After consistently struggling in the World Superbike Championship, Kawasaki finally seems to have all its duck in a row for the 2012 season. Teething the recently updated Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R over the course of last season’s races, Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz made it clear at the season’s opening round at Phillip Island that Team Green can contend for podium finishes and even race victories against the mighty Ducati of Carlos Checa and Aprilia of Max Biaggi.

With Sykes starting at the pole position after the cancellation of Superpole qualifying, the Englishman lapped in the position in both races at the Australian track. Battling with a very strong Honda factory team, Sykes even squeaked out a great victory over fellow countryman Johnny Rea, securing a podium finish for Kawasaki on the team’s first outing of the season. Clearly excited by that start, Kawasaki Racing has put out a video of the team’s weekend at Phillip Island. Check it out after the jump.

Source: Kawasaki Racing

  • Smitch

    Hey, here’s too them. I’m a Ducati guy, but always good to have a higher quantity of manufacturers challenging for the front. Makes the racing far better.

  • Jonathan

    Good Lord, a racing motorcycle with it’s front wheel off the ground. That’s a rare (and welcome) sight these days!

    I’m with you Smitch – the more, the merrier.

  • emerson bigguns

    He reminds me of Eric Bostrom

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  • SBPilot

    Kudos to Kawasaki. WSBK is seriously awesome with how they show the fans all this wicked footage. I have to say Kawasaki has done a great job with this video and is done quite a bit better than the Honda WSBK stuff hah!

  • congrats to kawi on their progress! WSBK is quickly becoming my personal fave racing to watch…sliding off apex, wheelies, commentators actually sounding like they give a damn…THIS is racing – Dorna & DMG take note

  • JawDroppin

    Finally – TEAM GREEN IS COMING GOOD!!! WOOT WOOT!!! Sorry for caps… just a little excited over the news!

    JD ;)

  • As long as there are wheelies, there’s still hope for mankind. ;-)