Historic Endurance Racing Record Set by Team KYMCO USA Project K-Pipe… The Hard Way

SPARTANBURG, SC  – September 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Team KYMCO USA Project K-Pipe endured and impressed at the UMRA (United Mini Racing Association) 24-Hour Endurance Race at Grange Motor Circuit, running smooth and happy to the very end, logging in around 1000 dusty desert laps on the .8-mile paved road racing track, in the heat of day and the cold of night. Official results have not yet been released.


Photo Credit: Troy Siahaan

In measure and metaphor, the clock and the race track both ran in the same direction for the entire duration of the UMRA 24-Hour Endurance Race: clockwise. Coincidence? We think not. In this 24-Hour race of mini motorcycles, that began at noon on September 10, Team KYMCO USA Project K-Pipe glued a new page to record books by being the first official KYMCO team competing in this grueling test of endurance, reliability, and all types of luck. Finishing 13th overall and seventh in the Formula 5 class, this historic record has been fairly well confirmed.

Facing a field of fast riders from tweener girls to three generations of moto-journalists, Team KYMCO USA Project K-Pipe endured four incidents on its long way around the clock. In those incidents, riders and the K-Pipe parted ways mid-lap sometimes due to competitors who were more zealous than discrete, and sometimes due to operator error. But each time, the riders remounted the K-Pipe, re-teched and rejoined the fray fairly unfrazzled. Also nearly unfazed.

KYMCO USA congratulates Team KYMCO USA Project K-Pipe team captain Peter Kimmanee, and riders Sean Alexander, Lance Hashida, Saul Martinez, Bill Oney, John Ryti, Troy Siahaan, and Carlos Verdenelli, on their outstanding performance. A special congratulations goes to the team rider who weighed less than the project K-Pipe only during the first half of each of his stints, while the fuel tank was above half full.

Team KYMCO USA Project K-Pipe ran the entire race on one set of Bridgestone Racing Slicks. Other Project K-Pipe performance features included: Cogent Dynamics rear shock, Viets Performance built brake line, those tires provided by Temecula Motorcycle Service, SBS brake pads, ProTapper handlebars, WPS handguards, DID chain, main jet, pilot jet, JT 39-tooth rear sprocket. The K-Pipe 125, like all KYMCO two-wheel offerings, has a Two-Year Factory Warranty. Customizing accessories will be available this fall.

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KYMCO’s roots in the power sports industry date to its founding in 1963 as the Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, KYMCO long has been an industry leader in the production of quality products that are both fuel efficient and versatile. Today, KYMCO is the largest scooter manufacturer in Taiwan with exports to 89 countries worldwide. It also manufactures motorcycles, ATVs and UXV side-by-side vehicles at five IS-9001 quality-accredited plans in Asia.

Serving consumers and select OEM clients, KYMCO is committed to the ultimate in customer satisfaction through innovative engineering and product design using the most advanced CAD/CAE tools.

KYMCO USA, wholly owned by Kwang Yang Motor Co. Ltd., is the exclusive importer/distributor of KYMCO brand products in the United States. Through administrative, marketing and distribution units headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., KYMCO USA serves more than 600 dealers in the U.S. and the Caribbean. It is dedicated to building the brand’s reputation and market share through superior value, frequent new product introductions and excellence in dealer network support as well as through its participation in enthusiast events, race support and sponsorship, and strategic industry partnerships. Learn more at www.KYMCOUSA.com.




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