The Kawaski factory team is entering 2022 with new assets: a 2022 ZX-10RR with electronics developed for endurance racing and a new team of drivers made up of Randy de Puniet, Florian Marino and Etienne Masson.
The 2018-2019 FIM EWC Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar champions are preparing for the 2022 title. The Kawasaki # 11 will have the means to compete on an equal footing with the other factory teams. Their machine will be equipped in 2022 with the same Magneti Marelli electronics as some of the top teams.
Gilles Stafler readjusted the saddle riders of the 2022 factory ZX-10RR.
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Randy de Puniet is making his comeback. The former MotoGP rider had already led Kawasaki on the podium of the Bol d’Or 2016 and the 24 Heures Motos 2017. He was also on the second step of the podium of the Bol d’Or 2021 with Moto Ain.
Florian Marino has contributed over the last three seasons to the progress of the private team VRD Igol Experiences. Former driver of the FIM Supersport championship, he will ride for the first time with Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar.
Etienne Masson is the most seasoned endurance runner of the three. He has been racing for Suzuki since 2013 and has already won three FIM World Championship titles in 2015, 2016 and 2019-2020 with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team.
Randy de Puniet“I chose to join Team SRC because I know the team very well since Gilles recruited me in 2016 and then did two seasons in 2017 and 2018 with excellent results but unfortunately without a win. The team is very competitive, the bike is performing well and should be even better this season. My teammates are fast with a lot of endurance experience. The objective is of course to fight for victory and the championship. In a way, I’m going home to finish writing this story! “
Etienne Masson“It’s one of the most successful teams in the paddock, not so long ago we were fighting for the world crown and Gilles’s team had the last word. With a good moto and such an experienced team, I think we can start with a lot of peace of mind. “
Florian Marin“First of all, Kawasaki brings back very good memories to me. I already have a history with this brand with which I participated in the World Supersport Championship in 2013, to finish 3rd the following season. I also think that it There is a link because of my role (test driver) with Alex Lowes in the KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team) in World Superbike, but also because my manager, Fabien Foret, has raced for this team in the past, with who he has maintained a close relationship to say that this choice was rather coherent and corresponds to a period of my career when I feel ready to integrate a team of this level.
Gilles Stafler, team leader“We will have to work quickly and well. It’s a new bike with new electronics but I’ve been asking for this equipment for years so it’s up to me to make sure it works. I’m really happy that Kawasaki is helping us out this year. It’s a very interesting new challenge with new pilots. We should start riding after mid-January and I’m pretty optimistic. The competition is also progressing and anything can happen in an endurance race, but we will do our best to achieve concrete results in 2022.“
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