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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia – February 23, 2014

Points Scores for Honda Riders as the Superbike Season Begins

Jonathan Rea

The first round of the FIM Superbike World Championship took place in unexpectedly warm and sunny conditions after two cool days of practice, with the top Honda result of the day being a fifth place finish for Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) in Race Two.

Rea had already scored sixth in race one, despite some issues with grip on the very aggressive Phillip Island track surface, but he converted that into fifth in race two. The race distance of 25 laps was shortened to just 14 laps after an oil leak brought out the red flag.

The race one win was taken by Eugene Laverty (Suzuki) ahead of Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and his team mate Sylvain Guintoli, the new championship leader, who won the shortened second race, and was awarded full points. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) came home in second place almost a full second ahead of his team mate, reigning World Champion Tom Sykes.

Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) fell in race one, at the fast turn 12, but recovered strongly to post a sixth place finish in race two.

Rea had qualified sixth in the new look Superpole contest, run in two parts, with the top ten qualifiers from practice going straight into Superpole Two. Haslam had to ride in Superpole One to get into Superpole Two, which he did easily, and he eventually started from 9th place on the grid.

Rea leaves Australia with his desired two healthy points scores, and he is seventh in the championship points, with 21. Haslam is 11th with ten points.

With the Australian weekend complete the second round takes place at Motorland Aragon in Spain on April 13th.

De Rosa Scores Podium Place after Intense Sprint Race

The first round of the FIM Supersport World Championship was finally run as a five lap sprint race, after the first attempt at running the scheduled 18-laps ended when one of the competitors leaked oil on the racing line.

The five lap race allowed Raffaele De Rosa (Core PTR Honda) to score a podium in his first ride for his new team, as he took a strong third place only 0.317 seconds behind race winner Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta) and Kebvin Coghlan (Yamaha).

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was in a good position in the first race, but fell twice in the sprint race, eventually having to retire.

Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) suffered a painful finger injury in practice and after undergoing an operation to repair his left middle finger he was forced to miss the opening round.

Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda) made strong progress in his first WSS weekend and qualified eighth, but he also fell after making a quick change in his set-up before the sprint race started.

Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) injured his right foot in a testing crash a few days ago and was originally ruled out of race weekend after undergoing an operation to repair a broken talus bone. He passed a late fitness test and was unfortunate to suffer a technical problem after making up places from his start at the back of the grid. Bryan Staring (Rivamoto Honda) was also a non-finisher after his clutch started to slip at his home round.

Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) placed his CBR600RR in eighth place, well in the points on the first time out for his new team

Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda), Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) and Fraser Rogers (Com Plus SMS Racing) all scored points from 13th place through to 15th place.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Round 01: Phillip Island Circuit – Australia

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

E. LAVERTY (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)

2

M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)

3

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

4

D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)

5

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

6

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

RT

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

2

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

3

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

4

D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)

5

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

6

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

Supersport

Rank Rider (Team)

1

J. CLUZEL (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M.)

2

K. COGHLAN (DMC Panavto-Yamaha)

3

R. DE ROSA (Core PTR Honda)

4

F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)

5

R. TAMBURINI (San Carlo Puccetti Racing)

6

K. WAHR (RS Wahr by Kraus Racing)

8

R. RUSSO (Team Lorini)

13

N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)

14

M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)

15

F. ROGERS (Com Plus SMS Racing)

RT

R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)

RT

B. STARING (Rivamoto)

RT

M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)

 

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Moto GP World Championship – Round One – Qatar – March 23 2014
Marc Marquez holds off Valentino Rossi to win MotoGP opener in Qatar

Mark Marquez in Qatar

It turned out to be a duel between the young, reigning world champion and a motorcycling racing legend. The former won. Marc Marquez held off Valentino Rossi to claim the opening MotoGP race of the season in Qatar, picking up where he left off last year. That despite breaking his leg last month while dirt biking.

Marquez took control in his Repsol Honda with nine of the 22 laps remaining but nine-time world champion Rossi caught him with two laps to go in his Yamaha. The lead changed hands a few times until Marquez led entering the final lap, and Rossi couldn’t get close enough to pass him again. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa finished a distant third.

“I enjoyed a lot that race, especially after the injury,” Marquez told BT Sport. “I didn’t expect that race, honestly. But yesterday I had a good feeling and today the last lap with Valentino, I didn’t think about the leg and the injury. “The last lap I pushed my 100% but not before we overtook each other two or three times. It was so nice, no?”

