After building up the hype for months, Kawasaki has finally unveiled its latest ZX-10R Ninja race bike.
At the German round of World Superbike championship in Nurburgring, the media got its first full look at the machine they have only had glimpses of in teaser photos for the past three months.
A racing model with its slick body and paintwork was on show at the circuit. But bike enthusiasts coveting the Ninja can start looking around formotorcycle breakdown cover as the production version is due to be unveiled at the Cologne international motorcycle show in early October.
Kawasaki, which put off the bike's launch for a year so its engineers could fine-tune the machine, is hoping to regain its position as a top contender in production racing.
Steve Guttridge, race manager at Kawasaki Europe, said: "The new race bike has been eagerly anticipated by everyone involved in the Superbike racing project.
"The Paul Bird Motorsport team have evolved and restructured continuously in order to be in a position to utilise the new bike's potential to the maximum next season."
Ichiro Yoda, Kawasaki's project director from Japan, confirmed that racing was at the heart of the new machine's DNA.
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