Tyres Ex­haust En­gine

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Team Green Kawasaki

Rid­ers Leon Haslam, Akira Yana­gawa, Kazumi Watan­abe Grid po­si­tion 3rd Race po­si­tion 2nd

Back with a full-fac­tory af­fair in 2016 to cel­e­brate the launch of a new ZX-10R, Kawasaki proved just how com­pet­i­tive the new bike is by tak­ing the fight to old hands Yoshimura Suzuki and win­ning. Still with a lot of po­ten­tial, ac­cord­ing to Leon Haslam, they’ll be back next year and will be look­ing to steal Yamaha’s crown. It’s a com­mon ad­mis­sion that you need to be on Bridge­stones to win at Suzuka, with the Ja­panese firm pulling out all the stops for their home race. Tyres are ba­si­cally the same spec as last year’s Mo­togp rub­ber, with soft-as-but­ter spe­cials for Su­per­pole. A beau­ti­ful cus­tom piece built specif­i­cally for the project by Kawasaki Rac­ing and not avail­able any­where else, it’s as much work of art as func­tional piece of equip­ment. Still far from a fin­ished ar­ti­cle ac­cord­ing to Haslam, the en­gine spec was fast enough for the Brit to set the third fastest time of the week and take sec­ond in the race. An im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

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