Dan Kruger and the Official Hong Kong Kawasaki Superbike Team Win 2019 SPEED HERO China Endurance Race
Dan Kruger and Zhuhai local Rongli Wu powered their new Kawasaki ZX10RR to the team’s 5th consecutive win at this popular Chinese Endurance Race. They got a great start and led the first few laps before Kruger had to relinquish the lead due to intense post arm-pump surgery infections at the incision site that would require him to ride with a modified glove and pain medicine. He would spent the rest of the race testing his pain threshold by exchanging quickest laps with their main competitor, Macau-based Dainese Lash Kawasaki Team. Kruger’s Team would slip back to 2nd and focus on a Race for 2nd overall as 3rd Place ACE Yamaha kept a within 10 seconds of them for most of the race.
In the final hour, Kruger had been taking on more stints than his teammate to take advantage of his quicker pace and try to hold on to 2nd overall. The ACE Yamaha team would have their engine let go and that left oil all over the racing line. It also saw leaders Dainese Lash low-side in the oil along with several other teams which brought out the safety car for 3 laps. That was the break that Kruger’s Kawasaki Team needed as they pitted early, Dan went out and regained the overall lead. They never looked back and took a hard-fought victory which also added to their unbeaten record for this event.
“ I cannot believe that we pulled this one off. 12 hours earlier, I was in a local hospital dealing with a really painful infection along my wrist and directly on the palm of my hand wondering if we would need to pull out of the event. My wife and kids surprised me and flew over from the USA so it was the perfect time to get on the top step of the podium. My 3 year old son Aiden had never seen me race and my 5 year old daughter had only seen me race at the IOM TT and the EWC Suzuka 8-Hour but she didn’t really remember any of that so this was a really great feeling for me. Our team managed our pit strategy flawlessly and my teammate rode consistently and gave me the breaks I needed to regroup and dig deep for continued energy/determination that I didn’t think I had in me.”
Kruger is back in China in 12 Days for a 3 day Pre-Season test as his Japanese Engineers will fly over and fit a new Superbike motor directly from Japan with some special KRT parts and prepare for the 2019 Superbike Season in China.
As the team plans to participate in the EWC Sepang 8-Hour in December this year, this event certainly gave them the needed confidence to compete against the World’s best.
The entire team would like to thank all of their sponsors which include Titanic Kawasaki, Motul, Pirelli, EBC, UPG, Hindle, Dainese, Xlite, BG, Brembo, Ktech, RK, Mototron, RS-Itoh, and Nature Power. A special thanks to Paul Patos and Dan’s family for making the journey over.
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:56 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Canadian Dan Kruger Finishes a Credible 11th in the IRRC Superbike Race in Imatra, Finland on a PENZ13 BMW MOTORRAD Superbike
It was a great weekend for the Penz13 BMW Motorrad Superbike Team with title sponsor WEPOL. Dan Kruger made his Real Road Racing return after almost 3 years away to show he still belongs in the International Road Racing paddock.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:36 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Canadian Dan Kruger to Wildcard at the Legendary IMATRA IRRC Championship in Finland this Weekend on a PENZ13 BMW MOTORRAD Superbike
2 years ago, Dan Kruger suffered serious injuries to his head and back while competing in Asia. Earlier this year, he made his return to short circuit racing and has had a victory along with 4 additional podiums in his first 5 races back.
Thursday, 05 July 2018 12:24 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Canadian Dan Kruger added some crucial points to the Superbike Championship in China by finishing 2nd and 3rd this past weekend.
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:43 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Canadian Dan Kruger picked up where he left off over 2 years ago before he was seriously injured in qualifying at the Suzuka 8-hour World Endurance Championship.
Monday, 19 March 2018 09:52 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Dan Kruger overcame the flu and persistent nagging injuries to take pole position, put in the quickest race lap and win the Superbike Class in the 3-Hour Superbike Endurance Race at Zhuahi International Circuit in China on January 10.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:36 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@InsideMacauGP • (October 9, 2015)- Held each year since 1967, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix is recognised as one of the world’s leading international motorcycle road races. This year, once again the entry is truly international, including riders from Europe, America, Australia, South Africa and Canada.
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:06 Published in News
@cdnsuperbike (August 12, 2015)- • “It is with great disappointment that I am not fit to compete in this weekend’s inaugural Ninja 300 Race Series,” said Montreal-based international race star Dan Kruger in an email to Inside Motorcycles. “I was invited to participate in this event and was really looking forward to it. It has been years since I raced in Canada and I have never ridden anything smaller than a 600 cc in my life.
“With a full grid of identically prepared bikes, it is definitely going to be hugely successful for the series and exactly what the sport needs in Canada to start grooming younger racers or racers on lower budgets. I think Kawasaki and CSBK, along with Hindle and the other sponsors, are doing a great thing here for the sport.
“I can’t tell you how bummed out I am to miss racing in it, or even being there to support it. I will be there in spirit and will watch online. Good luck to everyone participating and have a safe weekend.”
- From: Dan Kruger #71
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:53 Published in News
Montreal racer Dan Kruger is recovering at his US home in Atlanta following a serious crash during practice for the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on July 23 at Japan's Suzuka circuit. Kruger highsided while racing a GSX-R1000 for a Suzuki-based squad and suffered multiple injuries during the crash, during which he lost consciousness.
Kruger suffered a punctured lung, damaged ribs and right hand, a broken collarbone and head injuries that will prevent him from resuming regular activities for the time being. Those head injuries are the current focus of his medical team.
"I highsided and landed on track, and slid unconscious down the track," said Kruger in an email to Inside Motorcycles editor Graeme Jones. "The bike was completely destroyed and my leathers were scraped on all four corners front and back, so it must have been big. Too bad I was knocked out and missed the show."
While the length of his recovery period has yet to be determined, Kruger is hopeful for a return to racing in September, when a road race in Germany and two Chinese Superbike races are on his schedule. "I am quite confident all will be fine in a few months," he summarized.
Inside Motorcycles will post more details as the come available. Safe healing, Dan!
Friday, 31 July 2015 15:46 Published in Reports, Results & Points