Kawasaki Aircraft bought out an ailing motorcycle manufacturer called Meguro Manufacturing Co. Ltd with whom they had been in partnership and later formed Kawasaki Motor Sales. In 1963, Kawasaki and Meguro merged to form Kawasaki Motorcycle Co. Ltd. Kawasaki motorcycles from 1962 through 1967 used an emblem which can be described as a flag within a wing.
Kawasaki is traditionally associated with green. Grand Prix, MotoGP Kawasaki’s first title was with Dave Simmonds in 1969 when they won the 125 cc World Championship. Kawasaki dominated the 250 cc and 350 cc grand prix classes from 1978 to 1982 winning four titles in each category. With the introduction of the four-stroke engines into MotoGP in 2002, Kawasaki decided to take part in the new MotoGP World Championship. Kawasaki formed Kawasaki Motors Racing, a European subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries responsible for managing the racing activities of the MotoGP team and any other motorcycle racing activities Kawasaki may enter in the future.
Kawasaki’s involvement in the World Superbike Championship started in 1990 with the USA-based Team Muzzy Kawasaki until 1996. Between 1997 and 2002 Kawasaki gave factory backing to the Harald Eckl’s team, based in Germany, while Muzzy focused on the AMA Superbike domestic series. From 2003 to 2008 only privateer teams like Bertocchi and PSG-1 entered the world championship, with small factory support. In 2009 Kawasaki officially returned to SBK with Paul Bird Motorsport. In 2012 Kawasaki switched its factory support to the Spain-based Provec Racing team. Kawasaki has won several superbike racing championships. They won the rider’s Superbike World Championship in 1993 with Scott Russell and two decades later in 2013 with Tom Sykes, as well as nine AMA Superbike Championships with riders such as Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey. During the 1990s they also dominated the Endurance World Championship.
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