Last week, Brands Hatch circuit in Kent played host to the opening California Superbike School of the summer. The two-day event marked the first time the school took to the track with the new fleet of Kawasaki machinery.

With the school turning green for 2021, the iconic circuit was the first time instructors and students hit the track with the ZX-10R, Z900 and Ninja 650. In true California style, the sun was finally shining, and over the two days 120 riders of all abilities were able to enjoy the very best conditions possible. 

For many of their attendees, it was their first time with California Superbike School, which meant they spent their day progressing through the Level One course. These introductory sessions are designed to help address the six most common issues that riders make, allowing them to improve their confidence and bike control. 

Those riders who have already completed level one spent their day progressing through Level two, three, and four. Each step up takes everything learnt from the previous module and builds upon that to improve confidence, body position, awareness and knowledge. In between each track session, students get regular classroom-based briefings, as well as one-to-one debriefs, to help them understand what they are doing on track and areas for improvement. 

One attendee, Jay, was not only making his California Superbike School debut but also returning to the track for the first time in 30 years! “I’ve had a brilliant day. I’ve been riding bikes since 1977, but this was the first time I’ve done any kind of track tuition – and actually the first time back on track since 1990! 

It’s been an incredible experience and while being out on track is amazing, I’ve found the classroom and technical side of things fascinating. It has really helped me to understand what I have been subconsciously doing wrong when riding on the road and allowing me to understand the areas I need to focus on to not only improve my lap time but also my road riding too. Each session focuses on a different aspect of riding, and then in that last session, I was able to put it all together, and I could really tell the difference. 

I’ve been riding one of the school’s ZX-10Rs which is just an amazing bike. I’ve not ridden sports bikes for around ten years, and I just couldn’t believe how easy it was to ride. The Ninja is just an awesome machine, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be putting a deposit down on one in the next couple of weeks!” 

Speaking after their first event with Kawasaki, Gary Adshead of California Superbike School added, “We’re incredibly proud to have Kawasaki join us in a partnership with California Superbike School and it was a pleasure seeing so many new and old faces at our first U.K. event of 2021. The students I spoke to were very enthusiastic about our switch to Kawasaki and those who rode the hire bikes absolutely loved them. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Kawasaki Motors U.K.” 

If you want to improve your skills and enjoy a day with the California Superbike School, then there are multiple dates throughout the summer still available: 

Cadwell Park

  • Wednesday, June 16
  • Thursday, June 17
  • Wednesday, August 04
  • Thursday, August 05 

Bedford Autodrome

  • Monday, July 12
  • Tuesday, July 13
  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Wednesday, September 1 

Donington Park

  • Tuesday, July 27

The official Kawasaki UK supported British Superbike team, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, has today unveiled its all-new Ninja ZX-10RR livery for the 2021 campaign. 

Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner pulled the covers off the 2021 machine at FS-3 Racing’s new state-of-the-art workshop in Coventry. With an all-new Ninja ZX-10RR for 2021, the British Superbike race-winning team have created an eye-catching new look that is sure to stand out on track. 

The distinctly Kawasaki green Superbikes closely resemble the base model Ninja ZX-10RR design, while the front of the new integrated winglets carries the distinctive orange that has become synonymous with the FS-3 Racing team. 

FS-3 Racing Kawasaki will be giving the livery its public debut at the final pre-season test at Donington Park on June 8th. The proven team still has a unique opportunity for a title sponsor to join for the 2021 season, allowing a business to experience the benefits that come through association with a successful and experienced team, a global manufacturer and the championship organiser. Interested parties should contact with Ross Burridge at Kawasaki Motors UK, via email at [email protected] 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK: “The 2021 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki livery is one that is sure to stand out from the crowd and it’s great to see the iconic Kawasaki green in abundance. The all-new ZX-10RR has already had a fantastic debut on track at the hands of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, so we can’t wait to see what Lee and Rory can do when the British Superbike Championship gets underway next month!”  

Nigel Snook, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Team Owner: ‘’Designing the 2021 FS-3 Racing livery presented a particular challenge. How to showcase the radical new aerodynamic shape of the ZX-10RR fairing nose without losing the classic Kawasaki Team Green look which can be traced all the way back to the 1970s. We hope you’ll agree that our predominately green livery with with its black and white highlights will make it easy to spot Lee and Rory out on track. Plus, of course, we’ve included a nod to our team trademark orange for the engine air intake. Naturally, the livery is echoed in the design of the rider’s RST leathers”.

