DEALER FOCUS

Honda Marine Polokwane
With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the South African market.

Working our way around the coast and then inland, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Polokwane. Here we find ourselves in discussion with Kowie Roux, the Dealer Principal at Honda Marine Polokwane.

Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
Having been involved with the Honda brand through motorcycles and power products since 1975, it seemed only logical that when the opportunity arose, especially at a time when the 4-stroke marine market started to totally dominate over the old and environmentally-unfriendly 2-stroke technology that we should upgrade our existing non-Honda marine operation (started 1980) with Honda marine products.

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?
We’ve been operating as a Honda Marine dealer since 2009, having now established our Polokwane outlet as a one-stop Honda shop when it comes to Marine, Motorcycles and Power Products, allowing us to give all our customers throughout the whole region a comprehensive Honda experience in terms of quality products, technical support and excellent service.

Meet the Team at the Dealership

Kowie Roux  –  DP

Nicolette Caldeira  –  Sales Manager
Bosman Brink  –  Sales Rep
Harry Mailula  –  Spares Manager

George Fisher  –  Honda Technician
With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
In previous years the Scimitar range of boats proved to be very popular, but now we work very closely with Austral Marine/ Angler Boats in Durban where their well-known and highly reputable Panache range is still proving to be the speedboat selection of choice.

Panache 1750 powered by a Honda BF115HP

What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
We cater mainly for the leisure market, with the Panache 1750 and 1850 models powered by the bigger horsepower Honda outboards being the most in demand. We’re also slowly but surely converting the big horsepower 2-stroke market (150 to 200HP) across to Honda’s advanced 4-stroke technology and all the major advantages that it brings.

We’re also involved with a similar project taking place 65kms outside Polokwane on the Ebenezer Dam, where some 55+ rafts are moored up, the majority fitted with old 2-stroke engines. To show just what the Honda outboards can do, we’ve now rigged a couple of these rafts with BF40HP and BF50HP engines respectively, and over time we’re confident that many raft owners will see the light and convert to Honda 4-stroke technology.

Advanced 4-stroke technology from the Honda BF40HP outboard

In what main areas does your Workshop specialise?
Our main focus lies in the rigging of all our new boat packages, as well as the servicing of Honda outboards. We also service other outboard brands and all makes of Jetskis having established a strong and loyal customer base throughout the Limpopo Province over the last 30 years which we’ll continue to fully support.

With which Leisure Accessory companies are you involved?
We stock a range of Honwave (Honda-manufactured) inflatables, as well as a wide array of products from CMH (Waterworld), Rutherford Marine and Zero. These consist of Connelly skis and inflatable tubes, life jackets, ski ropes, wake boards and knee boards to name but a few…

Waterskiing from a Honda BF90HP powered RIB

With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
Based on a specific customer’s individual preference and needs, we’ll order the appropriate unit, but we don’t as such carry any stock, obviously our location also has much to do with there being minimal demand for marine navigational equipment.

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
We are able to deal with all manner of customer emergencies and problems throughout the Province, charging R400.00 plus VAT p/hour for both the work to be carried out and for the actual travel time spent on the road.

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
We are constantly striving to offer our loyal customer base which has been built up over 30 years with a pleasurable Honda experience whether it be Motorcycles, Power Products, or over the last 3 years, Marine. From the moment you purchase a Honda product from us, you become part of our Honda Polokwane family and we’ll make every effort to look after you through what will hopefully be a long and enjoyable journey. What’s more, we’ll continue to support our previous non-Honda outboard owners with servicing, repairs and the speedy sourcing of parts that can often prove to be such a nightmare.

Come and discuss your boating requirements with our friendly staff

Whatever your Honda product requirement, please come and discuss your exact needs with our friendly staff and let them find the right solution for you. We look forward to seeing you at the shop…

Dealership Contact Details: HONDA MARINE POLOKWANE/ KR MOTORCYCLES

Tel:  015 297 3292/4
Cell:  083 450 3300 – Kowie (Dealer Principal)
Cell:  083 720 9865 – Nicolette
E-mail: honda@jump.co.za

PRODUCT NEWS

Honda BF75 and BF90: Lightweight Powerhouses

Honda BF90HP powering a RIB

Honda Marine’s BF75 and BF90 afford boaters the fuel efficiency and quiet operation of Honda’s legendary technology combined with the lightweight and explosive acceleration traditionally associated with two-stroke outboards. The pair’s 1.5-litre, in-line 4-cylinder engine boasts Honda’s exclusive Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC™ – BF90), Lean Burn Control, and Three Way Cooling.

