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Chaparral Luxury Sportsboats arriving in South Africa shortly…

Chaparral 224Xtreme

The Chaparral 224Xtreme and 226SSi models will be arriving on South African shores shortly. Initially local boating publications will be reviewing them in the Johannesburg area and then you’ll find them on tour around the country so that everyone gets the opportunity to view these impressive luxury Sportsboats. Keep an eye out at your local Honda Marine Dealer for their impending arrival, they’re ‘must see’ boats…

Chaparral 226SSi

The Specifications, as well as the Standard and Optional Equipment fitted to these two Chaparrals will be as follows:

CHAPARRAL 224XTREME

Specs & Capacities:

Spec/Capacity US Metric
LOA w/ Swim Platform: 22′ 4″ 6.81 m
Beam: 8′ 6″ 2.59 m
Bridge Clearance with Arch Tower: 9′ 5″ 2.87 m
Bridge Clearance with Arch Tower Folded Down: 8′ 4″ 2.54 m
Bridge Clearance with Wakeboard Tower: 9′ 2″ 2.79 m
Bridge Clearance with Wakeboard Tower Folded Down: 7′ 3″ 2.21 m
Deadrise: 18° 18°
Fuel Capacity: 50 gal 189 L
Water Capacity: 10 gal 38 L
Draft Down: 35″ 89 cm
Draft Up: 20″ 51 cm
Max HP: 320 hp 239 kW
Dry Weight: 4150 lbs 1882 kg
Passenger Capacity (NMMA): 12 Persons/ 1750 lbs

Chaparral 224Xtreme

STANDARD EQUIPMENT:

Head
Enclosed Head with Lockable Door
Full Fibreglass Interior Liner
Lighting in Head

Cockpit
U-Slide Platform Seat
Bow Ice Chest (Insulated) with Drain
Carry-On Cooler (25 quart)
Custom Embroidery on all Major Seating
DC Power Plugs
Dura-Flex Suspension Pedestal Seats with Flip-Up Bolster Upholstery
“Dura-Life Max” Premium Expanded Vinyl Cockpit
Interior Colour Packages Include: Black, Blue Ice, Red or Yellow
L-Shaped Aft Lounge Seating
Lighting in Cockpit and Console
Lockable Glovebox with Storage Net
MP3 Holder Located at the Helm Station
Platform Logo Mat
Premium Sound System: Sirius Satellite Ready, AM/FM CD Player, MP3 Jack, Remote
Control and Display
Pressure Water System
Seating – Two Bucket Seats
Ski and Kneeboard Storage in Floor
Stainless Steel Bow Grab Rails
Stainless Steel Cupholders
Stainless Steel Speaker Covers
Stainless Steel Walk-Thru Transom Gate
StarLite Seat Cushion Bases with Flow Foam
Storage Under Stern Seating
Transom Stereo Remote and Tilt Switch Mounted on a Stainless Steel Panel
Walk-Thru Bow with Close Off Door
Wetbar with Solid Surface Countertop, Sink, Trash Receptacle and Storage Below
Wide Tech Bow Lounge Cushions with Storage Underneath
Wraparound Aluminum Walk-Through Windshield with Custom Supports

Chaparral 224Xtreme

Dash
Accessory Panels with Illuminated Switches and Water Resistant DC Breakers
Custom Molded Dash
Digital Hour Meter
Digital Instrumentation with Glass Lenses (Fog Resistant), Brushed Aluminum Faces and Stainless Steel Bezels
Electrical Connectors Triple O-Ring Sealed and Water Tight
Grounding Bars – Engine and Dash
Instrument Dimmer Switch
Loom Wrapped Wiring
Polished Spoke Steering Wheel
Power Steering
Tilt Steering Helm

