New metal – 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R set to be racier than ever

Kawasaki is the dominant force in WSBK and is set to pass on a lot of the technological advances from its racing programme to the next ZX-10R.

The new for 2016 litre sports bike is an evolution of the bikes raced by Tom Sykes and Johnny Rea and although the upgrades to the bike’s skin may be superficial, below the plastics there’s a comprehensive upgrade to the electronics package, the engine, the suspension and the braking system.

“This is not a “clean sheet” design as the current Ninja ZX-10R is such a good base to develop from”, commented Project Leader for KHI, Yoshimoto Matsuda.

“With the new model we have focussed our development resources on an overall engineering and performance improvement. We are proud of the result; it means a significant advance in terms of both chassis and engine performance as well as providing the platform to introduce new, state of the art rider aids and other technology.

“The input the KHI development team has received from the Kawasaki Racing Team, and riders, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes has created what we are sure many will feel is the most competitive and potent Ninja ZX-10R yet. A motorcycle equally at home on the race track or as a highly responsive daily riding road machine.”

The bike is set to be unveiled in October.

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