BLAST Off
Ideal for smaller speedboats, centre consoles, inflatables, pontoons and skiffs, Honda’s BF75 and BF90 EFI redefine four-stroke performance with the patented BLAST system.
Holeshot and acceleration are dramatically improved by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during “hammer down” acceleration. The Engine Control Module (ECM) then steps in to increase injector timing, creating a more potent air/fuel mixture. The resulting boost in available torque at low rpm contributes to a strong holeshot to get the boat up on plane quickly. The ignition spark timing is appropriately adjusted under slower throttle advancement, ensuring a leaner air/fuel mix and class-leading fuel efficiency.

Further contributing to the engines’ outstanding fuel efficiency is Honda’s exclusive Lean Burn Control, which pairs the ECU with an oxygen (O2) sensor to adjust the air/fuel mixture according to speed and load, maximizing efficiency in “cruise mode.”

Derived from racing and first appearing on the Acura NSX sports car, VTEC™ (BF90) utilizes mild cam lobes to operate the intake valves at low rpm, and then engages a high-output lobe for high-rpm operation. The resulting boost in available power provides outstanding mid-range acceleration.

Further contributing to the pair’s explosive performance is Honda’s high-performance gear case. A longer anti-ventilation plate helps trap water flowing to the propeller to minimize porpoising, while a streamlined front and longer bullet reduce drag for enhanced acceleration and fuel efficiency. A front splash plate reduces spray from the hull bottom, maintaining a dry deck above, and a 2.33:1 gear ratio affords the use of 13- to 14-inch diameter propellers for heavier loads.

Honda BF75HP

The engines’ best-in-class 44-amp alternator (35 amps of battery charging), ignition, and other critical electrical components are mounted near the top of the powerhead to ensure that all are kept cool and dry.

High Performance in a Durable Package
To ensure long term durability, Honda engineers designed the first individually-controlled cylinder cooling system for outboard engines – Three Way Cooling. The system reduces engine heat by allowing the cylinder head to run slightly cooler than the cylinder block, greatly reducing engine wear.

A Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) design uses dual intake valves to deliver the optimal air/fuel mixture for maximum torque and combustion efficiency. In addition, a Multi-Port, Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI) accurately controls ignition timing during start-up to provide instant throttle response and outstanding fuel efficiency.

Top-mounted electronics are a standard feature on both engines. The alternator, ignition, and other critical components are mounted near the top of the powerhead to ensure that all are kept cool and dry. By extension, a camshaft-driven, automotive-style oil pump promotes long-term durability of critical engine components.

Honda BF75/90 Cover Off

The BF75 and BF90 boast an Engine Alert System that uses audio and visual cues, as well as rpm reduction circuits to alert the operator of conditions which can contribute to engine damage, such as overheating, low oil pressure, and over-revving. A freshwater flushport functions to flush debris and salt water out of the engine, while Honda’s patented 4-Front Corrosion Protection System features a double-sealed, multi-layered paint process – both features extend the life of the outboards in harsh marine environments.

The BF90 is available in both 20- and 25-inch shaft models, while the BF75 is offered in a 20-inch shaft length. All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 3-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF75

ENGINE
TYPE Four-Stroke In-line 4-Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 1,496cc (91.3 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 73 x 89.4 mm (2.87 x 3.52)
FULL THROTTLE HP RANGE 4,500 – 5,500 RPM
HP RATING AT PROPSHAFT 75HP @ 5,500RPM
VALVE TRAIN SOHC
VALVES PER CYLINDER 4
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
IGNITION SYSTEM Microcomputer Controlled
STARTING SYSTEM Electric
LUBRICATION Wet Sump
COOLING SYSTEM Water Cooled
ALTERNATOR 44 Amp (546 watts)
BATTERY CHARGING POWER 35 Amp (433 watts)
TRIM RANGE -4° to +16°
TILT RANGE 68°
 DRIVE
GEAR RATIO 2.33:1
GEAR SHIFT F-N-R
PROPELLER Optional
DIMENSIONS
TRANSOM HEIGHT(S) (L) 508 mm / 20 in
DRY WEIGHT (TILLER) (L) 171 kg / 377 lbs
DRY WEIGHT (REMOTE) (L) 165 kg / 364 lbs

