Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration -

Surely a ’90s ZXR should be green, blue and white? Not if, like Rob’s resto, your in­spi­ra­tion is the 1993 Suzuka 8-Hour win­ning ZX-7 of Scott Rus­sell and Aaron Slight. The blue, red and white colours were those of spon­sor Ito­ham, a Ja­panese tinned ham com­pany, and the ma­chine they were ap­plied to was a full-fac­tory TT-F1 spec racer – the last of the pro­to­type four-strokes be­fore su­per­bike rules took over.

Rus­sell, who went on to take the WSB title that year too, and Slight – fel­low Muzzy rider at the time – took the Suzuka vic­tory 2m 25s ahead of Honda’s Ed­die Law­son and Satoshi Tsu­ji­moto, with Takuma Aoki and Mike Smith, also on an RVF750, tak­ing third.

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