The Kawasaki Team Green Australia (KTGA) Lakeside Raceway track day marked the first 2017 event of its kind with over ninety green blooded Kawasaki enthusiasts flooding the esteemed venue.
With attendance cost being subsidised by Kawasaki Motors Australia, the objective was to create a friendly environment for likeminded Kawasaki devotees to converge and participate in an activity they are passionate about.
Kawasaki’s track day experience partners, Champion’s Ride Days rolled out the red carpet and delivered their usual first class track day management service.
Experienced track day goer, Kylie Sage rounded up a group of friends and brought along her beloved Kawasaki Z750 to the event.
“The day gave us an opportunity to ride on the track which I love to do so we couldn’t say no,” said Kylie, who is the Queensland coordinator for the Black Dog Ride, an effort to raise awareness for depression that has developed into a national suicide prevention charity involving thousands of Australian motorcycle riders.
“Everyone was really nice and helpful. I came with my girlfriend, the Kawasaki team helped us with loading our bikes and everyone just had a really fun time.”
Kylie also has a hand in running the KYSA Moto Bikes ladies riding group which encourages females to race and ride motorcycles as well as provide support for learner female riders in Queensland.
Track day first timer, Ryan De Roo brought along the world’s first supercharged production motorcycle, the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2, saying, “I saw this event pop up on the Kawasaki Facebook page and I thought it was a good opportunity to experience the full potential of my H2 on a track.”
“The cost to attend was very attractive and the idea of a full on race track experience was very enticing,” said Ryan who has customised his already lightning quick Ninja H2 with an aftermarket exhaust and tuning modifications to make it even more remarkably fast.
“The day was good fun, I built some more confidence in my riding and my bike, the Kawasaki head office team were so involved and easy to talk to plus the prize giveaway was great!” Ryan exclaimed.
Matthew Dawson was not new to the track but his Kawasaki Z1000 made its track debut at the Lakeside Raceway KTGA event.
“Getting out there on the track and having a blast was the best part of the day. It was great value and that made it easier,” said Matthew who was tearing it up with his Z1000 featuring an Akrapovic exhaust, short levers, an aftermarket screen and other tantalising modifications.
“I spoke to numerous people and they were all really approachable. We had a chat about our bikes and the event. Garshon form the Kawasaki QLD Sales team has a Z1000 as well and we were having a chat about what he has done with his which was handy,” Matthew commented.
Robert Walker, Kawasaki Motors Australia’s National Sales and Marketing Manager said, “It has been sensational to see the strong turnout at our KTGA track days but it is more warming to experiencing the light-hearted interaction and fun that participants have at these events.”
“The events facilitate for all types of riders, from track day beginners to advanced racers who are getting some practice in. Some Kawasaki Australia staff members got onto the track to mix it up with the KTGA riders on the day as well!”
“Our partners at Champion’s Ride Days also cater for those who don’t have their own track machines by offering Kawasaki bikes for hire. On the whole, the feedback we receive from our ride days has been very positive and this encourages us to continue running these events,” said Robert Walker.
For information and to book a position in our upcoming 2017 KTGA Track Events, follow the links below: