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post #1 of 5 Old 10-11-2009, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Who says the ZX10R never wins anything

From a press release issued by Palmeto Kawasaki:

It may have looked relatively easy on Spanish TV, but there were anxious moments for Spanish-born American Kenny Noyes at the start of what would be his first win at the Circuit de Catalunya, his “home track” just north of Barcelona.

A clutch failure in the morning warm-up meant that Noyes had to start from second on the grid on his Palmeto Kawasaki ZX 10R with a new, untried, clutch. He spent lap one babying it as it slipped slightly, but by the start of lap two the clutch was working properly and Noyes attacked, moving from fourth to second and then into the lead on lap three.

Over the next three Noyes battled with reigning national Extreme Champion Carmelo Morales and Javier del Amor (both riding for Laglisse Yamaha) and after the two Yamaha riders had each had a turn in the lead, Noyes took over again. He would lead the final eleven laps to the flag.

Morales chased, closing on occasion in the slipstream of the Kawasaki down the long home straight that saw the leaders break the 180 mile-per-hour barrier. Noyes took a gap of 0.066 on lap five and gradually increased it to .4 of a second by lap 11.

The Palmeto team, however, was more worried about fellow Kawasaki runner, Ivan Silva, who had started on the pole. While Morales began to drop back over the final laps, Silva was now third and closing on Morales, and when Noyes saw that the gap over Silva was only 1.3, he upped the pace taking that gap to the gap to 1.6 with two laps to go before letting off slightly to bring the green bike home. At the end it was a “comfortable” 1.316-second victory margin.

The win, his first since Jerez de la Frontera, the final round of 2008, was seen from trackside by Masao Kawasaki, President of Kawasaki Spain. The direct descendent of the factory founder was celebrating his birthday and was delighted to see a Kawasaki one-two. Top Michelin executives who had flown in for the race were also on hand to see the two Kawasaki riders dominate on the latest 17-inch Michelin race tires. Morales, on Dunlop, had his two-race winning streak broken, but extended his lead in the points table over Bernat Martinez (T.B. Yamaha) who was fifth.

The win moves Kenny up to fourth in the series with two races to go, but two DNF´s earlier in the season in the short, seven-race series mean that the Barcelona-based American can only overcome the advantage if he wins the final two rounds and Morales fails to score in one race and finishes no better than eighth in the other. A long shot, but an easy strategy to follow.

Kenny Noyes
Winner, best lap 1:45.802

"This morning we lost a clutch in the warm-up and I had to start with a new one that was slipping on the warm-up lap. You have to take it a little easy with these clutches when they are new so I had to start the race carefully. That wasn’t my original plan. I wanted to jump out and get an early lead, but until the clutch was working well I had to wait.

I was fourth on lap one back of Morales, del Amor and de Gea. We traded the lead a bit but when I finally got back in front I was able to push and gradually start dropping Morales. Over the second half of the race. Kind of the opposite of what happened in the last race in Albacete when he broke us a bit at half distance and this time it was the other way around. In Albacete we were kinda caught between tire compounds because of the temperature, but here the tires worked all the way.

I was watching my board every lap and keeping track of where Silva was because he was on the same Michelins as I was and I expected him to be strong at the end. I never let him get close and it was really, except for the clutch problem, a perfect race.

I want to thank the Palmeto Kawasaki team, Piero and the whole Michelin team, and my suspension technician Federico de Marco who helped me so much to set the bike up so it would be strong on used tires over the final laps. ”
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Nice to see it on the podium somehwere, & next year in WSBK should be on the podium here and there as well with Vermulean, and a won or 2 if it is wet out.
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Fawkin' A, Kenny Noyes!!! I was wondering what happened to him. Haven't seen his name around in a while. Years ago when I was working at a Honda dealership in northern California he came in-I think he was 16 or so-and the GM helped him out with some tires for dirttracking. I went to a few local races that Kenny was in and hung out in the pits with him helping when I could. I had never been interested in 'oval' racing until we met and I got to see it from the pits. I met his dad Dennis once at a race and he was a really nice guy as well.

He was a super nice kid back then and a force to be reckoned with on the bike. I'm glad he's riding and doing well. I'll have to call my old GM and pass along the news.

Have a wheelie nice day!

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The reason Kawasaki never wins championships / races isnt the bikes themselves per se. Its the fact that Kawasaki heavy industries ( the parent company which is a huge worldwide conglomerate ) never takes racing seriuously or with any passion. With the name .. NINJA.. being such a good catch phrase Racing is an after thought to the bean counters . Beleive it or not Kawasaki has the funds to be a DOMINANT force in racing if they chose to. Yamaha probably needs racing the most as a sales tool .
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