Technical Specifications: Honda Marine BF90

ENGINE
TYPE Four-Stroke In-line 4-Cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 1,496cc (91.3 cubic in)
BORE & STROKE 73 x 89.4 mm (2.87 x 3.52)
FULL THROTTLE HP RANGE 5,300 – 6,300 RPM
HP RATING AT PROPSHAFT 90HP @ 5,500RPM
VALVE TRAIN SOHC
VALVES PER CYLINDER 4
FUEL DELIVERY Programmed Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
IGNITION SYSTEM Microcomputer Controlled
STARTING SYSTEM Electric
LUBRICATION Wet Sump
COOLING SYSTEM Water Cooled
ALTERNATOR 44 Amp (546 watts)
BATTERY CHARGING POWER 35 Amp (433 watts)
TRIM RANGE -4° to +16°
TILT RANGE 68°
 DRIVE
GEAR RATIO 2.33:1
GEAR SHIFT F-N-R
PROPELLER Optional
DIMENSIONS
TRANSOM HEIGHT(S) (L) 508 mm / 20 in
(X) 635 mm / 25 in
DRY WEIGHT (L) 166 kg / 366 lbs
(X) 172 lbs / 380 lbs

 

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

IndyCar Series 2012 – Round 05: Indy500 – Indianapolis – May 27 2012

Franchitti Claims Third “500” Win in Honda 1-2 Finish

Dario Franchitti wins the Indy 500

Dario Franchitti came from the rear of the field to win a dramatic Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to the checkered flag in a 1-2 finish for Honda in near-record heat and humidity. It is the third Indianapolis 500 victory for Franchitti, and the third for Honda with another engine manufacturer competition.

IndyCar Series – Round 05: Indy500

Dario Franchitti - INDY500 Winner

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)

2

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

3

Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)

4

Oriol Servia(Panther DRR Racing)

5

Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)

6

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

7

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

8

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)

9

Townsend Bell (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)

10

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

11

Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)

12

Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)

13

Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)

14

JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)

15

James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)

16

Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)

17

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

18

E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)

19

Michel Jourdain (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

20

Sebastian Bourdais (Dragon Racing)

21

Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)

22

Katherine Legge-R (Dragon Racing)

23

Ana Beatriz (Andretti Autosport)

24

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

25

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

26

Sebastien Saavedra (Andretti Autosport)

27

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

28

Will Power (Team Penske)

29

Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)

30

Bryan Clauson-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

31

Wade Cunningham-R (A.J. Foyt Racing)

32

Jean Alesi-R (Fan Force United)

33

Simona de Silvestro (HVM Racing)

 

 

IndyCar Series 2012 – Round 06: Detroit – June 03 2012

Dixon Masters Motown, Leads Honda Sweep

Scott Dixon wins for Honda in Detroit

Scott Dixon was unstoppable Sunday on the streets of Belle Isle Park, fending off all challenges presented by his fellow IZOD IndyCar Series competitors, a two-hour race stoppage for track repairs and even a spot rain shower once the race resumed to win the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and lead a 1-2-3 sweep for Honda.

IndyCar Series – Round 06: Detroit

Honda 1-2-3 with Dixon, Franchitti and Pagenaud

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

2

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)

3

Simon Pagenaud-R (Sam Schmidt Motorsports)

4

Will Power (Team Penske)

5

Oriol Servia (DRR Panther Racing)

6

Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)

7

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

8

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)

9

Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)

10

Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)

15

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

19

Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)

20

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

22

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

23

James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)

 

 

IndyCar Series 2012 – Round 07: Texas – June 09 2012

Wiley Wilson Wins in Texas

Justin Wilson and his crew

A “never-give-up” performance from Justin Wilson saw the popular veteran come from behind to win Saturday night’s Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway, the third consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series race victory and 1-2 finish for Honda in 2012.

IndyCar Series – Round 07: Texas

Justin Wilson winning in Texas

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

2

Graham Rahal (Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing)

3

Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)

4

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

5

JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)

6

Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)

7

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

8

Will Power (Team Penske)

9

Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian)

10

James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)

13

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

14

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

16

Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racng)

18

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

22

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

23

Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)

 

 

IndyCar Series 2012 – Round 08: Milwaukee – June 16 2012

Tagliani Runs Seventh for Honda at Milwaukee

Alex Tagliani

A race that started well for several Honda-powered IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams on Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile ended with Alex Tagliani finishing seventh and Graham Rahal ninth on a day that promised much more.