SUZUKI RANKED TOP AUTOMOTIVE BRAND IN CUSTOMER SATISFACTION INDEX

Suzuki has ranked highest in the automotive sector in the most recent UK customer satisfaction index, compiled by the Institute of Customer Service.

Over 45,000 responses were received as part of the survey, and Suzuki not only ranked as the highest automotive brand, but ranked joint third in the overall standings.

Jo Causon, CEO of The Institute of Customer Service, said, “In this challenging period for the automotive industry is it clear that some businesses have managed to maintain services and respond to changes in their customers’ circumstances and needs well. Suzuki’s continued strong showing in the UKCSI is encouraging and the organisations that best support their customers through these times – by reassuring, engaging and providing appropriate advice – will be best placed to thrive as we come out of this crisis.”

Nobuo Suyama, managing director of Suzuki GB, said, “We are very proud of our achievement to be in first position in the automotive sector, particularly in the continued challenging times we all face. Continuing to evolve the Suzuki customer experience remains a core focus for us and the ongoing efforts of our staff and dealers has again really paid off.”

SUZUKI SUMMER SAVINGS ARE HERE

Suzuki has announced three summer saving deals, running until the end of September and covering much of the on-road range.

Worth exploring

Available across the V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050XT Tour, plus the V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT, the 'worth exploring' offer combines a lower rate of finance – 3.9% APR representative – available on either a PCP or HP deal over three years with £500 worth of free accessories.

The V-Strom accessory catalogues includes three-piece aluminium luggage – which is comes as standard fitment on the V-Strom 1050XT Tour – heated grips, touring screens, engine bars, and sump guards.

The V-Strom 1050XTs boast a 1037cc V-twin engine delivering 107PS and bags of torque, plus three selectable engine maps, traction control with three modes, lean angle-sensitive ABS with two modes, linked brakes with slope and load-dependent control and hill hold, and cruise control. There's also low RPM assist and Suzuki's easy start system. Practicality comes from a height-adjustable seat and screen, 12V socket and USB port, centre stand, hand guards, and spoked wheels.

The V-Strom 650 uses Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin engine, packed with character and a broad spread of usable torque, and also features a traction control system, low RPM assist, and the easy start system.

Terms and Conditions: £500 towards Suzuki Genuine Accessories. Offer applies to purchases of a new V-Strom 1050XT Tour, V-Strom 1050XT, V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT only. The motorcycle must be purchased and registered between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021 to qualify. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. HP and PCP Finance offer applies to purchases of the V-Strom 1050XT Tour, V-Strom 1050XT, V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT only from a participating Suzuki Dealership. Purchase and registration of your chosen motorcycle must take place between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. Minimum deposit required: £500. Credit is subject to status, UK residents aged 18 and over. Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.

To get your pulse racing

A similar three-year, 3.9% APR representative offer – also on PCP or HP – is available on the GSX-R1000R, including the limited edition 100th anniversary model, and the GSX-S750. This time the deal is sweetened with a £500 off test ride incentive.

A 200PS motor sits at the heart of the GSX-R1000R, which inherits the same variable valve timing system as the MotoGP world championship-winning GSX-RR. It uses a comprehensive suite of performance enhancing electronics – including a quickshifter and autoblipper, launch control, lean angle-sensitive traction control and ABS. There are also three power modes, easy start, and low RPM assist.

The GSX-S750 uses a 749cc inline-four cylinder that started life in the iconic GSX-R750 and delivers a smooth, linear power delivery, and gets traction control, low RPM assist, and Suzuki easy start, all wrapped in an agile chassis and sharp, streetfighter styling.

Terms and Conditions: £500 test ride offer applies to purchases of a new GSX-R1000R and GSX-S750 only. The motorcycle must be purchased and registered between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021 to qualify. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. HP and PCP Finance offer applies to purchases of the GSX-R1000R and GSX-S750 from a participating Suzuki Dealership. Purchase and registration of your chosen motorcycle must take place between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. Minimum deposit required: £500. Credit is subject to status, UK residents aged 18 and over. Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.

Hand crafted just for you

The third summer saving offer from Suzuki this season is the continuation of the 0% APR representative deal available on the Katana.

Requiring a minimum deposit of £500, customers can enjoy the Katana over a three-year HP deal with no interest payable. And being a HP deal, there is no final balloon payment.

