Despite missing out on the overall riders' and manufacturers' titles, Kawasaki still had good reason to celebrate following the final round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship as David Salom wrapped up the EVO title.

Though considered something of a foregone conclusion given his 30 point lead over Niccolo Canepa, the points' scoring format ensured it could not be confirmed until after the first race in Doha when the Spaniard finished 13th.

Concluding an impressively consistent season for Salom, who scored points in 22 of the 26 races in 2014 despite riding an EVO-specification Kawasaki ZX-10R, the former WSS runner-up was delighted with the outcome.

"Winning the EVO class was a nice reward because all year we pushed very hard. Everybody in the team and Kawasaki worked all year for this. We took a lot of points in the middle of the championship to let us win with more comfort.

"I tried to win the first race to win the championship that way but my front tyre was very worn. In race two I tried to pass Canepa in the middle of the race but he re-passed me and I sat behind him to wait. I made my pass over the line and it worked this time. It was a great way to finish the year and big thanks to everybody for their great efforts."



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