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Johann Zarco couronné champion du monde Moto2 au Japon

Le Japon accueillait ce week-end la première des 3 manches de la tournée asiatique. Tandis que la météo est venue troubler les débats le dimanche de la course, SHARK a encore une fois connu un week-end historique. En effet Johann Zarco a été titré 4 courses avant la fin du championnat CHAMPION DU MONDE MOTO2 2015. C’est avec une certaine fierté que nous avons appris le couronnement de Johann Zarco vendredi lorsque son principal concurrent pour le titre a déclaré forfait pour la course. Mais comme vous allez le voir ci-dessous il a mis un point d’honneur à remporter la course.

En MOTO GP, Scott Redding et Aleix Espargaro, nos deux pilotes SHARK, se classent respectivement 10ième et 11ième. Pour les pilotes GP il a fallu gérer les pneus tout au long de la course car sur une piste séchante le risque était de les user trop tôt dans la course et de ne pouvoir finir à un bon rythme la course. C’est ce que Scott Redding, parti en pneus durs, nous décrit ci-dessous, avec un pneu qui a mis du temps à se mettre en température mais qui ensuite a bien fonctionné. Espargaro quant à lui a fait une erreur, une sortie de piste, qui l’a pénalisé et l’a obligé à remonter jusqu’à la 11ième position. C’est aussi sa place au championnat du monde, Redding lui est 13ième.

Scott Redding 10ième :

« Je suis content de la seconde moitié de la course, mais déçu de la première. J’ai décidé de partir avec le pneu arrière dur sur la grille, et j’ai eu un peu de mal à le faire fonctionner correctement dans les premiers tours. J’ai perdu du temps, je n’avais pas le rythme, et plusieurs pilotes en ont profité pour me doubler. Une fois que mon pneu a été suffisamment en température, j’ai alors pu commencer à attaquer et à rouler sur un meilleur tempo. On ne rencontre pas ce genre de conditions fréquemment, et c’est pour moi une nouvelle expérience. Je pense que j’ai plus appris aujourd’hui que lors d’une course normale. L’un dans l’autre je suis satisfait d’avoir rempli la mission que je m’étais assigné en terminant dans le top dix. On va désormais aller en Australie, ce sera une autre histoire avec la moto d’usine qu’avec l’Open dont je disposais l’an dernier, mais nous verrons. Je suis content d’aller à Phillip Island. »

En MOTO2, sur une piste séchante Johann Zarco a fêté son titre dignement en remportant la manche japonaise. Poleman la veille il s’empare de la tête de la course au 6ième tour pour ne plus la lâcher jusqu’à l’arrivée. Sam Lowes termine 8ième, Louis Rossi 20ième et Robin Mulhauser 23ième. Johann Zarco est donc titré champion du monde, Lowes est 4ième, Rossi 25ième et Mulhauser 28ième.

Johann Zarco : 1er et Champion du Monde

« Je suis content car j’ai atteint mon objectif en restant bien concentré jusqu’à dimanche malgré l’annonce du titre qui est arrivée à un moment un peu imprévu. J’étais venu ici pour gagner, je l’ai fait. C’est bien. On était prêt pour le sec après les essais, et nous avons dû nous adapter à de nouvelles conditions avec la pluie qui a fait son apparition ce matin. Je n’étais pas super bien au warm up, mais l’équipe a une fois de plus bien travaillé en changeant quelques petites choses sur la moto pour m’aider à me sentir mieux pour la course. Folger est parti très fort, je l’ai suivi. Quand la pluie s’est arrêtée et que la piste a commencé à sécher, j’ai décidé de le doubler car je me sentais plus rapide et je voulais prendre mes propres repères. J’aime bien ces conditions, mais il fallait tout de même faire attention, c’est toujours facile de faire une erreur sur ce genre de piste. On va maintenant pouvoir aborder les trois prochaines courses l’esprit libre. On pourra essayer des choses pour préparer l’avenir. Il n’y a plus d’enjeu, mais l’objectif reste le même : essayer de gagner. C’est le meilleur moyen de ne pas faire d’erreur. »

Louis Rossi 20ième :

« Encore des conditions difficiles au Japon… Une nouvelle fois à la fin des essais libres nous étions dans le rythme, en tout cas dans celui de la Mistral de Marcel Schrotter. Malheureusement, lors de la qualification nous n’avons pas progressé, toujours en butte au même problème avec notre moto… Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, comme prévu la pluie s’est abattue sur le circuit, accompagnée d’un épais brouillard. Conséquences : Warm up retardés et écourtés, course Moto2 réduite à 15 tours et surtout une piste mouillée. Pour la course nous partions de loin, mais avec ces conditions météo nous espérions un bon résultat. Malheureusement j’ai légèrement anticipé mon départ ce qui m’a valu la pénalité de repasser par les stands qui coûte très cher en temps… De retour en piste, j’ai pu remonter quelques pilotes et je termine 20ème. L’Australie est un circuit totalement différent des autres : peut-être arriverons-nous à y tirer notre épingle du jeu… »

En MOTO3, Miguel OLIVEIRA s’offre la seconde place d’une course sur piste humide réduite à 13 tours. Livio Loi chute alors qu’il pouvait espérer un podium à quelques tours de la fin. Gabriele Rodrigo quant à lui termine 16ième. Au championnat du monde Oliveira est 3ième.

Le week-end prochain aura lieu le simultanément le GP d’Australie à Phillip Island et le WSBK du Qatar à Doha.

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A weekend of podiums and points for SHARK riders

This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action at Silverstone as the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike Championship took place at and it was a successful weekend with one SHARK Champion crowned. Meanwhile the World Superbike Championship continued with the 12th round at Magny-Cours in France.

In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, SHARK’s Josh Elliott was crowed Champion with one round still to go. Starting from pole the Morello Kawasaki rider crossed the line in second place, just 0.060secs behind the race leader, but had done enough to secure the championship. Jesse Trayer finished eighth and Ben Godfrey was ninth.

The Motostar 125GP class saw 2015 Champion Josh Owens take both race wins, after taking the championship title at Oulton Park.

In the British Superbike class it was a positive outing for Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson who finished race one 11th and came home in the top-ten in race two finishing ninth. Former Endurance World Champion and SHARK’s Julien Da Costa joined the Honda Racing team for the weekend, replacing injured rider Jason O’Halloran, and enjoyed two-top-20 finishes in 17th and 15th places.

Danny Buchan was thrown a last minute lifeline by the PBM Kawasaki team, after the news that the Be Wiser Kawasaki team were withdrawing from the championship. The 22-year-old BSB rookie stepped in to replace injured Stuart Easton and although didn’t finish race one after crashing out, unhurt, he finished race two in the points in 14th place.

SHARK’s British Supersport riders enjoyed a weekend in the top-ten with Kyle Ryde finishing both the sprint and Sunday’s race in fifth places, Joe Francis continued to impress – standing in for the team’s injured rider Andy Reid – securing two eighth places and Luke Hedger finished ninth and sixth.

It was drama in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as Jordan Weaving tipped off while battling for the lead at Coppice with two laps to go. Tom Ward took third place, his best result of the season.

Meanwhile in the Ducati Tri Options Cup it was top-ten finishes all round for Darren Fry who came home seventh and fifth and Aaron Brown finished tenth and eighth.

The KTM Cup incorporated the KTM Cup World Final at the weekend, which saw young rising star Thomas Strudwick take the top step in the UK contingent in race one, after returning from injury. However in race two he crashed out, unhurt. Kevin Keys took the UK win in race two and secured second place in the overall championship. Chris Taylor claimed third in the standings and Strudwick fourth.

The final round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place on 16-18 October with a triple-header event at Brands Hatch.

Meanwhile in Magny-Cours, France the SBK championship continued, which saw Pata Honda’s Sylvain Guintoli secure his first podium of the year finishing race one in third place. After a strong start in race two, Guintoli settled into sixth place and came home for a solid points haul.

Fellow SHARK-man Tom Sykes also enjoyed a successful weekend. In race one after starting from ninth on the grid he made his way through the group to claim second place. In race two Sykes took his 13th podium of the year finishing third – he now has 367 championship points in third place, just 16 points behind second placed rider Chaz Davies.

