Kawasaki pulled the covers off of its Ninja ZX-10RR race bike for the 2021 World Superbike (WSBK) season, with the team’s racers presenting the new livery themselves. The colors aren’t actually that new, however—they’re inspired by Kawasaki Racing Team’s race bikes from the 1990s.
Kawasaki is the fourth manufacturer to present its bikes and liveries ahead of the 2021 season. Its Ninjas get some choice updates this year, too—including a revised engine and new aerodynamics—to stay competitive with its rivals. First revealed November last year, the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR both look meaner than ever, with H2-inspired styling, functional aero bits, and more.
The team’s riders stay the same, with six-time WSBK champion Jonathan Rea joined again by Alex Lowes piloting the all-new Ninja ZX10-RRs. Rhea managed his sixth championship win last year after a close duel with Ducati’s Scott Redding, while Kawasaki itself secured the manufacturer’s title last year by a single point with its Italian rival not far behind.
Lowes, returning for his second season with Kawasaki, finished strong last year in sixth position but missed a few days of private testing leading up to the 2021 season due to a shoulder injury sustained during flat track training. Lowes has recovered and is now ready to ride again in time to see action in Barcelona in a couple of weeks.
The 2021 Kawasaki WSBK season will begin in May at Aragon instead of the traditional opener in Phillip Island due to travel restrictions. Excited to see how the reigning champions do this year? So are we.