Kawasaki Racing Team

The official factory effort driven from KHI’s race department in Akashi Japan is located in Granollers, Catalonia and managed by the highly professional Provec team. Receiving a stream of updated parts and technical support direct from the factory, Provec have the considerable task of not simply repeating the avalanche of recent success but the more practical challenge of moving staff, machinery and support facilities around the world during a hectic racing season.

Utilising the formidable WorldSBK focused Ninja ZX-10RR street motorcycle as the base unit for on-track endeavors, KRT are proud of Kawasaki’s roots in WorldSBK and carry forward the ethos established by Scott Russell who won the first championship for the lime green brand in 1993. The message is the same now as it ever was; Kawasaki uses a street motorcycle from the same warehouse as Kawasaki dealers call on to make the base of their racing machine. 

Shouldering a heavy weight of expectation for 2019KRT, and riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, have both riders and manufacturers champion titles to hold onto.


The Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) and their Ninja® ZX™-10RR motorcycles will continue to be the team to beat in the FIM Superbike World Championship for 2019. During 2018, the team accrued 30 podiums, 8 pole positions, 16 fastest laps of the race and a staggering 18 race wins, which lead to the team’s sixth series championship. KRT rider Jonathan Rea dominated aboard his Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10RR, winning 17 races and capturing his fourth-consecutive FIM Superbike World Championship. Making his return to WorldSBK and new to the KRT team in 2019 is current British Superbike champion, Leon Haslam. 2019 will see Rea look to extend his streak of fourth straight titles, and Haslam will aim to throw his hat in the ring to be a title contender. Look for the Kawasaki Racing Team to be battling for race wins every weekend.

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  • 71 Career World Superbike Wins
  • 134 Career World Superbike Podiums
  • 2015 FIM Superbike World Champion
  • 2016 FIM Superbike World Champion
  • 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion
  • 2018 FIM Superbike World Champion

In 2015 ’JR’ had been almost the most dominant champion in the history of the category. In 2016, on a new model, he resisted greater title challenges but still came out on top. In 2017, on another updated and sharpened version of the Ninja ZX-10RR Rea made history with three-in-a-row. He also set a new absolute record points score of 556 in a season, thanks to 16 race wins and eight other podium places.

The talents of former junior motocross champion Rea were evident from an early age and he made the jump to roadracing in 2003. Riding in British Supersport earned his ride in BSB Championship, becoming the youngest rider to score a pole position in this prestigious national championship, in 2005.

He became runner-up in the 2007 BSB title but by then his gaze alighted on the WSB paddock - and the FIM Supersport World Championship class in particular.

Runner-up in the WSS class in 2008, he made the leap to WSB racing even before the end of the season. As soon as his chances of winning the Supersport title were gone he took over a Superbike ride with his team in the final round in Portugal, scoring points and impressing all with his pace.

His rookie World SBK season saw him finish inside the top five, with two wins mixed into his total of eight podiums. A top result for a first season rider and a new star was born inside the SBK paddock. From 2009 until the end of 2014 Rea proved to be the top Honda rider in the SBK championship.

In 2010 he went one better in terms of championship results and posted four wins, a single season total that he would not match again until 2014. He was on course for a top three finish until he was injured with two rounds to go. In 2011 he placed ninth after a pre-season injury affected his start and then a mid-season fall caused him to miss too much of the season, meaning he finished an artificially low ninth overall. Despite his injury problems he still won two races.

Four race wins in 2012 saw Jonathan fifth in the title chase but bad luck with injury was to return in 2013. A crash at the German round, on an oil spill, broke his femur and finished his season. He ended up ninth overall and kept up his record of winning at least one race every season since he joined SBK full-time. That record was added to in 2014, as he rode to third place in the championship overall, his best ever overall finish to that point, with four race wins to make a career total of 15 before the start of the 2015 season, his first with Kawasaki.

His astounding 2015 included 14 wins in his haul of 23 podium finishes, and a championship win that was sewn up long before the end of the racing year.

In 2016 Rea was a clear champion in his second Kawasaki year scoring nine race wins, almost reaching the magic 500 points barrier once again.

After such a start to his Kawasaki career the possibility of another title was a real one in 2017, but his achievements on the Ninja ZX-10RR exceeded his wildest dreams as he made history, and in a number of ways. He even added the ability to score quite regular Tissot Superpole wins to his growing array of talents.

Now Rea has another challenge to face, and this time with considerably fewer engine revs at the top end of his Ninja ZX-10RR, due to new technical regulations. Four-in-row would be yet another level of attainment for man and manufacturer.

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  • 5 Career World Superbike Wins
  • 39 Career World Superbike Podiums
  • 24 Career British Superbike Wins
  • 69 Career British Superbike Podiums
  • 2018 British Superbike Champion

2019 welcomes Leon Haslam back to the World Superbike series, joining the highly successful Kawasaki Racing Team, (Provec Racing).





Kawasaki Road Racing Championship 2018 Round 1

Thailand Circuit, Nakornpathom  May 12 - 13, 2018



Kawasaki Road Racing Championship 2018 Round 2

Chang International Circuit, Buriram  June 9 - 10, 2018



Kawasaki Enduro 3 Hours Round 1

Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam, Chiangmai June 23 - 24, 2018



Kawasaki Enduro 3 Hours Round 2

TBA, Chachoengsao August 4 - 5, 2018



Kawasaki Enduro 3 Hours Round 3

TBA, Songkhla September 15 - 16, 2018



Kawasaki Road Racing Championship 2018 Round 3

Thailand Circuit, Nakornpathom  September 29 - 30, 2018



Kawasaki Enduro 3 Hours Round 4

TBA, Nakhonratchasima October 27 - 28, 2018



Kawasaki Enduro 3 Hours Round 5

TBA, Bangkok December 15 - 16, 2018



Kawasaki Road Racing Championship 2018 Round 4

Chang International Circuit, Buriram  January 19 - 20, 2019