Wednesday, 23 April 2014

ESS- Jake Lewis heads to Assen for next round

Following a good start to his FIM European Superstock Championship campaign New Zealand racer Jake Lewis heads  to northern Holland this weekend for the second round of the series. 

Round one at  Aragon in Spain earlier in the month saw Jake  in  a three way battle with his Wil Sport / Agro On/ Racedays Honda team mate Italian  Kevin Manfredi and Australian Adrian Nestorovic right to the line .The 19 year old Kiwi is confident of putting on a good effort this weekend.

Before departing for Holland from his Spanish base Jake commented to Fast Kiwi Media... 

"I'm very excited for this coming weekend at Assen for Round two of the European STK600 Championship on the Agro On / Wil Sport/ Racedays Honda. We are looking forward to improving again on what was a pretty good opening round at Aragon. 

The weather looks like rain all weekend which should make it interesting, but I believe we can be well inside the top ten come race day. Thanks to my team and my mechanic Steve , Agro On , Wil Sport , Racedays Honda , Stadium Finance , Motorcycling New Zealand Inc ,and everyone else back in New Zealand for the support."

Points FIM European Superstock 600 Championship after Round 1

1.M. FACCANIKAWASAKI25
2.A. TUCCIKAWASAKI20
3.W. TESSELSSUZUKI16
4.N. TUULIYAMAHA13
5.I. MIKHALCHIKKAWASAKI11
6.L. SALVADORIKAWASAKI10
7.S. CASALOTTIYAMAHA9
8.G. DUWELZKAWASAKI8
9.K. MANFREDIHONDA7
10.A. NESTOROVICYAMAHA6
11.J. LEWIS (NZL)HONDA5
12.M. MARCHALYAMAHA4
13.M. CANDUCCIKAWASAKI3
14.K. ZEELENYAMAHA2
15.E. LAHTIYAMAHA1

The TT Circuit  at Assen has been part of the World Superbike calendar since 1992 . Also known as the Circuit van Drenthe it has been subject to several modifications over the years since it's opening in 1926 , with the current layout featuring six left handers, eleven right handers and a 300m long start/finish straight.

Words: Fast Kiwi Media /Ian Dawson  fastkiwi@outlook.com


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

BSB-Byrne takes Round 1 at Brands Hatch

Shane Byrne has stormed to double victory today in front of his home crowd today at Brands Hatch, despite a tough time on Saturday, falling in both the free practice and qualifying sessions. The three time champ didn’t let his poor grid position deter him from getting to the front, as he commanded both races to take two all-important victories in his 2014 title challenge.
There was drama from the off in race one as Ryuichi Kiyonari stalled his BMW on the front row, fortunately the Japanese rider was avoided by the other competitors and managed to get away. Chris ‘the Stalker’ Walker took the early lead, before being passed by Josh Brookes into paddock hill bend but then drama struck as the Australian tucked the front coming into Druids. This left Walker a comfortable buffer ahead of the rest of the pack, as he continued to push on looking for his first British Superbike win since Oulton Park in 2012.
Shane Byrne had other ideas though, fighting through the pack from thirteenth on the grid. The determined Kent-man grabbed second place by lap ten and began to chase down the Stalker. James Hillier’s Quattro Plant Kawasaki blew up on the home straight bringing out the red flag on lap eighteen, meaning the race would need to be re-started for a result to be declared.
Starting on pole for the restart, Walker took the early lead with Shakey in tow and despite the forty-something year old’s best efforts to hold off the three-time champ, the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki man took the lead on lap two and didn’t look back.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Methven Mountain Thunder Road Races - A great Success


The 2014 Mountain Thunder Road Race was held in perfect conditions in Methven located at the base of the Southern Alps in Canterbury Organised by The CAMS Motorcycle Club.. Watch the action from Methven . Thanks to Ashburton TV for the footage.