Utility
Anchor and Rope Locker
Battery Trays
Bilge Blower
Bilge Pump – Automatic
Bow Stainless Steel Four- Step Boarding Ladder Concealed Under Hatch
Brass Threaded Garboard Drain Plug
Compass
Digital Depth
Electric Horn
Kevlar Re-Inforced Hull Keel Strip
Lifetime Limited Hull Warranty
Navigation Lights
NMMA Certified
Polyethylene Fuel Tank with Dual Deck Fill Plates
Premium Hydropel Resin
PVC Rubrail with Stainless Steel Insert
Quad-Radial Lamination
Stainless Steel Hardware, Including Large Bow and Stern Eyes, Stern Rail with Ski Eye, 4
Bolt Cleats (6) and Flush Pull Latches
Stainless Steel Props
Stainless Steel Thru-Hull Fittings (Electro Polished)
Stern Stainless Steel Three-Step Boarding Ladder, Concealed Under Hatch
Two-Tone Gel-Coat Colour Scheme

Chaparral 224Xtreme

Activity
Integral Swim Platform
Wakeboard Tower and Two Fixed Board Holders with Color Coordinated Bimini Top

Colour
Colour Selection for Wide Tech Xtreme (Double Black, Double Rush or Double Red)
Wide Tech Xtreme Graphics

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
224Xtreme w/Mercruiser 5.7 litre 350 Mag DTS B3 Drive 300HP
Icon Silver Splice (Black bottom/ White side/ Silver graphic
Snap-in Carpet
Table with side mount bases in the Cockpit and Bow
Fire Extinguishing system – automatic/ manual
Air Pump
Pro Xtreme Package
Cockpit & Bow Cover with Arch Tower (Sunbrella)

Chaparral 224Xtreme

 

 

CHAPARRAL 226SSi

Specs & Capacities:

Spec/Capacity US Metric
LOA w/ Swim Platform: 22′ 6″ 6.86 m
Beam: 8′ 6″ 2.59 m
Bridge Clearance: 4′ 8″ 1.42 m
Bridge Clearance with Wakeboard Tower: 7′ 3″ 2.21 m
Deadrise: 20° 20°
Fuel Capacity: 55 gal 208 L
Draft Down: 34″ 86 cm
Draft Up: 16″ 41 cm
Max HP: 300 hp 224 kW
Dry Weight: 3900 lbs 1769 kg
Passenger Capacity (NMMA): 12 Persons/ 1650 lbs

Chaparral 226SSi

STANDARD EQUIPMENT:

Cockpit
Bow Ice Chest (Insulated) with Overboard Drain
Bow Walk-Thru Door
Carry-On Cooler with Dedicated Storage Under Fiberglass Hatch – 25 Quart
Cockpit Drainage System (CDS)
Cockpit Layout – Two Bucket Seats with Logo Badging and U-Shape Bench Seat
Custom Molded Fibreglass Side Panels with Full Length Padded Armrests
DC Power Plugs -12v (Helm and in Glovebox)
Diamond Pattern Non-Skid
“quot; Dura-Life Max”quot; 36oz. Premium Expanded Vinyl Cockpit Upholstery
Fibreglass Molded Bowrider Area
Fibreglass Structural Liner
Hinged Bow Backrest to Access Storage
Interior Colour Packages: Black, Blue, Dune, Red or Yellow
LED Lighting in Cockpit – Blue
Lockable Glove Box with Liner
Molded-In Footrest
Oasis™ Sun Lounge with Stainless Steel Grabrails and Custom Hinges
Premium Sound System: Sirius Satellite Ready, AM/FM CD Player and MP3 Jack
Ski and Kneeboard Storage in Floor with Rubber Mat
Stainless Steel Cockpit Grabhandles
Stainless Steel Cupholders (7)
StarLite Seat Bases with Flow Foam
Storage Under Rear Bench
Table with Side Mount Bases in the Cockpit and Bow
Ultra-Comfort Pedestal Seats with Flip-Up Bolster
Water Resistant Speakers (4)
Wide Tech Bow Seating with Storage Underneath
Wraparound Walk-Thru Windshield with Custom Stainless Steel Supports

