The uncertainty surrounding Yamaha's participation in the 2010 World Supersport Championship looks set to spur former winner Fabien Foret onto pastures new after being linked to a return to Kawasaki.
Foret has raced a Yamaha for the past two seasons, but is yet to taste the same kind of success he enjoyed on his way to the 2002 title with Ten Kate Honda. Furthermore, with the Japanese manufacturer undecided about its plans to continue in 2010, Foret's participation in the series is now under threat.
Nonetheless, the Frenchman is being lined up for a switch to Kawasaki, whom he has previously raced for in Supersports, and the Italian-based Lorenzini team, who in turn are plotting its own move from Yamaha.
After a modestly successful season with sole entrant Michele Pirro, Loreznini team manager Vanni Lorenzini admits his team's participation in the 2010 series is not confirmed, but reveals he has already taken delivery of a Kawasaki ZX-6R with the intention of testing Foret before Christmas.
"Kawasaki showed considerable appreciation for the work done by my team and said they would be willing to start up a major collaboration with us in racing,” he said. “The support would not be limited to the supply of bikes and technical material but the team could possibly become an official outfit.
"We hope to go testing with Fabien Foret at Almeria, but we need to know which direction to take for the set-up of the cycle parts.”
Kawasaki enjoyed a revival of fortunes in 2009, winning its first race in two years in the hands of Provec Motocard's Joan Lascorz, an upturn in form that is expected to prompt an increased number of customer 'green machines' on the grid in 2010.
One of the most experienced riders on the WSS grid, Foret has won twelve Supersport races in a career spanning almost a decade, including Kawasaki's last win before Lascorz.