Pole-qualifier and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti dominated the opening segment of today’s 225-lap contest, leading until the first round of pit stops on Lap 63. But an ill-timed caution flag took away Franchitti’s advantage, leaving him running fourth, with a car that did not work as well in traffic as when he had been at the front of the field. On Lap 192, Franchitti and Ryan Briscoe made side-to-side contact, and one lap later a rear suspension failure sent him crashing into the Turn 4 wall. Franchitti was uninjured, but out of the race as a result of the crash.

Starting 21st after taking a 10-position grid penalty for an unapproved engine change, Detroit race winner Scott Dixon battled his way through the field to fourth place at mid-race, but was given a “drive-through” [pit lane] penalty by race officials when he was judged to have jumped a Lap 121 restart. The penalty dropped Dixon to 16th, the last car on the lead lap, and he was merely able to recover to 11th by the finish.

After a disappointing qualifying run on Friday that left him 13th on the starting grid, Tagliani found his Honda Dallara to be working much better in today’s race, and he quickly moved into the top 10 in the opening laps. Tagliani continued to advance during the middle stages of the contest, reaching third place on Lap 100. But the Canadian driver was caught out by lapped traffic on the final two restarts, dropping him to a seventh-place result.

Alex Tagliani in the Pits

Rahal, meanwhile, fought handling problems early in the race, but made changes to his car and gradually improved his position throughout the second half, to finish ninth. Simon Pagenaud had an encouraging short-oval debut, starting seventh, but fell a lap down to the leaders in the closing segment and finished 13th. Mechanical issues ended the race early for Texas race winner Justin Wilson and rookie Josef Newgarden, while Takuma Sato and James Jakes were caught up in a Lap 107 crash that ended the day for both drivers.

The June run of consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series races concludes next week, with another short-oval race, the June 23 Iowa Corn 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

IndyCar Series – Round 08: Milwaukee

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

2

Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)

3

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

4

Oriol Servia (DRR Panther Racing)

5

E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)

6

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

7

Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)

8

Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)

9

Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)

10

Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)

11

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

13

Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)

16

Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)

17

Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)

19

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)

20

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

21

James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)

23

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

25

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

 

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2012 – Round 05: Catalunya – June 03 2012

Pedrosa Scores Strong Second Place at Home Race

Dani Pedrosa

Local hero Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) rode to a determined second-place finish in the Catalan Grand Prix after a long battle with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha). Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V) had a tough race, crossing the line in fourth place, just behind Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha).

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 05: Catalunya

Dani Pedrosa finished in 2nd place

MotoGP

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Andrea Dovizioso (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

4

Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda Team)

5

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

6

Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

7

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team)

8

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP)

9

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team)

10

Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing)

11

Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing Team)

12

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing)

13

Aleix Espargaro (Power Electronics Aspar)

14

Michele Pirro (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

15

Randy De Puniet (Power Electronics Aspar)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master)

2

Thomas Luthi (Interwetten-Paddock)

3

Esteve Rabat (Pons 40 HP Tuenti)

4

Simone Corsi (Came Iodaracing Project)

5

Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team)

6

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP)

7

Randy Krummenacher (GP Team Switzerland)

8

Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team)

9

Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team)

10

Johann Zarco (JIR Moto2)

11

Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing)

12

Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing Team)

13

Alex De Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

14

Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team)

15

Jordi Torres (Tech 3 Racing)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Maverick Vinales (Blusens Avintia)

2

Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

3

Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

4

Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany)

5

Alexis Masbou (Caretta Technology)

6

Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

7

Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar Team)

8

Zulfahmi Khairuddin (AirAsia-Sic-Ajo)

9

Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI)

10

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP)

11

Jakub Kornfeil (Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta)

12

Niccolo` Antonelli (San Carlo Gresini Moto3)

13

Alan Techer (Technomag-Cip-TSR)

14

Alberto Moncayo (Bankia Aspar Team)

15

Jack Miller (Caretta Technology)

 

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2012 – Round 06: Great Britain – June 17 2012

Stoner Second, Pedrosa Third in Britain

Stoner and Pedrosa finishing 2nd and 3rd at Silverstone Moto GP

Honda team-mates Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) shared the podium with race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) at Silverstone. Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V) made it three Hondas in the top four with a fighting ride to fourth, his best-ever MotoGP result, just behind his fellow RC213V riders.

Stoner was in the lead group from the very beginning, shadowing Ben Spies (Yamaha) in the early laps before moving into first place on lap five. The Australian kept pushing hard, opening a gap of almost one second at one point, but in the end he could not resist Lorenzo because he lacked edge grip, especially from the left side of the rear tyre.