Chaparral 226SSi

Dash
Accessory Panels with Dual Illuminated LED Switches and Water Resistant DC
Breakers
Custom Molded Dash with Color Coordinated Switch Panels
Digital Hour Meter
Electrical Connectors Triple O-Ring Sealed and Water Tight
Full Analog Instrumentation with Glass Lenses (Fog Resistant), Brushed Aluminum Faces
and Stainless Steel Bezels
Grounding Bars – Engine and Dash
Instrument Dimmer Switch
Loom Wrapped Wiring
Polished Spoke Steering Wheel
Power Steering
Tilt Steering Helm

Chaparral 226SSi

Utility
100% Perma Panel Marine Coring (Lifetime Warranty)
Aluminum Fuel Tank
Anchor and Rope Locker with Molded Lid
Battery On/Off Switch
Battery Tray
Bilge Blower
Bilge Pump – Automatic
Brass Threaded Garboard Drain Plug
Electric Horn
Extended V-Plane Hull
Kevlar Re-Inforced Hull Laminate
Lifetime Limited Hull Warranty
Navigational Lights
NMMA Certified
Polyethylene Fuel Tank with Port and Starboard Deck Fill Plates
Premium Hydropel Resin
PVC Rubrail with Stainless Steel Insert
Stainless Steel Hardware, Including Large Bow and Stern Eyes, Stern Rail w/ Ski Eye, 4-
Bolt
Cleats (6) and Flush Pull Latches
Stainless Steel Thru-Hull Fittings (Electro Polished)
Stainless Steel, Three Step Boarding Ladder Concealed Under Molded Lid
Three Blade Stainless Steel Props

Activity
Integrated Swim Platform

Chaparral 226SSi

Canvas
Colour Coordinated Bimini Top with Windscreen and Boot (Sunbrella) (Black, Blue, or Red)

Colour
All White Premium Gelcoat Hull with Colour Selection Graphics (Black, Blue, Red or Yellow)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
226SSi w/ Mercruiser 5.7 litre Mag Bravo 3 Drive 300HP
Wide Band Blue Hull
Premium Package
Snap in Carpet
Premium Speaker Upgrade with AMP and Subwoofer
Dual Battery Set-up with Crossover Switch
Air Pump
Convenience Package – Digital Guages
Wide Band Sport Graphic
Arch Tower – white hinged with matching canvas and fixed board racks
Cockpit and Bow Cover with Arch

Chaparral 226SSi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealer News

Honda Marine St Francis host trial Golf Day
St. Francis Bay Golf Club recently gave Honda Marine St Francis the opportunity to stage a trial of a ‘Honda Marine’ golf day in place of one of their regular Saturday competitions. Honda Marine products were on prominent display on the day, including the local St. Francis Bay NSRI rescue boat, sporting its pair of new Honda BF50HP outboards.

Money raised from the ‘nearest the hole’ competition and other challenges was donated directly to the NSRI. Such was the success of the event that all parties involved have mutually agreed that in 2013, there’ll be a much bigger Honda Marine event with an even wider range of prizes and sponsorship.
Warren Rachman and Eamon Scott, the Managing Members of Honda Marine St Francis, have also determined that in the future any fund-raising activities that they carry out will be in support of the excellent work being done by the NSRI.

 

Honda Racing News

Honda Civic World Touring Car Championship race car unveiled

Honda Civic WTCC race car

Honda has unveiled the 2012 Civic WTCC race car as they began track testing for the IAF World Touring Car championship. 

Led by WTCC champion Gabriele Tarquini, testing started on July 31 at the Vallelunga circuit, near Rome, Italy and will continue throughout the year.

The championship will start at Suzuka in October 2012. 

Entering with one car driven by Tiago Monteiro, Honda will partake in three races. Current tests assure the Civic WTCC will be ready for full entry in 2013.

