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Razgatlioglu ‘ruined both of my races’ declares injured Bautista

Spaniard to undergo further medical examinations this week.

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Former points leader Alvaro Bautista has placed the blame on Toprak Razgatlioglu for a Superpole race clash that resulted in the Spaniard injuring his left shoulder, forcing him to retire from both outings on Sunday at Laguna Seca’s ninth round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship.

Bautista, who finished 17th in race one after recovering from a crash, tagged the rear wheel of the Turkish Puccetti Racing rider into turn one, subsequently ruling him out of the race while prompting a visit to the medical centre. He attempted to complete race two, although pulled in due to severe pain,

The Racing – Ducati ace will undergo further medical examinations on his shoulder upon return to Spain this week, where the extent of the injury and the appropriate recovery will be determined.

“I really feel bad about what happened today,” Bautista explained. “At turn one in the Superpole race, Razgatlioglu completely closed my line and I couldn’t do anything to prevent his rear wheel from hitting my front. His move ruined both of my races today because I injured my left shoulder in the crash.

“I was taken to the medical centre and after checks, I was given the okay by the doctors to try and take part in race two, seeing as the X-ray showed that nothing was broken. Unfortunately, after just one lap I realised that the pain was too much for me to ride because as I didn’t have any strength in my left arm I wasn’t able to brake in the left-handers, and for this reason I came into the pits.

“I’m very sorry because we are working really well and always find the way to go fast, but in any case we’re going through a really difficult time at the moment. I’m sure that if we continue to work in this way, we’ll come back stronger than ever and with even more desire to win.

“As soon as I get back home, I’ll have more detailed checks done on my shoulder ligaments, but luckily two months’ break before the next race will surely allow me to fully recover.”

The 34-year-old dominated the opening rounds of the championship, building a points lead of 60 at one stage, although following a series of recent crashes, he’s now ranked second in the standings, 81 points behind four-time defending champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).


Suzuki’s 2020 Katana set for Australian delivery in August

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Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has revealed the 2020 Katana will arrive in dealerships across Australia on 8 August, one month ahead of what was initially anticipated.

The new Katana is set to forge a new street legend expressing, the upmost attention to detail with countless hours of testing and uncompromising quality control.

With high demand and limited supply available, Suzuki Motorcycles Australia introduced a premium buying experience for customers, by taking pre-orders exclusively online.

The 8 August will mark the official launch date for Australian customers, and as an added bonus and gesture of Suzuki’s appreciation for customer commitment and patience, all customers who pre-order their new Katana online from the first shipment will also receive a bonus exclusive Katana themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995 with their bike delivery.

With limited units available from the first shipment, interested customers are encouraged to place their order now via


Ward acknowledges results turnaround a must for 2020 support

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Following a hand injury that hindered his campaign for the first six months of 2019, Caleb Ward has acknowledged the importance of recording strong results in the remaining rounds of the Pirelli MX Nationals if he wants to secure adequate support for next season.

The talented Queenslander suffered the injury while racing in New Zealand in January, although the injury plagued him throughout the opening rounds of the MX Nationals, ultimately forcing him to sit out the Broadford and Murray Bridge rounds in the opening half of the season.

The Davey Motorsports KTM rider finished last year in fourth position, ranked as the highest MX1 privateer with two podiums to his name. Following his recent mid-season lay-off, Ward returned at Gympie, posting 7-9 results for eighth overall.

“Obviously I’ve been out for most of the year, so for me, I really need to try and get some good results, show everyone what I can do and show everyone that I’m still fast,” Ward told “I need to run up front and show people I’m deserving of a ride and support for next year.

“If I don’t do good in these next few races, it’s going to very hard to get support for next year – I know this because at the end of last year I put in a few good results, and I still really struggled to get heaps of support.

“I have a heap of great people helping me out this year, but obviously the better you do, the more help you get. I’ve been working really hard, so hopefully I can show everyone what I can do.”

With just three rounds under his belt, Ward is ranked 25th in the MX1 championship standings.


Change of tone for Bautista ahead of Laguna Seca WorldSBK

Recently demoted points leader anticipating difficult weekend in America.

Image: Supplied. Racing – Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista has changed his tone ahead of Laguna Seca’s ninth round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), the recently demoted points leader certain the American circuit won’t play into this favour this weekend.

