By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 90.25%
2020 Kawasaki Z H2
Editor Score: 90.25%
When one thinks about Las Vegas, thoughts naturally tend towards gambling, bright lights, overpriced restaurants (or buffet food), and desert heat – not standing beside the road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the temperature on the wrong side of 40° while a 200-hp beast idles its way to operating temperature. This is the type of scenario where having track rubber with tire warmers would be significantly less desirable than the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III street tires the 2020 Kawasaki Z H2 I was about to mount was sporting. The first lap would suck the heat out of those toasty warm sticky track compounds rendering them useless. Street tires, however, have a much broader operational temperature envelope.
So, we tiptoed out onto the track to follow a Kawasaki rider for a lap or two while we tried to learn the layout of the course and warm our tires before we were set loose. A couple of laps into the first session, I entered a dual-apex left hander, clipped the first apex, drifted wide, and then dialed in more lean to come back for the second apex. At this moment, the handlebar folded towards the steering lock…
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