SPORTY EXTERIOR
The exterior of the vehicle has also been revealed. The new race car has undergone extensive wind-tunnel testing which resulted in an extended front and rear skirt design. These enhancements ensure smooth airflow, creating a coefficient of drag value that is best in class for a C-sector five-door hatchback.


Alessandro Mariani, team principal of Honda Racing Team JAS, said: “To see the finished Civic finally on the race track is an extremely emotional moment for the whole team. I am so proud of everyone involved. They have managed to accomplish so much in such a short period. Everyone has been working tirelessly for this day to happen and the new car and engine are no less than our expectations. 

”The initial track testing has already provided us with a lot of feedback and data, but the road to Suzuka in October remains a long one. This isn’t the end. It’s just the beginning. From here we will make ourselves even busier.”


MODIFIED ENGINE
Test driver Gabriele Tarquini said, “Although I’d never driven the new Civic, when I sat in the seat for the first time I immediately felt I was in a Honda. The bodywork is precise and the engine feels great. But this is just the first track test, so there is so much more for us to work on. 

”The car looks beautiful, too, and will, I’m sure, wow all the WTCC fans around the world when it makes its debut in Suzuka later this year. “

Underneath the aerodynamic body lies the HR-412E, a modified 1.6litre, four cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, in compliance with IAF regulations for the WTCC. Both Tarquini and Monteiro will compete for Honda in the full FIA World Touring Car championship in 2013.

 

 

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix – Round 11: Indianapolis – August 19, 2012

Pedrosa Storms To Victory at The Brickyard

Dani Pedrosa - winner at Indy

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) stormed to his second victory of the season with a record-breaking win on a warm, sunny day at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Team-mate Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V) rode bravely with a heavily damaged right ankle, the legacy of a qualifying crash, to finish just off the podium in fourth. Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso were second and third, respectively. Starting from a new pole position record, Pedrosa used the power of his Repsol Honda RC213V to take the lead from Yamaha rider Ben Spies on the third of 28 laps. Spies tried to stay with him, but was already losing ground when his engine expired in a puff of smoke down the straightaway.

Casey Stoner

That put his team-mate Lorenzo into second but at a margin of 2.293s. Lorenzo would never get much closer. Pedrosa was consistent throughout with something in reserve. He unleashed his full power on the 15th lap when he set a new race lap record, shattering the old mark by .8s.

Over the final 13 laps he continued to stretch his advantage, winning by 10.823s. It was the second largest MotoGP margin of victory to the 14.996s win he had recorded in the German Grand Prix.

It was Pedrosa’s first win from pole since the 2010 San Marino Grand Prix at Misano.

Dani Pedrosa with the Repsol Honda Team

By winning for the second time at IMS, with a new race record time that was 13s faster than last year’s race, Pedrosa took five points off championship leader Lorenzo. With seven races remaining, he has closed to within 18 points, 225 to 207. Stoner lost ground and now sits third at 189.

The reigning world champion was not certain he would ride until the morning. Saturday’s qualifying crash had caused multiple traumas to his right leg, including several small chipped bone fractures, a 10mm fracture on the talar dome below the tibia and fibula, contusions to the anterior tibia, posterior tibia and medial malleolus, and soft tissue swelling around the ankle. He also tore his deltoid, anterior talofibial, calcaneal and fibular ligaments in addition to a high ankle sprain. He could not walk without the aid of crutches.

Rather than getting involved in the early cut and thrust, Stoner allowed the field to sort itself out before making his push. He patiently made his way up the order, though his progress was interrupted when Ben Spies had a smoking engine failure on the front straight on lap six. Stoner had to make his way through the smoke on the fastest part of the course and lost touch with the leaders.

Once clear of the smoke, he went after Dovizioso, passing him for third on tenth lap. Stoner kept the Italian at bay for 12 laps, but the healthier rider would not be denied while Stoner struggled with his physical limitations. Dovi took back the final podium spot from Stoner on lap 22 and, while the Australian hounded him for a handful of laps, Dovizioso was able to break free.

