WSBK » Kawasaki reveals 2011 WSBK contender


The Ninja ZX-10R is shown before the press in racing guise at the Nurburgring.

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fred - Unregistered

September 03, 2010 9:47 AM

nice bike, I hope it goes as fast as it looks. For me it would be a great shame if Tom was not on the bike in 2011. Chris is a good rider but I think he needs to rebuild himself and that is not at WSBK level. Tom on the other hand is showing his ability and has shown us in BSB what he can do.

desmotog

September 03, 2010 10:14 AM

This new ZX10R really does look the doggies and from the previews on Youtube etc. it seems to be progressing very well. I really do hope that the bike fulfills it's obvious potential because I think it probably is is Kawasaki's last chance in WSB.

Tom Sykes deserves the ride and I'm sure he'll get one of the two rides 'specially as he's done much of the testing alongside the Kawasaki test riders.

We may see a smile or two on Birdy's face again next season.

Greener02 - Unregistered

September 03, 2010 10:37 AM

I hate to break it to you all but if you go on WSBK.com it shows the Kawasaki with the number 26 on the the front now im not saying thats its a cert but why would they put up the new designs and then put the number 26 on if it didn't mean anything. I just feel sorry for Sykes as he's ridden the wheels off that Kawasaki and deserves a shot at the ZX-10

bryan - Unregistered

September 03, 2010 11:21 AM

fred.. how can u say that chris isnt good enough for WSBK. he has had the worse knee injury possible this year, you wait until he is fully fit and if the bike is as good as they say then he will be a contender. i believe that chris vermuelen is easily within the top 5 or 6 riders in the world sbk paddock. we all seen him on the gp bike in 07, wasnt too bad at all..

aeolus

September 03, 2010 11:45 AM

Interesting that the bike was designed as a race bike from the beginning. Lends credence to Rossi's and Ducati's claim that WSB bikes are prototypes. No wonder the WSB lap times are closer than ever to MotoGP territory.

jimmy - Unregistered

September 03, 2010 11:52 AM

Ha, finally! Beautiful bike. Now I wanna see Chris to ride the wheels off this bike at Philip Island and win both home races and then ... towards the 2011 title! :)

jimmy - Unregistered

September 03, 2010 11:56 AM

Yep, WSBK bikes are prototypes but still they are much cheaper than MotoGP bikes. This is the way to go and Ezpeleta knows it therefore he wants such bikes to race in MotoGP. But I hope WSBK promoters will defend their series. But the best soultion would IMHO be to unite both series and adapt contemporary WSBK rules. We would see full grid full of great bikes which you can basically buy - what's better promotion than this?

kwikkwak

September 03, 2010 12:28 PM

It will be criminal to not have Tom on the bike next year.I understand that they want Chris on it next year,he has a two year contract,and that they want Lascorz to remain part of the Kawasaki family,but Tom has done nothing wrong and has excelled on a very mediocre race bike.If Kawasaki are serious about challenging,keep all three.

32hz - Unregistered

September 03, 2010 12:46 PM

This bike is going to get them horrible magazine reviews (who cares?) but better results on track which is what really matters.
When you look at how advanced the R1 and the aprilia are the rest are only glorified street bikes. Kawasaki seems like it got tired of playing that game.

I hope they have more than 2 riders. They should have learned this year from having their star riders hurt and absent for several rounds.

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