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Kawasaki Adopts SBK Headlight Sticker Rule

Friday, June 29, 2012
Kawasaki Racing Team will ride with new headlight stickers at Aragon.
The Kawasaki Racing Team will begin riding with new headlight stickers at Motorland Aragon.
KRT is the first SBK team to adopt a new rule, officially planned for 2013. From next year on, all SBK bikes should feature headlamp-shaped stickers in the form of their real world counterparts.

Kawasaki Racing Team will debut the new stickers from this race weekend on. Kawasaki wants to be the first manufacturer to adopt the new rule, creating a better link between the road bike Ninja ZX-10R and the SBK version of it. Next year, the SBK rules will ensure the racing machines stay closer to the standard road bikes, for example with the adoption of 17" aluminium wheels. This should reduce costs for the teams, as well as making it easier for customers and fans to enjoy seeing their favorite bike, whether in road or race trim.

Kawasaki believes in the concept of racing street bikes at the highest level and has been a passionate supporter of the series for a long time. Giving people the opportunity to purchase the basic street version of the World Superbike race machine is attractive for both manufacturer and customers.

The strategy of Kawasaki for several years now has been to concentrate on the SBK Championship. All in the spirit of promoting production street bikes. The same principle is used for Kawasaki motocross bikes. Kawasaki Racing Team team manager Guim Roda said: “We’ve created the new Ninja ZX-10R in this spirit and since last year we have been working hard to develop the bike and its technology. In the end, this bike is the SBK racing version of the bike that we sell in the shops, and we try to improve the Ninja ZX-10R year by year. In the end, the customer benefits from our developments, no doubt about that.”
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AnthonyD   July 2, 2012 12:07 PM
Plus it takes up prime real estate for sponsors. Thats probably 10s of thousands of dollars lost in sponsorship money for some of the smaller teams.
AnthonyD   July 2, 2012 07:40 AM
WSBK is the new NASCAR. Way to ruin all those nice paint jobs. What's next, license plate holders?
luv2spd   June 30, 2012 03:42 PM
I don't know about this one. During the Isle of Man, the Honda had headlight stickers and it looked very cheesy. NASCAR has headlight and taillight stickers too and it looks kind of goofy.
guambra2001   June 30, 2012 02:07 PM
This is an awesome idea, most people in the US have no idea that there is motorcycle racing going on. Now I you can recognize the bike that your currently riding with a bike in SBK I think it will make it that much more personal so you might be more interested. I think it's a good and cheap idea. Way to go.
Superbikemike   June 30, 2012 07:32 AM
cool idea... they are production bikes after all... ;)
EvelKnievel   June 30, 2012 05:55 AM
I think keeping the bikes closer to the street machines is a good thing if it somehow makes the street bikes better, but I agree this is ridiculous. Using stock fairing shapes, wheel sizes, electronics, etc is one thing. But headlight stickers? Might as well make the racers wear leathers that looks like mesh tank tops, shorts, and flip-flops.
alang   June 30, 2012 05:17 AM
ridiculous
leward18   June 30, 2012 03:00 AM
Makes me proud to see my favorite bike lead by example. Go Team Green.