2013 World SuperbikeThis Thursday, Team Provec, which is managing the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) in 2013 World Superbike, will hold an unveiling Thursday in the iconic FAD building in Barcelona. The event will also be broadcasts live on Facebook.
During the Kawasaki Racing Team launch, KRT will unveil the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R that the Brit Tom Sykes and the Frenchman Loris Baz will pilot in 2013 World SBK. Also, the team will discuss the team’s structure.Biel Roda (PR and Marketing Manager of the team) says: “This is a very special moment. On Thursday we will make the official presentation of the team and reveal the look of the 2013 bike. We face the season with huge reserves of energy and excitement. Kawasaki is providing all the trust, technical and human resources and, together with Motocard, we will be in a position to fight for top honours every race weekend.”Also excited about the launch is Sergio Ortiz, Communications Manager at sporting goods giant Motocard, a top supporter of the 2013 Kawasaki Racing Team.Sergio Ortiz says: “At Motocard we are proud of our involvement in the World Superbikes together with the Kawasaki Racing Team. We are excited with the results achieved during 2012 and we are expecting a challenging 2013. For sure we will keep investing in this cutting edge motorsport project and we wish to the team the very best for this new season”Steve Guttridge, European Race Planning Manager for Kawasaki, also discussed the launch and upcoming season.Steve Guttridge says: “Kawasaki fans across the world are anticipating another epic struggle this season. Our rider, Tom Sykes, missed out on Championship victory by just half a point last year. With Tom and Loris on board plus the growing experience of Team Provec, the engineering and technical facilities of KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) and the incredible emotional support of the Kawasaki fans, we hope to secure championship success in 2013.”Also, for the first time the World SBK team unveiling will be broadcast live on the Motocard Facebook page.In 2012 World Superbike, Sykes finished the season a half of point behind the champion, the now retired Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing). He finished on the podium 13 times in 27 races (race one in Monza, Italy, canceled), including four races. In 2013, World Superbike will feature a 15-race schedule.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!