Kawasaki revealed its colours and the glorious ZX10R ahead of the 2013 World Superbike Championship season in Barcelona a few days ago.
The ceremony took place at the Fostering Arts and Design Institute as guests got an inside look into what it takes to convert a stock Ninja into a race-worthy Superbike machine. Kawasaki Europe director Shigemi Tanaka, Tom Sykes and Loris Baz unveiled the bike.
Speaking on the occasion, team manager Guim Roda said, “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.” Tanaka-san said, “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 was 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.
The European race planning manager Steve Guttridge had earlier said, “Kawasaki fans across the world are anticipating another epic struggle this season. Our rider, Tom Sykes, missed out on Championship victory by just half a point last year. With Tom and Loris on board plus the growing experience of Team Provec, the engineering and technical facilities of KHI and the incredible emotional support of the Kawasaki fans, we hope to secure championship success in 2013.”
The 2012 road to success hasn’t been easy. Joan Lascorz, their talented rider suffered a horrific accident in Imola, with Loriz Baz taking his place a few races later. Sykes came into his own in 2012 coming close to a championship win, before losing to Max Biaggi by .5 points.
The team now gets ready to head to Australia for the first race of the season. Here’s wishing them luck and success.
[Courtesy Kawasaki Racing Team press releases]