Dec 12, 2010
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CANADIAN DAN KRUGER SWEEPS FIELD IN BOTH SUPERBIKE RACES-Zhuhai, China
Canadian Dan Kruger finished off the 2010 Season in fine form winning both Race 1 and 2 in the Superbike Premier Class on his BG-prepped Kawasaki ZX-10R. He controlled both races from start to finish pushing the bike only when he felt he needed a little more space between 2nd place finisher Kwan Ying Ho from hong Kong on an Yamaha R1.
"I qualified on Friday with a flying lap of 1:40.476," almost a second and a half quicker than the next rider, said Kruger. "The bike was hooked up and the Ohlins suspension was amazing. I was feeling a little under the weather during race 1 and even had to deal with severe forearm pump for the final 4-5 laps. I was happy when the checkered flag came out"
On Sunday, Race 2 was run during 14c weather with a light drizzle and a damp track. After a nasty Turn 1 crash by a local rider, the entire field slowed down the pace due to the weather conditions. Dan led from start to finish but his best time was only a 1:42.04, taking the damp conditions and rain into consideration, still almost a second quicker than 2nd place finisher. BG rider Ramon Alonso from Spain put in a solid ride to capture 3rd place and got a well deserved podium aboard his Honda 1000.
Kruger said, "It was looking like rain all morning but as soon as we did our sighting lap, the rain came"¦ I was really hoping to put in some hot laps as I felt a lot better health-wise than the day before. Unfortunately, I had to settle in and ride a smart race and focus on the win. I dedicated this race weekend and race win to my close friend Rene Hudon who suddenly passed away this past week. It felt good to do the victory lap looking up and having a few words with him. He loved racing and will be missed."
That does it for 2010 racing in China. Kruger's next event will be a International Personal Watercraft Event in January back inside China near Sanya Island on a Kawasaki 260 Jet Ski. He will also be testing bikes in January and February in China preparing for the 2011 Pan Delta Series which will resume in March. With the 2011 ZX-10R being recalled this week, we are not 100% sure when we will get our bikes now or what this means to the launch of the program. We will continue to test on the current model and make the switch when Kawasaki announces the re-release.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors this year including Titanic Kawasaki, BG Performance, Ohlins, Speedmaster Oils, Leo Vinci, Suomy, Arlen Ness, Berik, EK Chains, HEL, Performance Friction brakes.