The all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R race bike has been unveiled to the international press at the Nürburgring round of the Superbike World Championship in Germany, in advance of the full launch of the production machine in early October.
The new Ninja ZX-10R race bike has been eagerly anticipated by everyone involved in the Superbike racing project for a while now and therefore the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team are extremely keen to get started with the new Ninja ZX-10R.
“The new race bike has been eagerly anticipated by everyone involved in the Superbike racing project for a while now,” Steve Guttridge, the Race Planning manager from Kawasaki Motors Europe, said of the new bike and the timing of the ‘sneak preview’ of the racebike version of the Ninja ZX-10R.
“The PBM team have evolved and restructured continuously in order to be in a position to utilise the new bike’s potential to the maximum next season. As you can imagine the Paul Bird team are ultra keen to get started with it and so who better than the team itself to help us show the first edition of the race version of it here at the Nürburgring?”
Ichiro Yoda, the Kawasaki Project Director, confirmed that racing is at the heart of the new machine’s DNA.
“We have started development this bike with slick tyres and racing spec engine,” Yoda said. “This is a quite different procedure than previous models.”
The next chance the world’s media will have to get close to this exciting new machine again will be at official unveiling of the production model, at the Cologne that commences on 6 October.
Queenslander Chris Vermeulen is set to pilot the all-new model for 2011, with speculation mounting that Japanese hero Noriyuki Haga is in negotiations to join him at Team Green. Supersport contender Joan Lascorz has also been rumoured to be stepping up to WSBK for next season.