The fresh take on the iconic machine from the 80s uses a torque-rich, 999cc inline-four cylinder engine – kept in check with a three-mode traction control system – a twin-spar aluminium chassis and superbike-derived swingarm. This is all packed in angular, aggressively styled bodywork that also remains unmistakably Katana.

For more information on Suzuki's offers click here.

Terms and Conditions: HP Finance offer applies to purchases of the KATANA only purchased from a participating Suzuki Dealership. Purchase and registration of your chosen motorcycle must take place between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. Minimum deposit required: £500. Credit is subject to status, UK residents aged 18 and over. Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.

NEW COLOUR AVAILABLE FOR GSX-S750

Suzuki has released a fresh new colour option on its popular GSX-S750.

A clean and crisp new white version is enhanced with a vibrant, fluro yellow bellypan, while black GSX tank decals, headlight surround, and wheels help it maintain a compact, aggressive, streetfighter stance.

Powered by the engine from one of the most iconic sportsbikes of all time – the GSX-R750 – the GSX-S750 delivers smooth, linear power and features traction control, low RPM assist, and Suzuki’s easy start function.

It comes with an RRP of just £7,999 but is currently available with a £500 off, test ride incentive and a lower than usual rate of finance at 3.9% APR representative on either a three-year PCP deal or a three-year hire purchase agreement.

£500 test ride offer applies to purchases of a new GSX-R1000R and GSX-S750 only. The motorcycle must be purchased and registered between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021 to qualify. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. HP and PCP Finance offer applies to purchases of the GSX-R1000R and GSX-S750 from a participating Suzuki Dealership. Purchase and registration of your chosen motorcycle must take place between 01/07/2021 and 30/09/2021. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. Minimum deposit required: £500. Credit is subject to status, UK residents aged 18 and over. Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.

AKRAPOVIC SLIP-ON SILENCERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR NEW HAYABUSA

Suzuki GB has announced limited availability of new Akrapovic slip-on silencers for it’s 2021 Hayabusa.

Just 20 are currently available from authorised Suzuki dealerships, with the aftermarket exhausts reducing weight by a total of 4kg and boosting power by 2kW, as well as enhancing the Hayabusa’s soundtrack.

The titanium silencers – which feature classy, laser-etched Akrapovic and Hayabusa logos – are capped with a carbon fibre tip, while the heat shield is also carbon fibre.

Akrapovic also supplies its exhaust-making expertise to Suzuki’s MotoGP team.

A pair of Akrapovic exhausts for the new Hayabusa come with an RRP of £2876.05 and either a three-year warranty when fitted at point of sale, or two-year warranty if fitted later. If fitted at the point of purchase they can also be included in any finance agreement, spreading the cost over monthly repayments.

Other accessories available for the new Hayabusa include the pillion seat cowl – which completes the iconic silhouette – a stylised seat, heated grips, and billet brake and clutch levers.

SUZUKI ANNOUNCES NEW A2-FRIENDLY GSX-S950

Suzuki has announced details of a new A2 licence-friendly GSX-S950, which is available from August and features the ability to be restricted to 35kW to comply with A2 licence regulations. The GSX-S950 will represent a new proposition in the market, providing a ‘big bike’ experience at a restricted output for new riders, before becoming an ideal stepping stone to more powerful machines once derestricted.

Based on the GSX-S1000 platform – and using the same torque-laden inline-four cylinder engine – the GSX-S950 produces 95PS in standard trim, with restrictor kits readily available to ensure it conforms to the A2 licence category. However, despite a reduced peak power compared to its GSX-S1000 sibling, the 950 still makes use of the donor engine’s creamy midrange to produce 92 Nm of peak torque, with the same slip and assist clutch aiding smoother downshifts and slicker upshifts under hard acceleration.

The motor is also wrapped in the same twin-spar aluminium frame and uses the same superbike-derived swingarm and rear shock, but to help achieve a lower RRP – and therefore making it an even more accessible package – it uses 43mm KYB front forks. Other chassis changes include the use of Tokico front brake calipers and straight ‘bars, while the bespoke Dunlop Roadsport 2 tyres, 19-litre fuel tank, and new seat remain.

An electronics package comprises a three-mode traction control system that adds a safety net, while convenience comes from Suzuki’s low RPM assist feature and easy start function. The ride-by-wire throttle from the GSX-S1000 is carried over.