Now Stoner has five days to recover before practice starts for next weekend’s Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Much of the race was processional over the second half. Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V), who had been part of the battle for third, lost touch with those in front and pulled away from the rider just behind, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl. When that happened, near the midpoint of the race, the two riders solidified their positions.

Bautista was happy to return to the feeling with the motorcycle that he had had before the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Fifth place was his second best finish of the season; he had been fourth at the British Grand Prix.

Alvaro Bautista

Bradl was expecting more after an encouraging performance in qualifying. That potential was not realised because he could not push out of the many slow corners on the track. Still, he gained ten points on the rider ahead of him in the championship while maintaining sixth in his rookie season.

Bautista’s teammate did not have much luck in his first visit to Indiana on a MotoGP machine. Michele Pirro (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V) retired early in the race with a swingarm problem. It was his fourth straight non-finish.

Moto2
Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol – Suter Marc Marquez gave a master class in the Moto2 race, setting a number of new lap records early on while pulling away to a commanding victory, his fifth of the season.

Marquez took the lead on the third of 26 laps, and with the exception of a lap mid-race, stretched his lead at will. By the end of the race he had pulled out a cushion of 5.855s.

The win helped him pull back some of the points he had lost finishing fifth in the previous round at Mugello. Marquez now has a lead of 39 points, 199 to 149, over Pol Espargaro (Pons HP 40 Tuenti – Kalex), the second place finisher.

Espargaro took over second on the eighth lap, by which time Marquez already had a gap of 3.321s. Other than the 11th lap, when Marquez was off pace and Espargaro took advantage, Espargaro could not make inroads. Instead he had to fend off Julian Simon (Blusens Avintia – Suter), who he pulled away from in the later stages. For Simon it was his first podium of the season.

Simon, in turn, had over 6s on Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team – Kalex), the former MotoGP rider who had company from Thomas Luthi (Interwetten-Paddock Suter) and Scott Redding, Kallio’s team-mate.

Andrea Iannone (Speed Master – Speed Up) arrived in Indianapolis tied for second in the championship with Espargaro, but an off day dropped him to ninth. He now trails Espargaro by 13 points and Marquez by 52.

Moto3
The Moto3 race ended in tragedy for Maverick Vinales (Blusens Avintia FTR Honda), the young Spaniard who crashed in the final turn sequence while going for victory. Vinales had been in the thick of the fight for most of the race, while waiting until the end to make his grab for glory. But the he ran wide in the penultimate corner and onto a dirty section of the track, causing his tyres to wash out. Vinales could not re-start his motorcycle and scored no points.

The race was won by KTM rider Luis Salom, the Spaniard getting his first victory with Sandro Cortese (KTM) second and Jonas Folger (KTM) third.

Manuel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda) narrowly missed out on the final podium spot by taking fourth; the gap was .127s. In his first visit to America, Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda) was a very close fifth, with Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins finishing seventh.

Cortese continues to lead the championship with 184 points to 155 for Vinales.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
Round 11: Indianapolis

MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

2

Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)

3

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

4

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

5

Alvaro BAUTISTA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

6

Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)

7

Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)

8

Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)

9

Yonny HERNANDEZ / COL / Avintia Blusens)

10

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

11

Toni ELIAS (Pramac Racing Team)

12

Ivan SILVA (Avintia Blusens)

13

Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

14

Steve RAPP (Attack Performance)

15

James ELLISON (Paul Bird Motorsport)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Marc MARQUEZ (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol)

2

Pol ESPARGARO (Pons 40 HP Tuenti)

3

Julian SIMON (Blusens Avintia)

4

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

5

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten-Paddock)

6

Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)

7

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag-CIP)

8

Simone CORSI (Came IodaRacing Project)

9

Andrea IANNONE (Speed Master)

10

Claudio CORTI (Italtrans Racing Team)