Results :
Pre 82
1st Chris McMeekan GS1000
2nd Toby Tutty GSX1100 
3rd Brian Stephens GSX1100

Pre 63
1st Bruce Verdon Manx Norton
2nd Neville Wills Manx Norton
3rd Chris Kinloch Manx Norton

CAMS Junior Clubmans
1st Bailie Perriton Kawasaki 250
2nd Damian Perriton KR150
3rd Dennis Charlett Kawasaki 250

Thursday, 17 April 2014

MOTOGP - SCHWANTZ JOINS SUZUKI MOTOGP AT AUSTIN TEST

Suzuki’s former World 500cc GP Champion Kevin Schwantz joined the Suzuki MotoGP Test Team for its test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this week. 

The 1993 World Champion, who last raced a MotoGP machine in 2006, completed 11 laps of the 5,513m circuit with a best lap-time of 2’12.75. 

Schwantz, who also tested the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team’s GSX-R1000s, said: “I went on the MotoGP machine after riding the GSX-R1000 Superbike and it felt like going from a 500cc to a 250cc bike; the MotoGP machine is so small and compact! The bike turns, accelerates, goes fast; it does everything and I had fun and really enjoyed it. 

“With this bike you have power and braking so you brake and accelerate and the bike does all the rest. I think Suzuki should race now - the sooner the better! You can test a lot but in the race you really understand. 

“After having ridden the MotoGP machine, I now appreciate much-more the GSX-R and I want to continue to work on that now to prepare for my race at Suzuka in July. So tomorrow I will only ride the GSX-R.” 

With track and air temperatures much cooler than the weekend’s MotoGP second round – and with Monday’s opening day hit by heavy rain and dirty track conditions – Suzuki MotoGP Test rider Randy De Puniet completed 56 laps with a best lap-time of 2’06.41. The team spent a lot of time in the morning session testing new chassis settings and also adjusting the gearbox for the team’s first test on this new-for-them circuit. 

Said De Puniet: “This was a new track for Suzuki but also I have not ridden the bike since February. We spend some time changing the settings and the gearbox ratios, then we continued to compare two different frames and we found again that the best one here was the one we choose in Sepang. And we confirmed it again that this is more-stable in the corner entry. In the afternoon we tested different electronic maps. 
It has been not bad as first day here and I’m confident we can improve tomorrow. Hopefully the track will be cleaner.” 

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team Manager Davide Brivio said: “A positive day on a completely new circuit for us. One of the main targets is to continue the development of the new electronics and also to collect useful information on this track for next year when we will be racing. 

“We have done that today but also we could work on bike settings and chassis comparison. The lap-time is not bad for the first day and we are looking forward to improving tomorrow hoping that the temperature can go up a bit and the track will be cleaner. 
“It was also very emotional to have Kevin Schwantz - everybody’s hero - riding our bike here. He was quite fast considering the conditions, so we’d like to thank Kevin for this gift!” 


words/pics: Suzuki Racing

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Rogan Chandler wins 2014 Bridgestone Scholarship

Teenager Rogan Chandler from Wellington rode his first New Zealand Championship in the 125GP Class this year . 

It was a season filled with ups and downs finishing fifth in overall . but also picking up the 2014 Bridgestone Scholarship Award at the end of the series . He wanted to thank the people who made it possible this year so here is his report.

The first round in Christchurch started off as they usually do, everyone seeing the peeking order and who they thought was gonna be at the top. I wasn't to sure about where I would end up but after qualifying 4th I had a reasonable idea. But the weekend wasn't to good for me A 4th, DNF and another DNF was really disappointing for me because I had gone in expecting to do better like all riders do but I shrugged off that round and went into the next one with a completely different expectations.In between the rounds we fitted a new gearbox for the next round in Timaru , thanks to Kevin Goddard .


Obviously much hadn't changed because after gualifying fourth again I went straight out and crashed totally destroying the bike in Race 1. Dad , Kevin and I spent all afternoon putting it back together we also had lots of help from other 125 riders which was really great and much appreciated.The next two races I just kept my head down and finished so I could get points I ended up getting a third and a fourth which I was really happy with. After the South Island I came back home and got myself ready for the next rounds.