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                                Smith clinches first podium of the season

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith claimed his first podium of the season and gave Honda its first World Supersport podium of 2018 with a superb ride to second place in today’s incident filled race at Portimão in Portugal.

Smith got a great start from the third row of the grid and was looking on course to achieve his objective of a top five finish.   After Smith had caught and overtaken De Rosa for third in the latter stages of the race, leader Mahias was apparently out with a puncture and the race was red-flagged when Hartog and Quero Martinez crashed together at turn 11.  In accordance with the rules this moved Smith up to second position.

Smith said: “I’m really happy to be back on the podium.  I was a little bit fortunate with a couple of guys going down although besides that the pace was good, I felt strong. I managed to catch De Rosa and once I was behind him I felt comfortable. I managed to pass him and I felt confident so it’s a step in the right direction and hopefully we can keep fighting up front.”

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 Teammate Peter Sebestyen’s second outing with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda ended prematurely when he made a small mistake at turn one losing the front putting him out of the race with eleven laps to go.

Sebestyen said: “So the main problem for me is Superpole, I have to put together one fast lap.  I have to improve this.  My race pace is good enough to score points and to be in the top ten but from 17th this is not easy. My start was not so bad but it could be better.  I was fighting with Hartog and just when I passed him I made a mistake and my speed in the corner was too much.   It was my fault but next time I have to improve my fast lap.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “A great race for Kyle and us as a team.  Genuine top five placing. You can say there was some good fortune but we’ve had bad luck, people have bad luck and he rode a great race. If we look at all the sectors of the race for everybody, he was fastest in three of the four sectors so he had genuine race pace. It’s a real boost for the team to get this podium with 2nd in the race.  I’d like to say thank you to MecTronik for the great steps we’ve made this week with the new system and there’s more to come.  For those people who feel it is a Yamaha cup, it isn’t.  We are using these races as development for next year, we will be there next year with a strong package and challenging at the front.  Congratulations to Stu and George and everybody in the team for the great work we do, it’s a reward for all the hard work we put in.”

“Peter as we thought had the pace to be in the points, he was in the points.  Hartog was hard for him to overtake and he got into turn one and probably got a little impatient. He lost the front and crashed out and didn’t capitalise on his opportunity to actually get points.  He sees the pace is there, he is confident in CIA Landlord Insurance Honda and our package to be able to show what he can do. We are looking forward as a team to Magny Cours. Let’s see what we can do in the rest of the season, I can’t wait for it.”      

Date: 14-09-2018
Thomas Covington wins his first GP of the season in Turkey

Covington winst sept 2018  After Thomas Covington of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing came close to
  winning several times this year, it was finally time this weekend during the eighteenth race
  for the X2 World Championship in Turkey to take over first place. Covington took the day
  victory and secured his eighth podium place this season. In addition to the success of
  Covington, Thomas Kjer Olsen was also allowed to climb the podium with a third place.

  The Afyon circuit was fast and Covington felt at home. He was certainly a driver to be taken
  into account. In the first moto, he took the lead and managed to win the game. Also in the
  second moto he sent his Husqvarna FC250 as a leader through the first corner. He led the
  game until he fell in the final phase. Fortunately, the damage was not too bad and he was
  still able to cross the finish line in third place, which was enough for the final victory.

covington afyon sept 2018
Two consistent results made Thomas Kjer Olsen reach his eighth podium place this season. Olsen finished fifth in the
first moto but came back stronger in the second moto. He finished second and secured himself a third place in the day
standings. He also managed to strengthen his third place in the interim results with these wins.

Date: 10-09-2018

Turkish Delight for Wilvo Yamaha MXGP

A three-week stretch in the FIM Motocross World Championship ended yesterday, as round eighteen concluded at the all-new circuit of Afyon in Turkey. Jeremy Seewer and Shaun Simpson were unsure what to expect from the round, seeing as it was a new stop, but it ended up being kind to both riders.

wilvo turkey sept 2018
Jeremy Seewer qualified seventh in the heat on Saturday, which gave him a respectable gate pick on a start that massively favoured the inside. Seewer did not take full advantage of that position on the line in moto one though, as he completed the first lap in eighth, but was quick to make progress on a track that did not exactly make that easy. Seventh was acquired a little over halfway into the moto and then he maintained that position until the chequered flag waved. It was a strong ride and one that he was eager to build on in the second moto later in the day.

A much better start in moto two left Jeremy Seewer in fifth at the end of lap one. Seewer set his sights on the rider in fourth immediately and was hungry for more but could not quite make a pass stick in the thirty-minute moto. Finishing fifth still made the Turkish event one of his most successful outings of the current term, as the thirty points that were gained on the day helped him secure sixth overall in the premier class. There were many positives to take from the eighteenth fixture! Seewer still runs eighth in the standings as well.

Shaun Simpson also had one of his strongest rides of the season, much to the delight of those beneath the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP awning, as he ended ninth and eighth in the two motos. The consistent finishes were acquired after charging forwards in each moto and eventually left him in ninth in the overall classification. The result strengthened his charge in the championship standings as well, as a position inside of the top fifteen is now within reach with two rounds remaining.

The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP crew will now take advantage of a well-earned break before heading to Assen in The Netherlands for the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Date: 07-09-2018



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