Club Friday News - 26th June

FRIDAY NEWS


26TH JUNE 2020



The Club Challenge

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Ten Wallpapers to celebrate Club10

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The Latest Kawasaki News

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The Club Kawasaki Challenge

We have updated the Club Challenge gallery and leader board! Sorry to everyone who has submitted their photos over the last couple of months and has been waiting to see them online. With limited Club Kawasaki staff members working it has been very difficult to keep up - but I'm pleased to say we're now back on track and you can see the fantastic photos which have been submitted while you have all been staying at home. Including this one from Dewi who gave us a caption to share with you all:  

"This was taken outside of my home with a couple of my neighbours who are Kawasaki bikers themselves, we were enjoying a couple of drinks during the sunshine and following the social distance rules, because I can't take my beloved Ninja 650 out on the road, she made a fantastic seat while I enjoyed some drinks and made a great topic of conversation to talk about while we planned our next ride when all of this is over! Stay safe everyone! -Dewi"

If you haven't got involved with the Club Challenge yet... what are you waiting for? If you're staying at home - send a photo of your bike and you will recieve points.




Kawasaki Wallpapers

As you may already know, 2020 marks 10 years since Club Kawasaki was re-launched as we know and love it today. So 2020 is supposed to be a year of celebration for us all! Until we can safely bring events back to our calendar, we're going to bring you lots of 10 related content like quizzes, top tips, favourites, interviews, competitions, giveaways and more! 

We're starting with 10 Kawasaki wallpapers so you can stare at your favourite Kawasaki even more often. We've uploaded a desktop and mobile version for each of the 10 models to the Club forum for you to download so make sure you check those out and let us know which models you would like to see in the next 10!



REA AND KRT RENEW RECORD-BREAKING PARTNERSHIP

Five-time FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea will continue his record-breaking partnership with Kawasaki and KRT after signing a new multi-year contract.

Rea has won five consecutive WorldSBK championships as a KRT rider, starting in his first Kawasaki year in 2015. The most successful WorldSBK racer in history, the vast majority of Jonathan's championship points and race wins have been earned while riding Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR machinery creating a legend in the process.

With one race win under his belt already this season, at the only 2020 round to be held so far in Australia, Rea's competitive nature is as strong as ever as he goes for title number six. Signing his new contract demonstrates his intention to build on and extend his winning streak well beyond this current season.

Jonathan's ambition is as sharp as ever, especially after confirmation of his new contract with the most successful modern day WorldSBK manufacturer and team in the paddock. His close connection with Kawasaki and KRT is now globally understood and accepted, and in many ways he has become “the face of Kawasaki racing”.

The full support of his wife Tatia, his children and his entire family have been an important element throughout his glittering career, during all the good and more challenging times. The mutually beneficial relationship with his team, one which Jonathan has helped nurture, is an integral part of their combined success.

With current championship leader Alex Lowes already signed with Kawasaki beyond 2020 KRT has moved early in its rider choices for the next era of its overall WorldSBK campaign.

Jonathan Rea, said: “I am super happy to sign a new contract with Kawasaki and KRT. What we have achieved together is incredible. Our success is driven by a great team and of course the base of the project - our Ninja ZX-10RR. I will keep working hard, together with my crew, the engineers at KHI to be in the best condition every single race. This period away from racing has reignited a burning desire to keep winning and continue to improve my skills and the package of our bike. Racing never stands still and all the riders and manufactures are continuing to improve - we must do the same. Now we can fully focus on our 2020 WorldSBK season where racing will restart soon. I want to thank Kawasaki, the team and all my sponsors for their continued support and this great opportunity.”

KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, said: “Everyone in the team is delighted that Jonathan will be with us again. In racing we cannot assume anything until it is completed so we are very happy that JR65 has confirmed his future with Kawasaki and us. Everyone involved understands that this is a long-term project and that continuity and success go hand-in-hand. As a rider Jonathan has incredible talents that are very rare. For sure, to keep him as part of KRT gives us a chance to create yet more WorldSBK and racing history. His pit crew and everyone at KRT are delighted to continue this hugely rewarding professional and personal journey together.”

