As the foundation of Kawasaki’s approach to WorldSBK the Ninja ZX-10RR has been through many stages of KRT development, first as the Ninja ZX-10R and most recently in RR form. Extensively updated for 2021 the latest Ninja ZX-10RR is limited to 500 units worldwide. It features a host of competition focused components and is homologated for FIM Superbike World Championship racing. The first major update since the 2019 model, the 2021 Ninja ZX-10RR enjoys a plethora of road and race oriented improvements, from its striking new bodywork to key internal components such as Pankl connecting rods, pistons and piston pins. A purposeful new front profile features a large intake area for the ram-air system and, for the first time, the Ninja ZX-10RR features internal front winglets that provide approximately 17% of extra downforce making corner entry more predictable while adding a new level of straight line stability. Improvements in the rear aerodynamic package, including slots on the reshaped seat unit, also contribute to an overall 7% improvement in the drag coefficient.
In historical terms, the original ancestor to the 2021 RR model, the ZX-10R, reached a new career zenith in 2013 when Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team won the WorldSBK championship. Jonathan Rea’s championship win in 2015, in his debut year as a Ninja ZX-10R rider, was achieved with almost total domination, delivering 14 outright race wins and 23 podiums, amassing 548 points, just a few short of an all time record. Rea has gone on to win every year since, with 2020 completing an historic six consecutive WorldSBK riders titles, along side Kawasaki who claimed six manufacturers titles in a row with the Ninja ZX-10RR.