Official Kawasaki Z900RS video – True Spirit

There’s no place for fake in the lifestyle you choose. Kawasaki alone has the heritage to deliver yesterday’s values to today’s riders in a truly authentic Modern Classic bike. The visceral spirit of a 1970s legend – Kawasaki’s original king of cool Z1 – finds expression in the Z900RS, to satisfy the very essence of […]

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There’s no place for fake in the lifestyle you choose. Kawasaki alone has the heritage to deliver yesterday’s values to today’s riders in a truly authentic Modern Classic bike. The visceral spirit of a 1970s legend – Kawasaki’s original king of cool Z1 – finds expression in the Z900RS, to satisfy the very essence of the rider you are now.

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Kawasaki Z900RS – Official Studio Video

The much rumoured and eagerly anticipated 2018 model year machine christened the Z900RS is an up-to-date modern classic blessed with a multitude of references to the Z1, the machine that not only acted as a crucial stepping stone for Kawasaki as a brand but also changed the face of performance motorcycling forever. Tagged a “Retro […]

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The much rumoured and eagerly anticipated 2018 model year machine christened the Z900RS is an up-to-date modern classic blessed with a multitude of references to the Z1, the machine that not only acted as a crucial stepping stone for Kawasaki as a brand but also changed the face of performance motorcycling forever. Tagged a “Retro Sport” thanks to its RS moniker, the new Z900RS has been painstakingly created by Kawasaki’s styling department and factory engineers as an all-new machine. There’s no place for fake in the lifestyle you choose. Kawasaki alone has the heritage to deliver yesterday’s values to today’s riders in a truly authentic Modern Classic bike. The visceral spirit of a 1970s legend – Kawasaki’s original king of cool Z1 – finds expression in the Z900RS, to satisfy the very essence of the rider you are now.

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Kawasaki Ninja 400 Studio Video

Kawasaki adds a lightweight street focused contender to the impressive Ninja range: the all new Ninja 400. An impressive, sharp-looking, accessible sports model offering excitement and ease of riding. The all new Ninja 400 is Street born, Track inspire…

Kawasaki adds a lightweight street focused contender to the impressive Ninja range: the all new Ninja 400. An impressive, sharp-looking, accessible sports model offering excitement and ease of riding. The all new Ninja 400 is Street born, Track inspired.

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Sepang To Welcome Iannone And Rins For The Penultimate Round

The 2017 season is nearly at an end, with only two races to go and the penultimate to be raced this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. This will also be the last of the three consecutive rounds that took Team SUZUKI ECSTAR to Japan and Australia before arriving here. Indeed, the last two races have been positive both for Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, marking a solid improvement in their development.

Team Suzuki Press Office – October 25.

 

The 2017 season is nearly at an end, with only two races to go and the penultimate to be raced this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. This will also be the last of the three consecutive rounds that took Team SUZUKI ECSTAR to Japan and Australia before arriving here. Indeed, the last two races have been positive both for Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, marking a solid improvement in their development.

 
With a 4th and a 6th place for Iannone, in Japan and Australia, and a 5th ant 8th for Rins, the two Suzuki Factory riders arrive in Malaysia with renewed enthusiasm. The positives results were borne of two very different conditions: wet in Motegi and dry at Phillip Island. This indicates solid progress of the GSX-RRs that has proven to be competitive in different conditions.

 
The Malaysian circuit is a very fast and long one, very different from the previous tracks. The hot temperatures and high humidity will make it hard for everyone, especially for the riders. With four slow corners following two long straights, and ten medium to high-speed corners, the wide track is particularly favourable to overtaking manoeuvres but will also put a lot of stress on the engines. Its 5.5 km (3.44 miles) length makes it one of the longest circuits in MotoGP™, with a main straight measuring 920 metres or 3018.37 ft.

 
Davide Brivio – Team Manager

“The Sepang track is very different from the previous one, but we arrive here after two positive races – one on wet and one in dry, therefore we can count ourself happy and have more confidence. We are working hard to finalize some improvements we have for the machine because we truly want to end this season in the most positive way possible. Both Andrea and Alex got a boost of trust and confidence from the good results in Japan and Australia. Hopefully this will lend us further help.”

