Friday News - 23 February


23 February

Lee Hardy Racing and Kawasaki UK team up with David Johnson

2024 Demo Days... Coming Soon!

Upcoming Shows
and Events

Lee Hardy Racing and Kawasaki UK sign
Davo Johnson for 2024 Roads campaign

No strangers to the 'roads', the Lee Hardy Racing team are taking a year away from the British Superbike paddock to focus on the International Road Race Season. The Norfolk-based squad have signed Australian rider David Johnson, one of the most experienced riders on the grid, to compete in the 2024 North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Macau GP.

Davo, as he's commonly known by his fans, will be racing a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR in the Superstock and Superbike races at both events, and he has already been getting used to the bike with laps on a standard ZX-10R in Australia.

David Johnson: “I'm very happy to get the Kawasaki ride with Lee Hardy Racing. I've always got along great with Lee, and he always prepares immaculate, very competitive bikes. I have been riding a lot out here in Australia, and since agreeing on a deal, I've been extra motivated to be at the top of my game come May. Testing begins very soon, and I can't wait to get started!”

Lee Hardy, Team Owner:“I am looking forward to being back on the roads, especially as the Official Kawasaki Road Racing Team for 2024. I am pleased to have signed Davo for the North West, TT and Macau, and am sure he is going to be a great asset to the team. I am also very proud to be supported by Kawasaki and it is an incredible opportunity for LHR to officially represent the brand, as you can imagine with all new projects we can't wait to get going!”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:“The Road Racing season is always an incredible spectacle, and it's fantastic to have such a strong combination of rider and team for 2024, who we're sure will put on a great show for the thousands of fans lining the roads. With a strict few months of training and testing planned for Davo and the team, we are sure they will be right in the thick of the action when the flag drops at the NW200 in May."

Dealer Demo Days... Coming Soon

With summer just around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days is the perfect opportunity for riders to get out on the road and try the latest 2024 Kawasaki range. This year's event will run between April and September and will see the roadshow visit dozens of dealers across the UK, so customers should keep an eye on their local dealers for their closest event.

Each event will see a huge array of machines for riders to book test rides on, including the exciting new Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z 7 Hybrid machines, Ninja ZX-4RR, Z500 and Ninja 500. Alongside these new models, attendees will also be able to try the ever-popular Ninja 1000SX and Versys range.  
Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:
With the better weather just around the corner, the excitement to get out riding again is definitely building! Our Dealer Demo Days have been a huge success in recent years, so we're pleased to be bringing them back again for 2024, offering bikers a chance to experience some of the latest and exciting machines in our range.”

Availability and booking details to follow.... watch this space!

Full line-up of models available to test ride:
Z500 SE
Ninja 500 SE
Eliminator SE
Ninja 650
Ninja ZX-4RR
Ninja ZX-6R
Z 7 Hybrid*
Z900 SE
Ninja 1000SX
Versys 1000 SE
Ninja ZX-10R
Ninja H2 SX SE
Ninja 7 Hybrid*
*Hybrid machines are subject to availability

2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Tickets

A reminder that tickets to all 11 rounds of the BSB Championship are now available to buy on the Club website at a discounted price, just for our Club members. 

The 11-round season will begin with a return to continental Europe for the first time since 2019, as the championship gets underway at Circuito de Navarra in northern Spain on 20/21 April. The circuit, set in stunning countryside near the famous Rioja wine region, held a round of the World Superbike Championship as recently as 2021, and is regarded as one of the country's best racetracks, including turn one which will now be the fastest corner in the championship with speeds of around 160mph.

It opened in 2010 and was taken over by MotorSport Vision (MSV) last November, with the first phase of major improvement works already completed and more to come over the winter.

The championship then heads back to the UK with the traditional May Bank Holiday event at Oulton Park, ahead of the first of two outings to Donington Park in May.

Knockhill maintains its familiar June date for the annual round in Scotland before a visit to Snetterton in July and the much-anticipated Brands Hatch summer spectacular two weeks later.

August will feature another thrilling round at Thruxton before the fans' favourite Bank Holiday extravaganza at Cadwell Park takes place at the end of the month.

The season reaches its closing stages with a return to Oulton Park and Donington Park in September. as the points per race increase and the title fight intensifies, before a crucial final visit to Brands Hatch for the end of season finale to decide the 2024 champion.

1. Circuito De Navarra (20-21 April)
2. Oulton Park (4-6 May)
3. Donington Park (17-19 May)
4. Knockhill (14-16 June)
5. Snetterton (5-7 July)
6. Brands Hatch (19-21 July)*
7. Thruxton (9-11 August)
8. Cadwell Park (24-26 August)
9. Oulton Park (13-15 September)
10. Donington Park (27-29 September)
11. Brands Hatch (11-13 October)*

Buy tickets for just £39 on the Club Shop using the link below.

*Please note, Brands Hatch Hospitality tickets will be released in March.

Upcoming Shows and Events

Coffee & Cake Morning @ On Yer Bike, Aylesbury HP18 0JX 

Saturday 9th March, 9:15am - 12:30pm


Weekend Ride out to Lasham Airfield with Greenham Kawasaki 

Saturday 16th March, 10am - 1pm


The Scottish Motorcycle Show at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh 

Saturday 16th (9am - 5pm) - Sunday 17th March (9am - 4pm)


Raven Ride out from the Potteries Motorcycles, STOKE

Thursday 28th March, from 5pm



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