Kawasaki has taken the wraps off the bike it hopes will transform them into front runners in the 2011 World Superbike Championship.
Following a series of teaser shots of the bike during testing, the much-anticipated new ZX-10R was unveiled in racing specification at the Nurburgring in advance of the production machine being launched in Germany next month.
While Kawasaki remains coy about specific details of the bike itself, Kawasaki race planning manager Steve Gutteridge says this bike is culmination of a new strategy to turn the manufacturer into a competitive force at Superbike level.
“The new race bike has been eagerly anticipated by everyone involved in the Superbike racing project for a while now. The PBM team have evolved and restructured continuously in order to be in a position to utilise the new bike's potential to the maximum next season.
“As you can imagine the Paul Bird team are ultra keen to get started with it and so who better than the team itself to help us show the first edition of the race version of it here at the Nürburgring?”
Indeed, Kawasaki project director Ichiro Yoda goes on to claim that the bike has been designed with racing as its primary objective.
“We have started development this bike with slick tyres and racing spec engine. This is a quite different procedure than previous models.”
Kawasaki are yet to confirm its rider line-up for 2011, but the absent Chris Vermeulen is set to see out the second of a two year contract when he regains full fitness. His team-mate is tipped to be either Tom Sykes or Joan Lascorz.