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Simon Crafar

Simon Crafar ha disputato due gare SBK del 1992 e poi è stato in forze al team Rumi Superbike nelle stagioni 1994 dove si classificò quinto assoluto a fine campionato e nel 1995 con un onorevolissimo 6 posto finale alla guida delle RC45 ormai prive dell’appoggio ufficiale della casa e nonostante questo più competitive dei mezzi della casa madre alla guida delle  moto del “riscatto” che si contraddistinguevano per la decorazione della carena con la classica “bocca di squalo” che imitava quella disegnata sui cacciabombardieri dell’ultima guerra.

il pilota neozelandese che ha saputo farsi apprezzare all’interno del team per il suo talento che si accostava ad una rara umiltà unita a tenacia ha saputo farsi valere sia in moto GP dove riuscì a vincere davanti a Doohan con una Yamaha privata dotata di gomme Dunlop sia appunto nella superbike. i risultati non sono sempre stati all’altezza delle aspettative in quanto non sempre le squadre in cui ha corso sono state in grado di affidargli mezzi competitivi. questo in sintesi il suo ricco palmares:

1991 1st Malaysian Superbike Championship (Yamaha)

1992 4th MCN Superbike Challenge  (Honda)

1993 9th 500cc Dutch TT / Assen (Harris Yamaha)
10th 250cc European GP / Catalunya (V-Twin Suzuki)

1994 5th World Superbikes (Honda RC45)

1995 6th World Superbikes (Honda RC45)
2nd Rnd 3 International S/Bike Trophy / Donnington

1996 7th World Superbikes (Kawasaki) - Simon Crafar/Anthony Gobert
2nd Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race (Kawasaki)

1997

Simon Crafar
5th World Superbikes (Kawasaki)

Simon Crafaf/Akira Yanigawa
7th Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race (Kawasaki)

1998

Simon Crafar
5th World Superbikes (Kawasaki)

Simon Crafaf/Akira Yanigawa
7th Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race (Kawasaki)

1999  Simon Crafar
10th 500cc British GP / Donnington Park (MuZ)

(en) Simon Crafar is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from New Zealand. He was born in Waiouru on 15 January 1969.

He won Malaysia’s Superbike championship in 1991. In 1993 he was racing for Harris in the 500cc World Championship before joining the Suzuki factory racing team in the 250 class for the latter part of the season. He did not enjoy this, feeling that he is too large for the bikes [1].

For 1994 he joined countryman Aaron Slight on a semi-works Rumi Honda RC45 in the Superbike World Championship. After coming 5th overall in 1994, he started 1995 with Rumi before replacing Doug Polen as the second factory rider alongside Aaron Slight, although they raced under different liveries. The bike gradually became more competitive, and Simon was strong in late 1995, coming 2nd in race 1 at Assen. He then spent 2 years with the Kawasaki racing team. In 1997 he took two 2nd places and three 3rds to again finish 5th overall. In total he scored 10 podiums but no wins in the series.

He rode a WCM Yamaha in the 500cc world championship for 1998, winning at Donington Park (the last win for Dunlop in a dry race, and the only non-Honda win at Donington in 6 years) and finishing 7th in the standings. He remained with the team for the early part of 1999, scoring points 5 times, also taking 10th on an MuZ at Donington. In total he has contested 32 500cc races, taking 3 podium finishes.

He returned to World Superbike for 2000 as a substitute rider for Aaron Slight for 2 rounds. In 2002 he raced in British Superbike for Yamaha, coming 8th overall and peaking with 2 3rd places.

Posted 25 years, 6 months ago at 4:29 pm.

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