Championship leader Lorenzo first took the lead on lap 11, Stoner immediately fighting back. The pair swapped position several times on the next lap, Lorenzo coming out of this skirmish in front and leaving his rival to come under increasing pressure from Pedrosa.

During the latter stages of the race Stoner, Pedrosa and Bautista circulated together, the two full-factory riders eventually dropping Bautista. In the final lap Pedrosa did everything he could to pass Stoner, but then decided that attacking at the final chicane might be too risky, so they finished in that order, 0.286s apart.

Casey Stoner leading the pursuit of Lorenzo

Stoner and Pedrosa also struggled with the new construction Bridgestone front tyre, which from this race is the only option for the rest of the season. Both men find the tyre deflects too much during braking, making it difficult for them to stay with their rivals.

Bautista turned his season around this weekend, scoring his first-ever pole position yesterday, then running with the lead group throughout the race to finish just 5.196s behind the winner. The secret to this renaissance was two recent test sessions, during which his crew modified steering geometry and front suspension settings to put more weight on the front for better braking stability and turning.

Alvaro Bautista had a strong race, finishing 4th

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) rode to a brave eighth-place finish after injuring the fourth finger on his left hand when he crashed on Saturday morning. The injury made the start and the rest of the race a real challenge for the reigning Moto2 World Champion.

Michele Pirro (San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR-Honda) had a strong ride to 13th, crossing the line as the third CRT machine, just three seconds behind top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia). Pirro used a new FTR frame and fairing for the first time here.

Pol Espargaro (Pons 40 HP Tuenti-Kalex) scored a brilliant victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, first event of the day. The Spaniard was joined on the podium by Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team-Kalex) and Marc Marquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol-Suter) who fought a thrilling battle for second place during the final few laps.

Espargaro started from pole, but it was Britons Redding and Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing – Tech 3) who made the early running, swapping the lead no less than four times in the first lap. Espargaro was right behind them, however, with Andrea Iannone (Speed Master – Speed Up) and Marquez next up.

By one-third distance Espargaro was homing in on Redding, eventually finding his way past as they swept down Hangar straight for the eighth time. And that was that – Espargaro had more pace than anyone here and quickly built an unassailable lead. His second win of the year – after Jerez – puts him second in the championship, six points behind Marquez.

Things were less certain behind the leader, with Marquez, Redding and Iannone swapping places repeatedly. During the closing stages Iannone slipped backwards to argue over fourth place with Simone Corsi (Came Ioda Racing Project – FTR), focusing the interest on the Redding/Marquez duel.

With four laps remaining Marquez moved past the Briton, using a slight speed advantage on Hangar straight. But every time he got in front, Redding counter-attacked. On the final lap Marquez again outpaced Redding down Hangar, but he got into Stowe a bit hot and had to fight a wobble on the exit. That allowed Redding to get alongside and make a pass on the brakes into Vale. The pair touched as they fought for position at the final corner and were separated by a mere 0.059s at the flag.

Iannone bettered Corsi by less than one second for fourth place. Claudio Corti (Italtrans Racing Team – Kalex) finished sixth, just a fraction ahead of Smith and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten-Paddock-Suter). Luthi had a difficult weekend. He fell in practice and then nearly fell on the first lap today, which lost him contact with the leaders. Later he recorded the fastest lap of the race, but his eighth-place finish lost him the World Championship lead.

Maverick Vinales (Blusens Avintia – FTR Honda) came out on top of a breathtaking Moto3 race, the last GP event of the day. At one point in the second half of the race there were 11 riders in the lead group, positions changing constantly from first place to 11th. In the final laps, however, Vinales upped his pace and only Luis Salom (KTM) and Sandro Cortese (KTM) were able to go with him.

Spaniard Salom led on several occasions and got back in front on the penultimate lap, but Vinales always seemed able to find a way past his compatriot. Cortese also found his way past Salom on the last lap but Salom counter-attacked at the final chicane to grab the runner-up sport. Vinales’ third win of the year moved him back into the World Championship lead, two points ahead of Cortese.

In the final few laps the second group comprised seven riders, the six survivors crossing the finish line separated by just 1.108s. Le Mans winner Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany – FTR Honda) was the only one of the group not to finish, the Frenchman tumbling with just a few hundred metres to go. Alexis Masbou (Caretta Technology – Honda) came out on top of this particular contest, his best result of the year.

