TOMAC SECURES CONSECUTIVE AMA PRO MOTOCROSS 450MX CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed the true heart and determination of a champion on 25 August aboard his KX450F as he was able to successfully defend his AMA Pro Motocross title and clinch the championship for the second straight year in a row. The championship came down to the last moto of the 12 round series in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Proving persistence pays off, Tomac and the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team popped the champagne bottles to celebrate the newly crowned two-time champion after a hard-fought season.

Tomac and the Monster Energy Kawasaki team arrived early to the track ready to get the job done, but quickly realized that the fight for the championship was not going to come easy as the rain began to pour all morning . Due to weather delays, the practice sessions were cut down to just one timed session. This meant that qualifying was going to play a huge role in determining a good gate position, which is crucial to a good start in order to stay dry and maintain clear vision. Tomac went out for qualifying in the wet conditions and set the fastest lap time with a 2:41.8; a time more than a second faster than the next quickest competitor.

As the gate dropped for Moto 1 with rain coming down, Tomac aboard his KX450F jumped out of the gate to a fifth place start where he was able to begin his attack on the field given the tricky track conditions. Through the early laps of the race and some technical navigation, Tomac was able to slide his way into second place, but became victim to the slippery conditions and slid out on Lap 7. Tomac quickly remounted in third place and pushed hard to track down the competition. Unable to bridge the gap to the race leader before the time ran out, the points leader was able to successfully pass one other rider, finishing in second place and keeping a 24-point lead going into the final moto.

The rain had come to a halt and the track began to dry as the gate dropped for Moto 2. Tomac needing to only earn one point with a finish of 20th or better to guarantee him the championship, got out to a 15th place start where he was challenged with vision issues during the early stages of the race. Acknowledging that he needed to ride smart, Tomac would eventually settle into ninth-place, where he ultimately would finish the race. Tomac rounded out the day with a 2-9 score for fourth place overall, more than enough to earn his second consecutive AMA Pro Motocross championship in the premier class.

“It’s pretty incredible,” said Tomac. “We came into the motocross season with one goal, and that was to repeat what we did last year and to accomplish that is just awesome. It has been 12 years since someone won back-to-back titles in the premier class, so that shows you how hard it is to do which makes this championship that much sweeter. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this Monster Energy Kawasaki team.”

450MX Race Results
1. Justin Barcia                  (1-1)
2. Ken Roczen                   (3-2)
3. Marvin Musquin             (4-3)
4. Eli Tomac                      (2-9)

450MX Rider Point Standings
1. Eli Tomac                      527
2. Marvin Musquin             511
3. Ken Roczen                   445

NINJA H2 SETS WORLD SPEED RECORD AT BONNEVILLE SPEED WEEK

Team 38, an independent racing team made up of Kawasaki engineers and test riders, were in America to compete in this year’s Bonneville Speed Week motorsports event held at the Bonneville Salt Flats from August 11th through 17th. Entering the P-PB 1000 class, for production models with supercharged engines up to 1000 cm3, the team succeeded in setting a world speed record of 209.442 mph (337.064 km/h) on the Kawasaki flagship Ninja H2.

Bonneville Speed Week, where motorcars and motorcycles gather to challenge world land speed records, is held each year in August at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the largest of many salt flats located west of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. The well-recognised land speed event has a history stretching back more than 100 years. Riding on the salt is challenging; the surface is very slippery, so simply preparing a bike to go as fast as possible will not result in a record-setting speed. Finding a way to suppress rear wheel spin, and the rider’s skill at keeping the bike on track are both necessary components for success. And since allowable modifications are severely limited in P-PB 1000 class contested this year, the base performance of the bike is also extremely important.

On August 14, the Ninja H2 prepared by Team 38 clocked a speed of 211.621 mph (340.571 km/h). This was followed on August 15 by a return run of 207.263 mph (333.557 km/h). The average speed of the two runs 209.442 mph (337.064 km/h) was recognised as a world speed record in its class, illustrating the lofty performance of the Ninja H2.

Let the Good Times Roll.

 

LEON HASLAM JOINS KRT

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.
Leon is an experienced WorldSBK campaigner, with five race wins and 39 podiums to his credit.
Leon will begin his working relationship with KRT during this year’s winter test programme. #NinjaSpirit #LetTheGoodTimesRoll

GREEN SWEEP

Kawasaki sweeps the top 4 positions at Donington Park over the weekend in the World SSP300 class. Ana Carrasco took a clear lead and then a win by over 4.602 seconds from her own team-mate, Dorren Loureiro, from South Africa. Borja Sanchez was the third Kawasaki Ninja 400 rider with Enzo De La Vega fourth.

THREE FOR ET3

Three for ET3!

Eli Tomac claims 3 from 3 consecutive overall wins on his Kawasaki KX450F at Thunder Valley in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

SHANE RICHARDSON VICTORIOUS AT ROAD AMERICA

Flying Kiwi Shane Richardson was victorious in the Stock 1000 class at Road America over the weekend. “It’s been a really good weekend,” said Richardson. “This is my first win in MotoAmerica since coming here last year, so we’re pretty stoked with that. It’s been a long year and a bit for us, but we’re happy to finally stand on the top step.”
Ninja 400 rider Ashton Yates also took victory in the Junior Cup Class.

Photos Courtesy of Brian J Nelson.