Club News - 27th May

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27 MAY



Dean's Isle Of Man TT Top Five

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Win two tickets to hospitality at Brands Hatch British Superbikes

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Dealer Demo Days & Events Coming Up

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Dean's Isle Of Man TT Top Five

With the Isle of Man TT less than a week away, excitement is ramping up for the return of the world's most iconic motorcycle race. The fortnight of action will be the first time the TT has run since 2019, and this year will see fans able to get closer than ever before with the first live streaming of every race.


Ahead of practice kicking off on Saturday, 28th May, we thought we would catch up with reigning Senior TT winner Dean Harrison to find out the five key parts of the course for a fast lap and the five best places to watch from.

Five sections for a fast lap
As one of the fastest men ever around the legendary TT course, Dean talks us through the five key sections to a quick lap:

1 - The Pit Stop
This is definitely one of the most important parts of any race, and with margins so close, a pit stop can be the difference between standing on the top step of the podium and not. For the Supersport and Supertwin races, we usually just fill up with fuel, while for the Superbike races, it also requires a tyre change.
 
This can be a tense time for my team, but everyone has a specific role. One of them will focus on the rear tyre and making sure the spindle goes in correctly and doesn't become threaded. Another will focus on filling the bike up with fuel, while another will help with replacing my visor and cleaning the screen. If all goes to plan, then it will take just over 50 seconds.

2 - Quarry Bends
When it comes to a fast lap, Quarry Bends is a crucial part of the course. This is around half way around the lap and the entry is essential if you want to get a fast run onto the Sulby Straight, which is the fastest part of the course.
 
This can be a very physical part of the course as you have to lean the bike over from side to side at incredible speeds. While it's tough, it can also be a lot of fun when you get it right.

3 - Rhencullen Jump
Another important part of the course is the run through Rhencullen. This is a very bumpy section of the track, and you really have to wrestle your machine to keep it on line. Getting the jump right here is crucial, as although you don't really gain time if you do, it can be very easy to lose time if you get it wrong.

4 - Ballagarey
There's a reason this section is nicknamed Ballascary! It's an incredibly fast blind corner, and you are completely flat out on the approach, and it is one where you have to be perfect every lap as there's no runoff, just stone walls on either side of the road.
 
As you enter the corner, I will click down a gear, and then as you hit the apex, you're doing around 130mph and are then back on the throttle again immediately as you head towards Crosby.

5 - The Mountain Run
The Mountain is one of the most iconic parts of the course, and it is the key to a fast lap. This section has a bit of everything from slow corners to flat out high speeds. Brandywell is one of the most essential parts; it's the highest point on the course, and getting the run into this section right from Hailwood's Rise is essential.
 
The run back down towards the Grandstand is equally as important, and coming past the Creg, which is always packed with fans, is special, particularly on the last lap!


Five sections to watch from
While those might be the key locations to a fast lap, where is the best place to watch from? Dean tells us his five favourite spots: 

1 - Bray Hill
Bray Hill might be one of the more popular places to watch from, but it's definitely one of the best. Sitting in the gardens and watching a bike come flying through at over 180mph is something you won't forget.

2 - Greeba Bridge
The exit of Greeba Bridge is another great space to watch, and if you head to The Hawthorn pub, you can watch as the riders exit and head down towards Gorselea and Ballacraine.

3 - Barregarrow
This is an incredibly fast corner, and the sense of speed is incredible; if you watch from the top, then you get a great view of the bikes leant over at high speed. Take a walk down to the bottom to watch the bikes bottom out – get there early, though, as space is limited! 

4 - Kirk Michael
Spectator spots are a little limited in Kirk Michael, but Whitehouse Park is one of the better options and offers great views through the village. There are also several spots on the side roads that you can watch from. 

5 - End of the Mountain Mile
The Mountain is always a special place to watch from, and the end of the Mountain Mile is a great place to see the bikes at incredible speeds alongside spectacular views over the island. 

Everyone here at Kawasaki Motors UK wishes Dean and the DAO Racing team the best of luck and hope to see as many people as possible cheering him on from the hedges!



Win two hospitality tickets to Brands Hatch British Superbikes

Would you like to get your hands on a pair of tickets to British Superbikes at Brands Hatch this July - with hospitality in the Kawasaki suite? Just let us know the answer to the below question to be in with a chance.

