Fabien Foret is getting close to confirming he will ride a Kawasaki in this season's World Supersport Championship, signalling a return to the manufacturer he last raced for in 2007.
Having been left without a ride following Yamaha's decision to withdraw its factory-backed operation, former champion Foret has been in close links with the Lorenzini team, who in turn are seeking a switch from the Japanese manufacturer.
With Lorenzini having taken delivery of a ZX-6R, Foret has already tested with the team with a few to joining full-time in 2010. Indeed, the Frenchman insists just a few details need to be confirmed first.
"Now I am in France, then going to Italy to see the team, then we go to Portimao, and the Wednesday after that I go back to Australia. I will go back to Melbourne to get back into training. We just have to get some things confirmed first."
"The Lorenzini Kawasaki will have suspension from Andreani and Öhlins, but the engines will come from Japan. Electronics may be the system Lorenzini used last year, which works OK because we used it in a previous test in December. I was already pretty fast in the test, about half a second from Lascorz, and without a finished engine spec. Now we will wait and see what happens in Portimao."
With twelve race wins, Foret is currently the third most successful World Supersport rider in history, behind Kenan Sofuoglu
and countryman Sebastien Charpentier.