 

 

Andrea Iannone

“After two good races I’m pretty confident we are going in the right direction. I’m very happy as well because Suzuki is working really hard to improve and now we are doing better. In Australia I had fun and I felt fast with the bike. Unfortunately, in the end of the last laps the tyre was worn and I couldn’t keep my position with Crutchlow, but Sepang is a track we know really well. During the pre-season we set a good pace, but now the situation is different. The main problem here is the heat and the tyre performance, but hopefully we can put together another good race.”

Rea Takes Jerez Win With Sykes Third

New 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a cherished first-ever win at Jerez after race long pressure inside the podium positions paid off at the end. Tom Sykes (KRT) was also in the podium fight throughout, from his fourth place on the grid, taking third place. This was Sykes’ 100th podium finish […]

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New 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a cherished first-ever win at Jerez after race long pressure inside the podium positions paid off at the end. Tom Sykes (KRT) was also in the podium fight throughout, from his fourth place on the grid, taking third place. This was Sykes’ 100th podium finish in WorldSBK.

An incident that saw two riders crash out on the first lap of the original 13.00 race start brought out the red flags and the race was restarted at 13.21, over a shortened distance of 19 laps.

Having finished second in Superpole Rea was in contention for the race win from the start, taking the lead for six laps before Marco Melandri came past.

Getting involved in a fight with Chaz Davies for a time in the mid-section of the race, Rea eventually got free and started to pursue Melandri again. Rea was gradually catching ground to the lead as the race unfolded, with both Rea and Melandri setting lap records on the new Jerez track surface.

After Melandri’s bike experienced a technical issue Rea re-took the lead and won by just over a second from Davies, his first ever WorldSBK win at the 4.423km Jerez circuit.

After an early issue while changing gears Sykes had been part of a train of four leading riders, which became six after he had clipped some trackside gravel on lap five, dropping back from immediate contention with the leading group before recomposing himself and pushing on again.

Racing at high pace just behind Chaz Davies – his rival for overall second in the championship – Sykes tried all he could to get back ahead before the chequered flag. He finished just under half a second behind, in an eventual third place after Melandri’s exit.

Sunday’s race, again scheduled for 13.00, will now see Rea and Sykes start from the third row of the grid, as they finished on the race one podium.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “So, so nice to tick that box for a Jerez race win. I really wanted it, even before the problem for Marco. I was riding way over my limit to try to chase Marco down. The gap was slowly coming, some laps not changing, but tenth by tenth I was getting excited. In the end he had a problem and I am really sorry for him because he did not deserve that. We both deserved to be able to fight to the end. I was trying to manage the race a little bit in the beginning because I did not get a long run in yesterday, after my big crash, so I was not sure how the tyre choice we made was going to play out. Arguably, I gave up too many positions when Marco came past but in the end we go it done. I went all in to that race. With the position we now have in the championship I went in over my head – but it was fun to ride like this.”

Tom Sykes, stated: “We had a good race set-up at the end of FP2 on Friday and FP3 today, on used tyres, so I was relatively happy in the hot conditions. The pace stayed very consistent and it was quite nice at the end. Unfortunately at the beginning of the race there was a little bit of stop-start so I could not set my usual rhythm and I lost some time. In the first three laps I had a small issue with gear selection, and then missed a gear coming onto the straight. I lost some track positions but regrouped and then the pace was acceptable. Chaz found some speed from free practice but apart from that, the top four or five were very similar in pace. We were just not able to bridge that gap to the guys in front.”

2017 KRT Rider Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016 & 2017
2017: Races 23, Wins 13, Podiums 21, Superpoles 5
Career Race Wins: 51 (36 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 109 (67 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 13 (9 For Kawasaki)

Tom Sykes: World Champion 2013
2017: Races: 21, Wins 2, Podiums 16, Superpoles 4
Career Race Wins: 33 (33 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 100 (99 For Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 42 (42 For Kawasaki)

5 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016 & 2017), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
2 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016)
3 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016 & 2017)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 106 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 345 – third overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 72 – second overall

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