2014 World Superbike Evo Class EntryA month ahead of the 2014 World Superbike Championship, which gets underway at Phillip Island, Australia, Feb. 23, Kawasaki Racing Team has announced its entry for the new Evo SBK Class – David Salom.
Salom, who had competed on the Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki team in 2013, finishing 21st overall, will pilot and help develop the Evo ZX-10R Ninja superbike under the same Provec arm of KRT’s operation. This is the same group that runs Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes and Loris Baz in the main SBK class.Salom has already tested the performance of the ZX-10R Evo at tests in Jerez, Motorland Aragon and Almeria. He will return to the track for some official testing alongside Sykes and Baz at Jerez Jan. 5-6, and Phillip Island Jan. 17-18.The Evo class is new to World Superbike. It follows all the FIM regulations of the standard SBK class regarding chassis, suspension and brake components, but follows FIM Superstock rules for engines and electronics.David Salom (Kawasaki EVO SBK ZX-10R Ninja) says: “I am very happy with this opportunity because it is a very good project and a very good team. Helping with the developing the bike is very important for me and the main part of my job is to prepare for 2015 when everyone will be riding on an Evo bike.“I am not sure what we can achieve in terms of race results this year but we have tested the bike at Motorland Aragon, Jerez and Almeria and the lap times have been very good. I think we can fight at the front of the Evo class but even more important is the positive development of the machine. The Kawasaki is a very good bike to start with in the Evo class, as all aspects of it work well. We have not changed many parts so far but we have still posted fast lap times.”Guim Roda (KRT Team Manager) says: “As many press outlets have been reporting David Salom has been track testing, since last November, an Evo specification Ninja ZX-10R during KRT private tests. This has been part of developing program by KHI and KRT to prepare for the 2014 season with this kind of bike. KHI has now confirmed that the project will go ahead and David Salom will be the rider.“It is a project for one year, preparing for the 2015 season in the best way possible. It will be an opportunity to develop the bike to maximize the good level of performance the Ninja ZX-10R already has as part of its overall design. We have created a very nice team with Toni Alfosea as the Chief Mechanic and another three mechanics led by Cedric Veron, who is very experienced. All KRT staff will be involved in this project, so for sure it will be a third KRT bike on the grid, pushing the full SBK class ones.”Steve Guttridge (Kawasaki EVO Racing Manager): “It is very good news that we will enter an official EVO Superbike inside our Kawasaki Racing Team this season. The FIM Superbike World Championship is changing under the new promoters Dorna, and we need to evolve with the rules of the series if we are to maintain our current momentum of success in this category.“The team has the knowledge, and importantly the full support of the factory, to work on the extra EVO bike project within KRT’s overall set up this season. In David Salom we have a great all-round Kawasaki-minded rider, to not only help make the required developments for 2015 but also to race for top EVO class honors come the end of the 2014 series.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!