Kawasaki ZX-10RR

The Kawasaki Racing Team unveiled its official 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship machinery and riding line up today, 8th February, at their headquarters in Granollers, Barcelona. Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ official team will once again feature three-time champion Jonathan Rea and 2013 season champion Tom Sykes aboard the latest race specification Ninja ZX-10RR.

With an all-new graphics package and stunning colour scheme, the 2018 race machine features prominent logos from team sponsors, including Motocard, Elf and Monster Energy.

With several new technical rules imposed for 2018, including some that have already affected Kawasaki more directly than their competitors, the message for the 2018 KRT campaign is #NinjaSpirit. The spirit of accepting a challenge of striving for on-track excellence, and never giving up.

The launch started early for some members of the media who had enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the recently refurbished KRT HQ and race workshops, including a Q&A session with KRT Project Leader, Yoshimoto Matsuda. 

Beginning in the early evening the launch featured speeches and explanations of the #NinjaSpirit approach for 2018. As well as the formal launch of the team a new range of KRT clothing was unveiled to cover the next two seasons which will soon be available for sale. With the launch concluded there was no rest for the KRT squad and KHI, as the official machines and much of their race equipment are to be flown to Australia on Friday 9th February. 

Even in the face of new rules which are set to effect the class leading Ninja ZX-10RR more than the majority of machines on the grid, Kawasaki, Rea and Sykes now enter the 2018 season full of Ninja Spirit, determined to succeed no matter the odds or however many more external influences may arrive during the season.

Winter testing in Europe has been completed but immediately after the launch in Barcelona the team will begin final preparations for a two-day official test against their rivals, and then the first round of the season at Phillip Island in Australia 23rd to 25th February. 


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