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Kawasaki speak: No decision made.

Kawasaki has seemingly broken its silence over the rumours they are withdrawing from MotoGP by claiming that no decision has been formally made yet.

A week since news first broke that they were on the verge of quitting the series, owing to the global economic crisis, an anonymous source has apparently revealed for the first time that it is 'under consideration'.

According to Agent France Presse, Kawasaki are still in the process of evaluating whether it would be worth pulling out having already sunk a considerable amount of money in securing riders John Hopkins and Marco Melandri, as well as developing the 2009-specification bike.

"The issue is under consideration," the source said. "We have made no decision. We are in contact with parties concerned so that we can decide our future course of action.”

Those 'parties concerned' could be Jorge Martinez, who is touted to be taking on the team under the semi-works Aspar banner.

Indeed, with Dorna determined to keep up the numbers on the grid to a respectable level, the retention of Kawasaki as a fifth manufacturer is crucial in their plans, particularly as the economic downturn is expected to grip the sport further into 2009.

The withdrawal of Kawasaki Heavy Industries would see them join Japanese counterparts Honda, Suzuki and Subaru in scaling back their motorsport plans this year in a bid to ride out the storm.

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Nibbs - Unregistered

January 08, 2009 11:52 AM

Is motogp pricing itself out?? Is it just too expensive to run bikes in motogp?? WSB and BSB are both great racing standards (and AMA for that matter) on bikes that we, the general public, can relate to, motogp bikes are awsome machines, there is no denying that, but they mean very little to production machines (except development I guess). The motogp races are all down to 2 or three riders over the last few years and it is getting a bit predictable on who will be on the podium after each race. At least with WSB and BSB it's a shoot out to the line with some great tight races.

Trailbike - Unregistered

January 08, 2009 2:19 AM

What's the point to have the Kwacks in Motogp with little or no development from last year ? Last again ? Kawasaki should shift their money and engineering to SBK and AMA. I think Hopkins would do well in SBK. Melandri, I'm not so sure, hope Honda can find him some ride.

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