Steve Guttridge, KME Racing Manager, said: “Since Jonathan signed his first deal to race with us in 2015 it has been a dream partnership. Kawasaki as a group had our full focus on extending our relationship into the future. This season, his sixth with us, means that JR is very much part of the Kawasaki family and his record-breaking partnership with the Ninja is revered by our competition and has amazed our fans worldwide. Jonathan - together with his great crew, the team and our engineers - once more has the perfect combination for success. JR's professionalism, approach to racing - and particularly his mentality - have helped us as a manufacturer to define our blueprint to racing success. Together we aim to continue rewriting the history books and breaking records together. The whole Kawasaki family and Kawasaki fans worldwide welcome the new multi-year agreement with Jonathan and we are excited to witness the next chapter of this amazing story unfold.”

Jonathan Rea WorldSBK Statistics
World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
2020: Races 3, Wins 1, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 89 (74 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 170 (128 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 23 (19 for Kawasaki)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 148 – second overall

Total Kawasaki Podiums: 437 – second overall

Total Kawasaki Poles: 88 – second overall

#NinjaSpirit




MSS Performance to set target on 2021 National Superstock success

After an incredibly tough start to the year for not just MSS Performance but the entire nation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Essex based team have decided to concentrate on a return to British Superbike Championship racing in 2021. 

Following an eight year hiatus, the team's much anticipated reappearance in the Superstock class is now being postponed even further, a decision that has not been made lightly and is to the disappointment of both Kawasaki and Team Owner, Nick Morgan. “We have had an extremely difficult eight weeks in business as soon as the announcement was made that race tracks will close due to Covid-19. MSS trade globally so the effect from the pandemic has hit us hard, but we have started to bounce back and we will be more than fired up for the 2021 BSB Superstock 1000 Championship.”  

The MSS Performance crew will still be ever present in the British Superbike paddock as the official Team Green Technical Partner. The involvement of MSS Performance will be integral to the success of many other Kawasaki teams in various classes throughout the series, as they provide their expertise both on and off the track. Additionally the team are excited to still be involved at Junior Supersport level with Australian rider, Seth Crump who is the Son of former Speedway World Champion Jason Crump and will be campaigning the MSS Performance prepared Kawasaki Ninja 400. 

Kawasaki Motors UK Senior Racing Coordinator, Ross Burridge said, "Our plans for 2020 across the British Superbike paddock have of course been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact it's had on many businesses across the country, including race teams. We do however remain confident that we can continue to have an exciting and successful season in 2020, albeit a shortened one and we can't wait to see MSS Performance back on the grid at round one in 2021." (Nick Morgan pictured)



#UNLOCKYOURFREEDOM

Kawasaki Motors UK are supporting the #UnlockYourFreedom initiative that has been launched by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) to highlight the reasons why riding a scooter or motorcycle is a great alternative to stay isolated and safe.

Government advice states: ''Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport,” therefore increasing numbers of people are looking for reliable and quick modes of transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motorcyclists across the world already know the benefits of two wheels - they're affordable, economical, fun and can help ease congestion. However, the list of advantages has been expanded even further now that being socially distanced is high on people's agendas. Now, choosing two-wheels is a safer alternative to public transport as it allows individuals to remain isolated and a safe distance from others outside of their households.

If you're 17 or over, you can ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc or 11KW having completed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). Or if you're 16, you're able to ride a scooter up to 50cc without even passing a test, all you have to do is complete CBT which often takes as little as one day.

Find essential information about the licensing process at the #unlockyourfreedom website, and if you want to learn to ride with Kawasaki, don't forget to look at Kawasaki Rider Training Services - KRTS - for your motorcycle training needs.




Club Kawasaki Forum

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Club Magazine

You can already read issues 7-18 online in PDF format and we will be uploading the orginal issues 1-6 very soon too! So if you fancy getting stuck into exclusive Kawasaki interviews, features and content then check them out...

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Kawasaki Youtube

Did you know, as well as a channel from Kawasaki Motors, there's also a channel from Kawasaki Heavy Industries. If you haven't found them both before then head over there but be warned, you could lose hours...

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