Regis Laconi has confirmed that he has ended his partnership with PSG-1 Corse at the end of one of the team's best weekends of the season in Portugal.
Although Laconi revealed to Crash.net
back in September that he didn't plan on remaining with the San Marino-based outfit, it has now been affirmed that Portugal was his final race with them.
Even so, he has at least completed his three-year tenure with 'Team Green' on a relative high as he secured a pair of top ten finishes in what was arguably the Kawasaki's best showing for several months.
While he admits he struggled slightly with the tyres in the first race, Laconi was pleased to be dicing with the Ten Kate Hondas and the Yamahas in the second race.
“After a non perfect start in race 1 I tried to recover positions even if it has been quite difficult. After the first five laps the rear tyre started to deteriorate increasing the difficulty. I have to thank the team for the result I achieved in race 2 as everyone worked extremely well on suspension making the rear part more rigid increasing the adherence on the front tyre.
“This improved a lot the bike's performance and made me able to battle until the end conquering the second 10th position of the day.
“I really want to thank the team for all the seasons spent together and the emotions of these years.”
Team-mate Makoto Tamada, meanwhile, ended a tough first season with Kawasaki on a disappointing note as he ambled to a 19th and 24th place finish. Even so, he is expected to stay with the manufacturer, albeit under the PBM banner, next year.
“It has been a difficult year and I'm really sorry as the team made a great job. We always gave our best aiming better results which unfortunately have not been reached. I thank everyone for the support they always demonstrated and I wish them a brilliant 2009 season.”