Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ho Chi Fung Claims Le Mans eRoadRacing Victory

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Ho Chi Fung now leads the European Championship after taking first place in Le Mans today, while Sam West and Rhalf Lo Turco took second and third respectively.

Ho Chi Fung - Zongshen - Le Mans
Chi Fung didn’t have the greatest start and lost his position to West at the first corner but it wasn’t long before his AC-motored machine put him back in front.

The real competition was for second place, as Lo Turco and West battled it out throughout the duration of the eight-lap contest.

‘Ho Chi Fung walked away with the race, he has a very fast bike, but I had a lot of fun,’ reported West.

‘Rhalf was pushing me all the way. I lost track of how many times we passed each other in one lap, it was back and forth. He would take me at one corner, I’d have him at the next and then he’d be back in front. It was great fun,’ added West.

Chi Fung’s team mate Su Rong Zai, who was leading the European Championship going into the race, failed to finish after low-si- Zongshending early on in the contest. That means Chi Fung is now at the top of the European table.

‘It was a really good race but when I came off in Valencia, it allowed Su to take the lead in the championship. Now everything has evened out after he came off today, but it’s not just about winning, it’s about developing a fast and efficient bike,’ said Chi Fung.

Despite Rong Zai’s failure to finish, Zongshen still had two bikes in the winners’ paddock after Lo Turco swapped teams after damaging his bike during Thursday’s practice.

In order to ensure he was able to put in a competitive time during Q1, Lo Turco accepted an offer from Zongshen to race on one of their spare bikes. It was a decision which paid dividends.

‘I am a racer and I want to get on the podium, that’s what it is all about,’ said Lo Turco.

‘It was one of the best races I have done this year; myself and Sam had a great dice. It was like going back to our roots again in club racing, and on an electric bike!

‘We tried to preserve the power of the bike during the first few laps but as the race went on, I thought that if I kept inside Sam’s slip stream I would use less energy and try and take him later in the race.

‘So we passed each other a few times but Sam took second in the end. It was a fantastic race though; I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to get out there again.’

At the back, Chris Foster put in a valiant performance on his Renegade Z bike, which was slower than the rest of the competition, to produce a fourth-place finish in front of Le Mans veteran Philippe Monneret.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

FIM eRoad Racing World Cup @ Le Mans Friday 20 September

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The FIM eRoad Racing World Cup will continue at one of the most historic race tracks in the world when Le Mans hosts the series on Friday 20 September.

The ground-breaking FIM eRoad Racing World Cup will complete its European series at Le Mans as teams from across the continent compete for a place in the world final, where they will join triumphant teams from the USA.

Su Rong Zai - China - Zongshen
Frédéric Lénart, CEO of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, said: ‘The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has been a vehicle for progressing mobility, especially in endurance events, since 1923 with the creation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That is why, since 2010, we have been delighted to welcome electric motorcycle racing for the 24 Hours Moto. The FIM eRoad Racing World Cup competition is in line with sustainable development and provides the public with intense racing at a high level, which fits perfectly with the philosophy of our club.’

This will be the third time Le Mans has presented electric motorcycle racing to the world. Previous meetings at the circuit saw European teams compete in 2010, 2011 and 2012. FIM eRoad Racing is part of the 24 Heures Moto’s meeting taking place between Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.

Ho Chi Fung - China - Zongshen
FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series officially sanctioned by the FIM, the worldwide governing body of motorcycle racing, and includes seven races across three continents.

Su Rong Zai currently leads the European Championship with China-based team Zongshen on 61 points, while team mate Ho Chi Fung sits in second place with 50 points.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. From 2014, FIM eRoadRacing will follow a World Championship, with every team competing on each continent for a chance to be crowned world champions.

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Double New Jersey Podium

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Millville, New Jersey - September 16, 2013 – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing continues to rack up impressive podium finishes as the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season draws to a climactic close. This last two days’ double-header race weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, saw Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas race his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two third-place finishes at the penultimate round of AMA Pro Superbike. So far this year, Cardenas has visited the podium at 11 out of 13 races. Turning in a tremendous ride in Saturday’s Superbike race, Cardenas got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and led the first several laps before a red flag was thrown when a rider’s bike leaked oil on the track. After a lengthy delay, the race was restarted and Cardenas battled for the win for the remainder of the race before finishing third. On Sunday, Cardenas again got a good launch and then fought long and hard for his second third-place finish of the weekend.

