Bimota returns to WorldSBK in 2025

Gal Ratner

Press Release Source: Bimota Spirit

The iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota is set to return to the
world racing stage in 2025 competing in the Motul FIM WorldSBK
Winners of the 1980 350cc World Championship fielding Jon Ekerold on a
two-cylinder, two stroke Bimota YB3 machine, success was also achieved in
TT Formula 1 with legend Virginio Ferrari aboard a YB4R taking the
Championship honours in1987. No strangers to four stroke machinery,
Bimota won no less than seven races in the very first World Superbike
Championship year of 1988 thanks to Davide Tardozzi (5) and Stephane
Mertens (2). Even as late as the year 2000, Bimota were still able to achieve
a WorldSBK race win thanks to the late, great Anthony Gobert aboard an
SB8R machine mounting the top step of the podium at a wet Phillip Island
race weekend.
For the 2025 season, Bimota is partnering with Kawasaki in a joint venture
which will result in a Bimota chassis with Kawasaki engine (plus allied
technology), competing in WorldSBK. Not only will the donor Ninja ZX-10RR
powerplant be familiar, but also many of the team staff as Kawasaki
transfers its efforts into the Bimota racing program marking a landmark
moment in the journey of the Kawasaki Racing Team after nearly four
decades in the premier global racing series based on production machines
that can be purchased at dealerships.
Recognising not just the legacy of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but also the
close cooperation and synergies between majority Bimota shareholder,
Kawasaki, and the Rimini based Italian manufacturer, the new team will
operate under the title of Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.
Fielding a machine jointly developed by Bimota and Kawasaki, the new
team will play a pivotal role in the wider global recognition and market
presence of the Bimota brand as well as being crucial in highlighting the hand built craftsmanship and care that goes into the creation of every
Bimota product. This wider appreciation of the Bimota brand and its core
racing DNA is also expected to create increased demand and sales of Bimota
street motorcycles.
Speaking about the new direction for Kawasaki in WorldSBK, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. Hiroshi Ito, stated:
“Bimota has an enviable reputation for excellence in motorcycle design and
manufacture. As part of our vision for the evolution of this world famous
brand we see racing as a logical next step in terms of both product
development as well as brand exposure on the global stage. Our
commitment to WorldSBK is as strong as ever and we hope that this new
racing project will energise fans of both Bimota and Kawasaki. The passion
for race success remains and we look forward to the presence of the Bimota
by Kawasaki Racing Team on the 2025 WorldSBK grid”.
On behalf of Bimota, COO, Pierluigi Marconi, commented:
“The engineering, technology and day to day business support already
offered by Kawasaki has put Bimota firmly back into the consciousness of
the media and potential customers, now it is time to take a next step in our
Bimota has had racing as part of its DNA from day one and to compete in
WorldSBK alongside developing our new product range, while expanding
the European and global dealer network, has an undeniable logic to it.
With the unparalleled experience of the existing Kawasaki racing team
experts plus the full support and cooperation of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. in
Japan fills us with pride and optimism. The Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team
will surely form the foundations of the next chapter in the Bimota story”.
KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, concluded:
“In the past thirteen years, myself, and all of those at the KRT workshop in
Granollers, have dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly to the Kawasaki
Superbike project and garnered seven WorldSBK rider titles in that time plus
numerous team and manufacturer awards. Now – after Kawasaki
competing for nearly four decades in the Superbike championship – we are
proud to be part of a new era forming the infrastructure of the new Bimota
by Kawasaki Racing Team.
For sure we will spare some time to reflect on and celebrate the heritage of
Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but we are also extremely excited to be a core
component of this new Bimota and Kawasaki joint venture. This is an
evolution for Kawasaki’s approach to the top level of production racing and
we are honoured to play our role in this new project. I am confident we
have the technology and human resources necessary to succeed and it will
be a fresh, energising experience fielding an impressive two rider team in
the 2025 Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.”

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