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Old 12-30-2008, 02:25 PM   #1
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MotoGP: Kawasaki poised to quit MotoGP?

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Kawasaki look poised to announce a withdrawal from MotoGP with immediate effect over the next week.

According to several sources, Kawasaki are plotting an exit from the premier motorcycle class after just six seasons in the top flight, although it isn't immediately certain whether the global economic downturn or their poor results are the primary factor in the decision.

Indeed, while Kawasaki has shown flashes of speed over the years with Randy de Puniet, Shinya Nakano and Olivier Jacque all getting close to a victory with a second place finish apiece, the team is regularly considered to be the 'fifth' best manufacturer team.

Their issues were compounded in 2008 when the combination of John Hopkins and Anthony West managed a best of fifth place each, helping Kawasaki to ninth place in the ten-strong team championship, ahead of only the one-man LCR Honda outfit.

Nonetheless, as a sign of how quickly this decision has come, preparations for 2009 were seemingly well underway, with Hopkins and new team-mate, Ducati exile Marco Melandri, out testing earlier this month in Australia.

However, despite the inclusion of a GP winner to their line-up, it seems Kawasaki will become another major name to scale back their involvement in motorsport, following on from Japanese counterparts Honda, Suzuki and Subaru.

Indeed, despite their limited success over the years, the loss of one of the most distinctive entrants is a major blow to the series, not least because it lowers the number of official MotoGP entries to just 17 next year.

Furthermore, it isn't clear what this will mean for the team's World Superbike effort, which has also struggled in recent seasons. They recently announced that their bikes will be run under the Paul Bird Motorsport banner in 2009.
I really hope this doesn't happen
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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Oh what a BLESSING this would be! I will stand with the crowd, on the front row, and wave goodbye to Kawasaki with a GIANT smile on my face, especially when I watch John "I've never made a good decision in my life" Hopkins slowly slip out of sight.

Please folks, don't be angry or sad at Kawasaki's decision to leave MotoGP, this is a GREAT humanitarian statement. It's no different than watching your dog suffer year after year and finally deciding to put a bullet through its head and bury it in the back yard.

Thank you Kawasaki, and GOODBYE!!!
Where's the green love??
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:47 PM   #5
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Where's the green love??
i wonder if they will stop making bikes sooner or later
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:50 PM   #6
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i wonder if they will stop making bikes sooner or later
That I doubt. Kawasaki still enjoys a fair share of the consumer motorcycle market. Which is surprising seeing as they have not won a superbike race in 5+ years.
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Not surprised....
me neither, Kawi hasn't been strong in this series and only in AMA are they doing well. i hate to see the likes of Melandri not getting a good chance to ravage the kawi team through the field of better and more suitable bikes and riders. it's a shame to see them go but, it sucks always finishing way back in the field where no one wants to finish.

Go KAWI
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me neither, Kawi hasn't been strong in this series and only in AMA are they doing well. i hate to see the likes of Melandri not getting a good chance to ravage the kawi team through the field of better and more suitable bikes and riders. it's a shame to see them go but, it sucks always finishing way back in the field where no one wants to finish.

Go KAWI
It's squids like you 2 to have made KAWI fail!!!!
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It's squids like you 2 to have made KAWI fail!!!!
you know you want one Marty Mart!!!!!

i love my kawi. it has never treated my wrong!
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you know you want one Marty Mart!!!!!

i love my kawi. it has never treated my wrong!
well I remember once an yellow sv kept staying ahead of a certain someone's green kawi...


All jokes aside I like those ZX10's even though I have yet to ride one at the track I liked it on the back roads.

This might be temporary so that Kawi can get their together in the future.
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The only reason kawi has any decent sales numbers is becouse of ignorant people who know nothing about motorcycles who think becouse the bike says ninja on the side, its the fastest thing out there.
At least they had the sense to sell a small-displacement sportbike for short people in the US. If it weren't for them, I'd still be falling over in parking lots and hollering for somebody to catch me in the pits at TWS (Texas World Speedway).
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well I remember once an yellow sv kept staying ahead of a certain someone's green kawi...


All jokes aside I like those ZX10's even though I have yet to ride one at the track I liked it on the back roads.

This might be temporary so that Kawi can get their together in the future.
honestly, since you got rid of that SV, you've slowed down. i believe that you rode the out of that thing! you should kick your own for letting it go. that thing was sweet.
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The only reason kawi has any decent sales numbers is becouse of ignorant people who know nothing about motorcycles who think becouse the bike says ninja on the side, its the fastest thing out there.
you have a real hatred for Kawi! why is that?
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honestly, since you got rid of that SV, you've slowed down. i believe that you rode the out of that thing! you should kick your own for letting it go. that thing was sweet.
I agree. I think it was a combination of things that hampered my progress this season and getting rid of the SV was a major one. Next season will be different though and I will likely be riding a twin again.

I miss that yellow bug killer
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KAWI will be back hopefully. Sucks to see any team leave even if they perform poorly especially a big name like this.
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KAWI will be back hopefully. Sucks to see any team leave even if they perform poorly especially a big name like this.
i guess Kawi just doesn't have the same level of support as the Ducati and Yamaha in this series!
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i love my kawi. it has never treated my wrong!
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i was going to ask that. James didn't you say something like "her bike turns better"? Pretty sure I overheard you say that a few times that day
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"However, despite the inclusion of a GP winner to their line-up, it seems Kawasaki will become another major name to scale back their involvement in motorsport, following on from Japanese counterparts Honda, Suzuki and Subaru."

So is this saying those 3 did the same thing?
They did, just not all in MotoGP.
Honda and Zook out of AMA, I think Subaru pulled from Rally or something.
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