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Kawasaki Planning “Extreme” ZX-10RR For WorldSBK 2020

That’s the solution,” Yoda says. “We have to become more competitive and think about a MotoGP-like bike. An extreme bike that we produce in limited numbers in series.

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Came to the forums to see if this was posted and not surprised by the OP lol.

If it takes Ducati to light the fire under Kawi’s ass to build a newer and better bike than so be it. I guess since they’ve been dominating WSBK so long they didn’t think it needed much improvement. Im hoping the 6th gen is awesome for Kawi’s sake & their fans.
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Not sure what they mean with radical. I have a 2018 is its insane as it gets. Stick a couple of wings and the thing will take off.
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IMHO, they will start with the "basics" of an ultimate machine. Think about all the things the DucV4 has that the 2019 RR doesn't have...reverse rotation crank, desmo valves (as good as pneumatic), race spec motor, aero and my favorite: 16,500 rpm. If Kawasaki simply builds a bike with those features covered (and a great many other little things needed to make that happen), they will surely be on par with the V4R.


The stand out quote: "We started the V4 with the R version in mind, however the 1103cc motor was the first to reach the market and we have spent the last year developing the race-orientated version as we needed more time to develop the whole bike with Ducati Corse to reach the performance we required."

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They're heading in the direction of having to neuter the bikes again. It killed Aprilia in WSBK a few years ago the last time they did it, we'll see how long they let the Ducati run until bringing all the bikes back down a bit.
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Kawasaki Planning “Extreme” ZX-10RR For WorldSBK 2020

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They're heading in the direction of having to neuter the bikes again. It killed Aprilia in WSBK a few years ago the last time they did it, we'll see how long they let the Ducati run until bringing all the bikes back down a bit.

Yup. And the pissing and moaning was the same from everyone else. They said the Ape was basically a GP bike and it had an unfair advantage, when in fact they simply built a bike within the rules at the time. They changed the rules and now top speed in the entire WSBK field is slower than it was 10 years ago.

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Its about time we see a Green bike back in MotoGP. Its been way too long.
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I'm sure this will happen!the said they have motogp knowledge and can easily fall back on that!its been a while since being in motogp but with what I have read and if it's true I think a new ZX10RR is on the money!Jonathon Rea has been very quiet and from a riders view of being outclassed usually brings negative feedback!something is in the wind for sure!with WSBK they tried to make it more exciting in 2015 and the 10R lost 20hp so the Duke twin and rest of the field could catch up!dont you worry they would be happy as a Pig in shit with AB killing it!Im watching closely as I'm in the market for a new bike and hope Kawasaki if it is indeed a V4 will keep the price under $40000aus!
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I expect that the FIM will knock 500RPM off the Ducati's limit like they did for Kawi for 2018. It didn't help that much but it did slow down Rea a little bit last season.

Personally, I don't see Kawi entering the MotoGP championship. Their money has been well spent in WSBK and lesser championships for years now and MotoGp would just be a massive money pit for them.

It's taken a little while for Suzuki to become competitive in MotoGP and Aprilia and KTM already have a good head start over Kawi if it were to enter the championship.

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