ENI KAWASAKI RACE TEAM PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

ENI, distributed by TransDiesel, is title sponsor of the NZ Kawasaki race team 2018/19 season.

TransDiesel, along with their Eni brand is delighted to announce a very exciting partnership and sponsorship with the Kawasaki NZ motocross race team.

“TransDiesel has a long history of supporting motorsport around the country from building engines and transmissions for Truck Racing to long-term support of Andre Heimgartner in the V8 supercars. Motorcycling has a lot of synergies with our business both in customers, and passion from our own staff, so last year we started sponsoring both the New Zealand Motocross and Supercross Championships.
The title sponsorship of the Kawasaki MX team is a big step forward from last year and something we are truly excited about and looking forward to the coming season.” commented Jason Steele, TransDiesel Aftersales Business Manager.

“Kawasaki NZ is proud to present the Eni Kawasaki Race Team for the 2018/2019 New Zealand motocross season.
We welcome Eni, distributed by TransDiesel, as title sponsor to the team”, remarked Graeme Leach, Kawasaki Motorcycle Distributors Sales & Marketing Manager.
“Partnering with Eni represents an exciting partnership which is sure to herald a successful season for the team. Eni is a globally recognisable and respected brand that has aligned itself with motorsports such as Moto GP and Formula 1 internationally, so it makes sense to build this association at a national level” Leach added.

Eni Kawasaki Race Team has recruited Ethan Martens to campaign the season on the 2019 KX250 in the MX2 class and Cohen Chase to campaign the 2019 KX450 in the MX1 class.

Headquartered in Christchurch, with 16 branches nationwide TransDiesel Ltd is the exclusive distributor for Eni oils and lubricants. Eni offer a comprehensive range of specialist lubricants including the i-ride motorcycle products, which are high-tech oils with top performance standards that enable engines of every type to produce their maximum performance and achieve the best results. The range includes engine, gear and fork oils, coolants, brake fluids and other lubricants.

Let the Good Times Roll

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.

 

ENI KAWASAKI RACE TEAM DEBUTS AT SAND PRIX

The ENI Kawasaki Race Team debuted at the 2018 Sand Prix event held on the 18-19 of August at the Kawasaki Sand Track.

Ethan Martens managed a 1-3-3 scorecard for third overall in the MX2 class aboard his 2019 KX250.

Cohen Chase came away with a 2nd in the first race but unfortunately had DNF’d the 2nd and 3rd race in the MX1 class aboard his KX450.

Let the Good Times Roll.

ETHAN MARTENS SIGNS WITH KAWASAKI RACE TEAM

Kawasaki NZ is proud to sign Ethan Martens to the Kawasaki Race Team.
Ethan will be contesting the 2018/2019 New Zealand motocross season aboard the 2019 KX250.
#KX250 #LetTheGoodTimesRoll #KawasakiNZ

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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

Kawasaki NZ becomes track sponsor of Kawasaki Sand Track in Mercer

Kawasaki comes of board to sponsor the Pukekohe Motorcycle Club and their motocross track in Mercer, New Zealand. We are proud to announce the Sand Track will now be named the Kawasaki Sand Track. The renowned sand track is on Kimikimi Rd in Mercer, just South of Auckland. Visit www.pmcc.co.nz for more details on their facility.

COHEN CHASE SIGNS WITH KAWASAKI RACE TEAM

We catch up with Cohen Chase to ask a few questions about contesting the upcoming New Zealand motocross season aboard the new 2019 KX450.

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Kawasaki Track Day - 27 April 2018

The Kawasaki Track Day in association with The California Superbike School took place on the 27 April 2018 at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo. Thanks to nearly a hundred riders who took to the track to test their skills and motorcycles. Let the Good Times Roll #KawasakiNZ

Posted by Kawasaki NZ on Sunday, 29 April 2018

KAWASAKI TRACK DAY

The Kawasaki Track Day in association with The California Superbike School took place on the 27 April 2018 at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo. Thanks to nearly a hundred riders who took to the track to test their skills and motorcycles.

Let the Good Times Roll.

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.