With the 2010 600 Superstock Championship title under his belt, Kawasaki Connection Racing rider, Matt Walters steps up to the Pro Stock 1000 class for 2011 full of confidence and with a wealth of talent. With Walters campaigning the all new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in 2011, a Ninja ZX-6R ride within the team was up for offer and quickly seized by talented Kawasaki rider Zach Thackeray. Walters and Thackeray have already kicked the 2011 racing season off in brilliant fashion with both riders finishing the 1st round of the ASBK Championship on the podium.
With extremely limited bike time on board the all new 2011 Ninja ZX-10R machine, Walters took valuable feedback from Phillip Island where he competed in World Superbike support races to begin dialling in his new race bike. A certain 1st place finish in his debut ride on the new bike was stopped only by a black flag in the 1st race. Unperturbed, Walters headed to the 1st round of the ASBK Championship at Symmons Plains, Tasmania with valuable bike feedback from The Island and took 2 2 5 for 2nd place overall. Thackeray wasted no time becoming accustomed to his KCR Ninja ZX-6R taking 3rd for the round in the Superstock 600 class..
A happy Matt Walters says, “Our win in last years Championship has proven that Kawasaki Connection Racing is a serious and legitimate Championship winning team capable of consistent podium finishes”.
“I’m really happy to finish the first round of the Championship on the podium. The new Ninja ZX-10R is a brand new machine with a load of untapped potential. We made it quicker after Phillip Island and with more race time under our belt in Tasmania, it’s just getting better and better”.
Zach Thackeray was also happy with his performance at the first round saying, “After having just over a year off, I’m glad to be back with Kawasaki Connection Racing. It’s great to be back on board the Ninja ZX-6R. It’s capable of so much as proven at the opening round of the World Supersport Championship at Phillip Island. My podium finish in Tasmania was a great start to the season and I’m hoping to better that result at the next round.”
KCR Manager, Carl Walters says, “We had one goal in 2010 and that was to put the Kawasaki at the front. We did just that and now our goal is to do the same again with the new Ninja ZX-10R. We’re happy to once again have the support of Rover Coaches in 2011 and the support we’re receiving from Kawasaki Australia is great. We’re very happy with our start to the season in Tasmania and will look to improve on that at Hidden Valley”.
The Kawasaki Connection Racing Team are preparing for the 2nd round of the 2011 ASBK Championship at Hidden Valley, NT on 14-17 April.