Meanwhile Suzuki team-mates Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet had a mixed weekend. Lowes had two-top-ten finishes in eighth and tenth places, while de Puniet crashed out, unhurt, in race one and finished race two 18th.

The final round of the World Superbike Championship takes place 16-18 October at the Losail circuit in Qatar.

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SHARK’s Miguel Oliveira takes his third victory of the season at Aragon

At the weekend the MotoGP championship and its support classes were at the 5.077km Aragon circuit in Spain for the 14th round of the 2015 season. It was another successful weekend for SHARK’s supported riders with points, podiums and a victory collected.

In Moto3 Miguel Oliveira got the holeshot and fought hard in a dramatic race that saw the Portuguese take his third victory of the season. Oliveira is now third in the overall standings and is also the top KTM rider in the championship.

Moto2 saw Sam Lowes qualify fourth and enjoyed a solid start in both races, as the original race was red-flagged due to an incident in the early stages. After difficult races since Assen, Lowes eventually returned on the podium finishing third.

Meanwhile, Johann Zarco claimed sixth position, as he decided to secure important championship points rather than taking unnecessary risks. The Frenchman is still leading the championship with a 78-point advantage and will have another opportunity to clinch the Moto2 world title in two week’s time in Japan.

Aleix Espargaro had a solid weekend as he finished the MotoGP race in the top-ten, crossing the line in sixth position, while Scott Redding finished 12th, securing championship points.

The next round of the MotoGP 2015 season takes place overseas on 9-11 October, at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan.

Next weekend (2-4 October), the British Superbike Championship and its support classes will head to Silverstone for the 11th round of the series, while the World Superbike Championship heads to Magny-Cours in France, for the penultimate round of the championship.

Miguel Oliveira

“It was a bit chaotic, but it was a fun race. I really enjoyed myself on the bike. This weekend has been very good for us, finishing in the top three in each session. Yesterday we did not have much luck in the fight for pole position, but in the race today we did a good job. I noticed throughout the race that I had a big chance of victory, I was confident and I gave everything to make it so. This win is very important for the overall standings. We must continue like this!”

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TRIOMPHANT WEEK-END POUR SHARK EN ENDURANCE ET WSBK

Ce week-end était un grand week-end de compétition pour SHARK Helmets avec le retour du Bol d’Or sur le circuit du castelet et le WSBK de JEREZ où SHARK y est très bien représenté.

A Jerez en World Superbike Tom Sykes n’a pas pu empêcher son coéquipier Jonathan Rea d’être titré champion du monde. Sykes, en pole position, s’impose pourtant en première manche lors d’une course tout en contrôle. Nos autres pilotes se classaient quant à eux 7ième pour Alex Lowes, 10ième pour Sylvain Guintoli et 16ième pour Randy de Puniet. En deuxième manche et malgré une bonne entame de course Sykes ne peut faire mieux que 5ième tandis que Guintoli se classe 9ième et Lowes 18ième. Randy de Puniet a lui dû abandonner suite à un problème technique. Au championnat du monde Sykes est actuellement 3ième et jouera la 2ième place du classement mondial dans 15jours à Magny-cours.

En Endurance la course de ce week-end a marqué le retour du Bol d’Or au circuit du Castelet. Une course à domicile pour SHARK qui se trouve à 30km du circuit. Et les résultats obtenus par les pilotes SHARK sont au-delà de nos espérances. En effet, sous un magnifique soleil, Fabien Foret et Matt Lagrive ont remporté l’épreuve avec le Team Kawasaki SRC. Foret s’est également fait remarquer étant l’auteur du meilleur tour en course et du meilleur chrono en qualification. Vincent Philippe et Etienne Masson, tous deux pilotes sur la Suzuki du SERT, sont titrés champions du monde d’endurance 2015. Vincent Philippe remporte ce titre pour la 9ième fois et confirme encore une fois sont statut de légende de l’endurance. Etienne Masson arrivé au SERT cette saison s’impose lui pour la première fois. Julien Da Costa et Freddy Foray ont eu dû abandonner sur problèmes mécaniques après avoir mené la course une bonne partie des 24H.

