Club News - 18th February

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FS-3 Racing go retro for 2022

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Haslam makes BSB return with Lee Hardy Racing

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Events Coming Up - February Competition!

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FS-3 Racing go retro for 2022

The FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team, the official Team Green entry in the Bennetts British Superbike championship, has today unveiled a striking new retro-inspired livery that will be used for all 11 rounds of the 2022 season.


Keeping with the same exciting line up of Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner, 2022 will be the sixth season that the Coventry-based team has partnered with Kawasaki. With both riders having had a year of development on the new Ninja ZX-10RR, they have firmly set their sights on building on their podium-finishing potential from 2021. 

Following an incredible reaction to the ZX-7RR-inspired livery that World Superbike star Jonathan Rea used at the Argentinian round last year, the FS-3 Racing team has decided to create a similar retro-inspired them for their 2022 livery. The hugely popular design has been a hit across the UK, and for this year, customers who purchase a new ZX-10R or ZX-10RR from an authorised Kawasaki dealer can upgrade their bike to have the matching livery. 

Unveiled for the first time at the MCN London Motorcycle Show, race fans will be able to see the striking liveries in action for the first time when the season gets underway at Silverstone on April 15th. 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“Having witnessed the incredibly positive feedback from racing fans across the globe after seeing Jonathan's machine in Argentina, and then on our standard road bike at Motorcycle Live on the Kawasaki stand, we knew we had to see it on track in the UK this year. The guys at FS-3 Racing also fell in love with the design and are excited to see Lee and Rory debut the new look on track at round one in April later this year.”




Haslam makes BSB return with Lee Hardy Racing

2018 Bennetts British Superbike Champion Leon Haslam is making an exciting return to the series this season, setting his sights on regaining his title. The popular rider will be racing for the Lee Hardy Racing team, riding the Ninja ZX-10RR.

Haslam will be returning to the BSB paddock following several seasons competing in World Superbikes, which included a stint as a factory Kawasaki Racing Team rider alongside Jonathan Rea. Now, the Derbyshire-based rider is returning to the UK with the aim of repeating his form of 2018 that saw him take his maiden BSB title with 15 wins and a further six podiums. 

For this season, Leon will be riding a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR for the proven Lee Hardy Racing team. Joining the premier class in 2014, the squad has enjoyed great success in recent years, finishing second to Leon in the 2018 series, and the one-rider team will be looking to build on this form and challenge for race wins from the opening round.  

The team's new title sponsor and 2022 livery will be revealed in the coming weeks before the season officially gets underway at Silverstone on April 15th. 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“It was great being part of Leon's success in 2018 and we as Kawasaki UK are excited to see him back in the Championship this year to hopefully challenge at the front of the field again. It's a tough Championship and after some time away in World Superbikes it will take some time to settle back in, but I'm sure the combination of both Leon's and the team's experience will put them in a great position right off the bat at round one.” 

Leon Haslam:
“I'm super excited to be back in the British Championship and also to be back with Kawasaki, especially with the link to my Kawasaki-backed Affinity Sports Academy team. It's been a tough few years racing abroad so it's going to be great back in front of my home crowd once again! I know it's going to be a tough year against these guys but I'm looking forward to the challenge and have a lot of faith in the team around me.” 

Lee Hardy, Team Principal:
“I am very excited to have signed an agreement with Leon to contest the 2022 British Superbike Championship.  Leon has proved what an asset he can be to a team, and we look forward to building a strong partnership together.  We have both had amazing success with the Kawasaki brand, Leon last won the championship in 2018 with them and in that same year the Lee Hardy Racing team finished second to him also on Ninja machinery. We both have forged a great alliance with Kawasaki, and I see this as an incredible opportunity to fight for the championship again.”



DAO Racing Kawasaki unveil 2022 BSB contender

The newly renamed DAO Racing Kawasaki team has today unveiled the striking new Ninja ZX-10RR that Dean Harrison will campaign in the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

With the covers being pulled off this morning at a busy London Motorcycle Show, race fans will immediately notice a departure from the traditional light blue colours that have adorned the team's Kawasaki machines for the past few seasons. 

This reflects the team rebranding to DAO Racing, while the enhanced flashes of green showcase their close relationship with Kawasaki, with them being the Official Road Racing squad for the brand. These new colours will be seen at all 11 rounds of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, while Dean will be running a slightly different design at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix to reflect additional sponsors.  

Last year saw Dean enjoy one of his best-ever seasons in the BSB class, and the Bradford-based rider will be looking to build on that while also using it as a chance to help prepare him for the return of the roads.   

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“This livery really is very striking! Although this is the same team, now known as DAO Racing, it's great to have a fresh new look for the 2022 season. Dean has been making strides in the Superbike class at BSB over the past 12 months and I am sure he will be progressing again this year and ready to fight to retain his Senior TT winner title also! One thing is for sure, he will be doing it in style!” 

