Kawasaki begins 2011 WSBK testing dates

Kawasaki begins the countdown for the 2011 World Superbike season with its test at Sepang.
Kawasaki will become the first World Superbike team to hit the track in 2011 as it begins a four-day outing at Sepang, three weeks before official testing gets underway.

A handful of teams will participate in private testing before the first group test at Portimao on January 26th, with Kawasaki taking a number of riders to Malaysia as it continues to hone the new ZX-10R.

Amongst those taking part in the test will be Chris Vermeulen, who is set to return to action following almost six months off through injury, while ex-MotoGP rider Gabor Talmacsi will be on the privateer Pedercini machine.

Also testing this week is all-new WSBK outfit Liberty Ducati, which will be out in Guadix with riders Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz.

Just ahead of the group test, Ten Kate Honda will be present at Motorland Aragon for the first time on January 20th having missed a post-season outing there.

Most teams will then be present for the Portimao group test, though there will be a notable absentee in BMW, who will instead travel to the Eastern Creek circuit in Australia to get some track time.

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TLRJohnny - Unregistered

January 10, 2011 4:20 PM

I think Kawi knows that they HAVE to get this new bike right. They've blown over the last decade with their MotoGP bikes and their superbikes, and if they mess this model intro up, they'll forever brand themselves as second-rate racing machinery. With the pulling out of their MotoGP effort, Kawi now has the chance to really focus their resources on creating a successful superbike. At a time when most of the Japanese manufacturers are pulling back, Kawi is diving in.

Dave - Unregistered

January 10, 2011 8:21 PM

Zack that's old news. The latest I've seen is the problem was with the intake valve springs which are being replaced along with valve keepers & intake cams. This was from Kawasaki. Not an insignificant thing but not like bad cranks or bad frame welds, etc. At least that's what they're saying. They say they plan to be selling the street bikes again by the end of the month. And it's apparently nothing at all that will effect the WSBK program.

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