Matthieu Lagrive (vainqueur, Kawasaki SRC) : « Après la saison un peu compliquée qu’on a pu avoir, l’objectif ici était la victoire. Mais ça ne s’est pas avéré aussi simple que ça, il a vraiment fallu cravacher. »

Fabien Foret (vainqueur, Kawasaki SRC) : « Je suis très content du travail de l’équipe et de mes coéquipiers. J’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir sur cette course, que ce soit avec ou sans vent, et même si je suis rentré deux fois au stand en roues libres. J’avais à cœur de rectifier mon erreur du Mans, qui a offert au SERT la victoire sur un plateau (rires). »

Vincent Philippe (troisième et champion du monde, SERT) : « Malgré notre petite avance au championnat, il a fallu rester vigilant. L’objectif était le titre, mais on ne voulait pas non plus laisser partir une victoire si elle était possible. A un moment, oui, j’ai eu peur et j’ai un peu douté : quand on a la roue en travers à plus de 250 km/h ce n’est pas évident de repartir. Mais heureusement on a réussi à réparer et surtout à finir sur le podium, car ça aurait été dommage de fêter ce titre avec une 4e place. Ce fut une belle saison, bien maitrisée par l’équipe, on n’a pas fait de faute et on voulait à tout prix retrouver ce numéro 1 qu’on a porté si longtemps. »

Etienne Masson (troisième et champion du monde, SERT) : « J’ai encore un peu de mal à réaliser qu’on est champion du monde. Je me suis mis beaucoup de pression toute l’année pour essayer de répondre aux attentes et ça m’a parfois joué des tours, notamment à Oschersleben où je me suis un peu trop crispé. Ici, je suis arrivé un peu plus relax et ça s’est mieux passé. Aujourd’hui, je me sens bien dans ce team et mes coéquipiers sont op avec moi. Bref, je suis fier et heureux d’être dans ce team. »

Dès ce week-end le SHARK Racing team sera au côté de nos pilotes en Aragon pour la 14ième manche de la saison 2015.

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Podiums, Race Wins and Championship victories for SHARK riders

The British Superbike championship travelled across the sea to Assen in the Netherlands this weekend for the tenth round of the championship, where cold track temperatures and intermittent rain made for a challenging event.

In the MCE British Superbike class both Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson struggled to keep temperature in their tyres. Buchan finished just inside the top ten in the first race and just outside the top ten in race two (10-12). Jackson finished 12th in race one and 17th in the second. Fellow SHARK-supported British Superbike rider James Westmoreland amicably parted company with GBmoto Racing at the beginning of the weekend.

Kyle Ryde’s good start in race two of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship was neutralised with an early safety car that lasted three laps. Ryde finished comfortably in fifth position, adding that to his sixth place finish in race one. Meanwhile Dean Hipwell came away with 12th and 11th with Luke Hedger making up for his race one DNF with a ninth in race two. Making his Supersport debut Joe Francis, substituting for the injured Reid on the Monster TTC Yamaha, had two top-ten finishes with ninth in the sprint race and eighth in the main race.

SHARK’s Ben Godfrey made a visit to the podium in the ONK Anglo/Dutch Superbike championship, joined by fellow SHARK rider Nick Anderson. In the ONK Anglo/Dutch Supersport championship, Jordan Weaving had a great start from pole but was knocked off his bike and out of the lead on the first lap.

There was SHARK success in the British Motostar Championship with Josh Owens making a comeback from a DNF in the first race to finish second in class in race two and take the championship title. Cameron Horsman took double race victory in his class. Fellow SHARK rider Charlie Nesbitt earned himself tenth place in the first race but was unable to finish the second race.

Assen also played host to the Ducati TriOptions Cup where Darren Fry and Aaron Brown recorded top ten results in both races: Fry earned himself sixth and tenth, while Brown came away with eighth in both races. UK journalist Alistair Fagan was also in action in the Ducati TriOptions Cup where he achieved 13th in the first race but unfortunately the second race saw him receive a DNF.

The World Superbike Championship made its return this weekend after the summer break with two races at Jerez. Tom Sykes dominated the first race from start to finish to take a stunning victory; the Englishman followed this with fifth in the second race. Sylvain Guintoli came away with tenth and ninth in the two races while Alex Lowes finished the first race in seventh and the second in 18th. Randy de Puniet had a tough weekend with 16th in race one and a DNF in the second.