11

Esteve RABAT (Pons 40 HP Tuenti)

12

Johann ZARCO (JIR Moto2)

13

Nicolas TEROL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)

14

Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)

15

Ricard CARDUS (Arguinano Racing Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Luis SALOM (RW Racing GP)

2

Sandro CORTESE (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

3

Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)

4

Miguel OLIVEIRA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

5

Romano FENATI (Team Italia FMI)

6

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (AirAsia-Sic-Ajo)

7

Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

8

Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta)

9

Alberto MONCAYO (Andalucia JHK Laglisse)

10

Alexis MASBOU (Caretta Technology)

11

Arthur SISSIS (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

12

Danny KENT (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

13

Louis ROSSI (Racing Team Germany)

14

Isaac VINALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

15

Alessandro TONUCCI (Team Italia FMI)

 

 

 

IndyCar Series 2012 – Round 12: Mid Ohio – August 5, 2012

Dixon Continues Mid-Ohio Mastery

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon capped a great weekend of racing for Honda at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, scoring his second IZOD IndyCar Series win of the season in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200. Dixon’s win completed a near-perfect weekend for the manufacturer with race victories in all five categories featuring Honda entries.

In addition to Dixon’s victory on Sunday, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and drivers Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won Saturday’s American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio, with Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut from Level 5 Motorsports winning the LMP2 class in the same race. Both teams use the Honda Performance Development ARX-03 chassis. In Saturday’s SCCA Pirelli World Challenge race, RealTime Racing’s Peter Cunningham won the GTS class in an Acura TSX, with Todd Lamb and Compass360 winning Sunday’s Touring Class category in a Honda Civic Si.

Starting fourth, Dixon moved to second behind early leader Will Power after the first round of pit stops. Dixon then took command of the race after his second and final stop of the day, when his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team beat Power’s Team Penske out of the pits. Once in front, Dixon was able to build a comfortable three-second lead over Power to score his fourth Mid-Ohio race win in the last four years.

This weekend’s Honda Indy 200 featured several trackside programs, rewarding fan loyalty and enthusiasm for the brand. The Honda Fan Section created a trackside community of fans wearing red and cheering on Honda-powered teams and drivers. The winners of the Honda Backstage Pass were treated to an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the IndyCar paddock and garage areas; and winners of the Honda On-Track Ticket received a VIP opportunity to experience the hills and turns of the challenging Mid-Ohio circuit as passengers in a hot lap aboard a Honda Pace Car piloted by a professional racing driver.

Honda’s popular Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes returned at Mid-Ohio, with racing legend Mario Andretti at the wheel of the two-seat IndyCar. He gave Michael Girard of Campo, California the ride of a lifetime around Mid-Ohio at the head of the 25-car starting field just prior to the start of today’s race.

Behind Dixon and Power, Schmidt Hamilton Racing’s Simon Pagenaud produced another strong run at Mid-Ohio, finishing third after a long battle with Sebastien Bourdais, Dario Franchitti and James Hinchcliffe. Pagenauds’ third-place finish is his third podium result of 2012 and gives him a nearly insurmountable lead in the chase for series Rookie of the Year honours.

Simon Pagenaud

IndyCar Series

Round 12: Mid Ohio

Scott Dixon - Winner at Mid-Ohio - Target Chip Ganassi Honda

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

2

Will Power (Team Penske)

3

Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)

4

Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing)

5

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

6

Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)

7

Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)

8

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

9

JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)

10

Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)

11

Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)

12

Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)

13

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)

14

Giorgio Pantano (Chip Ganassi Racing)

17

Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)

18

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

19

James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)

21

Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)

 

 

 

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012 – Round 10: Silverstone – Great Britain August 5, 2012

Rea Almost On The Podium at A Changeable Silverstone

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) finished fourth and ninth in the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship races at Silverstone today, after two races that were adversely affected by weather conditions and rider crashes.

