Dealernews Press Release
Japan's four major motorcycle manufacturers produced 360,981 units during the first six months of the year, down 39.2 percent compared to 593,384 units during the first six months of 2008, according to output figures compiled by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Honda produced 109,321 units during the first six months of the year, down 29.5 percent compared to 155,266 units produced during the same six-month period in 2008; Kawasaki produced 62,492 units, down 32.9 percent compared to 93,251 units; Suzuki produced 92,111 units, down 50.2 percent compared to 185,276 units; and Yamaha produced 97,035 units, down 39.1 percent compared to 159,554 units.
Team Suzuki Press Release
Ken De Dycker created a memorable home event for Teka Suzuki World MX1 at the GP Limburg, the Grand Prix of Belgium and the12th round of 15 in the MX1 World Championship.
The 25 year old registered his first victory of the season and also the maiden 2009 triumph for the works RM-Z450 at Lommel in front of 28,000 spectators. Team mate Steve Ramon also had a good meeting and was fourth in the final classification.
The Belgian sand received a generous coating of rain on Sunday morning but this did not stop the fine terrain from converting into a demanding and physically-draining course of never-ending bumps and ruts. De Dycker - who was fastest in both practice sessions on Saturday and was vying for pole position before a small spill in his heat race - started well in both motos. He fought with Clement Desalle before pulling away to reach his first chequered flag of 2009 with an advantage of almost seven seconds. In the second sprint he again disputed the lead, this time with Max Nagl, and settled into a rhythm across a rougher course in 2nd place. Antonio Cairoli relegated him to third in the second half of the 35 minute and 2 lap distance but the position was enough for the former British Champion to toast his first win since the GP of Netherlands - in the Valkenswaard sand - in 2008.
The 12th round of 15 in the 2009 FIM MX1 World Championship and the first of four races left in the final six weeks of the current campaign will take place this weekend through the relentless and draining sand of Lommel in Belgium.
The Grand Prix of Limburg will be a home event for Teka Suzuki World MX1 that is based a stone's throw away from the flat and accessible course, deep in the centre of the country.
The factory crew, with their works RM-Z450s, will be back to full strength for the first time since the fourth event of the season with Steve Ramon set to rejoin Ken De Dycker after recovering from a fractured neck and negotiating two races in Belgium and Germany in the last two weeks.
De Dycker is presently sixth in the World Championship standings with a 25-point deficit to the top three. Ramon is 15th black porn
and looking to rescue some silverware before the culmination of his fourth year with team. The RM-Z450 has appeared on the podium six times in 2009 with De Dycker earning five of the trophies so far. Both Belgians will naturally count on strong support this weekend as Lommel - the circuit and town that acts as a central and unofficial training 'headquarters' for many of the top European riders in the World Championship - prepares to host its second GP after its international inauguration as a modern venue in 2008.
Olaf Wolff AllAboutBikes.com Sr. Staff Writer
Elkhart Lake, WI. – In the land of beer and bratwurst, and home to the cheese-heads, on a rainy and chilly day ideally suited for the blues Mat Mladin (Suzuki) kept on rocking – making it nine straight in the AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike series presented by Parts Unlimited, notching another victory in the first day of the Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader at Road America.
Winning yet another pole position proved to be of no advantage to Mladin Saturday in race one, a minor clutch snafu preventing him from heating up his tires and his focus in the 10-minute warm-up before the race. With track conditions less than ideal, the veteran Mladin opted wisely to surrender a few positions at the start until the race came back to him.
The MotoGP paddock awoke to some brilliant Tuscan sunshine at Mugello on Friday morning as the World Championship participants made their final preparations for what is one of the most highly anticipated events on the calendar.
Before the action commences this afternoon the most experienced rider on the MotoGP grid and a man who is on home territory this weekend, Loris Capirossi, will be giving motogp.com a guided tour of the circuit, whilst the details of his Suzuki GSV-R 800cc prototype will be explained by his team in pit lane.
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