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Superbike World Championship – Spain (Jerez), October 201723.10.2017

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Another title for Kawasaki

Thanks to Jonathan Rea’s new twin-win on the Jerez circuit, in Spain Kawasaki made sure they’d clinched the World Championship title. A new reward for an exceptional season.

The Races

On a circuit where he has never really shone before, Jonathan Rea chalked up a new twin-win, bringing his number of victories this season to fourteen. And while he made the most of Melandri’s technical problems on Saturday afternoon, his success the next day was due to no-one other than himself.

I just had a perfect bike today, I could not have dreamed better.

Jonathan Rea

Making the podium of the first race, Tom Sykes had to settle for fifth place in the second. Finishing six seconds behind the winner, the Brit complained of a traction control problem. Called in to replace Randy Krummenacher at Pucetti Racing, Sylvain Guintoli showed his stuff by taking sixth and eighth place. In Supersport, Anthony West was tasked with replacing the unfortunate Kenan Sofuoglu who suffered a fractured pelvis when he fell in Portugal. The eclectic Australian rider rose to the challenge by making it to the podium. Canducci crossed the finish line in eleventh position while Bassani, Ryde’s replacement, took the points for 14th place.

The Championship

After the rider’s title, the manufacturer’s title. For Kawasaki, it’s the third in a row.

The manufacturers’ world championship title is not only due to the bike, the rider, the staff or the team of engineers. It is the result of the work of each person involved since the beginning in this project, whether on the track or at the race service in Japan. Everyone has made a difference and I am very proud to have contributed.

Jonathan Rea

In the riders’ standings, Chaz Davies joined Tom Sykes in second place. The battle for the title of vice-world champion will be fought during the final race of the season in Qatar. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu retained his second position despite his absence in Jerez. Kyle Ryde is now thirteenth and Canducci fourteenth.

The Background

Although the category is subject to particularly strict regulations, Superbike riders do not use just any old fuel. At Kawasaki, they use a gasoline specially developed in the Total laboratories of the Solaize Research Centre. Before being used in the race, this fuel is tried out on the test bench, and then confirmed in use on a circuit.

We have a key partner with Akira, the preparer of the Japanese brand’s engines, which also allows us to test potential fuels between two championships. Because in Superbike, to limit costs, development is prohibited from the first race onwards.

Romain Aubry
one of the engineers assigned to research

It’s now been twenty years since Total’s engineers started working hand-in-hand with the engine manufacturers at the Kawasaki plant. The cooperation started in MotoGP before focusing on the Superbike World Championship, when the Japanese manufacturer decided to revise the strategy of its commitment in motorsports

23.10.2017