and Lee Jackson will be stopping by for a unique meet and greet.*

Want to join us in the new Kawasaki suite? Tickets are available now and cost £149 – but be quick, there's only a limited number available!







 

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