Even as the current Championship moves towards a nail-biting finale, plans to adopt and test the 2017 machine are being formalized as Biel Roda, Marketing Manager of KRT explains.
“Each season there are organized tests after some of the SBK rounds as well as special stand-alone test sessions to understand new setting options and to experiment with new ideas that might shave a few thousandths of a second from a lap time… basically what might amount to the difference between first and second in a race. Working closely with Kawasaki Motors Europe we are always keen to secure some of the first models of Ninja ZX-10R each year to update and refresh our racing machines and ensure they reflect in many ways the type of machine in Kawasaki showrooms.”
As a “carry over” model, the 2017 machines are based on the current specification of impressive Ninja ZX-10R with its highly praised Inertia Measurement Unit (IMU) and low inertia crank configuration developed with the help of the Tom Sykes and his Crew Chief, Marcel Duinker. Evoking the true spirit of Superbike racing both Tom, a former SBK Champion, and 2015 SBK Champion, Jonathan Rea, are fans of the standard specification machine as Biel Roda concludes.
“As a shakedown for Lausitzring, Tom rode a standard spec ZX-10R at a public track day while Jonathan has actually brought along his own street bike which he now uses exclusively for track day training. They both want to see the colour and graphic treatments for the 2017 road bike and are full of praise for the performance and handling of the current machine in its standard specification.”