Martin Cardenas @ Millville, New Jersey
“This was a very long and tough race weekend,” said Cardenas. “On Sunday, I got a good start but I got passed by a couple of riders and they were a little faster than me. Then a few other riders tried to pass me and I fought back, but the leaders got away. I tried to close the gap as hard as I could and it started coming down, little by little. On the last lap, I tried to take over second but it didn’t work out, so I settled for third. Overall, the race was good and I’m very happy with the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. The bike worked great this weekend and I look forward to finishing the season with a little bit better result at Laguna Seca.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark also turned in a solid performance in Saturday’s race. Prior to the red flag, Clark got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and ran in the top 10 until the race was delayed. Afterward, Clark struggled some and finished 14th. On Sunday, Clark again got off the line with the top 10 and then went on to finish 13th.

Chris Clark @ Millville, New Jersey
“It was an interesting weekend,” said Clark. “I felt pretty confident coming into the race. We’ve been slowly chipping away at where we’ve been down. Yesterday, we got a really good start and then there was the fiasco with the oil. On the restart we didn’t have the right set-up to make the tire last. So this morning we made a change that was good for today and I got up to speed pretty quick. Unfortunately, I got a little arm pump but overall I was able to put in a pretty solid race. Now I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca and building on the progress we’ve made so far.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event and the final race of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, the weekend of September 27 - 29, 2013.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

WSBK Superbike Safety Commission! What Safety?

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The FIM, Fédération Internationale de Motociclisme, has issued a press release regarding the Superbike Safety Commission.

ISABELLE LARIVIÈRE - The FIM, together with the FIM Superbike World Championship Race Direction, called a meeting with all World Superbike Riders at Silverstone (United Kingdom), during the ninth Round of the season.

The aim of the meeting was to formalise the intention to create an additional “Superbike Safety Commission” composed by Riders. Those attending were asked to vote for their own representatives, four WSBK Riders plus one WSS Rider. Henceforth, these Riders will represent all the Riders of all series – including the Superstock classes – during meetings, talks and consultations.

At each Round, the Safety Commission will meet to consider proposals for any changes that could be made at the circuit to improve safety, as well as to discuss different aspects and procedures covered by the sporting regulations of the Championship.

The elected Riders’ representatives are: Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) and Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) for WSS.

These Riders will join the existing Superbike Safety Commission composed by the Race Direction members: Igor Eskinja - FIM Safety Officer, Gregorio Lavilla - WSBK Sporting Director, Giulio Bardi - Team and Riders representative, Gianfranco Carloia - WSBK Race Director, and Daniel Carrera, WSBK Championship Director. The first meeting of the Superbike Safety Commission was held last weekend during the German round at the Nürburgring in Germany.

Following the oil on track incident which caused Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier to crash out of race two at the Nürburgring - Race Direction has serious questions to answer - those responsible need to do the decent thing - resign! One would have thought an experienced former World Superbike competitor should be in charge of all things safety at WSBK events, the great Carl Fogarty perhaps!

And now for an update on the conditions of the riders involved in crashes during the WSBK round held at Nürburgring in Germany.

Loris Baz is currently recovering at home in France. Baz injured his back in the warm-up accident and, although there was no spinal or neurological damage from the outset, fractured vertebrae were suspected. His medical situation is now more positive and Loris is already on his way to making what is expected to be a full recovery. Based on the situation so far, the team now hopes Loris to be able to get on track in Turkey on September 15th.

"I feel better now only a few days after the crash but I am still in some pain" said Loris Baz. "We should have more news about my recovery at the beginning of next week when I see more specialists, so we will see what they say. But in general it is better than they thought right after the accident, which is really good. Right now we are looking at a physiotherapy regime to be put in place. If everything works out as it should I will go to Turkey and try to race because my back feels much better than it did on Sunday."

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) has landed to the Isle of Man after the successful surgery he underwent last Sunday night, for a fractured left femur. The break in his leg bone was a fairly clean one and the Ulsterman is already on crutches.

Jonathan Rea: "I'm feeling OK, considering, but I'm still quite sore in other areas apart from my leg. I flew home this morning [Wed 4 Sept] in a private plane, which was organised by my team manager Ronald ten Kate and Honda, so I'm really, really grateful for that. I've walked a few steps on the leg already and we're planning to start rehab as soon as possible. There's no chance of me missing the birth of our first child now, so Tatia and I are both really excited about that."

Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) is back to Andorra where he's trying to recuperate in order to attend the next round of the Championship at Istanbul. The English rider has some bruises on the back of the neck which hopefully won't preven him to take part in the Turkish Round.

After the high-side of Race 2, One-Event participant Matej Smrz' conditions are considered encouraging, despite the heavy impact. The Czech rider will be on track for the next round of the German Superbike, where he races full-time. "I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to race in WSBK" said Matej Srmz. "I would never had this chance to win World Championship points. A big shame about the second race, during the last lap I made a mistake and crashed. I fell really hard because of the rear wheel sliding, so the racing weekend ended up in unlucky way, but it doesn't change the fact that I really enjoyed it!"

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