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PSG-1 stay with Kawasaki, sign Badovini.

Despite the loss of factory backing, PSG-1 Corse will persevere with Kawasaki machinery for the 2009 World Superbike Championship, while promising youngster Ayrton Badovini will lead their challenge.

Having seen their contract as Kawasaki's works outfit transferred to Paul Bird Motorsport, the San-Marino based team were rumoured to be returning to the Ducati fold having enjoyed decent success with them up until 2004.

However, the team have since confirmed to Crash.net that they will remain affiliated with Kawasaki in 2009, albeit as a privateer team. Now able to develop and research the bikes away from Kawasaki factory influence, PSG-1 will run the same ZX-10Rs they competed with in 2008.

As for riders, Badovini will graduate to PSG-1 after season spent adapting to Superbike machinery at Team Pedercini.

Badovini, who was set to race for PSG-1 in 2008 before Makoto Tamada became available, was one of the unheralded stars of the season as he challenged the strength of the factory team on his unfancied, year-old Kawasaki.

A Superpole contender on several occasions, Badovini managed a best result of ninth place over the course of the season, on home ground at Monza. Finishing the season 24th overall, the Italian was just four positions behind MotoGP race winner Tamada on the latest Kawasaki.

He will be joined by a second rider, although their identity is yet to be confirmed.


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Gaz - Unregistered

November 20, 2008 12:23 PM

That is a pity for Badovini IMO. Was hoping that PSG-1 were going to switch to Ducati''s but obviously Laconi and DFX have gotten it instead. Ayrton was on the season''s stars IMO and having to ride the clearly poor ZX-10R next year is not good for his career. Just hope that he can put Tamada and Brookes to shame on the "official" Kawasaki bikes. Tamada was crap this season and it should have been Badovini who was promoted to the factory team. Laconi didn''t deserve a Ducati either, so Ayrton has come of worst out of all this. A pity.

Boo - Unregistered

November 20, 2008 4:28 PM

I'd guess they've just been allowed to keep the bikes they have for free. Rather than spend loads of money on a new package and then even more developing it, they can pump money into development of these bikes instead. Perhaps they always knew what they wanted to do with the bikes, but couldn't do because of Kawasaki interference..? Either that or there weren't any customer bikes available given DFX seem to have got the Ducati and there are plenty of Hondas on the grid already.



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