In response to the recently announced FX300 Ninja Cup class at the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship, Kawasaki Australia built two 2014 Ninja 300 race bikes to commemorate the exciting new class. While one was on display at the Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show over the weekend, the other took to the track for a shakedown and media duties for Speed TV and other media outlets at Sydney Motorsport Park during the 2013 Australasian Superbike Championship.
Multiple Australian road race champion and Kawasaki rider Matt Walters was given the task of putting the Ninja 300 through its paces and took to the track alongside fellow Kawasaki racer Aaron Gobert who was riding another Ninja 300 race bike built for the new class by his mechanic, Paul Grant Mitchell. While neither rider will compete in the new entry level class next year, they were in awe of the Ninja 300's racing abilities.
Matt Walters say's, "This new class is exactly what Australia needs. The Ninja 300 was great on the track and fast for a beginners bike. It's cornering abilities were beyond my expectations and it was a huge amount of fun. The Ninja 300 really is the perfect entry level race bike for people wanting to begin road racing. Why wouldn't you choose Australia's number 1 selling motorcycle to go racing?"
The FX300 Ninja Cup will begin at the first round of the 2014 Australasian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW, March 21-23 2014.
(Young racer sizes up the Ninja 300 race bike at Sydney Motorsport Park - All images by Murray Sayle)