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Kawasaki’s accepted ZX-10RR entered account in 2017, and although it was re-homologated in 2019 it has alone been accustomed accessory updates aback then.
Meanwhile, Ducati and BMW both alien all-new bikes for the 2019 division – the V4 Panigale R and the S1000RR appropriately – while this year Honda brought in the abolitionist CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and Yamaha gave its R1 a above update.
BMW has additionally upped the ante for 2021 by announcement the accession of the M1000RR, finer a homologation appropriate alternative of the S1000RR with an upgraded engine.
“There’s consistently allowance to improve, but I feel appropriate now we’re accepting the best out of the package,” said Rea of the accepted Kawasaki afterward this month’s Barcelona round.
But the five-time best and accepted credibility baton fears that the all-around coronavirus communicable agency it’s absurd Kawasaki will accomplish to architecture a new bike.
Asked by Motorsport.com if he feels he needs a new Kawasaki abject archetypal abutting year to break competitive, Rea quipped: “I’m praying every night for that! That would be the best Christmas present I could anytime imagine.
“In the accepted altitude with what we’re activity through appropriate now in the world, I don’t apperceive what’s activity to happen, so… I cantankerous my fingers, but it’s out of my hands. It’s a Japanese decision. So let’s see.”
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Antagonism Team Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Asked what abroad besides application he would be attractive for with a new bike, the Ulsterman added: “We charge to advance the anatomy a little bit, abnormally the rear of the bike and how it transfers [its weight] on to the rear.
“In alternate circuits like Magny-Cours and Thailand, with these corners area you’re at aught and again going, the Kawasaki is alive absolutely well. But in all continued corners area we charge to alteration to the rear to be smooth, we’re disturbing a little bit.
“That’s the capital focus of development for the winter into abutting year. It’s actual adamantine to hunt that activity during a hunt weekend. That’s the ambition for the off-season.”
Rea holds a handsome 51-point advantage over Ducati battling Scott Redding with two circuit to go in this year’s championship, demography his ninth achievement of the year in aboveboard appearance during Barcelona’s first-ever WSBK hunt this month.
But afterward a run to fourth abaft Ducati’s Chaz Davies and the Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff in the additional feature hunt of the season, Rea remarked that the allowance for absurdity with the Kawasaki is abate than with added bikes.
His comments arise to be borne out by the struggles of his branch Kawasaki assistant Alex Lowes, who didn’t accomplishment college than seventh in Barcelona and hasn’t had a belvedere accomplishment aback his Phillip Island achievement aback in March.
“When the stars adjust I can win,” said Rea. “But it’s absolutely accessible to see from antagonism that back others accomplish a aberration on the lap, they can accumulate the laptime, [whereas] I get penalised absolutely a lot if I run wide. It has a absolute knock-on aftereffect on the lap.”
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Antagonism Team, Michael van Der Mark, Pata Yamaha Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images