KAWASAKI Z X-10R
Tyres Exhaust Engine
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.