Efren Vazquez (JHK T-Shirt Laglisse – FTR Honda) was next up in fifth, with Romano Fenati (Team Italian FMI – FTR- Honda) seventh. Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0.0 – Suter Honda) finished tenth, six seconds behind the second group.

The MotoGP circus now returns to the continent for a gruelling run of three GPs on consecutive weekends. The Dutch TT first, on Saturday June 30, then the German and Italian GPs.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix – 
Round 06: Great Britain

Dani Pedrosa finished 3rd behind team-mate Stoner

MotoGP

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

2

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

3

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

4

Alvaro BAUTISTA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

5

Ben SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing)

6

Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

7

Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)

8

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

9

Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)

10

Hector BARBERA (Pramac Racing Team)

11

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

12

Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)

13

Michele PIRRO (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

14

James ELLISON (Paul Bird Motorsport)

15

Yonny HERNANDEZ (Avintia Blusens)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Pol ESPARGARO (Pons 40 HP Tuenti)

2

Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)

3

Marc MARQUEZ (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol)

4

Andrea IANNONE (Speed Master)

5

Simone CORSI (Came IodaRacing Project)

6

Claudio CORTI (Italtrans Racing Team)

7

Bradley SMITH (Tech 3 Racing)

8

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten-Paddock)

9

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag-CIP)

10

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

11

Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

12

Toni ELIAS (Mapfre Aspar Team)

13

Esteve RABAT (Pons 40 HP Tuenti)

14

Randy KRUMMENACHER (GP Team Switzerland)

15

Ratthapark WILAIROT (Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Maverick VINALES (Blusens Avintia)

2

Luis SALOM (RW Racing GP)

3

Sandro CORTESE (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

4

Alexis MASBOU (Caretta Technology)

5

Efren VAZQUEZ (JHK Laglisse)

6

Danny KENT (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

7

Romano FENATI (Team Italia FMI)

8

Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

9

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (AirAsia-Sic-Ajo)

10

Miguel OLIVEIRA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

11

Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta)

12

Hector FAUBEL (Bankia Aspar Team)

13

Niccolo` ANTONELLI (San Carlo Gresini Moto3)

14

Niklas AJO (TT Motion Events Racing)

15

Alberto MONCAYO (Bankia Aspar Team)

 

 

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012 – Round 06: Miller Motorsport Park – USA – May 28 2012

Podium For Rea Keeps Him Well In The Leading Fight

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) took a strong fourth and then a fine second place in round six of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship, coming to within 0.195 seconds of eventual race winner Marco Melandri (BMW) in what was a shortened and much delayed 18-lap race.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012 – 
Round 06: Miller Motorsport Park – U.S.A.

Jonathan Rea on the Podium in SBK Race 2

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

2

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

3

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

4

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

5

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

6

J. SMRZ Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

7

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

8

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

9

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

10

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

11

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

12

S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

13

L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)

14

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

15

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

2

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

3

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

4

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

5

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

6

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

7

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

8

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

9

J. SMRZ Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

10

S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

11

L. CAMIER (Fixi Crescent Suzuki)

12

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

13

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

14

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

15

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

 

 

 

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012 – Round 07: Misano – San Marino 10 June 2012

Rea Second in Championship After Another Podium

Jonathan Rea on the podium in San Marino

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) went second in the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship points’ rankings today after he scored a second place finish in the second 24-lap race at the newly re-named Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia) scored a double win, but the other main championship hopefuls ran into varying degrees of trouble, all of which which helped Rea move up to his best championship position of the year so far.

In the first 24-lap race of the afternoon Rea led for 16 laps as he went for the win, but as rear grip dropped down on his hard rear tyre he could not keep up his pace and he slipped down the order as the last few laps timed out. He was eventually fifth. Rea had qualified second on the grid.

Jonathan Rea at San Marino

In race two Rea was never lower than fourth and ended up second thanks to a great display of determination mixed with strong defence in the last few laps as he tried successfully to keep the following Leon Haslam (BMW) behind him. This was Jonathan’s fourth podium score of the year.

In the championship Biaggi is now 38.5 points ahead of Jonathan, 210.5 points to 172. Behind Jonathan, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) has 164.5 and Marco Melandri (BMW) 155.5.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) just missed out on points in race one, finishing 16th after qualifying 20th. In the second race he scored good points for 12th and is 16th in the overall championship fight, with 34.5 points. The championship now has a two weekend break before action recommences at the lavishly appointed Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain, with race day falling on Sunday 1 July.

