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Entering their third full season as the official factory squad in MXGP, the Belgium based Kawasaki Racing Team have full confidence in their full factory mount, the incredible KX450-SR.

The team have been fully immersed in every aspect of the new machine from start to finish which, in turn, has paid dividends in terms of the new 2024 KX450 sold by Kawasaki dealers.

Coordinating the development between the Akashi factory race workshop in Japan and via secret testing at tracks across the globe, KRT and Kawasaki engineers have taken all the established good points of the 2023 machine and upgraded, replaced or redesigned the areas that GP winner, Romain Febvre, singled out for attention.

Traction and grip were also a point of reference in the development stage and the chassis, suspension and wheels were all given special attention to aid the precision of the new factory SR – particularly front end grip and feel, essential when each tenth is crucial at the highest level of racing. And regarding suspension, KRT continues its established approach in 2024 with Febvre using Showa factory items and Seewer riding on factory KYB units.

Electronic rider aids continue to grow in importance and the team have maximised their effectiveness while still delivering the essential feeling of overall control to the riders – a fine balance but something that is a particular skill of the factory, team and technical partners. The KRT KX450-SR riders have at their fingertips, electronic launch control for race starts, traction control and switchable ignition maps all activated and monitored from the onboard Motec ECU.  

Rolling once more on grip hungry and precise Dunlop tyres – and supported by numerous technical and product sponsors – the KRT KX450-SR has proved to be a race winner. Now the challenge for Febvre and Seewer is to get the mighty SR across the line ahead of the following pack to secure both race and championship dominance.


The KX250 four-stroke was launched in 2004 and has been continually developed ever since. A winning machine in MX2 and Supercross at international level and equally successful in national and club racing, the KX250 is a formidable racing machine.

At the final step in the MX competition ladder before the pinnacle of MXGP, the KX250 displays agility, power and predictability plus season-long durability and easy maintenance and is “first choice” for many individual riders and racing teams across the world.

Continual development to maintain the most impressive race-long performance on the market with enviable durability has always been the aim of Kawasaki engineers and the current KX250 features finger-follower valve actuation adapted from the Kawasaki World Superbike program enabling a higher rev limit and more aggressive cam timing (plus lower weight for the valve train assembly) complemented by a lightweight slimline aluminium perimeter frame creating a performance advantage that translates into quicker lap times, resulting in the fastest most-competitive KX250 ever.

Proof of the outstanding competitiveness of the Kawasaki KX250 has been displayed in the FIM WMX Women’s World Motocross Championship in which New Zealand’s Courtney Duncan has raced the producrion model to three consecutive world titles. For 2023 then, the KX250 is in demand as weapon of choice for countless riders and teams globally.