According to Cycle New Norick Abe will be riding it. Word is that Eric is going to stay state side but will undoubtely get some time on the Kawasaki MotoGP entry. Honda now has Rossi, Nicky, Biaggi, and Hopkins. Yamaha is still looking for a team mate for Checa. I haven't heard what Collin Edwards is going to do yet, but Yamaha would be smart to talk to him.[/url]
Great pics - more if you have access to them please. The news down under is that Aussie supersport rider Andrew Pitt :lol: is one of the riders for next years motogp. I personnally think that Eric Bostrum has more than proved his abilities on an under-dog powered 750 bike this year. Great watching that guy ride. Apparently, Akira Yanagawa is riding the bike in the last 4 motogp of this year, which includes the Australian motogp.
Colin Edwards has signed to ride the Ducati Superbike???????????
Troy Bayliss & Loris Caporossi to ride the Ducati motogp?
Keep in mind the bike is still in development, some of the earlier photos had the pipe on the right side (see below)
As for riders I had heard the same regarding Pitt as well, the Fuchs decals would certainly support the Eckle run team rumors. As far as Pitt goes, as much as he's a great rider I think Bostrom deserves it better, after all Pitt hasn't ridden a superbike at the world level (to my knowledge). I've heard the rumors regarding Abe too, also heard Barros' name mentioned.
I've heard where it's been dyno'd at about 230 hp. That's down about 20 hp to the Honda. Honda had their's on the dyno pre 2001. Almost a good year before the new rules where voted on and accepted by all. Don't figure???
From the Kawi website "The engine will be a Kawasaki trademark liquid-cooled, DOHC In-Line Four. Using a Ram Air System developed through racing feedback from the ZXR-7 and the ZX-7RR, we have been able to achieve a remarkable level of power. The engine displacement is less than 990 cm3, per the new FIM regulations. Compared to the streamlined shape of our current Superbike, the new machine's angular lines were developed using an aerodynamic approach that aims to eliminate turbulent airflow through the use of its strategically located edges."
:twisted: Kwaka has known how to blow a bike for many years (ie gpz-750 turbo, zxr750, ZX-6R, 9R, 12R...Etc,) and have punched out more horses per cube than most! Also keep in mind that they build aero's for a crust (ie, Phantom 2 style nose for the original ZX-12R!!) IF this previos hostory is anything to go by then we are all in for a good show, BUT...., Homda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and the Proton, have had at LEAST one year to improve thier own machines! GO THE GREEN
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