Question regarding Dakar bikes - Kawasaki?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Mongo-, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Mongo-

    Mongo- n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2
    Location:
    Mississippi, Southern USA
    I am a noob to the whole rally racing deal, but it interests me greatly. So please forgive me if this is a bad question. Why is it that there seems to be no one racing Kawasaki bikes in the Dakar rally? Do they just not lend themselves to endurance racing or are there reliability issues?
    #1
  2. Gian

    Gian dreamer

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,350
    Location:
    north east of Italy
    Well, there have been a few entries over the years, also 4 entries for the next edition. Main problem is Kawasaki has never been really interested in rally raid, so no official support. French and Italian importers did some effort in the past, best result was by Italian importer Guido Maletti (6th overall with a KLE500 in 1996 :eek1)
    #2
  3. Mongo-

    Mongo- n00b

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2012
    Oddometer:
    2
    Location:
    Mississippi, Southern USA
    Thanks for the info Gian. I would have thought they would have more interest since they are into most other dirt bike sports.
    #3
  4. Enduro10

    Enduro10 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Oddometer:
    209
    Location:
    Brazil, Southern State
    In Brazil we do have some pilots racing the 450 with champion results :evil
    #4
  5. ZequeArgentina

    ZequeArgentina Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2011
    Oddometer:
    202
    Location:
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Argentinean importers of Kawasaki supports Diego Demelchiori.
    He is a good driver, not top but ok. He can get to top 25 , may be lower 20´s, or close to 18.
    Bike is locally prepared, and it is true, little Kits already developed.

    Last year he finished late 60´s, but run Dakar after almost half a year with no riding due to a broken leg.
    last year Dakar Kawasaki Argentina had a stronger team including 2 more riders.

    Team has some budget problms, he had to cancelPharaons rally as preparation, and decided not to tak part in national championship to keep all budget for Dakar, so things are though to achieve a good result, but there is some potential.
    #5
  6. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2004
    Oddometer:
    23,985
    Location:
    Off Piste
    The big part of it is support from the aftermarket. There is some for Honda, a bit more for Yamaha, and quite a bit for KTM, so invariably, people gravitate towards them because proven parts remove some the the variables out of the equation.
    #6
  7. Goofy1

    Goofy1 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Oddometer:
    407
    Location:
    Frankfart, KY
    Talked with a couple of Kawasaki engineers back in October. They have a keen eye on Dakar but don't presently have home office support. I'm sure that they will be watching intently.
    #7
  8. LUDO

    LUDO Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    974
    Location:
    California
    #8
  9. Myway

    Myway Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,269
    Location:
    Knobby country
    #9
  10. Myway

    Myway Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,269
    Location:
    Knobby country