The Kawasaki factory team will be running three riders during the 2011 World Superbike season. Tom Sykes, Chris Vermeulen, and Joan Lascorz will all be riding for the Paul Bird Motorsports squad next year.
The Kawasaki team will be riding the new Ninja ZX-10R for the 2011 World Superbike season.
“It’s great to be staying with Kawasaki as a manufacturer and ride for the Paul Bird team again for 2011,” said Sykes. “We have done some good work together this year and exceeded some of our expectations, so it is nice to stay with PBM Kawasaki team in what will be an important year for us all.”
“The new bike is already showing massive potential in testing and we have a lot of sessions planned through the winter. Roll on 2011!”
Vermeulen, who had to sit out part of the 2010 season due to an injury, is currently rehabbing his right knee and is excited to return with the Kawasaki team.
“I am working hard to get ready for next year,” said Vermeulen. “Kawasaki has been great; they have stood behind me and given me great support. With three riders Kawasaki is keen to move forward and Tom did a great job on the 2010 bike at the end of the year.
“It is all good to see, and I have already had a close look at the new bike. It looks cool and it certainly seems to be working well already. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get on the new bike.”
Joan Lascorz, who was having a very successful 2010 World Supersport season until he was sidelined with an injury, will be moving up in class next year to join Vermeulen and Sykes on the World Superbike team.
“It’s my dream to continue my relationship with Kawasaki and now I have the chance to ride in World Superbike, on an exciting new machine,” said Lascorz. “I am recovering well from the injuries I picked up in Silverstone and I am looking forward to getting on the Superbike as soon as I can. I want to say thank you to Kawasaki for the help and support and I hope to repay them with good results in my rookie year in WSBK racing.”
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com