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GP Week : Issue 199
MOTOGP >>> nEWs Spectacular SGP kick-off The speedway Grand Prix season kicked off in Auckland, New Zealand, on saturday, with an amazing last-to-first victory in perhaps the most-exciting Final in sGP history catapulting German sGP qualifier Martin smolinski into the limelight. With under two laps of the four-lapper to go, the German trailed Nicki Pedersen (Denmark), Krzysztof Kasprzak (Poland) and Freddie Lindgren (Sweden). Running the tight line that had ser ved him well all meeting, Smolinski powered inside Lindgren, then, as the two leaders muscled each other around, scythed inside both, eased Pedersen wide, and took the chequer – to the amazement of a stunned crowd, including former champ Jason Crump, commentating for international television. “ T he guys were fighting against each other at the front. I waited one lap, two laps, three laps, I read them,” Smolinski said. " Every lap is different. The track was good and everything was good. The right moment came and bang, I was gone. I was leading.” Pedersen left Auckland as the World Championship leader on 19 points after blitzing to a 15-point maximum in his heats, before finishing second to Lindgren in Semi Final One. The one ‘downer’ to Smolinski’s evening was a dramatic heat clash when, losing control in a rut, he literally t-boned Australian contender Darcy Ward. Ward was temporarily knocked unconscious before being taken to hospital with what was diagnosed as concussion, A leader in energy efficient global lighting solutions is proud to support Gino Rea in the 2014 Moto2 Championship. CLICK HERE to learn more about American Green Technology (AGT) and their energy saving product line. Honda has announced a new President of its racing division. Yoshishige Nomura has taken the reins at Honda Racing Corporation, with Tetsuo Suzuki moving on to a new role after five years. Nomura has a long history with the company’s two -wheeled racing efforts. He started his career with Honda R&D engine design in 1985, and was involved with the design of the NR750, RC30 and RC45 motors. In 1994 he moved to HRC for eight years, during which time he was Engine Project Leader of the RVF and RVT. He also worked on Honda’s first MotoGP bike, the RC211V. “I am honoured to take over the role from Tetsuo Suzuki who has had a remarkable era with HRC,” he said. “T he results in the past few years speak for themselves and I am here to support and direct HRC to continue in this successful, victorious mindset. I am focused to build up HRC’s involvement in Off- road, World Motocross and Moto3 in addition to Road Racing, and enhance the racing activities in Asia through the new Asia Talent Cup”. NEW bOSS AT HrC 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: