Canadian Kawasaki Motors have approved their new 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR limited Edition model for competition in the Mopar CSBK National Championship Superbike series next season. As well, CKM will provide additional support for Kawasaki Competitors in the Pro Superbike Feature class of CSBK, offering a contingency program aimed at ZX-10R and ZX-10RR equipped National Competitors.
The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a new, special, limited edition model, already available for order at Kawasaki dealers in Canada. Based on the new-for-2016 ZX-10R, this RR “homologation model” in stock form allows for clutchless up shifts as well as down-shifts, with an auto “blip” feature. Lighter wheels and slightly revised engine internals, tweaked to help with race bike preparation, are also part of the new RR model.
Pro-ranked Kawasaki CSBK National racers will also have access to a new Contingency Program for 2017, with a potential $ 25,000 available over the racing season. A $ 10,000 award available to a Kawasaki-equipped 2017 Pro Superbike Champion, CKM will also pay out for Ninja racers on a per-event basis: Winner - $ 1,000; 2nd place – 750 and third overall gets $ 500.
In 2016, Kenny Riedmann of Hamilton, ON., placed second overall in the Pro Superbike standing on his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly-backed Ninja ZX-10R, with three other Canadian Pro competitors (Sebastien Tremblay, Derrick Whyte and Franklyn Dominguez) placing in the final top ten rankings.
Next season, Riedmann will campaign for the coveted Canadian number one plate, and the Series Champion’s Canada Cup, aboard the brand new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. Support will come from Sturgess Cycle, Liqui Moly lubricants, Dunlop Tires, Pro 6 Cycle, Blue Streak Racing, Bickle Racing and Hindle Exhaust.
Preparation for the newest Ninjas will come from famed tuner Scott Cameron and his S.C. Motorsports outfit in Quebec. Cameron has served as crew chief for Riedmann over the past three Canadian seasons, the group earning the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Championship for middleweight class machinery three times in a row.
Next season, the 25-year-old Riedmann will focus on the Superbike class, his third season in the premier roadracing division.
Riedmann’s new Superbike equipment will arrive in Canada shortly via air so the Team can get to work on race preparation. Canadian Kawasaki Motors will also have the new 2017 ZX-10RR Ninja on display at the various Canadian Bike Shows during the winter season.
The Sturgis Cycle Kawasaki team aim to once again test in the southern U.S.A. during the winter, to give the crew a chance to get acquainted with their new racing platform. In the winter of 2015-16, the Team attended several days of track work in Talladega, Alabama, sharing time with other Kawasaki crews.
CKM will also continue to support the Ninja 300 spec racing series at 2017 Mopar CSBK rounds, the second full year on the National Tour for the twin-cylinder, near-stock Ninjas. Each National weekend features two points and cash paying races for the street bike based 300cc Ninjas.