Jonny Bagnall, Team Manager at DAO Racing:
“Following a complete rebrand for the team, we wanted a new look for our ZX-10RR and I'm delighted to reveal our 2022 British Superbike livery. This is the bike we will run at all BSB meetings this year and we will be unveiling our roads machine at a later date. We have chosen to go for quite a dramatic change in style and colours. Although we have stuck with blue, green and white, we've gone for a darker and brighter blue this year, moving away from our traditional old shade and have retained the green to reflect our involvement with Kawasaki. The livery also includes elements such as the Thai and Manx flags and I believe we've created a bold and striking machine to fly the DAO Racing flag in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in 2022.”



SHOWS & EVENTS COMING UP


Since sending our Friday News email, we've decided to change our February competition prize to two tickets to the MCN Festival of Motorcycling instead of the Scottish Motorcycle Show. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this change.

MCN FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING

The MCN Festival of Motorcycling is back and bigger than ever! 

  • Test ride the latest 2022 bikes: Hundreds of test rides will be available to try over the weekend
  • Non-stop racing action: The Live Action Arena will be packed with non stop day-time racing action
  • Looking for new riding gear? Find great deals and bargains on biking kit & accessories
  • Stunt shows: Watch jaw-dropping stunt displays
  • Club Zone: Browse the UK's best club displays
  • Camp for the weekend: Grab your tent and make a weekend of it! Campers get early entry into the show plus access to the evening entertainment
  • NEW FOR 2022: Silverstone Auctions: A live auction of classic and contemporary motorcycles

FEBRUARY COMPETITION

For the chance to win a pair of tickets to the MCN Festival of Motorcycling, give us your best shot at captioning this photo...

T's & C's:
Entries will be accepted via the Club Kawasaki Forum using the link below. The competition is open from 18 February at 15:00 until 3 March at midnight. Only active Club Kawasaki members are able to enter, any entries from non-members will be deleted. The winner will be notified on Friday 4 March and announced in the Friday News email newsletter on that day.


British Superbikes - Opening Round
15-17 April | Silverstone

Showcasing the best biking talent, Bennetts British Superbikes returns to the National Circuit Easter weekend with the riders raring to kick start the new season.

Club Kawasaki members will be able to enjoy a weekend ticket to any of the eleven championship rounds, where you can watch all the action live as it unfolds. 

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Colombres Rider & Challenge
20-24 April | Asturias, Spain

Member event posted by: Kawasaki Kid. We enclose all information regarding the 1st Colombres Rider 2022 open for modern motorcycles and that will be held in Colombres (Asturias-SPAIN) on April 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. As a highlight on Saturday, April 23rd, the COLOMBRES CHALLENGE will take place, the challenge of riding 311 miles in a single day through the best and most demanding high mountain passes of the Picos de Europa National Park with the only help of a roadbook that the organization will provide you.

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NORTHERN IRELAND TOUR 2022
29 April - 8 May | Northern Ireland

This event has been posted by local Ambassador: Burchy. A small group of us are planning a gentle tour of Northern Ireland.  Leaving from Birkenhead om 30th April, into Belfast for a couple of nights.  Then 2 nights in Coleraine, three nights in Enniskillen before getting the boat back to Liverpool.


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VIP Hospitality - WorldSBK - Donington Park - 17 July

  • Weekend admission - 16-17 July
  • Sunday suite access & hospitality – 17 July only
  • Morning coffee with a hot breakfast
  • Hot buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea & cakes
  • In suite bar serving house wines, beers & soft drinks
  • Television with live feed and timing
  • Parking pass - 1 per booking
  • Directors' Suite – the best views of the circuit with balcony on three sides of the suite, located by Goddards
  • Rider appearances from Kawasaki Racing Team - Jonathan Rea & Alex Lowes - subject to timings & team discretion on the day

BSB Hospitality at Brands Hatch - July & October

We're giving our Club Kawasaki members a unique chance to get trackside at Brands Hatch BSB in our all-new Kawasaki suite! Overlooking one of the best corners in the world, the iconic Paddock Hill, the newly refurbished suite is the perfect place to celebrate being able to return to watch the bar-bashing thrills and spills that is the British Superbike Championship.

Included in the package will be weekend entry tickets, ensuring you can watch every minute of the action, and full hospitality on the Saturday. Based on the main straight, you will be able to enjoy the very best views and can see almost the entire Indy circuit and podium directly from our Kawasaki suite. There is also a large outdoor decking area for you to enjoy, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and (hopefully!) glorious sunny weather.  

Guests will be able to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast to kick-start the day, while a delicious lunch and host of sweet treats ensures there really is no better place to be for a day at the races. To make your day even more special, rookie sensation Rory Skinner and Lee Jackson will be stopping by for a unique meet and greet.*

Want to join us in the new Kawasaki suite? Tickets are available now and cost £149 – but be quick, there's only a limited number available!







 

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