2019 Kawasaki Series

2019 Kawasaki Series1 Sep 2019

Kawasaki Series 2019 Wrap

The 3rd and final round was run at Taupo on September 8th, and true to 2019 form, the weather was not kind to us again.
Cold and wet and motorcycling are not great friends, but that is not going to stop the dedicated. At least the conditions were consistently properly wet, meaning specialist wet tyres were the order of the day. And pretty amazing, the lap times achievable were only a second a corner off dry times.
In the Seniors, Nick Burke (Yamaha R6, Tauranga) made the most of the running with a 1-2-1 score, only being bested by Matt Drayson in Race 2. Added to his perfect score in Round 1, and consistent Round 2, Nick went on to collect the Series Trophy, over Matt Drayson, with club member Zurrin Wiki picking up the 3rd place Series Trophy.
Competition in Intermediate was dominated by class Sponsor Nick Kampenhout (NV Motorcycles Husqvarna Vitpilen 701) with a clean sweep of Rounds 2 and 3, giving him a total Series score of 210 points. 2nd (Leigh Tidman, 75pts) and 3rd Stephen Bates (71pts) trailed a little way behind ....
Action was a bit hotter in Junior, with wins being shared by Jesse Stroud R3 first Round, Ninja 400 second round (clean sweep at Hampton Downs), Hamish Fox (Ninja 400) and Blake Ross (Ninja 300). Blake took best to the the very wet Round 3, and earned himself the Series Trophy., From Hamish Fox, and Jesse Stroud. The 250 Sub-class within the field was won by the only rider with a perfect series score, Karl Hooper on his Megelli 250 R.
Mark Hatton took out the Post Classic Senior Series title once again, and Kerry Chapman managed the Post Classic Junior title, despite not appearing at Round 2.
Clubmans was well subscribed this season, and some great competition was had between Adrian D’Souoza and Gui Mendes. Adrian picked up 2 wins in the wet Round 3, then watched the 3rd place from a gravel trap we have never seen used before. But luckily for him, he had enough points in the bag to take the series Clubman win. Looks like you are promoted to Senior next year buddy!
Our LAMS class has struggled for numbers, but not for quality, with Chris Smith (Kawasaki 400) riding imacculately to the Series title.
Prizegiving was held immediately after the conclusion of the day, and boy did we have a lot of goodies to give out. Not only did the trophy getters get a swag, all riders that turned up got to take product home, and even the marshalls that hung around got something. Don’t rush home next time eh!

Series Summary
I believe we put on a really professional series, run without hiccups. Entry Fees were some of the lowest around. We provided live streaming through CTAS for family friends and sponsors that couldn’t make it to the track, and put on professional commentators to keep the show to a high standard. However, what we couldn’t organise was the weather, and that resulted in some low competitor numbers, which doesn’t fare well for Series viabilty.
On a positive note, we had good support from marshals and other volunteers, who don’t forget, really got the worst of the weather, no garages for them to hide in between races. We have to really appreciate the crew, they are such a vital part of keeping the the series going