About the Superbike World Championship

The Superbike World Championship, a series recognised by the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), is the pinnacle of production-based road racing. Centred in Europe, the series travels around the globe, with 12 rounds planned for the 2023 season. Each round features 3 races*; the rider who accumulates the most points over the year becomes world champion. To be eligible to compete, machines must be production models that meet FIM homologation requirements and be powered by 4-stroke 3- or 4-cylinder engines displacing 750-1000cc, or 2-cylinder engines displacing 850-1200cc. Because race machine modifications are limited, race performance is seen as a reflection of the performance of production model counterparts, contributing to the popularity of this series.
Between 2015 and 2020, the Kawasaki Racing Team won both the Riders’ and Manufacturers’ titles six consecutive years. This year, with six-time champion Jonathan Rea, alongside teammate Alex Lowes, now in his fourth year with KRT, Kawasaki will be aiming to reclaim both titles.

* Race 1 and Race 2 are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoon respectively, with points awarded to the top 15 finishers. A sprint race held Sunday morning offers additional points for the top 9 finishers and determines the top 9 starting positions for Race 2.


Kawasaki Racing Team

  • Jonathan Rea
    Jonathan Rea
    Date of Birth|2 Feb 1987
    Career Highlights
    20223rdSuperbike World Championship
    20212ndSuperbike World Championship
    20201stSuperbike World Championship
    20191stSuperbike World Championship
    20181stSuperbike World Championship
    20171stSuperbike World Championship
    20161stSuperbike World Championship
    20151stSuperbike World Championship
    20143rdSuperbike World Championship
    20139thSuperbike World Championship
    20125thSuperbike World Championship
    20119thSuperbike World Championship
    20104thSuperbike World Championship
    20095thSuperbike World Championship
    20082ndSupersport World Championship
    20072ndBritish Superbike Championship
    20064thBritish Superbike Championship
    200516thBritish Superbike Championship
  • Alex Lowes
    Alex Lowes
    Date of Birth|14 Sep 1990
    Career Highlights
    20226thSuperbike World Championship
    20218thSuperbike World Championship
    20206thSuperbike World Championship
    20193thSuperbike World Championship
    20186thSuperbike World Championship
    20175thSuperbike World Championship
    201612thSuperbike World Championship
    201510thSuperbike World Championship
    201411thSuperbike World Championship
    20131stBritish Superbike Championship
    20124thBritish Superbike Championship


Ninja ZX-10RR

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With racing regulations becoming stricter every year, production model base performance becomes an increasingly important factor. For the Superbike World Championship, the Kawasaki Racing Team is fielding factory-prepped Ninja ZX-10RR machines. Even as a model in Kawasaki’s flagship supersport Ninja ZX-10R Series, the Ninja ZX-10RR stands out, having been developed with circuit performance and World Superbike victory in mind. Lightweight pistons, titanium connecting rods, fine-tuned suspension settings, and forged Marchesini wheels further elevate the standard model’s engine performance and handling, while a VAI (Variable Air Intake) system* delivers increase mid-range power and a more linear torque curve on the 2024 model. In compliance with the latest racing regulations, meticulous factory tuning sharpens the stock Ninja ZX-10RR into a championship-winning track weapon.
※ Designed for circuit use, the VAI system does not function when the bike has not been fitted with a race-kit ECU and sub-controller.