WSBK » Kawasaki to take 'closer control' of its team


Following the confirmation that it will no longer be using the services of Paul Bird Motorsport in 2012, Kawasaki has hinted at a more in-house future for its World Superbike Championship operation

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Nick636

September 08, 2011 3:49 PM

I agree and disagree with this being a good thing.

There was a time in 80's when Kawasaki got a South African rider, Kork Ballington in the team. They started development and the bikes were really promising. As development got further progressed the riders, GP riders (Not test) realised everything they were asking for was being flat-out ignored and they were expected to ride the bikes. NO MORE THAN THAT.

Result - The bikes fell further and further behind until eventually becoming a joke.

PLEASE DON'T DO THIS AGAIN KAWASAKI!!!!

po - Unregistered

September 08, 2011 6:04 PM

@Nick636, you need to put this in to context, Kawasaki had been dominant in the 250 and 350 classes in the early 80's, so it wasn't like they didn't know how to win GP, just couldn't do it in the 500's. If you youtube Kawasaki KR500 you will see that one belongs to Kork and what a machine it looks and sounds.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 08, 2011 9:08 PM

Perhaps they will fund their WSB effort properly now?

They haven't for a very long time so I am not expecting great results, but will be pleasantly surprised if they do make the sustained investment required.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 08, 2011 9:13 PM

@Po and Nick 636 - the 250 and 350 tandem twins were wonderful bikes hence their multiple world championships, but the KR500 was a grossly overweight and under funded machine in comparison with its competitors - so yes Kawaski knew how to build a good bike, but top management weren't willing to fund a proper 500 campaign.

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