KAWASAKI RACING TEAM

KAWASAKI RACING TEAM

After winning two FIM Superbike World Championship Riders’ titles in recent times, firstly with Tom Sykes in 2013 and with Jonathan Rea in 2015, the official Kawasaki Racing Team has provided the Japanese manufacturer with unrivalled strength in the past few years. Kawasaki also won the Manufacturers’ Trophy in some style last season, thanks to the efforts and combined successes of official KRT pairing of Rea and Sykes.

The KRT WorldSBK presence is an amalgam of KHI development and technical parts, which come from Japan, while their committed partners Provec carry out the hands-on operation at the team’s Spanish base near Barcelona. Provec delivers the logistics, transport, race and testing duties, under the supervision of - and in co-operation with - Kawasaki Motors Europe in the Netherlands.

Provec started out as a privateer team in the FIM Supersport World Championship, moving on to become the official Kawasaki WSS effort before being announced as the direct Kawasaki Racing Team entry in WorldSBK racing at the start of the 2012 season.

Constant improvements to the already impressive Ninja ZX-10R production machine turned it from competitive WorldSBK platform to a championship-winning package. Despite of an accident that ended the career of long time Provec rider and friend to all Joan Lascorz, the team has gone from strength to strength.

Kawasaki settled on Loris Baz as a full-time replacement for Joan, with the French rider joining the team midway through 2012. He won a race that year despite being only 19-years old. He took one victory again in 2013, before his season was cut short by injury. Tom Sykes and Loris Baz returned for another season in 2014 scoring second and fifth respectively in the overall championship standings.

Kawasaki and KRT won the one-season WorldSBK Evo class with the Ninja ZX in 2014, with a basically Superstock engine in a Superbike chassis. David Salom was the rider who scored the championship win, in a category that ran alongside the full WSBK machines on track.

In 2015, under re-unified technical rules for the WorldSBK class, Tom Sykes and a new signing Jonathan Rea took on the world and Rea won the championship in his first Kawasaki WorldSBK season.

A repeat dream-team line-up of Rea and Sykes will continue with KRT in 2016. With an impressive new Ninja ZX-10R model to compete with, 2016 promises to be quite a year.

TEAM RIDERS

Tom Sykes

Riding Number: 66
Class: WSBK
Date of birth: 19 August 1985
Place of birth: Huddersfield
Hometown: Coventry

Jonathan Rea

Riding Number: 1
Class: WSBK
Date of birth: 2 February 1987
Place of birth: Ballymena
Hometown: Castletown

MANAGER / STAFF

Ernest Aixendri
Ernest Aixendri
Hospitality Assistant
Martin Birro
Martin Birro
Hospitality - Chef
Jordi Caparros
Jordi Caparros
Hospitality Manager
Ruben Coca Gamez
Ruben Coca Gamez
Mechanic Sykes
Marcel Duinker
Marcel Duinker
Crew Chief Sykes
Mattia Fontana
Mattia Fontana
Chief Mechanic Sykes
Alvar Garriga
Alvar Garriga
Technical Manager
Anthony Gervasoni
Anthony Gervasoni
Akira Engine Engineer
Javi Gonzalez
Javi Gonzalez
Suspension Technician
Raul Guzman
Raul Guzman
Mechanic Sykes
Kevin Havenhand
Kevin Havenhand
Rider Assistant Rea
Isao Kobayashi
Isao Kobayashi
Suspension Engineer
Danilo Casonato
Danilo Casonato
Engine Engineer & Telemetric Sykes
Paolo Marchetti
Paolo Marchetti
Engine Engineer & Telemetric Rea
Oriol Pallarès
Oriol Pallarès
Chief Mechanic Rea
Arturo Perez
Arturo Perez
Mechanic Rea
Pau Raruell Ramoneda
Pau Raruell Ramoneda
Tyres Mechanic Rea
Pere Riba
Pere Riba
Crew Chief Rea
Biel Roda
Biel Roda
Marketing & PR Manager
Guim Roda
Guim Roda
Team Manager
Silvia Sanchez
Silvia Sanchez
Team Coordinator & PR Assistant
Anthony Sykes
Anthony Sykes
Rider Assistant
Ignasi Tamburini
Ignasi Tamburini
Tyre Mechanic Sykes
Toni Valls
Toni Valls
Hospitality Assistant
Katsuhiro Yanagawa
Katsuhiro Yanagawa
Parts Manager
Ichiro Yoda
Ichiro Yoda
KRT Senior Engineer
Eva Blanquez
Eva Blanquez
Communication Manager