American Joshua Day will be racing in the World Supersport Championship in 2012. Day spent the 2011 season in the European Superstock 600 where he took two race wins, multiple podiums, and a few pole positions. Day finished second overall in the European Superstock 600 and is now ready for the World challenge.
Day will be able to stay on a Kawasaki during the 2012 season as he has just signed on to race with the Italian Go Eleven Team.
“I’m really glad to have been given this opportunity after such a great year with Kawasaki in STK 600 and I’m going to do my best to give Go Eleven the results they deserve,” Day said. I have to thank Gianni Ramello of Team Go Eleven for putting his faith in me and also Kawasaki, Leo Vince, Gina Nadeau from Competition Sports, and Gerry Bryce from Racedays for working so hard to put this package together. I know most of the circuits now, and I know I can be fast on the Kawasaki so we’ll be going for the win from day one.”
Day will be riding for team owner Gianni Ramello on the Go Eleven team.
“When I first saw Josh in Stock 600 I had a dream to have him in my team,” Ramello said. “Now the dream has become reality! I think that Josh has really great qualities and that together we can do great things. The team is very excited about this and we cannot wait to start working. I believe in young people and the philosophy of my team is to give them the opportunity to advance. And so I wanted Josh to join us and I will also continue with the talented Christian Gamarino in STK 600. Thanks to Kawasaki and to all those who are so enthusiastic to take part in this project – the mechanics, and our great team manager Denis Sacchetti. I’m sure that Josh is really the right man for this team and I feel that we can take away great satisfaction.”
Leon Camier completed his first test with the Crescent Suzuki Team this wee at Portimao. Camier’s teammate, John Hopkins, couldn’t make the test due to an injury, but recently crowned British Supersport Champion Alastair Seeley was there to help test the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Camier’s first day of testing didn’t go too smoothly due to a front brake issue, but after the slow start the Crescent Suzuki team was able to gradually increase its speed.
Camier posted a best lap time of 1’43.7, a second off of Eugene Laverty who set the fastest time of the session on his Aprilia. Seeley was also able to post an impressive time. Seeley ended the final day of testing with a 1’43.5 lap.
“Unfortunately we had a few issues throughout the test, which can easily happen with new parts and systems, but I must say I really like the initial feel of the bike,” Camier said. “The first day was pretty much lost due to the front brake problem and we had some issues with the new electronics – so there is still a lot to try out still with the chassis to find the exactly right set-up for me.
“But at least we now know what needs to be done and we can head in the right direction at the next test, where I hope to get a lot more time out on track to find my ideal setting and post some faster lap times.”
Alastair Seeley added:
“This was certainly a tough track to learn with its many undulations, but I soon got into the swing of things. We didn’t do an awful lot to the chassis set-up of the bike and focused mainly on the electronics, which just kept getting better throughout. Towards the end the bike felt really good and I managed to post a good time on the soft tyres.”
Meet the new ZX-14R. Kawasaki’s hypersport motorcycle has garnered plenty of attention since it was unveiled, and for good reason. With more than 200 horsepower and a top speed of just under 200 mph, the ZX-14R is built for the dragstrip.
“It’s gotta be ugly competing against the ZX-14 year after year. When it arrived on the big-bore sportbike stage in 2006, the big Ninja blew everyone’s minds – owners, journalists and competitors – with its incredible thrust, sport-tourer comfort, agile handling and aerodynamic full-coverage bodywork. Continuous refinement has kept the 14 a step ahead of the competition, all while filling enthusiasts’ face shields with wild, ear-to-ear grins.”
AMA Drag Racing Champion Rickey Gadson points out the highlights in the ZX-14R introduction video.
Here’s the video from Kawasaki.
While most of the World Superbike grid was at Portimao for their final three days of testing before the winter break, Kawasaki riders Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz hit the track at Valencia.
The KRT Racing Team tested for three days at Valencia, where Sykes set a best lap of 1’33.1, which is about a tenth of a second faster than the fastest qualifying time set at the circuit.
“The tests went well and we ended up doing a 1’33.1 lap time on a race tire,” Sykes said. “We have worked through a lot of different things, we are working well in the garage and I am relaxed… We have a new electronics package and found a better overall machine balance for me… I think we have come a long way even since the post-season Portimao test. The bike tells me what it is doing quite a lot better than before, and the improved feedback tells me when I am arriving at the limit.”
Sykes and Lascorz worked with the KRT Superbike team to get the Ninja ZX-10R race ready since a new testing ban will keep the World Superbike riders won’t be able to ride during the winter months.
The KRT Team will get to hit the track one more time before the 2012 World Superbike season begins at Phillip Island. Sykes and Lascorz will have their final testing session in mid-January at Almeria.
“I am very happy the way the test went because I set good lap times and I was very happy with the performance of the bike and the team,” Lascorz said. “We made a lot of changes to the bike, changed a lot of general settings and worked on the suspension. Some are now much different from last year. All the staff worked well together again. I think I learned most from this test in terms of finding out more about our latest machine settings and then finding a more consistent good pace. These things should allow us to challenge closer to the top in 2012. Tom was very fast and we both worked well with race tires.”
The International Motorcycle Show will start its 12 city journey this weekend in San Mateo, California, on November 18th. The 2011-2012 cross country show will feature new interactive features to entertain and educate attendees.
The three-day shows will showcase the newest models from more than 25 manufacturers. The International Motorcycle Show will also have a “Dream Pavilion” where they will display some of the most luxurious motorcycles in the world. Attendees will also be able to create their perfect motorcycle in the new Kawasaki Design-A-Bike interactive digital painting experience.
According to a press release, the IMS show this year will have more bikes on the floor this year than in at any previous show. Ducati and Triumph will also be joining the show this year so you’ll be able to see just about everything you could want under one roof.
And if browsing new motorcycles doesn’t get you excited, you’ll also be able to check out the Smage Bros Stunt Show.
“After last year’s shows concluded, we worked incredibly hard to talk to both non-show goers and loyal enthusiast attendees to identify new ways to add value to the ticket for everyone, broaden our current enthusiast motorcycle market and find new ways to reach entirely new audiences,” said Kerry Graeber, Brand Director, Progressive International Motorcycle Shows. “We wanted to give our consumers more to do and see throughout their time at the shows and we have certainly achieved it. We will also have new model debuts, dozens of manufacturers represented and more exciting attractions to make this show wall-to-wall bikes and wall-to-wall excitement.”