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SBK, Bimota returns to the Superbike World Championship. What team and bike will we see on the track?

The first rumors were already circulating in the paddock at Phillip Island, with Guim Roda working behind the scenes. Right now, KRT is in radio silence, but the most likely news is that the bike will have a Kawasaki engine and the rest will be developed by Bimota, which will then construct 500 units for the market.

SBK: Bimota returns to the Superbike World Championship. What team and bike will we see on the track?

Bimota is returning to the Superbike World Championship, just like that! In fact, their collaboration with Kawasaki was formalized yesterday, and it will lead to the birth of the Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team. Rumors of Bimota's return were already circulating in the paddock at Phillip Island, although Guim Roda has always denied any possibility of such thing and actually excluded it altogether.

The sly Spanish manager has been working behind the scenes and then brought to light this negotiation yesterday. Something we can consider to be the biggest news of the year. There are obviously lots of questions about this return, such as: What will happen to KRT? Which bike will we see on the track next year? Who will construct it?

For now, KRT management is in total radio silence, while they wait for a press conference to be organized in Misano during which they’ll explain everything in detail.

In our opinion, according to what has been reported in the last few hours, there’s no reason to rule out the possibility that the current KRT Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK team will definitively retire, and the staff will join the newly-founded company, namely Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team, bringing with them all the knowledge and experience they’ve gained in all these years in the paddock.

Then there’s the bike. Kawasaki will most likely exclusively see to the development of the engine, while the rest will be provided by Bimota, which will handle the aerodynamics, as well as construct the frame, wings, pistons, gearbox, and all other related parts, consequently relieving the Japanese constructor of its commitment.

Finally, as required by regulations, the last subject to be addressed is the market, with the construction of at least 500 units in series, so that they’ll be able to get the okay to race. In the end, will this be Bimota's return to the World Championship?

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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