Jonathan was fourth in a remarkable race one, which finally went to the full 18-lap distance after a restart when four riders fell in the first attempted running.

A huge number of changes of position and a frenetic final lap of risk by the leading riders saw Rea cross the line 0.539 seconds from the winner Loris Baz (Kawasaki). The rider immediately in front of Jonathan, Ayrton Badovini (BMW) highsided as he crossed the line and Jonathan crashed into his machine, without injury, and then slid down the finish straight. Rea had been tenth after superpole, having struggled to get to grips with the Silverstone layout and surface conditions after losing track time in practice due to poor weather.

In race two Jonathan had another highly disturbed race, with rain falling just before the schedule start. The race was eventually classified – with half points – on lap eight, as it was red flagged on lap ten after several riders fell on a newly wet track made treacherous by a suspected fuel spill. Jonathan was ninth in the final classification, despite falling on lap nine. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) won race two.

Jonathan Rea

In the championship points, Max Biaggi has 274, Marco Melandri 263.5, Tom Sykes 222.5, Checa 220.5 and Rea 203.5.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) ended his day in 13th place after race one and then 14th in race two, scoring good points on a day where merely finishing both races was an achievement in itself. He is now 17th in the rankings, with 41.5 points.

Supersport – Honda Riders Dominate The Top Four Places
Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) and Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) finished 1-2 at Silverstone in the FIM Supersport World Championship race after a close contest, which included a contact between the riders on the final complex of corners. Lowes had attempted to get back the lead he had enjoyed for most of the 16-lap race, but after a moment when both riders were forced off line after their touch, Cluzel and Lowes swept across the line on a good day for the CBR600RR riders.

Jules Cluzel

Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) was part of the four-rider group that dominated proceedings on an eventually completely dry track at Silverstone, after many wet periods of practice had held up the business of finding a good set-up. He was to hold off the push of PTR Honda rider Ronan Quarmby in the final laps, after Quarmby missed a gear and that break in his rhythm allowed Parkes to get within 0.591 seconds of winner Cluzel. Jules has now won races at Silverstone in the Moto2 and WSS classes.

This was Cluzel’s second win of the year and one that drew him closer to both Lowes and championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki), who was only fifth today. In the overall points at the top of the table, Sofuoglu has 148, Lowes 134 and Cluzel 120, with Parkes in fifth place, on 98 points. Quarmby, only 2.068 seconds from Cluzel after 16-laps moved up to seventh in the championship thanks to his 13 points for fourth place today. There will be four rounds to run now, with confirmation that the Portimao round is definitely on.

The first attempted race was started then stopped after riders fell on the tricky track conditions, so a complete re-run was called, causing some other support classes to be run after the second Superbike race.

The Honda riders at Silverstone finished their raceday in blocks, with tenth place Gabor Talmacsi (PRORACE Honda) heading up a much-improved Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda) who was 11th, and Roberto Tamburini (Lorini Honda) 12th.

Raffaele de Rosa (Lorini Honda) took the final point on offer for 15th place, one up on stand-in rider Alex Lundh (Bogdanka Honda PTR) and two ahead of fifth place qualifier Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda). Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda) finished his home race but out of the points in 21st place.

Valentin Debise (SMS Racing Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) failed to finish, while Danilo Marrancone (Kuja Racing Honda) also scored a DNF.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
 – Round 10: Silverstone – Great Britain

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

2

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

3

A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

4

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

5

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

6

L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

7

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

8

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

9

D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)

10

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

11

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

12

L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)

13

H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)

14

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

15

D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

S. GUINTOLI (PATA Racing Team)

2

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)

4

E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)

5

M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)

6

C. CHECA (Althea Racing)

7

C. DAVIES (ParkinGO MTC Racing)

8

M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport )

9

J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)

10

J. HOPKINS (FIXI Crescent Suzuki)

11

M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)

12

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

13

M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)

14

H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)

15

N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)

Supersport

Jules Cluzell - Supersport Winner at Silverstone

Rank Rider (Team)

