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Kawasaki's Bird: This is out best shot in ages

Paul Bird expects Kawasaki to be at the 'cutting edge' for their home event at Donington Park this weekend.
Kawasaki Racing Team owner Paul Bird says he will accept 'no excuses' at this weekend's World Superbike Championship round at Donington Park, adding this is the manufacturer's 'best shot in ages' at a good result.

With no Japanese event for Kawasaki, this will be a home race for the Paul Bird Motorsport-run team, while it will also signal a welcome return to British soil for local favourite Tom Sykes, who very nearly won in 2008 aboard his BSB-specification Rizla Suzuki.

Following on from Kawasaki's solid debut with the new ZX-10R in Australia, Bird is expecting a marked improvement at Donington Park, saying the bike is good enough to compete at the front of the field.

“This is an important race for the team and I'm expecting all three riders to be strong this weekend, there should be no excuses. We all have good memories of Donington Park over the years and this is our best shot in ages so we're looking to be at the cutting edge as we know this bike is good enough."

Kawasaki will enter three bikes for the first time this season, with Chris Vermeulen set to return from injury alongside Sykes and Joan Lascorz.



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Craig - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 5:06 PM

Surely they're not expecting Chris to do anything other than settle back in to racing with him not being 100% fit. I guess three double top 10s would be as much as they could ask for.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 25, 2011 1:30 PM

I note from another story that Chris Vermeulen probably wont be racing. At the last round, Lascorz wasn't fit enough to finish the races - will he be at donnington? A couple of top fifteens from Lascorz and a couple of top tens from Sykes would be a good result at this stage.



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