Here are the details of the prize: 

  • Weekend circuit admission - 22-24 July
  • Saturday Hospitality - 23 July
  • Access to the Kawasaki suite within the Brabham Stewart Building on Saturday 23 July
  • Hot breakfast on arrival
  • Lunch
  • Coffee, tea & soft drinks
  • Opportunity to meet Rory Skinner & Lee Jackson*

*Subject to discretion of the Team Principal, logistics and constraints on race day.



Local Club Kawasaki Events

Your network of local Club Kawasaki Ambassadors are adding their events to the Club Kawasaki Forum Calendar, check out the forum now to find your closest events. 


19 June

Ride out to North Wales with Derek 

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24-26 June

Adventure Bike Rider Festival

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Dealer Demo Days 2022

Kawasaki is pleased to announce the dealers Demo Days events will return in 2022. The Kawasaki demo fleet will visit Kawasaki dealers across the county and will give riders the chance to sample many of the new models in the 2022 range.

With the summer months around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days tour is the perfect opportunity for motorcyclists to discover the latest 2022 machines. 

From exhilarating mid capacity, to top of the line supercharged motorcycles, the following models will be available to ride on the day:

  • Z650
  • Ninja 650
  • Versys 650 Tourer - NEW
  • Vulcan S
  • Z650RS - NEW
  • Z900
  • Z900RS
  • Ninja 1000SX Tourer
  • Ninja H2 SX - NEW
  • Ninja H2 SX SE Tourer - NEW
  • Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer
  • Z H2
  • Z H2 SE
  • Ninja ZX-10R

All test rides must be booked in advance through the sign-up form for the relevant dealer. The test rides will be done in groups on a guided route arranged by Focused Events. If your local Kawasaki dealer isn't included in the list currently, please return to the site at a later date as new events will be added to the calendar.

Once you have completed the sign up form, Focused Events will contact you with further details and to confirm your test ride slot.

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“Our Dealer Demo Days events last year were a huge success, with hundreds of bikers across the country visiting their local Kawasaki dealer to enjoy the chance to ride the latest models. Since then, we've been inundated with requests asking if it was running again for 2022, so we're very pleased to confirm the first dates.

Each event will showcase a wide array of machines, from the versatile Versys 650 to the supercharged Sports Tourer Ninja H2 SX, and the all-new modern classic Z650RS. We're looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.”



SHOWS & EVENTS COMING UP



VIP Hospitality - WorldSBK - Donington Park - 17 July

Tickets currently still remaining - book now! 

  • Weekend admission - 16-17 July
  • Sunday suite access & hospitality – 17 July only
  • Morning coffee with a hot breakfast
  • Hot buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea & cakes
  • In suite bar serving house wines, beers & soft drinks
  • Television with live feed and timing
  • Parking pass - 1 per booking
  • Directors' Suite – the best views of the circuit with balcony on three sides of the suite, located by Goddards
  • Rider appearances from Kawasaki Racing Team - Jonathan Rea & Alex Lowes - subject to timings & team discretion on the day

BSB Hospitality at Brands Hatch - July & October

We're giving our Club Kawasaki members a unique chance to get trackside at Brands Hatch BSB in our all-new Kawasaki suite! Overlooking one of the best corners in the world, the iconic Paddock Hill, the newly refurbished suite is the perfect place to celebrate being able to return to watch the bar-bashing thrills and spills that is the British Superbike Championship.

Included in the package will be weekend entry tickets, ensuring you can watch every minute of the action, and full hospitality on the Saturday. Based on the main straight, you will be able to enjoy the very best views and can see almost the entire Indy circuit and podium directly from our Kawasaki suite. There is also a large outdoor decking area for you to enjoy, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and (hopefully!) glorious sunny weather.  

Guests will be able to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast to kick-start the day, while a delicious lunch and host of sweet treats ensures there really is no better place to be for a day at the races. To make your day even more special, rookie sensation Rory Skinner and Lee Jackson will be stopping by for a unique meet and greet.*

Want to join us in the new Kawasaki suite? Tickets are available now and cost £149 – but be quick, there's only a limited number available!







 

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