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INFORMATION –  FIM GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2022 CALENDAR UPDATE –   FINLAND POSTPONED TO 2023

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship 2022 Calendar – UPDATE 25 May.

Finland postponed to 2023

The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are obliged to announce changes to the 2022 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar.

Homologation works at the KymiRing, together with the risks caused by the ongoing geopolitical situation in the region, have sadly obliged the cancellation of the Finnish Grand Prix in 2022. The current circumstances have created delays and put the ongoing work at the new circuit at risk. All parties have therefore agreed that the track’s debut must be postponed to 2023, when MotoGP™ looks forward to returning to Finland for the first time in four decades.

The final 2022 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar is therefore expected to comprise 20 rounds.

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BULLISH BRAD BACK ON TOP AFTER BREAK

National Cross Country Championship – Vryburg

The cold and damp third round of the National Cross Country Championship did little to slow a storming Brad Cox, back from a break after missing round 2 due to a knee injury. Cox who won the opening round was back to his old self and put in a sterling performance in OR1 taking the overall win on the day on what was described as one of the toughest and longest routes in a good while.

“Today was one of those days where you never give up until you see the flag, that last lap I just went all in and managed to catch and pass Kerim again” Cox beamed after the event. “this was just incredible, the disappointment with my knee and coming back like this after missing a round my emotions at the finish were very visible!” He added. “The track was the roughest route I ever did in a cross country, I’m over the moon taking the win here” he said adding that he will be heading off to Spain for some Rally Racing during the short break between rounds.

What made the performance stand out even more was the effort from the mechanical team who managed to completely swop front suspension during decontrol. “We made it by 15seconds in decontrol and big thanks to our team in the pits for helping me take the win in the end” Cox mused.

Gunning his way through OR2 was Kerim Fitzgerald who nearly stole the show after claiming P1 in the time trail and also leading the overall on the day after a good battle with Cox to eventually finish in 2nd overall. Team manager Louwrens Mahoney said he felt the sand track might have suited Fitzgerald going into the event due to his background in MX which proved to be almost prophetic in the end.

Team mate Scott Heygate finished in 4th overall and 3rd in the OR2 class saying “that sure was five long laps and it got really rough out there”. He went on to say “I’m happy with my result both personally and for the team, it was a real team effort out there getting me through the tough and cold conditions”

Young Matthew Wilson kept it clean and made sure he brought the bike home to finish second in the OR3 class consolidating his championship lead. “I’m happy to take the championship lead into the next round after a really hard day out on the bike today” he commented clearly drained from a big effort.

Louwrens Mahoney adds “This was a great weekend of racing for us, all our planning and preparations really paid off well and I would like to say a big well done to our riders, Kevin and everyone involved, I am truly thankful and proud of everyone in the team!”

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney

Photography by: Justin Reinecke for http://www.zcmc.co.za

KAWASAKI BEATS THE DESERT CHILL

What Trademore Feeds SA Cross Country Round 3 Report
Where Ganyesa, Northwest Province
When 20-21 May 2022
Community South Africa National

Cross Country Wins, Podiums for Team Green

The Northwest Kalahari is not supposed to be a cold place, but unseasonably chilly conditions did not prevent Kawasaki Racing from scoring a couple of wins and a number of podiums in the second round Trademore South African Cross Country race in the Northwest Province over the weekend.

Topping the successes, King Kenny Gilbert remains unbeaten in 2022 as he once again dominated the Seniors aboard his Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Motul Kawasaki KX 450 X en route to ninth overall. Warrick van Schalkwyk made it a Kawasaki double victory in Masters aboard his Franchise Co. CIT KX 450 X. Fifth overall, Michael Pentecost meanwhile consolidated his open class OR1 championship advantage with second in OR1 on his Franchise Co. CIT Kawasaki KX 450 X.

Jaycee Nienaber made it three Kawasakis in the overall top ten and two green machines in the OR1 top three on his wildcard appearance on a Spherical Bearings KX 450 X. And on the other side of the age scale to Gilbert and van Schalkwyk, young Jake Pretorius rode his Pepson Motul Kawasaki to third in the baby 65s. Taki Bogiages’ Pepson Motul Kawasaki KX 250X ended fourth in OR3, while John Botha’s similar Franchise Co. CIT Kawasaki ended sixth in the quarter-litre class.

Kenny Gilbert was in crushing form as he dominated Seniors on his Kawasaki to ninth overall. “It was a cold and rainy weekend!” Kenny reported “I really enjoy Vryburg’s terrain. “It was 100% sand and the track was very safe and loads of fun, even though it became very rough and demanding to keep the pace high. “A huge thanks to Pepson Plastics Kawasaki for its efforts, sponsorship and passion for our sport, and to the organisers for another amazing event.”

Michael Pentecost was also happy with his result on a difficult day in the desert. “That was a great race “I had so much fun out there and another consistent ride to second in class and fifth overall, so I’m happy with that,” Mike admitted. “My team was on point, but our opposition outsmarted us by running sand tires, which gave them a little pace advantage that I just couldn’t match. “So well done to them and the organisers for a super fun track and a great weekend all round.”

Taki Bogiages was satisfied with his performance aboard his Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki KX 250X. “I ended fourth in the 250cc OR3 class yesterday, that was a solid one. “It was extremely cold, but the track was awesome and the racing was really good, but best of all I felt really good out there and my bike was absolutely awesome. “Thanks to the team for everything they do and to the organisers for a great event.”

“Two wins, five podiums and great progress in the various championships, we’ll take that!” Pepson Plastics Scottish Cables Kawasaki Motul team boss Iain Pepper concluded. “Well done to our riders and the whole team on another great job.” Franchise Co. CIT team principal Harry Grobler added, “Now we head to Carletonville on 9 July, and that’s another round that should favour our team. “Bring it on!”

Issued on behalf of Kawasaki Cross Country