Since the introduction of the Ninja ZX-10R in 2011 it has proven as formidable a competitor in the world of racing as in Kawasaki dealer showrooms. The latest model, a more race oriented Ninja ZX-10RR, will be the most sharply focused Kawasaki litre class superbike ever made with many upgrades suiting its racing application as a result of KRT development and feedback.
After many previous individual successes, the ZX-10R reached a new career zenith in 2013 when Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team won the SBK championship. During that year the Ninja ZX-10R was the bike to have in WorldSBK, achieving ten victories over fourteen hard fought rounds of World Superbike racing. That season’s champion Sykes proved a multiple winner and teammate Loris Baz also mounted the top step of the podium on one occasion.
Come the 2014 season and the litre class Ninja placed Tom Sykes second in the SBK Riders’ championship, delivering eight race wins for the tough and talented Englishman. In the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup the Ninja came close to winning the title also.
Rea’s championship win in 2015 delivered total domination and with the two official KRT machines inside the top three finishing places the bike proved versatile in the extreme, simply because Rea and Sykes have such differing riding styles.
The 1-2 result in 2016 for Rea and Sykes on the all-new Ninja enhanced the reputation of the ZX-10R, while podium success also followed the path of the new bike into the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup class. For 2017 all eyes are on the duo of Rea and Sykes and with competitors snapping at their heels both riders are motivated for success.