Bodywork replicates the new, aggressive, and angular styling of the GSX-S1000, with the same stacked LED headlights front and centre. The taillight is also full LED.

Available in August, the GSX-S950 comes in a striking white and red, a matt black, plus a metallic triton blue, all adorned with the visually different 950 logo on the radiator shrouds.

GSX-S750 ON NEWGSX-R1000R AND GSX-S750 ON NEW3% APR REPRESENTATIVE FINANCE

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000R superbike and GSX-S750 naked are both now available on a new, lower than usual rate of finance, with 3% APR representative on offer over three years, across both PCP and hire purchase agreements.

With a 200PS motor inheriting the same variable valve timing system as the MotoGP world championship-winning GSX-RR racer, a comprehensive suite of performance enhancing electronics – including a quickshifter and autoblipper, launch control, lean angle-sensitive traction control and ABS – the GSX-R1000R won the 2019 National Superstock 1000 championship and has won races in domestic superbike championships the world over.

The GSX-S750 uses a 749cc inline-four cylinder that started life in the iconic GSX-R750 and delivers a smooth, linear power delivery, and gets traction control, low RPM assist, and Suzuki easy start, all wrapped in an agile chassis and sharp, streetfighter styling.

Terms and Conditions: This is lower than our standard rate. HP and PCP Finance offer applies to purchases of the GSX-R1000R 100th Anniversary Edition, GSX-R1000R and GSX-S750 purchased from a participating Suzuki Dealership. Purchase and registration of your chosen motorcycle must take place between 21/05/2021 and 30/06/2021. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time. Minimum deposit required: £300. Credit is subject to status, UK residents aged 18 and over. Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.

SUZUKI READY FOR ADVENTURE BIKE RIDER FESTIVAL

Suzuki is ready for the return of shows and events this summer, kicking off with the Adventure Bike Rider Festival on 24-27 June.

After the postponement of last year’s festival, Suzuki is bringing a fleet of display and demo machines to this year’s event, including the V-Strom 1050, 1050XT, and 1050XT Tour, the newest additions to Suzuki’s adventure bike stable.Using a more powerful version of Suzuki’s famed 1037cc V-twin, the XT adds a comprehensive suite of advanced electronics over the traction control and variable power modes on the base model, while three piece aluminium luggage features on the Tour edition.

The venerable and ever-popular V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT will also be available to try, plus the newly-launched GSX-S1000. Displayed alongside the V-Strom range will be the RM-Z250 and Arenacross championship-wining RM-Z450 motocross machines and the third generation Hayabusa. For retro fans Suzuki will also show off a DR800S; the series of machines responsible for the adventure bike beak.

To book a test ride visitors will need to provide their own riding kit and produce a valid driving licence and either a National Insurance number or DVLA licence check code.
Test rides leave from the Suzuki stand and run from 10:00-16:00 Friday and Saturday, and until 14:00 on Sunday.

TEAM CLASSIC SUZUKI UNVEILS LOCKDOWN PROJECT BUILD

After a year or more with very limited racing activity, Team Classic Suzuki has unveiled its lockdown project build; a Katana based around a 2008 GSX-R1000 world superbike machine.

History already exists between Team Classic Suzuki and the Katana. After building a racing version at Motorcycle Live, Team Classic Suzuki raced a Katana in the European Classic Endurance Championship, scoring a class win at Oschersleben.

This time, Team Classic Suzuki has turned its hand to a road-going Katana project.

At the heart is a 2008 world superbike-spec engine from an Alstare GSX-R1000, fully refreshed by Team Classic Suzuki’s Nathan Colombi. Putting out around 200bhp at the rear wheel, it breathes through Alstare world superbike headers, mated to a Racefit link pipe and end can. Cooling comes from a factory radiator and oil cooler, with aluminium water and oil pipes. To keep things manageable, electronics comes as a Yoshimura EM Pro kit.

The package is housed in an Alstare world superbike frame, though dimensions are the same as the road-going GSX-R1000 K8. There’s a custom, over-sized swingarm and bespoke subframe from Alpha Performance Fabrications, both designed to facilitate a twin shock setup that pays homage to the original Katana. Suspension comes courtesy of Öhlins.

Dymag CH3 wheels also maintain a classic look, and are the same wheels found in Team Classic Suzuki’s XR69 replica machines. Mounted to them are Brembo discs, with calipers and pads also from the Italian firm. The rear caliper slots discreetly in between the swingarm and wheel for a cleaner look to the rear end. New aluminium rear sets were designed in-house.

