Marco Melandri looking for Kawasaki engine boost

Published: 15 December 2008

New Kawasaki rider Marco Melandri says it is imperative that the 2009 ZX-RR takes a big step in engine performance for next season.

The Italian has tested the ’08 spec ZX-RR twice in Valencia and Phillip Island before the winter testing ban kicked in on December 1.

And one of the key targets for winter development has to be work on Kawasaki’s in-line four-cylinder motor, according to Melandri.

“The engine character is quite smooth and I’m quite happy with that. But the power is never enough for top speed and the new engine I hope will be easier on power delivery. When you open the throttle the power is a little aggressive, especially when the revs are low, “said the former world 250 champion.

Kawasaki is looking to bounce back from a nightmare 2008 campaign with John Hopkins and Anthony West, who finished 16th and 18th respectively overall in the final standings.