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Kawasaki responds to Hickman WSBK switch

Kawasaki responds to Peter Hickman's decision to ride the FIXI Crescent Suzuki in the World Superbike Championship this weekend.
Kawasaki UK and MSS Bathams Kawasaki have intimated its displeasure that Peter Hickman is riding the FIXI Crescent Suzuki in the World Superbike Championship this weekend.

Hickman was announced as the surprise replacement for the injured John Hopkins on the eve of the Donington Park event, the Briton competing despite his contract with Kawasaki in the British Superbike Championship.

However, while Suzuki had expressed thanks to the rival manufacturer for Hickman to ride this weekend, Kawasaki has responded by saying it did not 'release' its rider to compete.

“It is being reported in some sections of the media that MSS Bathams Kawasaki rider, Peter Hickman, has been released by the team to compete on a rival manufacturer machine as part of the Donington Park round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship.

“MSS Bathams Kawasaki and Kawasaki Motors UK wish to assert that this is not the case, that Peter Hickman has not been released by the team to take part in the event and has made the decision to take part of his own volition.

“Neither MSS Bathams Kawasaki or Kawasaki Motors UK will make any further statement at this time.”

Hickman, who has qualified 19th for his WSBK debut, is currently classified 20th in the 2012 BSB standings.


Tagged as: Kawasaki , Suzuki , Peter Hickman

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Mason

May 12, 2012 5:14 PM

@pizdoff sorry don't wanna argue but i have to disagree with you. At the end of the day MSS are a business and one of there employees has gone to help a rival company without even getting it approved. If someone worked at asda then went promoting Tesco while still being employed by asda they'd get sacked. why should it be different just cuz its racing. as his boss i think mss would be right to have a few words with him. the other side is if they don't then it will look like there riders walk all over them and they could loose sponsors. I also think its strange he is wearing kawasaki leathers with bathams on the back, fixi could of least given him some proper team leathers



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