I rode one last week, and it is heavy and outdated, but not actually a bad bike if you a) modify it enough to race in superbike, or b) don't race. My point was simply that it's not as if they race a completely different bike while the other guys are on stockers, they're all playing by the same rules and no one's bikes are the same as what's in the showrooms. The Kaw is a good enough platform that the race bike can still snag a win now and then and be fairly competitive for the most part. Of course it's mostly the rider, it's always been that way unless one bike really makes a design jump.
And by the way, thank you for refraining from using smileys, das. No one wants to see that $#&%.