This weekend also saw Endurance specialists Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Vincent Phillippe tackle the Bol d’Or 24-hour race at Paul Ricard. After leading for the majority of the race Honda racers Da Costa and Foray were forced to retire from the event. Another championship title fell for a SHARK supported rider as Phillippe, and team, finished the Bol d’Or in third position giving them enough points to take the 2015 Endurance World Title.

Next weekend will see SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders in action at Aragon, while the next round of the World Superbikes and British Superbikes will take place on 3-4 October.

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SHARK truste les podiums à Misano

Ce week-end les pilotes SHARK ont réalisé une performance historique pour la marque. En effet il y avait au moins un pilote SHARK sur le podium de chaque catégorie.

En MotoGP, Scott Redding réalise une course altruiste et se classe 3ième et s’offre ainsi son premier podium dans la catégorie reine. Les conditions de course ont été très changeantes pendant cette 13ième manche de la saison et Redding en a profité pour se placer sur le podium. Chutant en début de course il se doit de repasser au stand pour changer de moto et peut alors repartir avec une moto avec des pneus slicks. C’est alors, sur une piste séchante qu’il remonte pilote après pilote jusqu’à la 3ième marche du podium. Aleix Espargaro n’a pas su de son côté profiter des conditions de course et se classe 10ième. Au championnat du monde nos 2 pilotes de MotoGP se suivent au classement avec Espargaro 12ième et Redding 13ième.

Scott Redding – 3ième : « Je n’avais rien à perdre et j’ai donc attaqué très fort dès le début, l’avant s’est bloqué et j’ai tiré tout droit, je suis tombé dans les graviers et j’ai remis la moto en piste aussi vite que j’ai pu. J’ai ensuite pensé à rentrer pour passer sur pneus pluie mais ils ne fonctionnaient pas et après le deuxième arrêt je n’avais rien à perdre. Je me sentais bien quand j’ai rattrapé Baz, je poussais et poussais puis j’y étais ! »

En moto2, Johann Zarco réalise encore un super week-end de course. En pôle position en début de course il se frotte à ses concurrents dans les premiers tours avant de prendre la tête de la course au 6ième tour et de rallier l’arrivée en vainqueur. C’est la 6ième victoire de l’année pour Johann et la 3ième consécutive. Il conforte encore d’avantage au championnat du monde avec 93 points d’avance sur son concurrent le plus proche. Sam Lowes a connu moins de chance pendant la course devant abandonner suite à des problèmes mécaniques. Louis Rossi se classe 20ième et Robin Mulhauser ne peut terminer la course. Au championnat du Monde notre pilote français Zarco écrase les débats, Lowes est 5ième et Rossi 24ième.

Johann Zarco – 1er : « En début de course, Dominique Aegerter a attaqué au maximum avec son pneu tendre, puis Alex Rins l’a percuté en essayant de le doubler, ce qui n’était pas possible à cet endroit-là au freinage. J’ai eu assez rapidement un bon rythme et ma course s’est bien passée. Rendez-vous en Aragon ! »

En Moto3, Miguel Oliveira est passé tout près de sa 3ième victoire de la saison mais doit s’incliner pour 0,037 seconde. Il termine 2ième et s’offre son 4ième podium de la saison. Livio Loi, vainqueur durant l’été au GP d’Indianapolis termine 12ième et Gabriele Rodrigo 20ième. Au championnat du monde Oliveira est 4ième, tout proche de la 3ième place tandis que Livio Loi est 13ième.

La prochaine manche de GP aura lieu le 27 Septembre en Aragon tandis que ce week-end pour patienter nous aurons une manche de WSBK à Jerez et le retour du Bol d’Or au Circuit du Castellet pour le mondial Endurance.

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Podiums a-plenty for SHARK riders at Misano

This weekend SHARK’s supported MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders were in Italy, at the 4.2km Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the 13th round of the 2015 season. On race day, rainy weather conditions led to dramatic and tense races in all three categories.

In the Moto2 class Johann Zarco took his third victory in a row, extending his lead in the championship standings to 93 points. With 12 podiums in a row and six victories this season, Zarco equalled Olivier Jacque, Arnaud Vincent and Christian Sarron in the list of the most successful MotoGP riders of all time.

