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(Yet) more 2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R racer images

By Chris Newbigging -

New bikes

 08 July 2010 12:29

Not quite understanding the idea of a teaser marketing campaign. Kawasaki has released more pictures of the same prototype 2010 ZX-10R racer lapping Suzuka – the third batch of pictures in as many days.

The latest images show former WSB rider Akira Yanagawa (best remembered for wrestling outdated ZX-7Rs around to reasonable success in the 1990’s) lapping the Japanese circuit on a development race bike, gathering more data.

There’s no more information to go with the images – it’s known that Kawasaki has its sights set on finally becoming a leading force in WSB, and besting BMW’s S1000RR on the road. Figures of 190bhp and 198kg are believed to be the target figures, enabled by an all-new chassis and engine.    

A new beam frame (wrapping around the engine, rather than routing over the cylinder head as on the current machine, an underbraced swingarm and different engine casings are visible. The current bike has a short swingarm and long frame – the new bike will be the opposite to solve the traction issues plaguing race teams across the globe.

Sophisticated traction control will be standard, and a state-of-the-art dashboard will have road and race modes – race mode will hide all non essential information, like speed and the odometer, in favour of making the lap timer, rev-counter and traction control information more prominent.

More information on the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R (probably tomorrow, given the current trend) as we get it.