Rea “praying” for new Kawasaki WSBK model in 2021

Kawasaki’s present ZX-10RR entered service in 2017, and though it was re-homologated in 2019 it has solely been given minor updates since then.

In the meantime, Ducati and BMW each launched all-new bikes for the 2019 season – the V4 Panigale R and the S1000RR respectively – whereas this 12 months Honda introduced within the radical CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and Yamaha gave its R1 a significant replace.

BMW has additionally upped the ante for 2021 by asserting the arrival of the M1000RR, successfully a homologation particular variant of the S1000RR with an upgraded engine.

“There’s all the time room to enhance, however I really feel proper now we’re getting the most effective out of the package deal,” stated Rea of the present Kawasaki following this month’s Barcelona spherical.

However the five-time champion and present factors chief fears that the worldwide coronavirus pandemic means it is unlikely Kawasaki will decide to constructing a brand new bike.

Requested by Motorsport.com if he feels he wants a brand new Kawasaki base mannequin subsequent 12 months to remain aggressive, Rea quipped: “I’m praying each evening for that! That may be the most effective Christmas current I may ever think about.

“Within the present local weather with what we’re going by way of proper now on this planet, I don’t know what’s going to occur, so… I cross my fingers, however it’s out of my fingers. It’s a Japanese determination. So let’s see.”

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Staff

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photographs

Requested what else apart from horsepower he can be on the lookout for with a brand new bike, the Ulsterman added: “We have to enhance the chassis a bit of bit, particularly the rear of the bike and the way it transfers [its weight] on to the rear.

“In stop-and-go circuits like Magny-Cours and Thailand, with these corners the place you’re at zero after which going, the Kawasaki is working rather well. However in all lengthy corners the place we have to switch to the rear to be clean, we’re struggling a bit of bit.

“That’s the primary focus of growth for the winter into subsequent 12 months. It’s very exhausting to chase that feeling throughout a race weekend. That’s the goal for the low season.”

Rea holds a good-looking 51-point benefit over Ducati rival Scott Redding with two rounds to go on this 12 months’s championship, taking his ninth victory of the 12 months in simple model throughout Barcelona’s first-ever WSBK race this month.

However following a run to fourth behind Ducati’s Chaz Davies and the Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff within the second full-length race of the season, Rea remarked that the margin for error with the Kawasaki is smaller than with different bikes.

His feedback seem like borne out by the struggles of his manufacturing unit Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes, who did not end greater than seventh in Barcelona and hasn’t had a podium end since his Phillip Island victory again in March.

“When the celebrities align I can win,” stated Rea. “Nevertheless it’s very easy to see from racing that when others make a mistake on the lap, they will preserve the laptime, [whereas] I get penalised rather a lot if I run large. It has an actual knock-on impact on the lap.”

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Staff, Michael van Der Mark, Pata Yamaha

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photographs

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