Having foregone a full summer break in favour of competing as a guest in the British Superbike Championship, Kawasaki SRT arrive at the Nurburgring eager to translate some of their national level form onto the world stage.
Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais brought the distinctive ZX-10R to the British crowds at Brands Hatch last month, with Parkes securing a trio of second place finishes behind BSB leader Leon Camier.
Taken as an opportunity for the team to try new developments on the bike, Parkes, who became a father to new-born son Jesse John during the break, is excited about the potential of the revised Kawasaki, insisting it should help them prove more competitive on a consistent basis for the remainder of the season.
"After racing at the British Superbikes at Brands Hatch in early August, we found some really good things on the bike and came away with some great results which gave me and the team some confidence on our direction for the last four WSB races.
“It will be great to apply the team's development to the Nurburgring race this weekend. I really enjoy racing at this circuit and I've had some successful results in the past. Last year I was unlucky not to win on the World Supersport bike as we had a problem at the end of the race. I've also won a race a few years back on the short circuit in the German Superbike Championship.
“Overall I'm really looking forward to some good results this weekend. I'm also over the moon at becoming a father this week to my new-born son, young Jesse John Parkes."
Although forced to miss Brands Hatch due to an injury sustained in a crash last time out at Brno, Makoto Tamada nonetheless enjoyed his most prosperous weekend around the Czech circuit. He is now determined to prove it wasn't a one-off performance.
"After another unfortunate crash in Brno I am happy to confirm now after the August break that my finger doesn't hurt at all, and I am ready 100% to race this weekend.
“The Kawasaki ZX-10R performed much better during the Brno race and I predict that we can finish in the top ten in both races at Nurburgring. I just can't wait to be back on the bike again and continue where we left off after some exciting developments from Brno."