The Spaniard, who once held a 60-point lead following a dominant start to the series, has seen his former advantage diminish at recent rounds with an array of crashes, allowing four-time defending champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) to overcome him in the championship standings.

“Unfortunately because of my crashes we are now in second place in the standings, which might be interesting for the championship but not so much for me,” said Bautista.

“If I look at the layout of Laguna Seca, for sure I can say that it’s not one of the best tracks for us, because when we have bumps, and uphill and downhill sections, we could struggle, but like I have been saying all year I have no expectations. I prefer to go there, see what happens, start to work hard with my team and get the maximum from the weekend.”

Bautista holds down second in the standings, 24 points behind newly-appointed leader Rea.


Points leader Waters solely focused on winning races

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Red-plate holder Todd Waters has declared he’s solely focused on winning races as the Pirelli MX Nationals heads to Maitland in New South Wales this weekend, disregarding the fact he leads the championship standings.

The DPH Motorsport Husqvarna ace believes targeting victories in the final four rounds of the series will lead him to a maiden premier class crown, rather than focus on managing the slim three-point advantage he holds over Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy).

The red-plate has donned the bikes of Clout and Hayden Mellross (Raceline KTM Thor) this season, while Waters holds it for a second time currently. It’s a three-rider chase for the title, as just five points separate the trio.

“It’s not really my focus [on the red plate],” Waters explained to following his Gympie victory. “I just want to win races, and that’s my main focus for the last half of the championship. I just want to keep that ball rolling – I’ve been training hard and I expect to get wins.

“The points lead doesn’t bother me – I had it at the start of the year and I lost it, so anything can happen. For me, I just focus on the race – I don’t really give a rats about the championship at this second. As long as I’m winning races, it will be bring the championship.”

The popular Queenslander has captured five moto wins and three overall victories this season, with a DNF at Wonthaggi’s second being the number 47’s only blemish.


Binder set for 2020 MotoGP graduation with Red Bull KTM Tech3

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South African Brad Binder will graduate to the premier MotoGP class in 2020 after signing a deal with Red Bull KTM Tech3, joining former teammate Miguel Oliveira for next year’s world championship.

The 23-year-old 2016 Moto3 world champion will steer the KTM RC16 next year after three seasons, three victories and eight podiums to date in the Moto2 category.

Binder made his grand prix debut in 2011 as a Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race winner and grabbed his first silverware in 2014. He claimed the 2016 world title in just his second term with Red Bull KTM Ajo, becoming South Africa’s first world champion in 36 years and just the third from his country before graduating immediately to Moto2 with the same team.

“It is incredible to have this opportunity,” said Binder. “I want to say a huge thank you to KTM, Red Bull KTM Tech3, my manager and my family for helping me get to the premier class and to be able to give it a try.

“It is an amazing feeling right now and a dream come true. When you are growing up then this is what you aim for – to be in the MotoGP class with the best riders in the world with the best bikes – so it is a crazy feeling right now.”

KTM motorsport director Pit Beirer added: “To be able to sign Brad Binder for our MotoGP project is an exciting moment because he has been with us for five years already and is one of our world champions. We have a strong story and connection and we’re really happy that it continues.

“It is clear we all have a big challenge in front of us and we also feel responsible for him to be able to maintain this good path we have together. We also like the fact that Brad has this distinctive riding style that allows him to push a bike and project to the maximum.

“We feel that he ‘fits’ to us, and we cannot wait to see how he handles and attacks a MotoGP bike. I’m sure he can add some extra and special things because he has done that with every motorcycle he has raced so far and it will be a highlight not only for us but for all MotoGP fans.”

Binder will join Red Bull KTM Tech3 for what will be the team’s second season in orange and the early stages of a young project for both the squad and the brand. His signing indicates Hafizh Syahrin will depart the squad at the conclusion of the year.


‘What could’ve been’ reflects Jones after costly race two error

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Earning pole position and dominating race one, Mike Jones was primed to take out his first overall victory of the season at Morgan Park’s fourth round of the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), although a costly mistake at the beginning of race two saw the former champion charge from outside the top 10 and into a podium position.

The DesmoSport Ducati rider led the field throughout the opening moments of the final encounter before making a rare error that forced him off the circuit and demoting him to the rear of the field.

In an inspiring ride, Jones sliced his way through the field in the 16-lap outing, crossing the line in P3 for second overall – just one point shy of victor Wayne Maxwell (Team Suzuki Ecstar Australia).

