2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Video PreviewThe Kawasaki Racing Team, featuring Tom Sykes, Loris Baz and David Salom, along with all KRT technicians, is set for the opening round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship.The team is motivated to begin defending its 2013 WSBK title, which was earned by Sykes at the controls of the Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja. And it all begins this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia, a technical track that will make its 24th appearance on the World SBK schedule – the most of any circuit in the series.
Sykes has never won at Phillip Island, though he did take a podium finish in 2012, the year he finished the championship a mere half-point behind the champion, Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi (retired).Last season, he finished fifth in both races. But he has much incentive, considering he was quickest at the Phillip Island SBK post-season tests earlier this week. His teammates will once again be Loris Baz, and newcomer David Salom, who will race the EVO version of the ZX-10R.The Kawasaki Racing Team released the attached video that previews this weekend’s first of 14 rounds in 2014 World SBK. For a season preview, click here.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!