Kawasaki Motors Australia supported team - Kawasaki BCperformance Racing Team - has been hard at work in the break from 2019 - 2020 race season.
"The first run out for the Kawasaki BCperformance racing team was at the picturesque Phillip Island circuit in Victoria, also round 1 for the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship. Run over 2 days we enjoyed some of the best weather at the circuit in recent years with day 1 having an ambient of 20-21 degrees c and day 2 was warmer with a max of 37 degrees Celsius , giving us an excellent chance to work through our test schedule and gain some valuable knowledge." Kelvin Reilly - Team Manager said.
"Over the summer break we worked hard on some updates to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, including a new engine spec to help with our top speed at the super fast circuit. Also we gained some more team personnel and changed up our procedures within the pit box to help with the consistency of our results and the Dunlop tyre. Just being able to concentrate on the 2 superbike riders was a huge bonus and this was reflected with the team moral being excellent. Not only has the team designed a radical new race bike for the Ninja ZX-10RR but they also had previous strong privateer Glenn Scott join the team alongside Bryan Staring."
Bryan Staring - 4th - 1.32.603 top speed 308kmh
Day 1 saw Bryan concentrating on testing the complete Dunlop tyre range to asses our tyre strategy for 2020. This was a really conclusive test and we gained heaps of knowledge regarding 2020 tyre selection, it also highlighted that the improvements we made in the pitbox helped our consistency and that the new Capit tyre warmers were faultless. Day 2 was about working on the setup to improve tyre wear over race distance whilst also working on the setting to help Bryan with the ZX-10RR's balance, this was all positively completed with Bryan achieving a good race run and a fastest lap of 1.32.603 in the final session. Bryan's top speed was improved also to 308kmh giving us confidence in our engine spec.
After an extended break due to injury and previously riding the Ninja ZX-10R, Glenn Scott commented on the new changes for 2020 after a strong 11th fastest at 306Kmh:
"This week I was lucky enough to make my return to racing at the official ASBK test at Phillip Island with my new team Kawasaki BC Performance Racing on the ZX10RR. My first test was a huge success for myself and the team. I was able to gain confidence and get comfortable really quickly with the team and the all new ZX10RR. 2019 saw me ride the ZX10R, to be upgraded to the all new ZX10RR for 2020 season was extremely exciting."
Glenn also went on to say: "My results from the 2 day official test clearly showed that the ZX10RR is a step up from the ZX10R. I was able to do my PB lap time around Phillip Island which was a great result after so little time on the new bike. The ZX10RR just has that half of a percent more performance on all aspects of the motorcycle making it an amazing ride. The acceleration, power increase and handling in change of direction are the biggest character changes I noticed between the motorcycles, making the ZX10RR an easier ride with the added bonus of increasing my performance on track. Rounding out the official test in 11th position was a fantastic result for my first outing with the new team. I look forward to the 2020 ASBK season with Kawasaki BC Performance Racing."
Team Manager, Kelvin Reilly assessed the test from Phillip Island:
"To summarize the test; I believe this was one of the best tests we have had. The improvements we made in the team structure, pit box, products used, engine spec and small additions to the working area inside the truck were evident and showed with the team morale being high and both riders achieving excellent lap times in race distance runs and 1-lap pace. Bryan and Glenn worked well together discussing the bike and riding styles to help each other and I can only see us getting stronger once Glenn starts pushing himself. Thanks to you all for helping Kawasaki BCperformance improve in the areas that we needed it and most of all helping with myself allowing more time for job as team manager."