Kawasaki Racing has lavished praise on David Salom for his performances in securing the 2014 World Superbike Championship EVO title and his assistance in developing the ZX-10R for 2015.

The Spaniard - a former World Supersport runner-up - was tasked with representing the official KRT outfit on an EVO-specification bike in 2014, both as an opportunity to contest the sub-division title but to also enable Kawasaki to get a head-start on rivals when EVO-inspired regulations were expected to be adopted across the board in 2015.

Though changes to the 2015 WSBK regulations have since served to limit the relevance of Salom's development work, he was still able to reel off the title in comfortable fashion, failing to score points just twice from 22 starts.

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Indeed, it is this consistency on a bike that could only ever challenge for a handful of points at a time that earned the praise of KRT manager Guim Roda.

"The main factor in winning a title is always the rider," said Roda after the end of a tough but triumphant year. "I think David made a very good job and he understood the philosophy of the Evo class because it was important to not make mistakes. You could not gain 25 points for winning the Evo race, you had to play with four, five six, seven maximum.

"That meant that the difference between winning - and taking second or third - was just one, two or three points. If you made a mistake and lost a race then it would be very difficult to recover. We analysed the championship before the start of the season and realised that it would be better to make a 'bad' race and take only three or four points than make any mistakes from the front and lose or crash out. We understood this clearly and it was a key point to follow."

Indeed, the man himself admits the strength of his 2014 campaign - after two previously disappointing seasons in WSBK in 2009 and 2012 - came as a surprise considering a hand injury that plagued him throughout.

"It was a difficult year because in early testing I broke my hand and it was very swollen, but at the end the championship was ours," he said. "We started winter testing not knowing where we could finish in the championship but we worked very hard in the closed season to make a good bike.

"We went to the first round in Australia and won two races. It was incredible because I did not expect this. I had problems all year with my injured hand, but we rode fast in all the races and at the end we had a very good bike and won 13 races from 24."

Salom will return to Team Pedercini for the 2015 World Superbike Championship season, the outfit he raced with in 2009 and 2012. This time, however, he will be riding an 'official' ZX-10R with support from the Kawasaki factory.