After winning three FIM Superbike World Championship Riders’ titles in recent times, firstly with Tom Sykes in 2013 and then with Jonathan Rea in 2015 and 2016, the official Kawasaki Racing Team has provided the Japanese manufacturer with unrivalled contemporary success. Kawasaki has also won the Manufacturers’ Trophy for the past two seasons, thanks to the race-winning efforts and combined podium prowess of official KRT pairing Rea and Sykes.
The KRT WorldSBK presence is an amalgam of KHI engineering development and technical parts 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 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-10R 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. Rea won the championship in his first Kawasaki WorldSBK season and followed it up with the title wins again last year. Sykes scored second overall.
A repeat dream-team line-up of Rea and Sykes will continue with KRT in 2017. Even after the arrival of an all-new Ninja ZX-10R model in 2017 Kawasaki has raised the stakes once again by providing KRT with a revised and even more race-ready Ninja ZX-10RR.
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19 August 1985
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2 February 1987
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MANAGER / STAFF
Hospitality - Chef
Ruben Coca Gamez
Crew Chief Sykes
Chief Mechanic Sykes
Akira Engine Engineer
Suspension Technician Rea
Suspension Technician Sykes
Rider Assistant Rea
Engine Engineer & Telemetric Sykes
Engine Engineer & Telemetric Rea
Chief Mechanic Rea
Pau Raruell Ramoneda
Tyres Mechanic Rea
Marketing & PR Manager
Team Coordinator & PR Assistant
Tyre Mechanic Sykes
KRT Senior Engineer
KRT Workshop mechanic