The Yamaha Factory Racing team wrapped up a successful one-day test at the Aragon Motorland circuit today. Riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo spent the sessions re-confirming areas tested in Monday’s Catalunya test.
The focus was again on a new engine specification, various chassis settings and some electronics. The riders also took time to work on set up for the Aragon track ahead of the race later in the season.
Spies led the majority of the day as the fastest rider on track, only overtaken by team mate Lorenzo towards the end of the session with a gap difference of 0.255 seconds. The Factory riders were followed by satellite Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, making the top four all Yamaha.
Jorge Lorenzo Position 1st – Time: 1’49.187 – Laps 59
“This test has been very important because it’s not easy to find the best set up for the 1000cc bike here as there is so much change from the 800. We tried the engine again like we did in Barcelona, there wasn’t so much difference so the engineers now have to make a decision for moving forward. They will consider the data from today to help them.”
Ben Spies Position 2nd – Time: 1’49.442 – Laps 57
“Today was a good test, to come back after not such a fantastic race on Sunday and be consistently fast here and in the Catalunya test is important. We’ve worked really well with the bike and the electronics and just tried to change a few things and fine tune. The track was a lot better than we thought, we were expecting it to be quite dirty but it wasn’t. I feel like I’m getting back up to the potential of the bike and myself which is good.”
One-Two finish at the Vegas opener gets Kawasaki off to a good start
Irvine, CA (June 5, 2012) – For the first time, the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series will include a Manufactures Championship. Each motorcycle manufacturer will earn points for the top two finishers on their brand at each round.
Kawasaki got off to a strong start at the Las Vegas opener as Colton Haaker on the Lucas Oil backed Kawasaki won his first ever main event ahead of the Justin Soule on the Monster Energy Kawasaki.
The KTM duo of Taddy Blazusiak and Mike Brown earned third and sixth respectively to put the Orange team in second after round one. The Beta and Husqvarna teams are tied for third.
“This is a great way to recognize the motorcycle manufacturers that support the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship and also provides the fans with another reason to cheer on their favorite riders” stated Mike Karsting, VP of Events at Source Interlink. “EnduroCross is extremely tough on the machines so this will be a great reward for the winning manufacturer” he continued.
2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series – Manufacturers Championship Points after Round 1
World Superbike, Misano Adriatico, Republic of San Marino, 5 June 2012
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and his new team-mate Loris Baz will reach the halfway point of the World Superbike season when they complete the forthcoming race weekend at the popular Misano circuit.
Sykes’ immediate hopes for the Adriatic coastal circuit race are to add to his impressive performances on the official Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R and then have an even better second half of the 14-round season than the positive first half he has already enjoyed.
In 2012 so far Sykes has scored a race win at Monza, taken six podiums in total and secured four Superpole wins, but hopes for an even better second half of the season after the San Marino round of the championship is completed at Misano.
The official Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SBK machine is an even more refined and sharpened device in 2012 than it was in 2011 and its capabilities have lifted Sykes to third in the championship table.
He is, in fact, tied for points with second place rider Marco Melandri and they are each only 18 points away from championship leader Max Biaggi.
For relatively recent inductee to the KRT squad Loris Baz, who has replaced the injured Joan Lascorz, Misano is a circuit he knows well. He has not ridden his Ninja ZX-10R at the circuit near the Adriatic coast, however, but since he joined the team at Donington he has adopted a mature approach to riding in an official Kawasaki SBK racing team, learning his way step-by-step.
So far Baz has scored in three of his four individual SBK races and his goals for Misano include getting into Superpole qualifying and then scoring points in each race.
Another history-making ride as he claims KTM’s first-ever U.S. 450 Motocross class win.
LAKEWOOD, ColoRADo – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned his first overall win of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the 450 Motocross class after sweeping both motos at the third round of the series held at Thunder Valley MX Park.
Dungey’s victory marks the first for the KTM brand in the 450 Motocross class. This is the second milestone Dungey has accomplished for the European manufacturer this season.
Dungey earned KTM its first Supercross win at the Phoenix Supercross race earlier this season and now gave KTM its first 450 Motocross overall win just a few months later.
At the start of the first moto, Dungey jumped off the line to a 6th place start. He used the first lap to quickly pass two riders to move up to 4th place.
On the second lap he made a nice pass on Jake Weimer to take over 3rd position. As he started the third lap he caught up to James Stewart and both of them made a pass on Tommy Hahn to take over 1st and 2nd place respectively after the finish line jump. A few corners later, Stewart suffered a crash and Dungey was able to move around and take the lead.
Dungey went on to lead the remaining laps to win by a gap of 22 seconds at the end of the moto.
Dungey followed up his first moto win with a second victory in the next moto. This time, Dungey nailed the holeshot and put his KTM up front early. He led every lap of the 16 lap race and took the moto win and 1st overall for the day. Dungey’s win at Thunder Valley moved him and his KTM 450 SX-F into 1st place in the overall point standings.
