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Bimota returns to WorldSBK

Kawasaki’s Bimota project is taking a new direction for 2025, with the Japanese firm announcing a World Superbike campaign under the banner of its Italian sub-brand.
Kawasaki bought Bimota in 2021 and has seemingly struggled with a clear plan for the exotic subsidiary. But this new campaign makes sense: Kawasaki will supply its ZX-10R powerplant to be fitted in the Bimota-built race chassis, adding an extra element of interest to the series. The new Bimota race team will replace the factory Kawasaki WorldSBK programme, keeping many of the staff and facilities.

Bimota has some real heritage in world championship racing, of course. It won the 1980 350GP title with Jon Ekerold, took the TT F1 title with Virginio Ferrari in 1987, and also won a series of WorldSBK races. The last win was an incredible finish by the late Anthony Gobert on a Suzuki-powered SB8R in 2000.

Kawasaki Motors CEO Hiroshi Ito said: “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 product development and brand exposure on the global stage. Our commitment to WorldSBK is as strong as ever, and we hope 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”.

Bimota COO Pierluigi Marconi added: “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 is the time to take the next step in our evolution.

“Bimota has had racing as part of its DNA from day one. To compete in WorldSBK, alongside developing our new product range while expanding the European and global dealer network has an undeniable logic to it. The unparalleled experience of the existing Kawasaki racing team experts plus the full support and cooperation of Kawasaki Motors in Japan fills us with pride and optimism.”


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