Showa Concludes Sponsorship Agreement with Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing Team

February 18, 2019

Showa Corporation is pleased to announce that it has concluded a sponsorship agreement with Kawasaki Racing Team, which takes part in the Superbike World Championship ("WSBK," hereafter). In addition to supplying its race-spec Front Forks and Rear Cushions under the agreement, Showa will also provide support to the team.

Kawasaki Racing Team takes part in the WSBK, the pinnacle of commercially available motorcycle road races. Over the 2015 to 2018 seasons, team rider Jonathan Rea has captured an historic four straight champtionship titles. The team has also clinched the manufacturer's title for four straight seasons.

To ensure team victory in a field of intensive races representing the pinnacle of commercially available motorcycles, the team has cultivated a spirit of taking on challenges. With this agreement, Showa hopes to enhance the Showa brand around the world and apply the technologies and reliability gained in races to its mass-produced products.

Thank you for all of your continued support.

〈Team Structure〉

1. Name Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Riders  Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam
3. Machine  Ninja ZX-10RR

〈Overview of Race Support〉

1. Supplied Products 2019 racing Front Forks (Balance Free Front Fork - TSP),
2019 racing Rear Cushions (Balance Free Rear Cushion Lite)
*Balance Free Technology is a proprietary suspension technology of Showa Corporation.
2. Support Suspension setting service, Sponsorship