Irvine, Calif. (June 4, 2012) – At a stormy Round 3 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colo., Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished second overall with a 2-4 moto result.
The podium finish advanced Weimer from fourth to second in the 450 Class championship standings. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett held onto the coveted red plate for another weekend and extended his points lead with a 3-1 moto result to secure second overall. His teammate Ivan Tedesco put together a solid ride to finish 11th in the 250 Class with a 14-8 moto result. In the 450 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle had a tough time in the first moto, but came back with a vengeance in the second moto, grabbing third to finish 11th overall on the weekend.
Finding His Rhythm
Weimer came to Thunder Valley sitting fourth in the championship points and knew he needed to get a podium soon to remain in the hunt for the title. In the first moto he got a great start on his KX™450F and came around the first lap in second place. Although he got shuffled around the first few hectic laps, getting bumped down to fourth at one point, by the seventh lap Weimer had settled back into second.
With the chaos behind him, he found his rhythm and clicked off the remaining eight laps to finish second. In Moto 2, Weimer got another great start and came around the first lap in third. He continued to ride with smooth precision the first 20 minutes of the race, but by the 11th lap he started to feel the elevation and fellow Kawasaki rider Tickle was able to slip past him. Weimer held on to fourth until the checkers to secure second overall on the weekend and was bumped from fourth to second in the championship points.
“It felt great landing my first 450 Class outdoor podium,” said Weimer. “It was pretty tough out there. After it rained between motos I thought the track was going to be worse, but the rain actually improved the track conditions. I have been feeling a little under the weather the last couple days and the elevation out here seemed to make things even more difficult. Overall, I’m happy with my result, I made progress and that’s the name of the game. Now I just want to rest and recover so I am ready to go at High Point next weekend. This week I will also be moving from California back out to Florida for the remainder of the outdoor season.”
Eyes on the Prize
Since the Hangtown National, Baggett has been working hard to ensure the coveted red plate stays where it began the season, under the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki tent. In the first moto, Baggett had a rough start and found himself at the back of the pack rounding the first turn. However, he was able to work some magic on his KX™250F and passed more than 25 racers on the first lap.
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe had plenty to celebrate after round three of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood on Saturday as team mate James Stewart crashed and failed to score after injuring his wrist.
Metcalfe raced his 2012 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fifth-place overall, which included a podium finish in the first moto, but Stewart crashed while leading the first moto after a lapse of concentration when an individual crossed the track in front of him.
To say that Stewart suffered bad luck would be an understatement of epic proportions: Having won the first four motos of the season, he came into the Colorado event ready to race and he qualified fastest.
In the first 450 moto, Stewart got a decent start and charged ahead on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the lead, but as he attempted to negotiate one of the fastest sections of the course, he unexpectedly encountered a person walking across the track.
Immediately distracted, Stewart went down hard and injured his wrist and, hoping to minimise the damage, he did not race the second moto.
Said Stewart: “I had a good start to the day. Practice was good and we made some small adjustments to the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. In the first moto, my start was not what I wanted, but I was able to make some fast moves to get to the front of the pack. I had about a two-second lead and I was finding some rhythm. Then, as I came off a jump, there was a guy running across the track toward the inside of the turn where my line was. It blew my concentration; I took my eyes off the landing and then it was too late to do anything. Now, I’m just going to train this week and see how my wrist feels, but I want to make sure we’re 100 per cent for Mt. Morris.”
Metcalfe was eager to get back into the mix at Colorado after a tough time at the previous race. He worked with the team all week on setting up the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Feeling comfortable on the bike, Metcalfe qualified fourth and had a great first moto, picking up a podium finish thanks to a third-placed result. In the second moto, he got a good start but got caught up with some riders who crashed in his path. As a result, the Australian had to work his way through the field to 10th. Overall, however, Metcalfe finished the day in a very respectable fifth.
Derived straight from the TE250 platform, the 310 is bored and stroked to 302cc, producing robust torque while also retaining the light weight and agility of a quarter-liter bike.
New Leo Vince exhaust improves power output on the fuel-injected motor of the TE310, which also remains street legal for the enthusiast looking for a hard-core off-road bike with a license plate.
• NEW Upgraded to premium Kayaba shock, stiffer suspension settings on both shock and Kayaba open-cartridge fork.
• NEW All-black, chromoly frame has increased rigidity and strength for optimized handling.
• NEW Leo Vince exhaust flows freer and improves power.
• NEW handlebar clamps offer two different offsets.
• NEW IPD (in-mold plastic design) graphics in striking new black/red color scheme.
• NEW Silver anodized Excel rims.
• Cooling system features thermostat and electric fan.
• Compact, lightweight 302.5cc four-stroke motor with DOHC and four titanium valves based on Enduro World Championship-winning bikes.
• Electric start with kick starter backup.
• Fuel injected with Mikuni D42 EFI system.
• Brembo hydraulic clutch.
• Polished Grimeca hubs front and rear.