The ex-works, Kawasaki France, Le Mans 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours, Bol d'Or
1989 Kawasaki 750cc ZXR-7 TTF1 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. ZXR7-00389
The French have always been passionate about endurance racing, be it on two wheels or four, but then that's hardly surprising given the international status of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race. In long-distance motorcycle racing, French riders have dominated the premier series from its inception as the FIM Coupe d'Endurance in 1975 - won by Georges Godier and Alain Genoud on a Kawasaki - through to the Endurance World Championship of today. Japanese manufacturers have been happy to let French satellite or importer teams fly the flag for them in World Endurance, Kawasaki's long-term representation in the series being the responsibility of Kawasaki France, a member of the C Itoh group of companies.
This machine is one of four works bikes supplied to Kawasaki France in 1989 for the World Endurance Championship. It is one of only two still in existence and was used as a support bike during 1990 by the three winners of the Kawa Moto Revue Cup. The more successful of these two survivors, '0389' enjoyed its best results the following season when it finished 7th in the Le Mans 24 Hours, 4th in the Spa 24 Hours and 15th at the Bol d'Or. Riders were Stéphane Coutelle, Christophe Mouzin and Jehan d'Orgeix.
This historic Kawasaki endurance racer was purchased by the lady vendor's late father at Bonhams' Stafford sale in October 2006 (Lot 686) and since acquisition has been kept in dry storage. Finished in black with prominent 'Century' sponsor's decals, '0389' is offered with a detailed Rapport d'Expertise (appraisal) prepared in November 2000 by Conseil Auto, of Eaubonne, for Kawasaki Motors France, authenticating the machine and its competition record, and stating that it has been rebuilt to original specification by KMF technicians. The machine was serviced by Kawasaki Motors France mechanics immediately prior to sale in March 2002 and this is the last occasion it ran. A rare opportunity to acquire a unique, ex-works, prototype racing motorcycle with significant competition history.