Also cleaning up the rear end is slim LED tail light fitted to a seat unit that started life as a Team Classic Suzuki racing item, before being modified to fit the factory world superbike fuel tank. The nose cone is a new, old stock Katana unit, available from Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, which has been widened by one inch and modified to fit. Moulds from the nose and seat unit were used to create carbon panels that add a finishing touch. Fixtures and fittings come courtesy of Racefastener.

A new seat from Italian supplier Race Seats is finished with a Katana logo, the traditional red Suzuki logo of original Katanas still adorns the tank, while a Team Classic Suzuki logo completes the seat unit, again in the traditional red.

  

     

Kawasaki UK is delighted to announce that the legendary California Superbike school has chosen to go  “Team Green” with a fleet of brand new Kawasaki’s for both instructor and hire bikes.
Since its launch in 1980, the iconic training school has helped over 130,000 riders worldwide to enhance their skills on track. For 2021, customers will now be able to hire a range of Kawasaki machinery, from the rider-friendly Ninja 650 to the World Superbike conquering ZX-10R.

The school has an array of dates across the summer, taking in some of the most famous circuits in the UK, including Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Cadwell Park. Each day will see customers able to take part in expert tuition sessions, from novice trackday riders to experienced circuit riders. The knowledgeable team at CSS have designed each level to specifically help riders improve their confidence and techniques both on track and on the road. 

Constantly evolving, the school has developed techniques to help prepare riders physically and mentally to shave seconds off their lap times, whilst giving them the awareness to avoid costly mistakes. Riders of all abilities have benefitted from the stepped ‘levels’ including National road racers looking to fine tune their skills. 

The addition of the California Superbike School track training helps to further enhance Kawasaki’s offering of ‘Experiences’ to its customers. With a number of off-road partners already, this new opportunity allows Kawasaki fans to truly enhance their skills, both on dirt and on track. 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK: “When it comes to trackday tuition, the California Superbike School really is the pinnacle, so it is fantastic to be able to partner with them for 2021. Their passion and knowledge is second to none, and our Ninja 650, Z900 and Ninja ZX-10R machines are perfect to help riders of all experience levels enhance their track skills. 

We are confident that every customer will be able to enjoy the benefits of the Kawasaki range and the 2021 calendar has an incredible option of circuits to choose from, so we can’t wait to see customers out enjoying themselves!” 

Gary Adshead, Chief Riding Coach California Superbike School UK: “We are immensely proud to be working with Kawasaki UK, it is a real privilege to work with an equally driven and committed team of professionals. Our coaches are thrilled with the news that they will be operating on a Kawasaki platform to demonstrate our world-famous riding technology. We literally cannot wait for our valued customers to see and experience the stunning green machines at their fullest potential!”

£500 OF FREE ACCESSORIES WHEN BUYING A NEW V-STROM 650

Suzuki is giving buyers of its V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT machines £500 worth of free genuine accessories, until the end of June.

This is in addition to Suzuki's current 3, 3, 3 offer, which allows customers, with just a £300 deposit, to choose from a three-year HP or PCP deal at just 3% APR representative, lower than its standard rate.

Customers can opt to put their £500 towards a variety of accessories, from luggage – including top boxes, panniers, and tank bags – to protective components such bash plates and engine bars or styling items such as graphics kits and touring screens.

The V-Strom 650 uses Suzuki's proven 645cc V-twin engine, packed with character and a broad spread of usable torque, and features traction control, low RPM assist, and Suzuki's easy start system.

If you have purchased a new Kawasaki motorcycle, you have free access to Club Kawasaki membership with exclusive discounts, news, events and more. You must activate your account within 12 months to gain access for free.

What is Club Kawasaki?

A place for Kawasaki owners, riders & fans to enjoy exclusive events, news, discounts, and content together. You’ll gain instant access to the Club Kawasaki website where you’ll find…

  • Your Digital Service History
  • A forum to chat to likeminded Kawasaki fans
  • Member only discounts on Kawasaki Clothing & Accessories
  • Our carefully selected Kawasaki Experience partners
  • National Shows, Racing & Local Events organised by local Ambassadors
  • Regular news & updates via email
  • Four magazines per year – two printed & two digital

How does it work?

