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Avintia confirms Ducati MotoGP talks - alongside 'Yamaha and even Kawasaki'

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Yearby23

July 24, 2014 12:24 PM

Hector Barbera is one rider for me who's never had a fair crack in MotoGP regarding a competitive ride.
He's won several races in 125cc and 250cc and finished runner up in both classes.
3 Years on a Pramac Ducati has tainted his GP career to a point where he'll be stuck in the Open class category with Aoyama...another rider who deserves better.

EdOz

July 25, 2014 5:40 AM

Kawasaki will probably win its second consecutive title this year in WSBK... it'd be great if they focused a bit more on MotoGP and maybe brought in a full factory team for 2016. We'd finally have all the major players in the top sport again!

I know they didn't do that great first time out but with the size of KHI, if they ever decide to really have a go at MotoGP, watch out everyone... 'cause their pockets are even deeper than Honda's.

kma55

July 24, 2014 9:38 PM

It would be great to see Kawasaki back, I know the mention of them doesn't mean a full factory prototype, but maybe one day.. They've shown in wsbk they know how to make a decent bike. Gotta love the green bikes...

RaceRoad

July 25, 2014 3:52 PM

Shrimpling: Why would Kawasaki want to spend £50 Million to come 10th in MotoGP when they can continue spending £5 Million and win WSB??


i have almost the same thought but then about duc. why stay in MotoGP? they dont even win in wsbk! kawa does. think its time for duc to quit asap. because the panigale or fail-igale is nothing.
So i would say come kawa and leave duc

V4Poweeeer

July 29, 2014 4:33 AM
Last Edited 117 days ago

@RSMick

I find the same misconception with Honda some people read their annual report and assume this 500 mil dollar figure for R&D is the budget for the rc213v and pretend like that is the only project Honda motorcycles could possibly think of to spend their R&D budget on. I doubt the Mugen that won the TT Zero class this year was cheap to build.

For Kawasaki they could walk away from motorcycles and their other businesses probably wouldn't notice. I remain hopeful that Kawasaki can come back to Motogp in some competitive form even if they just provided engines as that's one thing Kawasaki is very good at imo.

I'm not very hopeful of an announcement in the near future though.

The Aprilia coming back early rumors have me perplexed at the moment I don't see how Aprilia can hope to sustain a WSBK and motogp factory efforts unless they are going to do it half a$$ed.

The only positive for these less competitive companies is that 2016 has spec software and new tyres.

RSMick

July 28, 2014 12:47 PM
Last Edited 117 days ago

V4, I think its more they have never been any good at it.

Its not really to do with KHI, they are just the holdings company, decisions will be made at Motorcycle division, they will decide which brings more sales and developement.
Winning WSB where TV and attendances are terrible, and the WC (and the rest of the riders) has the pull of a bollard. Or Motogp where they will be at the back but more exposure? Kawasaki need Dorna more than the other way round.

RSMick

July 27, 2014 12:34 PM

ZXR-RR bodywork, chassis being built out of the same factory as the WSB bike (no their not stock), engines by Akira and the presence of Akikoto Ishida as a technical director guess who his employer is?
Kawasaki's back door effort has been poor but interesting but it should disappear.

As for Suzuki, I do not think they have ever been bothered about winning GP, for them its just about the publicity it brings.

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