“The goal for all spec racing is straightforward,” explains Canadian Kawasaki Motors National Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Calwell, a competitor at the opening event last year. “The Ninja 300 is a popular, inexpensive, sporty bike, and the modifications are limited so that the racers can control costs.”
“This way, you get closer racing that offers a showcase for up-and-coming competitors. We are very confident that our new championship will be good for both Kawasaki and Canadian road racing.”
The series will open with two rounds at the opening RACE Superseries regional of the season at Shannonville Motorsport Park May 13-15, this weekend also offering a Friday school for new competitors who require an instructional event prior to competition.
After that, the series continues at the four Mopar CSBK national weekends of the series, with two points and purse paying races during each weekend. The overall series champion will be crowned at the traditional season-ending doubleheader weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, August 19-21. The total per-race purse for each round of the ten race series is $1,500.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec series competitors must possess a valid, 2016 Canadian club racing licence, and be a minimum of 15 years of age at the start of the season. There is no maximum age for racers, but competitors cannot have competed as Pros in the recent past (five years regionally, ten years nationally) – all riders in the series must be Novices or Amateurs, or older unretired Pros. Former Pros will not be eligible for prize money or championship series points.
Bikes are required to be stock Kawasaki 300 models, model year 2013 or newer, and ABS equipped bikes are permitted. Maximum power permitted post-race on the Official Series Dynojet rear wheel dynamometer, operated by Brooklin Cycle Racing, is 38 horsepower.
The bikes must remain in showroom condition, except for the following changes: 1. Dunlop Sportmax Alpha 13 race spec tires must be utilized; 2. A fluid-retaining, sealed, aftermarket race fairing with number panels must be used; 3. A brake guard protector must be installed; 4. All typical race spec fittings and fasteners must be lock wired or contained.
Optional Changes allowed include:
1. Hindle Exhaust Systems aftermarket racing slip-on pipe can be fitted;
2. Hindle set-back plates can be used with the stock pegs and brackets;
3. Dynojet V Power Commander and Quick Shifter can be fitted;
4. Elka Racing rear shock can be utilized;
5. Restricted front fork modification carried out by Accelerated Technologies, up to and including a K-Tech kit, are permitted;
6. Crash guards or frame sliders can be fitted. All other items must remain as delivered with the original, OE model.
Potential competitors who have requested purchase for one of these built bikes will be contacted by a Canadian Kawasaki Motors District Manager with details regarding their 300 cc racer. Each bike will be sold through the Canadian Kawasaki Dealer network.
Event staff from series organizers Professional Motorsport Productions, opening Shannonville round host RACE and spec tire supplier Pro 6 Cycle were on hand at this past weekend’s Spring Motorcycle Show at the International Centre near the Toronto International Airport, discussing Ninja 300 series details with interested parties.
- From Canadian Kawasaki Motors