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British Superbike Championship

Introduction

The main racing classes based on road bikes and ones which Kawasaki’s qualify for are as follows:

Superbike:

Up to 1000cc bikes which are virtually the same appearance and silhouette as the road bike. 1000cc four cylinder bikes are allowed major changes and tuning but using mostly standard materials. Other configurations and capacities are allowed in the class, with unlimited tuning, the most common being 1000cc V twins of Italian origin and previously 750 fours, which was why Hawk were able to run highly tuned ZX-7RR’s before the ZX-10R came on the scene.



Info for Hawk ZX-10R as follows:

Engine: 998cc inline four DOHC 16 valve four stroke
Max Power: 180+ BHP @ 13,200 rpm
Max Speed: 195 mph (312 km/h)
Dry Weight: 167kg minimum

Superstock:

Basically a standard bike with race tyres, a max of 10% weight reduction and 10% power increase.

Supersport:

Standard 600cc fours (750 V twins) with alternative treaded tyres and modifications to exhausts and suspension internals allowed.

Other series throughout the world have their own variations regards modifications and tuning but run similar categories to those of the British championships.

Roundup

Superbikes

Teams running the ZX-10R were Hawk Kawasaki, Vivaldi Racing and Signal Plus Superbike (formerly Sendo run by Enzo DiClemente). Hawk riders were #75 Glen Richards & #12 Dean Thomas, Vivaldi with Ben Wilson & Tristan Thomas, joined mid season by Scott Smart and Signal Plus running Dave Johnson for the last two meetings, after losing riders when title sponsor Sendo went into administration during the season. Privateers racing Kawasaki’s were Malcolm Ashley, Michael Pensavalle and James Edmeades, taking part in the Superbike races but also scoring points in their own privateer cup at the same time.

Glen Richards raced hard as usual but was up against it, with the better financed ‘works’ H M Plant Honda's and Airways Ducati's leading the way most of the season. Even so he managed to put in some excellent rides including two seconds, two thirds and three fourths to finish the season fifth overall in the championship.



Dean Thomas, new to Hawk and with previous V twin experience, put in some very consistent performances, mostly behind Glen and was the only rider to score and finish in all the Superbike races, ending sixth overall, very impressive! Scot Smart after defecting from Hawk at the end of last season, parted company with the Rizla team mid season ‘05 and was snapped up by Vivaldi racing, managing just 14th in the championship.

Best Superbike Cup Kawasaki rider was Malcolm Ashley with fifth overall.
In the manufacturer’s championship Kawasaki managed third against the three other Jap makes and Italian V twins. Pretty solid considering that most of their competition had major works support.

Supersport

Best effort was the MSS Discovery ZX-6RR with the experienced Pere Riba having a tough season against a lot of younger riders. He ended the championship in fifth place, with first places at Silverstone and in tricky conditions Donington. In the last race at Brands Hatch he had an excellent chance of finishing third in the championship but an uncharacteristic crash lost him valuable points, the points being so close at the top.

Superstock

With a more even playing field Kawasaki riders managed better results especially in the privateer Cup series, proving that on a tight budget the ZX-10R is a competitive bike. In the National Superstock series, best result of the season was from Ollie Bridewell on the Vivaldi Racing bike, placing fifth in the championship.

In the Cup, there were seven Kawasaki’s in the top twenty with Paul Veazy coming second overall on the Astro Kawasaki, with James Edmeades third and Martin Buckles fifth.

Henry (Shortcircuit)
Photos: Hawk Kawasaki
 
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