Cluzel Goes Second Overall as Lowes Suffers Misfortune

Jules Cluzel comes 2nd in Supersport race

Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) was second in qualifying at the sixth round of the 2012 FIM Supersport World Championship race in Misano and followed that up with a strong second place behind race winner Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) in the 22-lap race. His sequence of seconds was completed when he leapfrogged fellow Honda rider Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) to move into second place in the championship fight.

Cluzel had been Sofuoglu’s shadow throughout the entire race and had a couple of tries at drawing alongside and passing in the final laps, before realising he was taking too many risks and had to settle for second.

Lowes had secured his fourth pole position of the year in qualifying before going on to find some technical issues affecting his race day performance. He eventually fell and restarted to finish 18th, scoring no points. Lowes is now third in the championship, with Sofuoglu on 106, Cluzel on 84 and Lowes on 76.

A messy start to the 22-lap race saw many riders make contact and some run wide, a factor which affected many of the top Honda riders’ final results.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
 – Round 07: Misano – San Marino

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

2

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

3

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

4

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

5

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

6

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

7

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

8

S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

9

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

10

L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)

11

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

12

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

13

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

14

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

15

M. BAIOCCO (Barni Racing Team Italia)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

2

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

3

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

4

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

5

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

6

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

7

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

8

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

9

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

10

M. BAIOCCO (Barni Racing Team Italia)

11

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

12

H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)

13

N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)

14

J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)

15

L. CAMIER (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)

Supersport

Jules Cluzel on the Podium

Rank Rider (Team)

1

K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)

2

J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)

3

A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)

4

R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)

5

B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)

6

S. MORAIS (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)

7

J. METCHER (Rivamoto Junior Team)

8

F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

9

V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)

10

A. ANTONELLI (Bike Service R.T.)

11

R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)

12

B. NEMETH (Racing Team Toth)

13

I. TOTH (Racing Team Toth)

14

D. LOMBARDI (Team PATA by Martini)

15

G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)

 

 

Honda Racing celebrates highly successful Isle of Man TT Races

The legendary John McGuiness at the Isle of Man TT

Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxworth has praised the ‘magical’ Isle of Man TT Races after Honda claimed three victories and 11 podiums. Despite the cancellation of the PokerStars Senior TT which was widely expected to be dominated by the Honda TT Legends Superbike of John McGuinness, the Japanese manufacturer still regarded the 2012 TT as an unprecedented success.

Both the Dainese Superbike and the first Monster Energy Supersport race at the start of the week ended with a Honda 1-2-3, McGuinness taking victory in the first aboard his Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR Fireblade and in the latter, Padgetts Racing’s Bruce Anstey piloting his Honda CBR600RR to what was the second closest TT victory in history, with a winning margin of just 0.77 seconds.

John McGuiness airborne again...

Victory for McGuinness in the Royal London 360 Superstock TT, with Padgetts Racing, aboard the near stock Fireblade, took the tally of Honda TT wins to 163.
 In addition to the three wins from five solo races contested, Honda machinery also claimed 11 out of 15 possible podium spots (excluding the SES TT Zero which Honda did not contest).

 

The decision to cancel the Senior TT at the end of the week, deprived McGuinness of the chance to challenge for his 20th Isle of Man TT victory, but there is always next year for the ‘Morecambe Missile’, currently sitting on 19 TT wins.

Among all the success there was one moment of misfortune when Honda TT Legends rider Simon Andrews crashed at Grahams during lap one of the Superbike race. He was immediately taken to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. He is now expected to make a full recovery.

Rarely on the tar John McGuiness

Honda Racing Manager Neil Tuxworth said: “The TT is always such a magical event for Honda. It is where Honda began racing and have been coming for over 50 years to compete, with numerous successes during this period. To come back with the manufacturer’s title, three solo wins out of five races and with a total of 11 podiums, two of which comprised fully of Honda, is a fantastic reward for all the hard work put in. The Honda TT Legends, Padgetts Racing and Wilson Craig Racing teams all performed with such professionalism and proved once again that the Honda is still the most competitive machine out there, across all classes.”

