News 23 Nov 2011

Kawasaki riders take out 2011 ASBK Prostock Manufacturers series

Kawasaki riders collectively claimed the ASBK Prostock Manufacturers title.

Kawasaki riders collectively claimed the ASBK Prostock Manufacturers title.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R pilots Matt Walters, Scott Yates, Bryce Van Hoof, Ben Nicolson and Phil Lovett all combined their efforts at the final round of the 2011 Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island to win Kawasaki the coveted Australian ProStock Manufacturers Championship.

It wasn’t just the ProStock class where Kawasaki riders excelled with outstanding results achieved in various classes throughout the weekend including a 2nd place round finish for WNK rider Glenn Scott and his Ninja ZX-6R in the Supersport class.

Kawasaki was able to win the ASBK ProStock Manufacturers Championship thanks in large to 2010 Superstock 600 Champion Matt Walters.

Walters, who races for Kawasaki dealership, Kawasaki Connection, raced the final round of the 2011 ASBK Championship after recently returning from competing on the world stage, in the World Superstock 600 class at the final round of the WSBK in Portimao, Portugal.

Starting from right back on the grid due to a qualifying crash, Walters worked hard to ride his Ninja ZX-6R as far ahead in the field as 10th before a pit board/ penalty board blunder saw him take an unnecessary drive-through penalty, ruining his chances of a solid finish however Walters had already proven his outstanding speed and race-craft to a global audience.

Walters continued his good form at the final round of the ASBK at Phillip Island by promptly qualifying his Ninja ZX-10R in pole in the ProStock class. Walters then podiumed all of his races (2-2-3) to take equal 2nd on points for the round. Walters finished the series in 4th place, an outstanding result considering he experienced two DNF’s in QLD due to no fault of his own.

A happy Matt Walters says, “It’s been a great year on the ZX-10R. Considering how new the bike is, to get results like this in the first year proves how good the bike can be in competition. There’ll be no rest throughout the Christmas break, I’ll continue training to come back even stronger in 2012.

“I’d really like to thank my sponsors, Kawasaki dealership Kawasaki Connection in Cessnock, Kawasaki Motors Finance, Rover Coaches, SES Mining, Reliable Conveyor Belt, Beltor Engineering and Austar Coal”.

Warwick Nowland Kawasaki rider Glenn Scott rode two outstanding races in the ASBK Supersport class at Phillip Island, going 2-1 to finish the round in 2nd place overall. Scott was unlucky not to take the outright win on account of missing the valuable pole position point the previous day. Glenn Scott finished the Supersport Championship in 7th place.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R also showed its strength in the Superstock class with Mark Wilkinson riding outstandingly throughout the series to finish the Championship on the podium, taking 3rd place overall. Fellow ZX-6R riders, Zack Thackeray and Luke Burgess both finished the series in 4th and 6th respectively in the Superstock class.