1

J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)

2

S. LOWES (Bogdanka PTR Honda)

3

B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)

4

R. QUARMBY (PTR Honda)

5

K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki Lorenzini)

6

F. FORET (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

7

S. MORAIS (Kawasaki Lorenzini)

8

A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)

9

A. ANTONELLI (Bike Service R.T.)

10

G. TALMACSI (PRORACE)

11

M. SCHOLTZ (Bogdanka PTR Honda)

12

R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)

13

V. IANNUZZO (Power Team by Suriano)

14

R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)

15

R. DE ROSA (Team Lorini)

 

Boat Review

Chaparral 226 SSi offering luxurious detail in a great overall boat package (courtesy of BoatTEST.com)

Chaparral 226SSi

The 226 SSi utilizes Chaparral’s Wide-Tech construction which means added room, seating and utility. The attention to every detail on the 226 SSi adds up to a boat with a lot more than the sum of its parts.

http://www.boattest.com/boats/boat_video.aspx?id=2672

 

 

Avalanche 190 with a Honda BF150HP made for endless pleasure on the water

Avalanche 190 powered by a Honda BF150HP outboard

 Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine, recently reviewed the Avalanche 190 Bowrider powered by a Honda BF150HP outboard engine. To read the review click on the link below:

http://leisureboating.co.za/component/k2/item/153-the-legacy-lives-on.html

 

Boating Tip for the Month

SAFETY must be paramount at all times!
Whether travelling to and from a fishing venue or being on the water pursuing your passion, safety should always be your first concern. Skipper training, experience and sharing thoughts with fellow boaters will over time build up the knowledge that you’ll need, but without implementation it’ll be of little value.

Honda sponsored Bass fishing team of Chad Anassis and Barry Devenish

Towing your boat to and from the venue can often hold more potential dangers than when actually using it. Ensure that your trailer is in good working condition, that the wheel bearings are greased (salt water launches being a killer) and ready to go, and that the brakes and lights are all functioning. Firmly secure the trailer link hitch onto the ball of the tow bar and place the main trailer safety chain over.

Make sure the trailer winch strap is tightly fastened (together with the second trailer safety chain) to the bow hook of the boat and that you secure the stern of the boat to your trailer with suitable tie-downs, all with a view to keeping your boat on the trailer as opposed to it paying you a visit into the back of your car when you have to stop suddenly!

On the water there’s no room for complacency either. Even if they’re waters that you’ve fished or been on before, familiarize yourself with any potential changes that may have occurred due to the after-effects of recent extreme weather conditions or other factors. The basic boating rules of the road and etiquette also apply at all times, where passing and keeping to the right is often all too quickly forgotten, together with slowing down when approaching other boat users to avoid creating excessive wake.

Always best to wear shoes if you’re going to go on walkabout and it’s stony below…

Whenever you are on the water, particularly if you’re taking part in a fishing competition where high speed is involved, carrying additional safety equipment over and above your ‘Certificate of Fitness’ requirements is also highly recommended. Items such as a whistle, an emergency flare, a throwable life ring for a ‘man overboard’ situation, and a GPS for marking premium fishing spots and to constantly monitor depth in order to avoid running aground, are all ‘should carry on the boat’ equipment.

If you're moving from one spot to another wear a life jacket

Life jackets (personal flotation devices – PFD’s) are standard safety equipment on all boats, but they’re not of much use if they’re in the hatch when there is a problem. Certainly whenever the boat is moving you should be wearing them, particularly if you’re rushing at high speed from one fishing spot to another.

Finally some big ones - worth waiting for...

Lastly on the equipment side get a good-sized hat and some sunscreen/sunblock which will protect you from the rigours of the sun, especially when you’re going to be on the water for extended periods of time both searching for and reeling in that big one!

In summary, get into a routine so that safety becomes second nature allowing you to enjoy quality boating time both in and out of the water in a responsible manner…