AMA Pro Racing continues to show that it’s homolo-flexible when it comes to supersport regulations, as America’s premier road racing series has homologated the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and its 636cc engine displacement to compete in the supersport class (the new ZX-6R is also homologated for the Daytona Sport Bike class as well).
“Kawasaki has a strong racing heritage,” said Kawasaki Racing Senior Manager Reid Nordin. “Our Ninja brand is synonymous with success on the track. When we brought back the 636cc engine we knew there would be interest in racing and we have taken the steps necessary to have the new Ninja ZX-6R on the track and out front in 2013.”
The last time Kawasaki stroked-out its 599cc inline-four power plant to 636cc, the Japanese manufacturer had to offer a race-oriented 599cc Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6RR model for racing use, as the street bike would not meet the racing requirements for Supersport classes in various local markets.
For 2013 however, it seems to be AMA Pro Road Racing that is making the concessions, and will allow Kawasaki to campaign its ZX-6R against other inline-four manufacturers, who won’t get the extra 37cc advantage.
This isn’t the first time that AMA Pro Road Racing has made obvious concessions to benefit a single manufacturer — but hey, at least it’s not like the AMA homologated something ridiculous like an Aprilia RSV4 for the Supersport class, right?