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MOTOREX Racing Report 2015 EN

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ROAD RACING SUPERSPORT

ROAD RACING SUPERSPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONSISTENT SCORING © Photos: Gold and Goose Photography GINO REA Fierce fights between scores of hungry riders on bikes of very similar power is what spectators have come to expect from the World Supersport Championship, and the 2015 season was no exception. MOTOREX was backing Team CIA Landlord Insurance PTR Honda with the four riders Gino Rea and Kieran Clarke from the UK as well as Colombian Martin Cardenas and Riccardo Russo from Italy. The season nearly took a tragic turn when Kieran Clarke was injured in what seemed at first to be a minor crash in practice at Donnington. Despite having been replaced by Kevin Manfredi for the remainder of the season, Kieran is bent on returning to racing as well as to his day job as a stunt rider for Hollywood blockbusters. We wish him all the best and a speedy continued recovery! The best race result was Gino Rea’s podium finish in the first race in Australia, with consistent scoring earning Gino an overall sixth place by the end of the season. WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUGH TIME © Photos: Fabrizio Foadelli & Roger Lohrer Third overall in 2014, the riders of Bolliger Team Switzerland are notorious for giving mighty factory teams a tough time in the World Endurance Championship. In 2015, the underdogs had another great start to the season, finishing the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in third place. After July, though, the plucky Swiss team had to make do without Austrian rider Horst Saiger, who had been caught up in Dean Harrison’s crash at the North West 200 in July, with Nicolas Salchaud filling in for him. Finishing 12th in Suzuka and 18th in Oschersleben, Bolliger were all set to defend their third place overall in the last race of the season when the frame of their Kawasaki ZX-10R broke in a crash only three hours into the Bol d’Or, forcing them to retire early. It did not put a damper on spirits at their legendary end-of-season party, though! The Bolliger Team Switzerland finished its season sixth in the World Championship. BOLLIGER TEAM SWITZERLAND 16

ROAD RACING AMA SUPERBIKE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Superbike racing in the United States has produced some of the fastest riders in the world. To revitalise and reorganise the series, the AMA transferred its supervision to the Wayne Rainey-led KRAVE group last September, who renamed it the MotoAmerica Road Racing Series. MOTOREX is still supporting the factory-backed Team Yoshimura Suzuki, which took on Jake Lewis from Princeton, Kentucky, to race alongside last year’s championship runner-up Roger Lee Hayden. The 19-year-old Lewis cut his teeth on dirt tracks across the Midwest before turning to road racing at the age of 13 and finishing second in the Daytona SportBike class last year. With Lewis maturing into an elite Superbike rider more quickly than many expected, the lanky Kentuckian had taken the top rookie position by the end of the season, © Photos: Brian J. Nelson ROGER LEE HAYDEN JAKE LEWIS finishing just one position behind his older team-mate in fourth in the final standings, but also with a dislocated shoulder from what was a very rare crash in the penultimate race. Hayden scored 15 podium finishes in the 18-race series, coming within split seconds of a win several times, but also crashing out of the lead twice in treacherous conditions at Road Atlanta, which he called “probably the lowest point of my career”. Still, consistent results meant Hayden ended the year ranked third. “It’s a little frustrating to have been so close so many times this season. But I also take a lot of positives with me. The guys at Yoshimura Suzuki kept making the bike better all year and we were right in the mix in nearly every race. I’m really looking forward to next season.” © Photos: Brian J. Nelson 17

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