4 December 2014
Kawasaki shifts EVO champ Salom to Pedercini
“I will ride an official bike, I'm a Kawasaki Motors Europe rider, and some people that have worked with me in the last season will help me again in 2015" - David Salom.
World Superbike EVO class champion David Salom will return to the Pedercini Kawasaki team for 2015.
Salom headed the one and only year of the EVO rules, while riding alongside Tom Sykes and Loris Baz at the official Kawasaki Racing Team.
The Spaniard had been tipped to continue at the team for 2015, but will instead be moved to Pedercini - which is to become the first ever Kawasaki satellite team.
New factory signing Jonathan Rea and former world champion Sykes will thus be the focus for the slimmed down official team.
Salom's situation should thus be similar to that of Andrea Iannone in MotoGP this season: Although placed at the satellite Pramac team, Iannone was contracted directly to Ducati and received the very latest machinery.
"I am so glad to be with Team Pedercini again,” said Salom, who raced for Pedercini in 2009 and 2012. “This time will be different because I will ride an official bike, I'm a Kawasaki Motors Europe rider, and some people that have worked with me in the last season will help me again in 2015.
“We are working to create an ambitious team to achieve good results. The Pedercini Team has demonstrated a strong and consistent commitment to this project and, for them, it will be a sort of 'year zero', with many changes.”
The former EVO class rules have been blended into the main WSBK class for 2015.
"Having won the World Superbike EVO title with David Salom this season within our Kawasaki Racing Team, it has been fantastic to keep him inside the Kawasaki family for 2015; this time racing again for Team Pedercini in the full Superbike class," said Kawasaki Motors Europe racing manager Steve Guttridge.
"David was a key person to help Kawasaki develop our future race bike for 2015 and, in-line with Dorna's future rules for World Superbike, he really showed the true potential of the Ninja ZX-10R as a Championship winner in this production based series.
"For 2015 as KRT move back to the traditional two man team and no split category in the SBK class, we will have the opportunity to help both Pedercini team and David with his KRT EVO class experience, crew and materials.
"Pedercini themselves have been a loyal, long standing and supportive team using Kawasaki machinery in WSBK so we truly hope that the close cooperation from Kawasaki will elevate the entire team by making this step with Salom and creating a closer relationship with KRT for the coming season."
"We are very happy for this opportunity,” added team manager Lucio Pedercini. “I want to thank Kawasaki for the bond we have created to make this possible and also all people that have worked with Pedercini Team.
“It is they that have helped us to reach this prestigious goal. I am sure that we will be very competitive in the new season with the combination of the Ninja ZX-10R and EVO World Champion, David Salom. In fact, he rode with us in the 2009 and 2012 seasons so I am very pleased to see him come 'home' once more."
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