Meanwhile, Sam Lowes was unlucky as he was forced to retire from the Misano race after a loose fairing rubbed against his rear tyre causing it to explode nine laps before the chequered flag.

The MotoGP class saw one of the most dramatic MotoGP races of the season with difficult weather conditions leading to a flag-to-flag race in which SHARK supported Scott Redding claimed his first MotoGP podium, finishing third. Aleix Espargaro finished in the top-ten, crossing the chequered flag in tenth position.

There was another SHARK podium in Moto3, as Miguel Oliveira finished the race in second position after leading for most of the race.

The 14th MotoGP round of the season takes place on 25-27 September at the Motorland Aragon, Spain.

Next weekend (18-20 September), the British Superbike Championship and its support classes will head to Assen for round ten of the series, while the Endurance World Championship will be in France for the Bol d’Or and the World Superbike Championship will head to Jerez, Spain.

Scott Redding – MotoGP

Where do you start after a race like that? When it started to rain I knew I had nothing to lose and pushed hard on the slicks. But I pushed too much and couldn’t stop the bike before I entered the gravel and crashed. I thought that was race over but got back on as quickly as I could and I could see that a couple of guys still hadn’t passed me, so knew I was still in a good position. I changed to the rain tyres and had a really bad feeling. I couldn’t get them to working temperature and when I did the track had already started to dry. I switched back to slicks thinking I’d got no chance and then suddenly I saw P4. I thought it was a mistake but then saw seven seconds to Baz and got my head down to catch him in case it rained again. Then I’m in third and I certainly didn’t expect that when I woke up this morning. It’s a great feeling for me and especially the team because they have deserved this for s ticking by me all season.

Johann Zarco – Moto2

It was an odd race because the conditions changed so much from the rest of the weekend. This made us doubt which tyres to use. I finally chose the hard rubber, while Aegerter went out with the soft, so it was very easy for him to be strong at the front. The fact that Rins came into the fight with him helped me to concentrate on my riding, until both of them crashed. That allowed me to take the lead. I was able to relax and extending my lead, so I was in the perfect situation. However, I thought Tito could have reached me, because I was not feeling very fast. In the end he didn’t. I want to thank the team for the great job we are doing. Tomorrow we have to continue to seek improvements in the test and head to Aragon in the best possible shape.

Miguel Oliveira – Moto3

It was a pretty good race. I had a good pace and I was able to lead for many laps, although this is mentally tiring when you are trying not to make any mistakes. I think this year the level is quite high in the class and we saw a good race. We set good times and despite the fact that some of our rivals are very young, they did not make mistakes. On the last lap, Enea Bastianini was able to overtake me thanks to the slipstream; I congratulate him because he had a good race. He had not managed the slipstream on previous laps, so I did not expect it, but I have to be happy with second position because it has been a long time off the podium for me. For the end of the season I hope to do this more often and I hope to get some more victories.


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Wins and podiums for SHARK riders at Oulton Park

The British Superbike championship travelled to Cheshire-based, Oulton Park this weekend for the ninth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 4.307km circuit, with wins and podiums collected throughout the classes.

In the MCE British Superbike class Danny Buchan’s hard work throughout the year eventually paid off with two podium finishes in race one and two, with third and second places respectively – and a fourth place in race three, allowing him to earn valuable championship points and putting him 13th in the Championship standings. SHARK’s Lee Jackson finished the first race in the top-ten with eighth position. In race two, he was running in sixth but unfortunately ran off the track taking him down to 17th position; Jackson battled back to 11th position and finished race three in 13th position.

Fellow SHARK-supported James Westmoreland had a solid race in the second outing and scored a top-ten finish. Westmoreland then placed 14th in race three.

Meanwhile in the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Luke Hedger finished his weekend with two top-ten places – eighth and sixth.  The British Supersport class also saw Dean Hipwell enjoy a top-ten finish in Sunday’s race, taking seventh place.

It was a tough weekend for SHARK’s Kyle Ryde who qualified well and started the Sprint race in the leading group, but Ryde was forced out and crashed out of the race, unhurt. Ryde was going into Sunday’s race full of confidence, but a massive high-side in the morning warm-up session destroyed the bike and left Ryde and his team unable to repair the bike before the race start. Ryde is still second in the overall standings, 69 points behind the leader.

