Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR
2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR 990cc MotoGP motorcycle
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Production 2002–2009
Predecessor Kawasaki KR500
Class MotoGP
Engine 798 cc four-stroke I4 (2007–2008)

The Ninja ZX-RR is a race bike from Kawasaki, which raced in the MotoGP world championship. The bike made its debut towards the end of the 2002 MotoGP season with riders Australia's Andrew Pitt and Japan's Akira Yanagawa.

In 2004 Shinya Nakano joined the team and got ZX-RR's first podium with a third place at the Japanese Grand Prix. In 2005, Olivier Jacque scored a second place at the Chinese Grand Prix. The next year Nakano finished second at the Dutch TT. In 2007, Randy de Puniet scored a second place at the Japanese Grand Prix. In 2008 John Hopkins and Anthony West rode the machine.

The ZX-RR struggled in 2008, with the best results being two fifth-place finishes from John Hopkins in Portugal and Anthony West in Brno. Hopkins and West blamed both a lack of feeling in the front end and rear traction on corner exit. Previous ZX-RRs have been difficult to ride, but beyond the limited statements by the riders it is unclear what the problems with the 2008 bike were.

At the end of the 2008 season, Kawasaki announced its retirement from the MotoGP world championship.


2002: Andrew Pitt
2003: Garry McCoy, Alex Hofmann, Andrew Pitt
2004: Shinya Nakano, Alex Hofmann
2005: Shinya Nakano, Olivier Jacque, Alex Hofmann
2006: Shinya Nakano, Randy de Puniet
2007: Randy de Puniet, Anthony West, Olivier Jacque, Fonsi Nieto (1 race), Akira Yanagawa (1 race)
2008: John Hopkins, Anthony West, Jamie Hacking (1 race)
2009: Marco Melandri Hayate Racing Team
2014: Héctor Barberá (starting 13 races) and Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing[Note 1]


2006 2007-2008
Type Kawasaki four-stroke
Configuration Inline four-cylinder
Induction System DOHC, four valves per cylinder DOHC Pneumatic system, four valves per cylinder
Displacement 990 cc 798 cc
Fuel Elf Moto 4S GP 102 RON unleaded
Lubricants Elf Vent Vert Saeryoku 冴強 10W-50 Kawasaki genuine racing oil
Lubrication Wet sump
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Exhaust System Four-into-two-into-one Titanium, four-into-two-into-one
Maximum Power In excess of 240 bhp (180 kW) In excess of 200 bhp (150 kW)
Maximum Speed In excess of 320 km/h (200 mph) In excess of 300 km/h (190 mph)
Gearbox Six speed, cassette type
Primary Drive Gear
Clutch Dry multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive Chain
Frame Aluminium twin-spar
Front Suspension Inverted telescopic forks
Rear Suspension Monoshock Unit-trak Monoshock
Steering Damper Hydraulic Adjustable
Bodywork Carbon Fibre
Wheels Front: 16.5 inch
Rear: 16.5 inch
Tires Bridgestone
Front 2 x 314 mm carbon discs, 2 x radial mount, monoblock, four piston calipers
Rear 1 x 203 mm ventilated steel disc, 1 x four piston caliper 1 x 200 mm ventilated steel disc, 1 x two piston caliper
Wheelbase Variable 1,460 mm (57 in)
Overall Length 2,090 mm (82 in) 2,080 mm (82 in)
Castor (Rake/Trail) Variable
Seat Height 850 mm (33 in)
Dry Weight Over 145 kg (320 lb) Over 148 kg (326 lb)
Fuel Capacity 22 l (4.8 imp gal; 5.8 US gal) 21 l (4.6 imp gal; 5.5 US gal)
Key Suppliers
Fuel: Elf
Lubricants: Elf
Tires: Bridgestone
Brakes: Brembo
Exhaust System: Akrapovic
Data Acquisition System: 2D Datarecording
Suspension: Öhlins
Clutch: FCC
Spark Plugs: NGK
Sprockets: AFAM
Chain: EK


  1. ^ Bike badged as the Avintia GP14, reportedly based on the 2007-2009 body with some input from Kawasaki.

External links

  • Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-RR (official site) [dead link]
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