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Champion Haslam completes BSB season with 100 per cent record

JG Speedfit Kawasaki's newly-crowned Champion Leon Haslam ended the 2018 British Superbike Championship season with a win and a sixth place in Sunday's final two races of the year at Brands Hatch, Kent - and having scored points in all 26 races.

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“It is such a crazy feeling knowing I’m British Superbike Champion. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. The year has been incredible and my whole team have given me everything and the best bike to do the job on.

“It was really important to me to continue in the same team with the same people and I think it has made a big difference. Everything just went according to plan this year and it really is an amazing feeling.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support and belief in me to make this happen. It is so special, and I’m almost lost for words.

“British Superbikes always creates great racing and all season I’ve battled with so many different riders and it is a credit to the championship. Thank you for all the memories.”

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Now the dust has settled on what has been an amazing season of British Superbike racing, we would like to thank Leon and the whole JG Speedfit Kawasaki team for showcasing the Ninja ZX-10RR the way they have. An unbelievable effort from all involved.

For Leon the best of luck in his new venture with Kawasaki Racing Team in 2019.

Date: 15-10-2018
 

              Positive Start And Tough Finish For Triple M Honda In Argentina

The Triple M Honda World Superbike team and their new rider Florian Marino arrived in Argentina full of optimism in their first working weekend together, with Marino learning quickly and starting 15th.

The challenges of the El Villicum circuit were new for the Triple M team and Florian and after Friday practice, where Florian qualified 17th out of the 19 riders on the grid. After Superpole 1 on Saturday, he secured 15th place on the grid for Race 1.

In the first ever race at the brand new Circuito San Juan Villicum, located in the west of Argentina, Marino rode with confidence as he learned more of the secrets of his Honda CBR1000RR SP2 machine, finishing 11thand scoring points his first time out.

The second race on Sunday was run in significantly warmer conditions than day one. On lap two Marino collided with Leon Camier’s machine and the Frenchman suffered a heavy crash. His initial diagnosis is a double fracture of the lower left leg. Florian is now undergoing more medical checks in a local hospital.

The final weekend of the 2018 WorldSBK season will take place under the floodlights in Qatar, with race day taking place on Saturday 27 October.


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Florian Marino:
It was a positive first race on Saturday and I was not sure what to expect at the start. I saw that the guys behind were a bit confused, they did not really know if they should push or not. At this time I pushed and passed some riders like Baz and even Gagne. I did not question myself and just went. After I had set some fast laps I tried to fight and stay with them as long as possible. I was still not feeling really like I wanted to on the bike and I struggled physically. The second half of the race was really tough on Saturday but I learned a lot.

Manuel Cappelletti, Team Manager:
It was a good weekend until today. Florian told us he hit Leon Camier and he crashed into Leon and then he fell off the bike. He has broken his lower left leg and we are going to hospital now to see him.        

Date: 15-10-2018
Sebestyen scores first Championship points in France

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen scored his maiden championship points with a 14thplace in the World Supersport race at a warm and sunny Magny Cours.

It was an intelligent performance by the young Hungarian who started 13thon the grid in only his third outing with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda.

Sebestyen said: “I’m happy with the points. After yesterday I felt I can be better, that I have a better race pace but the first few laps I couldn’t do what I wanted.I couldn’t stay with the group and then with the soft tyres it was impossible to minimise the gap in the second part of the race so I just tried to finish with some points.I am sure we can have much much better.”

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A strong top ten finish in eighth position concluded a frustrating weekend for teammate Kyle Smith at the final European round of the World Supersport Championship.

Smith said: “I’d have to say it was a positive race after the difficult weekend we’ve had.  The set up wasn’t perfect for the race after the crashes and technical issues but we’ve salvaged a finish and a couple of championship points.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Great job by Peter today scoring his first points.   It was important to grab those first points and build from there.  He’s done that and worked really well with us.  Let’s build on that and look forward to the last two races.”

“After the crashes this weekend which lost us all that track time and ability to start the race with the best set up, we made changes for the race back to a very similar set up we had in Free Practice 1.  At the end of the day, to get eighth place it’s not what we wanted but it is all we could hope for after a difficult weekend with Kyle.”

Date: 04-10-2018

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