Kawasaki’s Delay Tactic: Concerns About 636

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In the Supersport World Cup 2022 we will see three new motorcycle models from Ducati, MV Agusta and Triumph. Kawasaki continues with the ZX-6R, although the 636 also exists.

The regulations for the Supersport World Championship from 2022 have been written, the homologated motorcycle models have been published. Next season we will see attractive new machines like the MV Agusta F3 800, Ducati 955 V2 and Triumph Street Triple 765 RS. The homologation of the Suzuki GSX-R750 is still pending, from 2023 the Kawasaki ZX-636R will also be allowed.

Last year there were some considerations and attempts at Kawasaki to start the next season with the 636. The engine has six percent more displacement than that of the ZX-6R, and the fairing is also more efficient. Overall, however, the package offers hardly any advantages because the 636 is not as well made as the ZX-6R. With the homologation only for 2023, the Japanese have one year to make the 636 competitive.

“Historically, the ZX-6R was developed for racing, so we never pushed for the 636,” said Steve Guttridge, Racing Manager at Kawasaki Europe, in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com. “In some countries, however, the 600 series has not been sold for years; the 636 is already being used there, for example in BSB or AMA. We have to see how we can continue to be present in this category. We’re going the way with the new rules to have an option in racing. “

Since 2017, the Supersport World Championship has been won five times in a row by Yamaha, the last world champion for Kawasaki in 2016 was Kenan Sofuoglu. The last win for the Greens was won by Raffaele De Rosa in the 2021 final in Indonesia.

After Philipp Öttl’s promotion to the Superbike World Championship, De Rosa is next to Can Öncü the strongest Kawasaki rider in paper format in the World Championship 2022, which starts in Aragon at the beginning of April.

“From the gut, I would say that this year it’s better to sit on an MV Agusta or a Ducati,” said De Rosa. “On the other hand, we don’t have to change anything on our motorcycle and we have a lot of data. But we need more support from the manufacturer. In Mandalika, I drove what is probably the best race of my career, and I’m very happy with Kawasaki. “

The official start lists for 2022 have not yet been published, but it is already certain that at least five teams will bet on Kawasaki. Puccetti Racing receives the greatest support, De Rosa will continue to drive for Orelac.

Drivers and teams Supersport World Cup 2022:

Kallio Yamaha: Patrick Hobelsberger (D), Vugrinec? Hendra Pratama?

Bardahl Evan Bros Yamaha: Peter Sebestyen (H), Lorenzo Baldassarri (I)

Ten Kate Yamaha: Dominique Aegerter (CH), Leonardo Taccini (I)

VFT Yamaha: Marcel Brenner (CH)

EAB Yamaha: Glenn van Straalen (NL)

GMT94 Yamaha: Jules Cluzel (F), Valentine Debise (F)

MS Yamaha: Unai Orradre (E), Ondrej Vostatek (CZ)

MV Agusta Reparto Corse: Bahattin Sofuoglu (TR), Niki Tuuli (FIN)

Aruba.it Ducati: Nicolò Bulega (I)

Barni Ducati: Oliver Bayliss (AUS)

CM Ducati: Maximilian Kofler (A)

AltoGo Ducati: Luca Ottaviani (I)

Althea Ducati: Federico Caricasulo (I)

Dynavolt Triumph:
Manzi? Soomer? Paasch?

MTM Kawasaki: Adrian Huertas (S)

Puccetti Kawasaki: Can Öncü (TR), Yari Montella (I)

Motozoo Kawasaki: Jeffrey Buis (NL), Ben Currie (AUS)

Prodina Kawasaki:
Tom Booth-Amos (GB)

Orelac Kawasaki: Raffaele De Rosa (I)

BOLD = confirmed

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