In Superbike the much-lauded Ninja ZX-10R proved its abilities with a Superpole win at Misano first of all and then a debut race victory, at the Nurburgring in September. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike) was the man who took the big new Ninja to these levels just as soon as the opportunity arose. His team-mate Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was a top five man three times in his rookie season, despite starting the year with the lingering effects of injury picked up in 2010, while riding in World Supersport. Joan proved his worth as a Superbike rider in year one by finishing only four points from a top ten finish in the final rankings. Sadly for third official KRT Rider Chris Vermeulen pre-existing injuries held him back from showing his true abilities all year, a problem made worse when he picked up an injured elbow during the 2011 season itself. Lascorz and Sykes will return in official Kawasaki colours next year.