Josh Elliot finished second in the Superstock 1000 class and is still leading the overall standings with a 17-point gap, with only two races left. Dominic Usher finished in the top-ten, taking eighth place.
The National Superstock 600 race saw another SHARK podium, this time for Jordan Weaving, who finished third. Joe Francis finished just outside the podium in fourth place.

In the Motostar 125 championship race, SHARK supported Charlie Nesbitt finished on the podium in Moto3, taking third place, while Cameron Horsman gave another great performance finishing first of the 125cc class.

Further wins were produced in the KTM British Junior Cup with Chris Taylor winning race one while Kevin Keyes scored a fourth place finish. Keyes then won the second outing, while Taylor crashed out of the leading group during the last lap of the race.

SHARK riders Taylor, Keyes and Thomas Strudwick are currently second, third and fourth in the overall standings and will go to Silverstone for the final round of the season in October.

Next weekend will see SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders in action at San Marino, while the next round of British Superbike Championship will take place at Assen, the Netherlands on 18-20 September.

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Fifth victory of the season for Johann Zarco in Silverstone’s drama

Over the weekend SHARK’s supported MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders were in action at Silverstone (England) for the 12th round of the 2015 season. On race day rainy weather conditions led to dramatic and tense races in all three categories.

In Moto2 Johann Zarco impressed once again after a masterful ride with wet tyres on a drying track. The Frenchman crossed the finish line with a +3.360 gap, securing his fifth win of the season and his 11th podium in a row. Zarco is still leading the championship standings and now leads by a healthy 85 points.

Meanwhile, Sam Lowes had a more complicated outing at his home race. After a fantastic start to his weekend, Lowes was on pole position, but struggled with the feeling on his Speed Up machine during the whole race and eventually crossed the finish line in sixth position.

The MotoGP class saw the race delayed for 30-minutes and was declared wet after heavy rain during the starting grid procedure. SHARK supported Scott Redding was the best of the Brits this weekend as he scored the best MotoGP result of his career, finishing sixth in front of his home fans. Aleix Espargaro managed to finish in the top-ten for his first wet race aboard the Suzuki GSX-RR, as he crossed the finish line in ninth position.

In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira finished in the points crossing the line in 13th place

The 13th MotoGP round of the season takes place in two weeks time (11-13 September) at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy.

Next weekend (4-6 September), the British Superbike Championship and its support classes will head to Cheshire for round nine of the series at Oulton Park.

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Johann Zarco takes his fourth win at Brno

This weekend SHARK’s supported riders were in action for the 11th round of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Johann Zarco once again dominated the Moto2 class taking pole position and successfully winning his fourth race of the season, setting a new record of ten consecutive podiums. The championship leader now has 224 points – extending his lead by 79 points. Zarco could be crowned Moto2 Champion at Philip Island in Australia in five-rounds time, if the gap isn’t reduced.

It was a tough weekend for Sam Lowes after experiencing huge crashes and technical issues during the free practices and qualifying. Lowes had better luck during the race, securing an impressive fifth position finish.

In MotoGP Aleix Espargaro finished in the top-ten, after having a few issues finding the right set-up with his Suzuki machine, he eventually crossed the finish line in a solid ninth place. Scott Redding finished 12th securing important championship points.

In Moto3, Miguel Oliveira set the fastest lap during the race and was fighting for a podium finish. The Portuguese-rider eventually finished eighth, just one second behind the race winner. He is currently fourth in the overall standings.

The next round of the MotoGP championship takes place 28-30 August at Silverstone, in the UK.

Johann Zarco:

« This weekend I had a good feeling from the start. I felt comfortable on the bike at all times, riding well with both a full and empty fuel tank. The race was not easy, as I had a lead of between 6 tenths and 1 second, which is a good advantage but far from definitive. I had to be very focused and on the final laps I was able to extend the gap to take the victory. I am very happy with the win and for having extended the lead in the standings, which is very important to me. I do not look at the statistics because I am fortunate to have a team behind me who make me concentrate on what really matters. I want to thank them, and now we will focus on Silverstone. »