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Kawasaki on course for triple WSBK crown

With four rounds of the 2014 World Superbike Championship to go, Kawasaki is in position to win the riders', manufacturers' and EVO titles.
Having won its first WSBK riders' title for 20 years last season, Kawasaki is currently on course for even better in 2014 having moved itself into position for a clean sweep of the three Superbike titles available to it.

Now into the summer break, Kawasaki currently leads the drivers' standings with Tom Sykes, the EVO riders' standings with David Salom and also the manufacturers' reckoning, each by comfortable margins.

Indeed, it is the latter that Kawasaki is pushing particularly hard for having never triumphed as a manufacturer, making it the only one of six major brands (along with Ducati, Aprilia, Suzuki, Yamaha and Honda) not to have won that title.

With only four rounds remaining though, Kawasaki has moved itself into a good position at the head of the WSBK standings, 24 points clear of Aprilia, the manufacturer it finished second to last season.

Perhaps more significantly, Kawasaki could well go down in history as the only manufacturer to secure a triple crown since the new EVO class stands to be amalgamated into a single category from 2015 once the new regulations are confirmed.

As it stands, Salom is very much on course to win the EVO title having amassed a large 37 point advantage over Niccolo Canepa. To put into context, Canepa will need to out-score Salom by more than 4.6 points in each of the remaining eight races to overhaul him, a tough ask given the points format.

In 26 years of WSBK racing, Kawasaki's title tally stands at just two riders' titles (1993 with Scott Russell and 2013 with Sykes)


Tagged as: Kawasaki , Tom Sykes , salom , baz

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LLarry

July 29, 2014 10:10 AM

It's fair enough really. Kawasaki is the only Japanese manufacturer that has invested in a genuinely new bike in recent times. The Fireblade, R1 and GSX are all long in the tooth and showing their age. Under the circumstances, Kawasaki's dominance is hardly a surprise.



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