More Testing for 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Tom Sykes tests new WSBK-spec Ninja

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 05, 2010
World Superbike racer Tom Sykes tested the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R at Japanís Autopolis circuit.

Sykes, who races for the Kawasaki factory team, tested the superbike at the manufacturerís 2.9-mile home test track. Sykes was accompanied by team engineer and former GP racer Pere Riba.

According to a Twitter post from Kawasaki, Sykes tested a WSBK-spec ZX-10R whereas the previous test in July at the Suzuka Circuit was a Japanese Superbike homologation. WSBK regulations are not as restrictive as with the Japanese series. The bike Sykes rode uses a different engine management system from the one used at Suzuka.

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Kawasaki also revealed the 2011 ZX-10Rís engine has a revised shaft arrangement and a higher center of gravity than the previous modelís engine. The new Ninja also uses control system based on MotoGP technology.

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