news ROOM Galfer riders have early BRIEFS season successes NEWS Retired former World MX champion Eric Geboers, 55, is reported to have died in a May 6 boating accident near his home in Belgium - he drowned while trying to save his dog. His body was recovered the following day. Geboers won five MX world titles, including back-to-back 125 cc titles for Suzuki in 1982/3 and was the first rider to win in 125, 250 and 500 cc classes. His brother Sylvain Geboers was long-time manager of the official Suzuki WMX team until 2015. ODI Grips of Riverside, CA, has announced a new product distribution agreement with Technical Touch BvbA (Belgium) to serve as the exclusive ODI Powersports distribution warehouse for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg and as an ODI European fulfilment center for the ODI range for all its European distributors and resellers, and to implement new B2B & B2C E- Commerce platforms to support these trans-European sales to premium dealers throughout the EU. BDN reports that Norton has started taking orders in India for its Commando 961. It will be the first Norton product to enter the market there since the manufacturer entered into a joint venture last year with the Kinetic Group, a project development and business advisory firm based in New York. The machines will be distributed by Kinetic Group-owned Motoroyale, which already retails MV. The German government has extended its “Moped at 15” trial project in five East German federal states by an additional two years (to 2010) as it researches the impacts of reducing the age limit for such licenses from 16 to 15 years of age. The trial has been running since 2013. Although the number of overall road deaths in Germany fell in 2017 (-0.9 percent, 3,206), motorcyclist deaths rose by +8.6 percent over 2016 (689). Spanish brake component specialist Galfer reports a good start to the year in terms of race success for teams and riders using their high performance G1310 sintered competition compound pads, metallic brake lines and lightweight Disc Wave rotors. In Moto3 Gresini Racing, Jorge Martín and Fabio Di Giannantonio won at Qatar and Las Americas, with Martín the current overall leader at the time of writing. Leopard Racing with Enea Bastianini and Lorenzo Dalla Porta have scored two podiums, having won the M3 World Championship in 2017, with Joan Mir winning 10 of 19 races; Estrella Galicia with Aron Canet (and Alonso Lopez) have had two podiums this 2018 season. Aron won three races last year, and Team Reale-Avintia with Livio Loi are also racing with Galfer. All of them are using Racing Galfer Disc Wave discs (DF100CW1 - front x2, DF101CW1 - rear x1), Galfer sintered brake G1310 pads and Galfer metallic brake lines. In 2016 Galfer were homologated by HRC for spare parts on Moto3 bikes. In WSBK (Supersport 600 class), Evan Bros Team with Randy Krummenacher won at Thailand and has had two other podiums already this 2018 season (Randy was second in the overall classification at the time of writing) - he is using Galfer’s DF475CW1 (front x2) and DF496W (rear x1) Disc Wave rotors on his Yamaha YZF-R6. Profile Racing’s Luke Stapleford (and Stefan Hill) have posted four Top Ten finishes with Galfer so far this season (DF906CW1, front x2 and DF907W, rear x1 on his Triumph Daytona 675). In the Supersport 300 class ParkinGO Team with Mika Perez and Filippo Rovelli have scored a podium already in 2018 with Galfer Disc Wave rotors on their Ninja 400s, and the DS Junior Team with Ana Carrasco and Dorren Loureiro have had four Top Ten finishes this 2018 season. They are using Galfer Disc Wave rotors, G1310 sintered brake pads and Galfer metallic brake lines on their Ninja 400s. www.galfermoto.com Randy Krummenacher Jorge Martin at Qatar Brake manufacturer Brembo saw revenues grow by +8.1 percent in 2017 to € 2,463.6m, with EBITDA up by +8.2% and net profit by +9.5%. Kawasaki sales up B&B reports that the German Institute for Service Quality has examined 1,145 brands and companies from 53 industries for consumer satisfaction levels, and Harley-Davidson was the winner in the Mobility category – ahead of the likes of BMW and Yamaha. Kawasaki posted results for 2017/18 fourth quarter and full financial year ended 31 March 2018, with total net sales up at 1,574,242 m yen and corporate profits up at 28,915 m yen. Total sales in its Motorcycle and Engine division were up at 10 INTERNATIONAL DEALER NEWS - JUNE/JULY 2018 332,328 m yen, with net sales reported at +6 percent at 331,659 m yen (Kawasaki’s Motorcycle and Engine unit accounts for some 21 percent of overall corporate net sales). Total divisional unit sales were 560,000 units – 152,000 in developed markets, 342,000 units in emerging markets. The company says that the “moderate growth of motorcycle markets in developed countries continues” and that the decline in demand for motorcycles in emerging markets is “bottoming out”.