The 21-year-old, who lost his pole advantage seconds after the start, saved his fastest lap time for the end.

But Rossi wasn’t too disappointed, especially since he began well behind on the grid.

“I was a little bit not precise in my mind because I said, ‘What do I do? Do I attack?'” Rossi told BT Sport. “But starting from 10th, second is a great result.

“Marc was strong. I tried, tried and tried but at the end I was unfortunately a little bit too far (away). I enjoyed the race very much.”

Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, didn’t. The two-time MotoGP world champion and last year’s winner in Qatar crashed in the first lap after a blistering start that saw him move to the front. He was unhurt.

“Luckily I feel good,” he told BT Sport. “I lost the front. I made a junior mistake.”

The second race of the season takes place April 13 in Austin.

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The EBASS (Elite Bass Alliance Series) kicks off on a brown swollen Vaal River
By Chad Anassis

Chad Anassis and Barry Devinish with their Honda 250 powered Bass boat

Team PS Honda Marine pulled away 4th virtue of our year-end finishing place from 2013. After a slogging match with the elements we managed a mid table 26th placing. The league has 58 teams competing this year with some really big names joining the catfight! By the looks of things this one’s gonna be a tough season but one that the PS Honda team intends on winning.

The March tournament was held at Rust de Winterdam, 80 kms north of Pretoria. This is a smallish impoundment that doesn’t handle pressure well. Barry Devinish, my fishing partner of three years, now decided he would throw a horny toad over the vast lilly patches the whole day and I would pitch all the holes in the matt.

At day’s end our strategy paid off with team PS Honda achieving a solid third placing and with Barry getting the biggest fish of the day. Not too bad considering there were over 110 anglers taking part.

Up and running now in the EBASS, the team has slotted into 12th on the log after the two tournaments and are only a mere 2 kilograms from the Top 5.

As for the 250 Honda, well, it’s now into its second season and it’s magnificent to say the least. Smooth, quiet, quick and fuel efficiency are some of the attributes really coming to the fore now. Besides the cost savings I’m experiencing I can’t imagine being on any other outboard than a Honda, so many thanks to Honda Marine.

The next tournament takes place on the 5th April 2014 at Makolo Dam near Lephalale, Limpopo.

Chad Anassis (President Pretoria Bassmasters)

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New twin Honda BF150 powered Spirit of Dawn NSRI rescue craft put through her paces in Table Bay
The new 7.3 RIB for Shelly Beach, has been put through her paces during sea trials, a rescue craft that was funded by a bequest from the Estate of the Late Rob Duncan and will be named “Spirit of Dawn” in honour of his late wife who predeceased him.
The Spirit of Dawn, sponsored by the Estate Late Robert Duncan in memory of his late wife will be driven by two four stroke 150 HP Honda VTECs.

This new NSRI boat will weigh in at about 2,5 tons with a full load of rescue gear and 300L of fuel. She is kitted with all the latest electronic radio and navigation systems and will carry a maximum crew of 6.

According to Operations Director, Mark Hughes, “She will have an endurance of 3 hours at full throttle with a top end speed of 35 knots. If she is not responding at full speed her economical range will be a total of 80 miles with a 25 percent emergency fuel reserve.”

“The four stroke engines give us a better fuel economy, longer range and have what is arguably the most environmentally friendly technology … all of which is important to us at NSRI,” said Mark.

“But perhaps most important is the exceptional service that Honda give us. They are simply the best in this department.”

For the actual test, the Spirit of Dawn was launched at Oceana Power Boat Club in Table Bay by the NSRI Operations team with Shelly Beach Station Commander Pieter Coetzee and Regional Director Eddie Noyons in attendance. Gavin Scholz and Bev Richards, friends of the Late Rob Duncan also went to sea on her.

NSRI Spirit of Dawn Test - Mark Hughes, Cleeve Robertson and Gavin Scholz with Bev Richards

Rob Duncan, a fourth child and only son, was named for his maternal Grandfather – Robert Mercer, and his uncle William Mercer, both of whom had died at sea (torpedoed in World War 1) before Rob was born.  Both were ships engineers working in Merchant Navy Convoys bringing food to the UK.  Robert Mercer’s ship was sunk in 1917 and his son, William Mercer’s ship was sunk in 1918 just before the war ended. Robert Mercer was particularly brave – at over 67yrs old he was a volunteer. He was drowned because – as Chief Engineer – he went back down to the engine room to see if any of his staff were still there, though he had been up on deck when the ship was struck.