It's taken more than a quarter of a century, but Kawasaki is in a position to potentially wrap up its first-ever World Superbike Championship constructors' title in Sepang.

The Japanese firm has maintained a constant presence in the WSBK series since its inauguration in 1988, but whilst it has notched up two riders' titles in that time, it has never sealed the much desired constructors' crown.

However, this is all set to change - potentially as early as this weekend's World Superbike round in Malaysia - as Kawasaki strides ahead of its rivals thanks to the combined efforts of champion-elect Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.

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With Rea and Sykes currently holding a 1-2 in the riders' reckoning, Kawasaki has opened up a substantial lead of 112 points over Ducati with a maximum of 200 points available from the final four rounds and eight races.

Whilst it is mathematically possible for Kawasaki to wrap up the constructors' crown this weekend, the fact it will need to have increased its margin by 38 points from a maximum of 50 available suggests it will probably be forced to wait for the end of summer.

Even so, with a lead so substantial, it will take an unprecedented collapse for Ducati to consider challenging, not least because Rea himself is also in position to potentially take his championship before the mid-year hiatus.

Kawasaki will become only the sixth manufacturer to win the WSBK constructors' title and will go level on Suzuki and Yamaha instantly. Aprilia and Honda are currently tied on four titles each, while Ducati stay dominant with its unsurpassed 17 titles.