WWF HONDA MARINE PARKS PROGRAMME

The False Bay Coastal Conservation Partnership Stakeholder Workshop Process

Crayfish boats in Kalk Bay Harbour

The ever-increasing use of the bay’s marine resources by a wide range of often competing users, has resulted in conflict and tension between various stakeholder groups. These issues range from exploitation of the bay’s fish stocks, spatial use of the bay, shark/human interactions, water quality and pollution in the bay and safety and security along the coastline.
False Bay is a popular destination in the Cape Metropolitan Area for outdoor recreational activities. Non-consumptive activities such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and picnicking mainly occur on the sandy shores, along the northern coastline and beaches along the western and eastern coasts. Popular areas for these activities include Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, Mnandi, Monwabisi, Kogelbaai and the Strand. Snorkellers and scuba divers are also very active in False Bay, mostly around rocky shores near Miller’s Point. Exploitative activities, such as recreational angling (rock and surf, and boat-based) and bait collection also extend around the entire bay.

Crayfish nets

There has been rapid urban growth in areas surrounding False Bay, particularly along the northern shores and the recent identification of additional coastal development nodes along the False Bay coastline will result in an inevitable increase in pressures on the bay. Coastal resorts in False Bay frequently reach capacity during peak season times and as a result development planners face the challenge of meeting the increasing demand for easily accessible coastal developments, in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The commercial fishery in False Bay dates back more than 300 years and includes purse-seine for live bait (four boats operating from Kalk Bay harbour), beach-seine (‘trek-net fishery”) and commercial line-fisheries (including the traditional line fishery from Kalk Bay, and the ski-boat fishery).

Eco-tourism enterprises, for example whale-watching, shark cage diving, and Seal Island boat trips are gaining in popularity in False Bay and are seen by many as a positive step towards the sustainable use of the bay’s marine resources, with the potential to generate alternative local livelihood options.

Smooth Hound sharks destined for Australia to be sold as lemon fish

The ever-increasing use of the bay’s marine resources by a wide range of often competing users, has resulted in conflict and tension between various stakeholder groups. These issues range from exploitation of the bay’s fish stocks, spatial use of the bay, shark/human interactions, water quality and pollution in the bay and safety and security along the coastline.

Historically, marine and coastal management was managed via a sector-based approach, which was adequate given that utilization of the sea and its resources was limited to few uses (e.g. fishing and navigation) that rarely influenced one another. But the rapid growth of ocean and coastal utilization from many sectors created conflict among uses such that sectoral management could no longer sufficiently address the issues. This is why there is the need for collaborative, integrated coastal management that includes input from civil society in the decision making processes.
Stakeholder workshop process
A multi-stakeholder workshop, open to any interested parties, was held on February 16th 2012, to discuss the state of False Bay.

Following the initial workshop, a series of smaller, focussed group workshops was held with each stakeholder group separately, to elicit more detailed feedback, and to elect representatives from each group.

Each group identified a set of issues that were considered as priorities. Some of these priority issues were common to more than one stakeholder group, forming a common thread throughout the workshop series. Although it must be kept in mind that these are the perceptions, opinions and issues raised by members of the public, and not necessarily factual or based on research, they are still the perceptions of the stakeholders who are involved or interested in False Bay, and as such need to be taken into account.

  • Compliance and Law enforcement issues, including a lack of compliance with and enforcement of existing rules and regulations, and a lack of capacity and resources amongst governance agencies.
  • Poaching, including a lack of monitoring, policing and compliance, fragmented enforcement and the failure of the judicial system.
  • Education, Awareness and Training, where a pro-active approach is needed. Education is needed with respect to conservation, biodiversity, oceans, our marine environment, the social aspect of fisheries and the history of South Africa and False Bay. Training is needed with respect to the rules and regulations, the laws governing South Africa and False Bay, fisheries facts and trends, rights allocations, skills development, eco-tourism and alternative livelihoods provision. Awareness about False Bay needs to be increased – a drive to increase awareness around our environment, biodiversity, conservation, use of the resources, sustainability of resources and  sustainable development.
  • Public Safety, including heightened awareness, visible effective policing and public protection, and that public transport and amenities should be monitored and policed.
  • The need for a coordinated, integrated approach was emphasised. This should be amongst all governance agencies, at a national, provincial and local level. A need for an integrated management plan including an integrated compliance strategy was identified.

Diverse stakeholder groups working together for some smoother sailing...

What was a real revelation, and extremely encouraging, about this process was seeing how much in common all these diverse groups of False Bay users actually have, rather than how much they are in conflict. The next step is to harness this into a common goal and a shared vision, and to work together with governance agencies towards:

False Bay functioning optimally and delivering sustainable benefits to all those who use, depend on and enjoy the bay, for all current and future generations.