Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing official team has unveiled the bike with which, with Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes riding together for one more year, they will try to clinch their fourth world title in a row.
Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki, reigning World Superbike champions, has unveiled its new bike for the upcoming 2018 season during an official act held in Granollers, Barcelona. As it was expected, the brand stays with its classical green colour scheme, and the only changes are in some black details that change from one season to another, so there is no surprise and nothing new at all in terms of colour.
It happens the same with he objectives for this new season. After such dominant seasons, the only goal is to keep winning like they have been doing for the last three years, since Jonathan Rea joined the team. The main objective is to enlarge their streak with fourth consecutive riders’ and manufacturers’ championship. Now, they will have to face a new engine rule mainly made to balance the performance between manufacturers.
“It is always exciting to unveil our new colours.” Said Rea, who is determined to keep making history and winning his fourth title. “It is when you feel like the season is kicking off for real. It is now time to go racing which I am super-excited about. KRT always pull out the stops when it comes to the team launch and they are making a big deal out of the new liveries. That gives you the feeling that you are walking into something new all the time. To be at a high level event like this makes me proud to be a Kawasaki rider.”
“Anything is possible this year and we have had a really good testing programme, taking into account the change in the rules.” Commented Sykes, 2013 champion and 2012, 2014 and 2016 runner-up; always with Kawasaki. “At this moment I feel we are very well prepared. The launch itself at the team’s HQ was absolutely fantastic and everyone involved has done a really good job. It is very fitting, and this amount of effort is a great way to start the season.”
The 2018 World Superbike Championship season will begin, like the last few years, the last weekend of February, the 24th and 25th, in Phillip Island, Australia.