You’ll need your membership number to activate your account. When you bought your new Kawasaki, you would have received your Club Kawasaki welcome email which includes your membership number. If you do not have this information and you need it re-sent to you, please email your bike registration number to [email protected] 

Club Kawasaki welcomes all Kawasaki fans, riders & enthusiasts so if you haven't purchased a new Kawasaki and would like to join, you can sign up for £29.95 for 12 months membership.

Terms & Conditions
12 months free membership is offered to customers who purchase a brand new Kawasaki motorcycle from a n authorised Kawasaki dealership in the UK. The membership begins on the sale date of the machine and must be activated by the customer within 12 months of this date. The Club Kawasaki free joining gift is not available with the free membership offer. This offer is only available to the first owner of the machine and does not apply to ex-demonstrator models.

After an incredible debut season, the Leon Haslam-supported Affinity Sports Academy team is returning as the official Kawasaki UK team in the junior classes for 2021, competing across the Junior Supersport and National Superstock 600 classes. 


Fresh from securing the British Junior Supersport title in 2020, the Affinity Sports Academy team will be fielding an eight rider team for 2021. Competing in the British Junior Supersport class will be James McManus, Mikey Hardie, Joe Farragher and Kam Dixon, with all four riders utilising the competitive Ninja 400. 

Reigning Junior Supersport Champion, Owen Jenner, will be stepping up to the Ninja ZX-6R for 2021 to compete in the National Superstock 600 class. Joining him in Affinity Sports Academy colours will be Eugene McManus, Asher Durham and Dan Brookes.

After a fantastic inaugural season, the team will be looking to build on their Championship winning success when the season gets underway at Oulton Park on May 1st.

Team Manager John Laverty said, “It’s been great to be involved with the Affinity Sports Academy, helping to develop young talent and seeing it all come together last year and win a Championship in our first season was brilliant! Working in conjunction with Team Green, the team has provided Owen with a fully paid ride in Junior Superstock in 2021 as a reward for his achievements. We are hoping for more success next season with our very strong, extended rider line up. I can’t wait!” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK, added, “The Affinity Sports Academy have proved themselves as an accomplished and committed team right from the word go, so to be able to work with them again in 2021 is great for Team Green. It’s well documented that we want to see riders progress with Kawasaki throughout their careers, so seeing Owen get this great chance on the ZX-6R supported by the team is encouraging to see. He is surrounded by seven other riders, all hoping to achieve similar, so I think it’s going to be an exciting year ahead!”

NEW 'BUSA IN LIGHTS ON CROMINATION DIGITAL BILLBOARD

The new Hayabusa's reveal and impending launch has been cause for much jubilation, and now the third iteration of the legendary hyperbike has been up in lights on the Cromination billboard, located on Cromwell Road in Earls Court, London.

The Cromination is one of the largest billboards in Europe, boasting 72m of screen space, with the new Hayabusa displayed brightly for over a full week, making it a fitting launch for the new halo machine.

With the new Hayabusa revealed at the beginning of February, the Cromination display was the perfect precursor to a wider national ad campaign and the bike's arrival in authorised Suzuki dealerships from the end of March.

Ian Bland, Suzuki GB head of marketing, said, “The third generation Hayabusa heralds the return of an icon for Suzuki, and it is so widely known, recognised, and revered that its return really warrants a big splash; having it displayed proudly on one of the biggest drive-by ad platforms in Europe is only fitting.

The third generation Hayabusa manages to maintain the immediately recognisable aerodynamic silhouette that has made the original so iconic, while simultaneously redesigning it to be more angular, sharper, and more aggressive. New pistons, conrods, crankshaft and camshaft join a host of other engine changes to boost the spread of power throughout the lower rev ranges, which, allied to a number of new electronic systems make it the fastest-launching Hayabusa yet.

A three-stage launch control system and a bi-directional quickshifter are also allied to a 10 stage, lean-angle sensitive traction control system, a lean-angle sensitive ABS system which is has linked front and rear brakes, three power modes and four engine brake control settings, plus cruise control and an active speed limiter to give the Hayabusa a comprehensive suite of electronics. A revised chassis saves weight and improves agility and poise.

The original Hayabusa, launched in 1999, gave birth to the hypersport category by delivering unrivalled performance and went on to achieve cult status. The second generation came in 2008 and boosted both capacity and power, while a mid-term update in 2013 added new Brembo calipers and ABS.