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It's the other side of the world (UK) for most people, but still thought this might be of some interest here....

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Kapital Moto Racing to contest National Endurance Championship

New to the Hottrax Motorsport National Endurance grid in 2009 will be Kapital Moto Racing (www.kapitalmoto.com), who will be competing in the ProSuperbike class for fully World Endurance-specification machines. The series will be held over 7 rounds in 2009, each race being up to 6 hours long and involving frequent pit stops for refuelling, tyres, and rider changes.

The Twickenham-based team intend to contest the series on a 2-valve air-cooled Ducati SuperSport 1000, extensively modified to bring it up to class standards and equipped for the long distances of Endurance bike racing. Competing in a series dominated by modern 4-cylinder Japanese bikes, the Kapital Moto Racing Ducati is certain to be one-of-a-kind in the class and sure to grab plenty of attention.

Formed by ex-Ducati Desmo Due series riders Phill Clarke and Jason Boswell, the team is completed by former MRO Powerbike rider Luke Palmer. All three will be principle riders, supported by an extensive crew in the pit garage and on the pit wall to keep the team competitive for the duration of the 6-hour races.

Phill Clarke, who secured second overall in the Hottrax Junior TAG 600 Endurance series in 2008, commented: “We’re excited to be launching the team to take on the challenge of National Endurance ProSuperbike class. This is the culmination of lots of hard work over the last few months, and moreover our desire to see a Ducati on the grid for this series. While we will be giving up some top-end speed to the other bikes on this class, we will more than make up for that in low-down power. It’s going to be a great contest.”

Dave Mabbutt, Managing Director of Hottrax Motorsport Racing Club (www.hottrax-motorsport.co.uk) welcomed the new team to the ProSuperbike class: “We’ve seen tremendous levels of interest in Endurance racing over the last few years, and Hottrax Motorsport are pleased to welcome the Kapital Moto Racing team to the series. It’s always good to see different machinery on the grid, and we wish the Kapital Moto Racing team all the best for this new season”.

The team are currently completing the preparation of the bike, and finalising sponsors and technical partners, ready for the first round of the season at Mallory Park on 29th March, 2009.

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For more information about Kapital Moto Racing contact:
Jason Boswell +447791693307 or Phill Clarke +447720402357
[email protected]
www.kapitalmoto.com

For more information about the Hottrax National Endurance series contact:
www.hottrax-motorsport.co.uk
 

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We love Endurance too! And just wish more people did as well.... although the French and Spanish do.

Anyway, once we have some bike/team pictures I'll be sure to post them up here. You can check out the Kapital Moto website for some recent updates around the dramas we've been having with the bike build - you'd think it'd be easy enough to fit 999 wheels to a 1000ss!

I'll also post some race results/reports when we have some.
 

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I wish more people here did as well but what can you do? It's hard enough to get people in the US to watch roadracing of any sort. The economic stuff isn't helping, I'll be amazed if we get more than 25 teams on the grid for tomorrows 4 hour.
 

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I wish more people here did as well but what can you do? It's hard enough to get people in the US to watch roadracing of any sort. The economic stuff isn't helping, I'll be amazed if we get more than 25 teams on the grid for tomorrows 4 hour.
How'd the 4 hour go yesterday?

On the subject of US endurance racing, from everything I read the Daytona 200 was a bit of a shambles this year. I was reading a press release from World Endurance Rider, Damian Cudlin, which showed he was quite unimpressed!

Anyway, I also just wanted to say that there is now a photo gallery online as part of the Kapital Moto Racing webiste. Mostly just pictures, taken yesterday of a bike in pieces at the moment!

http://kapitalmoto.com/gallery/recent.php?setId=72157615268117164

As you can see we still have quite a bit of work to do before the first race on March 28-29. We'll be testing on a 996 tomorrow, just to get some track time under our belt, and hopefully we can use the race bike for testing next weekend at least.
 

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Great race, no red flags. Only 22 teams but since most of our guys are paying their own bills to race I'm pretty happy with that turnout.

The 200 is not an Endurance race and definitely not run like I'd run a real Endurance. It's too bad that things were as much as mess as they were since it's supposedly a pro event...
 
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