Kawasaki ups development on ZX-10R

Sykes readies the ZX-10R for what will be a three-rider assault on the 2011 world championship.
Kawasaki's dreams of establishing itself as a World Superbike Championship front runner remain well on course following a successful outing during testing at Motorland Aragon.

Continuing development of the ZX-10R, Kawasaki were amongst the pace setters in Spain with Tom Sykes emerging third overall at the end of three days behind Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, but ahead of both BMWs, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga.

Introducing news parts to the bike over the course of the test, Sykes – who was confirmed as part of an expanded three rider line-up at Kawasaki for 2011 – was delighted with the rapid rate of progress.

“We were pleased with the test and to be this close to the front at this stage was promising. Overall we had a good understanding of the complete package and we got through quite a few things.

“Finding a good base setting was the main objective, but at the end we also tried something a bit different on the bike, and again found quite a significant improvement. Overall, I am very pleased with the way things went.”

Sykes will be joined by Chris Vermeulen and Joan Lascorz in the team for next season.

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November 03, 2010 2:20 PM

Whoa whoa whoa!!!! Do I need a bulldog and a St Georges flag tattooed on my leg to be a true 'patriot'? As I'm a Brit, all things being equal I will support a fellow Brit... ..but I also recognise that all human are individuals. If I admire a riders style/attitude then I will follow him, regardless of nationality. Likewise if that Brit isn't an especially good guy, then I'm not going to follow him for the sake of it. How old fashioned is this? I am only supposed to like white, middle class sportsman because that's what I am? Should I hate the Germans? Let Shakey do whatever he wants- one day the bloke is going to retire, why not now? People were shouting Chris Walkers name until recently- why? People get older and slow down, youngsters come through. I don't care about their creed, colour or nationality- i just want the racing to be good.

Richard Mushet

November 03, 2010 11:05 AM

We've already seen Haslam and Rea as regulars at the sharp end of proceedings this past season - hopefully Grinner will be up there too (and maybe even Camier if he can sort qualifying out and not bin it as often?)

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