After 25 podiums and a full Championship Season behind them, The Nature Power Kawasaki Superbike Team took the WERA National Championship in both Superbike and Superstock classes. They also won numerous Regional Championships and a Grand National Championship this past weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Competition was fierce with Taylor Knapp, Stefano Mesa, Geoff May, and a host of other top Moto America stars battled it out all season.
Dan suffered what looked like a season ending injury 5 weeks ago at Road Atlanta during the N2/WERA Endurance Race. He suffered a concussion, several broken ribs, a bruised lung, and a badly fractured collarbone. He got the collarbone plated and was back on track 2 weeks later where he unfortunately had yet another crash. With his confidence at a low, the team headed into the GNF at Barber this past weekend. The team had built a new 2022 Kawasaki ZX10R race bike for the GNF and the motor blew a valve on lap 2 of practice day. Stefan Kuehn (Crew chief) worked all night to build a new bike from the frame up and the team used the Endurance race the following day as more of a test to set up the newly built bike.
Dan rode with significant pain and the team came up with the strategy that was needed to win the National Championships for Pirelli (Thank you Oscar) and the rest of the teams sponsors that include; Xlite, RK, Mototron, EBC, HEL, SK Support, Titanic Kawasaki, PSI, Dainese, Ktech, Kinetik, Nature Power, and Hindle. A huge thank-you to all of them. We look forward competing in 2023 in various series and will announce our plans in the coming weeks. Follow the team’s news at www.facebook.com/dankrugerracingteam