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Kawasaki enter Superbike EVO class for 2014

Testing to begin in two weeks time

KAWASAKI has announced it will be competing in this season’s Superbike EVO class, in addition to the regular Superbike class.

The EVO class is a new sub-class that follows the FIM Superstock class rules for engines and electronics, meaning riders will only be allowed three engines each per season.

The EVO class will also follow the updated rules for the 2014 FIM Superbike class for chassis, suspension and brakes, by placing a price cap on those items.

Kawasaki Racing Team will enter the EVO class using their ZX-10R, ridden by David Salom who raced for BQR’s Kawasaki-powered CRT machine in the 2012 MotoGP class.

Salom is scheduled to have practice sessions with teammates Tom Sykes and Loris Baz on February 5th, 6th, 17th and 18th at Jerez Circuit in Spain.

I am very happy with this opportunity because it is a very good project and a very good team. Helping with developing the bike is very important for me and the main part of my job is to prepare for 2015 when everyone will be riding on an EVO bike,” said Salom.

“I am not sure what we can achieve in terms of race results this year but we have tested the bike at Motorland Aragon, Jerez and Almeria and the lap times have been very good. I think we can fight at the front of the EVO class but even more important is the positive development of the machine. The Kawasaki is a very good bike to start with in the Evo class, as all aspects of it work well. We have not changed many parts so far but we have still posted fast lap times.” He added.

Guim Roda, team manager of KRT commented saying: “It is a project for one year, preparing for the 2015 season in the best way possible. It will be an opportunity to develop the bike to maximise the good level of performance the Ninja ZX-10R already has as part of its overall design. We have created a very nice team with Toni Alfosea as the Chief Mechanic and another three mechanics led by Cedric Veron, who is very experienced. All KRT staff will be involved in this project, so for sure it will be a third KRT bike on the grid, pushing the full SBK class ones.

The first race of the Championship will be held at Philip Island GP Circuit in Australia, on February 23rd.

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