“I’m just really disappointed to make that mistake so early on in the race,” Jones stated. “It was such a small mistake, but it cost me dearly.

“I just gave it 110 percent and rode my way back to third position – I’m obviously very happy with that, but it’s obviously disappointing because I know what could’ve been if I didn’t make that small mistake at the beginning. Anyway, it what it is – overall, it was a really good weekend for us [with] good championship points.”

Despite missing out on victory, Jones obtained the points lead in Queensland, where he now holds a one-point advantage over Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team).


Herlings and Cairoli remain sidelined for Indonesian MXGPs

World champions still recovering from injuries sustained in Latvia.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing duo Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli will not travel to Indonesia for the next two MXGPs as they continue to recover from their injuries, which are due to take place at Palembang and Semarang over consecutive weekends.

Reigning world champion Herlings is recovering from surgery on his lower right leg after crashing during the sighting lap Latvia, and is still not in a position to recommence riding.

Cairoli endeavoured to resume riding on Tuesday, although the pain and discomfort in his right shoulder confirmed that the nine-time world champion is not yet at an adequate level to return to racing.

“This was not the update we wanted to make but sadly Tony has not recovered enough from his dislocated shoulder to race again in MXGP at the moment and we knew Jeffrey would be needing more time after his bad luck in Latvia,” said KTM vice president of off-road Robert Jonas.

“Obviously it is a difficult situation for us and we are constantly assessing the recoveries of Tony and Jeffrey. Thankfully we still have excellent riders in two busy rounds of MXGP in Indonesia and we hope they stay safe and continue to enjoy a successful MX2 season so far.”

Red Bull KTM are flying to Indonesia this weekend with reigning champion Jorge Prado, who has been unbeaten in all MX2 rounds he’s contested, along with rookie Tom Vialle.


Assen DNF the result of severe arm-pump for Zarco

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Johann Zarco surprisingly withdrew from the Dutch grand prix last weekend just 10 laps into the encounter, the Frenchman ultimately succumbing to severe arm-pump.

Zarco anticipated the Assen circuit to be demanding on his forearms, and despite his best efforts to manage it, he experienced a loss of feeling with the bike, prompting him to pull in for his own safety.

“It is a hard track for all the riders I think and I got this problem, which I was able to control the last two years and this year not,” Zarco explained. “The good thing was the first 10 laps and to be able to catch the others with pace and be able to overtake as a racer.

“We are working a lot and changing the bike a lot to give me this feeling or possibilities to improve. After 10 laps I did a few mistakes. I had the feeling I was not holding the bike any more and before something bad happened I had to stop.”

In what has been a challenging year, Zarco is positioned 17th in the championship rankings with 16 points to his name as the MotoGP series heads to the Sachsenring in Germany.


Bannan Promotions addresses absence from AUS Supercross series

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Bannan Promotions’ Scott Bannan has addressed the company’s absence in the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, which comes after playing a prominent role in the discipline’s resurgence by hosting Queensland-based races in the series since 2015.

Bannan indicated it’s decision to step away followed a change in direction of the championship with commercial rights holder AUS SX Holdings – promoter of the AUS-X Open – who assumed the rights from Motorcycling Australia ahead of the 2018 season.

The operation made up two rounds of Australian supercross for four successive year at various locations in the sunshine state, with it’s very own Jimboomba venue being the landmark Queensland stop each year.

“It all started last year when Motorcycling Australia sold the commercial rights to AME (AUS SX Holdings),” Bannan told “We knew nothing about it, and when we were notified, that’s when Scott Anderson and Mark Gilbert pulled out immediately. We toughed it out for another year and would see how it would go, but it didn’t go the way we though it would.

“We just didn’t like the way it was going and we were continually not agreeing on a lot of things, so at the end of the day, we just couldn’t come to an agreement. I don’t want to promote if we can’t promote the way we want to.

“We’re obviously not doing anything this year, we might do a few practice days so the privateer guys can get some practice in, but that’s probably about it. It’s a hobby for us – we have other businesses that pay the bills.”

Entering the Australian supercross arena last year, Troy Bayliss Events has stepped up its efforts by hosting three rounds in 2019 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Gilman Speedway and WIN Stadium in Wollongong, marking rounds one through to three.

The fourth and fifth rounds will be operated by AUS SX Holdings with the S-X Open Auckland in New Zealand, and AUS-X Open Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.