Here comes the ultimate news for all Kawasaki MotoGP fans that the Japanese motorcycle giant revealed its 2013 Kawasaki Racing Team. The event took place at the FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) Institute, in Barcelona, in Spain. The launching ceremony was embellished at the presence of Kawasaki Racing Team riders, Tom Sykes and Loris Baz, Team Manger, Guim Roda, Kawasaki Europe Director, Shigemi Tanaka, and Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, Steve Guttridge.
It was a great opportunity for the Kawasaki enthusiasts, media, sponsors and VIP guests to have a first and final glance at the lately unveiled official machine of the racing team before it got moved to Australia for the first round of 2013 Championship. The 2013 Superbike World Championship contender of Kawasaki is a slightly renovated Ninja ZX-10R. The guests also got the opportunity to witness the visual how a normal Ninja ZX-10R turns to be a monstrous bike for the World Superbike Championship.
Though the new machine retains a similar livery to its predecessor, the bike has enough on card to right on its uniqueness. The iconic green colour scheme of Kawasaki gets some accompany here with black fairings and the red signage on the body. Meantime the blue splash, which was on the previous version got omitted.
The Kawasaki Racing Team is very much confident with its riders - Tom Sykes and Loris Baz. Tom Skyes, the English road racer was placed second in the 2012 World Superbike Championship. Accounting 9 pole positions and 4 titles to his name, he becomes a good promise to the team. On the other hand, the young French GP motorcycle racer, Loriz Baz has already showcased his talents in the last season.
"I want to say thanks to the mechanics and the Kawasaki staff, who from the beginning supported us strongly in this project. We have to consider that from the beginning this was a kind of team-building job, which now allows us to explain how we build the bike to take it to the level of competing in the Superbike World Championship. I also want to say thanks to everybody who has helped us, especially our suppliers, the Motocard family, all the team who have worked to let us be here today and who will help us to have more success in the future," commented Guim Roda, Team Manager.
"I am honoured to be here to represent Kawasaki Motors Europe and KHI Japan, which are responsible for the World Superbike racing project. Five years ago Kawasaki joined forces with a new and young team called Provec, who managed our World Supersport effort in Europe. They provided an excellent overall effort for Kawasaki. Just last year the Provec team were rewarded by being promoted to assist our factory engineers in Japan, to develop our official World Superbike racing effort. Technically, the team are at a very high level and all the staff work hand-in-hand with our technical partners around the world to provide a race-winning package - the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Kawasaki regards our investment in both the Provec team and the World Superbike Championship as money very well spent. So we are very happy to be here again, in beautiful Barcelona, to launch the official Kawasaki Racing Team and to look at our amazing 2013 Ninja ZX-10R race bike, delivered by Provec. We wish the team, its staff, its riders and everybody involved in the racing programme the very best of success over the 2013 season," said Shigemi Tanaka, Director Kawasaki Motors Europe.
It was in 1993 when Kawasaki crowned its last World Superbike Championship through the American racer, Scott Russell. As Kawasaki looks forward for its first title in the two decades, let's hope some stunning moments from the Kawasaki Racing Team on the track.
A specially renovated Ninja ZX-10R will be roaring for the racing team on the World Superbike Championship tracks.
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