This is the first time Kawasaki will have a Satellite Team, and they have chosen the team of Volta Mantovana, led by Lucio Pedercini for the Championship assault.
"We are very happy for this opportunity” - Team Manager, Lucio Pedercini , explained. “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."
David Salom commented. "I am so glad to be with Team Pedercini again. 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. "
For Kawasaki Motors Europe, Racing Manager, Steve Guttridge added.
"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. 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."
The WSBK season will begin on February 22, 2015 at Phillip Island, Australia, and will close in Qatar, at the Losail circuit (on October 18) with a night race. All bikes from each manufacturer will have an identical electronics package. Electronics have been the last-remaining technical difference between factory and private teams in the Superbike Championship. Now it becomes more equal from a technology perspective.