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Kawasaki Racing Team’s memorable glorious history at WSBK


From the vigorous development in the 1990s to the resurgence of Dongshan in recent years, witness the KAWASAKI conquer WSBK and continue the five consecutive dominance…

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At the beginning of the establishment of WSBK in 1988, KAWASAKI won the first victory at the Hungaroring circuit by Adrien Morillas. In the next two years (1989, 1990), Doug Chandler and Rob Phillis successively won substations, although Phillis did not win in 1991. The champion of the sub-station, but the stable performance still let KAWASAKI take the third place of the year in the season.

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In the fifth season, a new star, Aaron Slight, was born in the KAWASAKI team. He won his first career victory in 1992 at the Albacete branch.

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Then in 1993, KAWASAKI’s efforts finally paid off, except for Scott Russell’s failure to complete the race in Mexico in the final battle, the other stations always dominated and won the championship. In the 1994 season, he launched a new battle to defend his championship title, but he was defeated by his opponent Carl Fogarty in the final leg of the championship.

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In 1995 and 1996, the charismatic Australian won five times, but by the end of the year, Anthony Gobert became the new head driver of KAWASAKI.

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In 1997, Yanagawa joined the KAWASAKI team and won the fourth place in the first game of the year, then won the first pole position in the Race 2 race, and then won the Austrian A1 Ring. The first sub-championship, unfortunately in the Indonesian sub-station Sentul, Yanagawa Chuan and Crafar and John Kocinski had a controversial conflict on the last lap, which prevented him from winning the second game.

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In 2000, the truck driver other than Izutsu Renkang won the Sugo victory for KAWASAKI; unfortunately, since then, KAWASAKI fell into a downturn, and it was not until Chris Walker’s victory at the 2006 Assen station that ended the championship.

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From 2007 to 2010, KAWASAKI did not succeed on the WSBK track. Only in 2007 was Fonsi Nieto on the podium at Magny-Cours. Until 2011, Tom Sykes won the first game at the Nürburgring, and he maintained his status in 2012, only half a percentage point behind the champion Max Biaggi.

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2013 was a year for Sykes. He won the championship in the final round of the season, and Loris Baz won two victories in both years. In 2014, although Sykes failed to defend the title, Sykes’s appearance still injected fans with a long-lost “stimulant”, such as Donington Park (Donington Park) staged an epic exciting game.

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Jonathan Rea was the one who established the dominant power for KAWASAKI. Since switching from HONDA team to KAWASAKI team in 2015, the first race was held at Phillip Island (Phillip Island). From that moment, Rea has won a total of 74 wins, including Race 2 at Donington Park in the 2017 season, which won the 100th victory for KAWASAKI team history. Since Rea has cooperated with KAWASAKI In all five seasons, the WSBK has been dominated by the championship of the year until now.

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Although Toprak Razgatlioglu won his first victory with KAWASAKI in Magny-Cours Race 1 in 2019, the game is also the 800th game of WorldSBK. Recently, Race 2 held on Phillip Island gave KAWASAKI the 40th station to win the first two consecutive wins. KAWASAKI plans to reach the 50th station to win the first 1,2 victory before the end of the 2020 season aims.

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From the data point of view, the KAWASAKI team is at its peak. Most of their wins, podiums and pole positions have appeared in the past few years. So far, 148 wins have been achieved, but unfortunately they are still 358 by DUCATI. Defeated by the winning record, and ranked second in the cumulative pole standings 88 times, the first place was DUCATI with an absolute advantage of 181 times, but from the beginning of 2015, KAWASAKI’s winning rate was 62.7%, which itself It is an amazing achievement.

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