KAWASAKI RACING TEAM:
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Ben Attard has finished the 2009 Australian Supersport Championship on the podium taking 3rd place in the series on board the Ninja ZX-6R.
Ben Attard has been consistently strong throughout the entire 2009 series gaining Championship points at every round and the final round at Phillip Island, Vic on Nov 28-29 was no different. Ben carried a twelve point buffer with him to Phillip Island and posted top ten results in the two races (9-6) to take 3rd in the Championship.
Ben says, “It’s a good result for me and Kawasaki to finish the series on the podium. The Ninja ZX-6R is a very quick bike out of the box and luckily we were able to secure top ten results at every round. We had a consistent year and it paid off. All the crew worked very hard and that helped get us to the podium.”
Superbike rider Kevin Curtain got off to a good start at Phillip Island picking up 6th place in the first race on the Ninja ZX-10R. A DNF however in the second race prevented Kevin from improving on his overall series result. Kevin still finished inside the top ten in the class, taking 9th place in the Championship.
Kevin says, “The whole team put in 200% but unfortunately we were let down in the second race due to factors beyond our control. It was a shame because the ZX-10R was consistently on song all weekend and felt very good.”
KRT Manager Dave Cullen says, “It’s great to achieve 3rd in the Supersport class. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors including Castrol, DID, NGK, and Kincrome and the hard work of the whole team. It’s also a great result for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. It’s a very quick bike with a lot of untapped potential.”
“Kevin also did well to finish inside the top ten in the Superbike class. The result isn’t indicative of Kevin’s or the ZX-10R’s true potential but things didn’t go strictly to plan this series but as they say, “that’s racing”.
“I guess this is the end of an era with Kawasaki withdrawing after so many years but I’m sure we’ll be back bigger and better than ever before too long.”
Kawasaki thanks Kevin Curtain, Ben Attard, Dave Cullen, Glen Willing and the entire KRT crew along with the many valuable sponsors for their support in 2009.