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Kawasaki reveals first glimpse of new bike

Chris Vermeulen is expected to lead the development of the bike ahead of its WSBK and BSB debut in 2011.
Kawasaki has given a first glimpse of the bike it hopes will revive its World Superbike fortunes after unveiling a sketch of the 2011-specification Ninja ZX-10R.

The bike is now coming to the end of the design stages, with the manufacturer set to turn its attentions to developing the machine over the second-half of 2010 before launching it in 2011.

With the bike decked out, as ever, in its trademark 'team green' livery, the sketch gives away little about its technical specifications, with Kawasaki maintaining that such information will come closer to the launch date.

The accompanying video that comes with this sketch doesn't add much either, merely saying the bike will have a 'new engine, new frame and new suspension'.

Kawasaki has high hopes for the new ZX-10R on the racing scene having struggled to make the current bike consistently competitive. With greater emphasis now being placed on its World Superbike campaign, courtesy of its canned MotoGP project, Kawasaki is bidding to get on terms with its Japanese rivals with this bike.

Chris Vermeulen, whose 2010 season has been hampered by injury, will be entrusted with testing and racing the new bike, which Kawasaki says will also race in the British Superbike Championship next year.

Kawasaki's best result in this year's World Superbike Championship has been a fifth place finish for Tom Sykes.



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stavros - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 11:49 AM

Dufus, Chris was never the lead rider at Suzuki and you can't blame the rider for Suzuki consistently failing to develop a bike properly throughout the season. Suzuki are just far too slow at responding to rider feedback, always have been.



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