Kawasaki Announce Evo SBK Project for 2014 World Super Bike Championship


Kawasaki have announced that they will run an official Evo SBK class entry in the 2014 Superbike World Championship. David Salom has been chosen to both race and help develop the Evo Ninja ZX-10R.

The team will be based is Spain alongside the official KRT full Superbike effort and will be run by the same Provec arm of KRT‰Ûªs operation that runs 2013 world champion Tom Sykes and Loris Baz in the full SBK team.

"As many press outlets have been reporting David Salom has been track testing, since last November, an Evo specification Ninja ZX-10R during KRT private tests." Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager admitted. "This has been part of developing program by KHI and KRT to prepare for the 2014 season with this kind of bike.

"KHI has now confirmed that the project will go ahead and David Salom will be the rider. 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.‰Û
David Salom will test and race the Kawasaki Evo SBK Project bike in 2014
There have been previous tests for David Salom with the Evo Ninja ZX-10R already, at Jerez, Motorland Aragon and most recently at Almeria, with strong showings from man and machine underlining the performance of the overall Kawasaki package in every kind of racing trim.

Salom will test again alongside Sykes and Baz at Jerez on 5 and 6 February, before taking part in the final tests of the pre-season at Phillip Island, between 17 and 18 January. The first race of the 2014 season will take place at the same Australian venue on Sunday 23 February.

‰ÛÏI am very happy with this opportunity because it is a very good project and a very good team." Salom stated. "Helping with the 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.

"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.‰Û

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