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Old 02-12-2009, 08:02 AM   #1
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Valentino Rossi doubts Kawasaki quit motives

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Reigning world champion Valentino Rossi has voiced doubts that Kawasaki quit the MotoGP world championship purely because of the global economic crisis.

Kawasaki quit MotoGP at the beginning of January, citing the worldwide recession as its prime reason for reducing the premier class grid to a 17-rider field in 2009.

The move also left Marco Melandri and John Hopkins without a ride, though there has been constant rumours yet no confirmation that a rescue package could keep the two ZX-RR machines on the grid next season.

Like many though, Rossi believes Kawasaki’s dire fortunes in 2008 contributed heavily to its decision to withdraw.

Hopkins and team-mate Anthony West had a nightmare campaign last season, finishing 16th and 18th respectively.

Fiat Yamaha rider Rossi said: “The situation now is not very good, not just for MotoGP but for all of motorsport and the world in general. We have to wait to understand but 2009 will be a difficult year for everybody.

"But I don’t know what they (Kawasaki) decide to stop. Only the manufacturers know how much the disaster is.

"But it looks like Kawasaki stopped because the performance is very bad and I hear they try the new bike (in Australia) and it is not a lot better than old bike.

"And the old bike was very slow. So maybe Kawasaki took this opportunity to say it’s enough.”
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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C'est la vie...let's blame it on the economy...
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I'm sure it was a combination of both the race results and the economy.
Why stay in a race if you can't afford to invest the R&D to make a competitive package. That money would be better saved and spent somewhere else IMO.
Still sad to see them leave.
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Heck atleast they didn't blame it on Bush. Everyone else does. Sheeeesh
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Heck atleast they didn't blame it on Bush. Everyone else does. Sheeeesh
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Just reiterating what we already knew. Kawasaki=Kawsuki.

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I'm sure it was a combination of both the race results and the economy.
Why stay in a race if you can't afford to invest the R&D to make a competitive package. That money would be better saved and spent somewhere else IMO.Still sad to see them leave.

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Just reiterating what we already knew. Kawasaki=Kawsuki.

J/K

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what's your take on the new WSBK colours????
Alrova says it looks like a Suzuki
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what's your take on the new WSBK colours????
Alrova says it looks like a Suzuki
I liked'em WAY better in testing trim... Just my two cents. All black with the numbers down the side...HAWGT!!

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Dont forget the Kawi is still in WSBK with Broc Parkes on board. He tested well on that ride too.. Its not completely dead yet..
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I liked'em WAY better in testing trim... Just my two cents. All black with the numbers down the side...HAWGT!!

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Tommy, Ben, get the fvck out of the picture. You're ruining this for me.
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I liked'em WAY better in testing trim... Just my two cents. All black with the numbers down the side...HAWGT!!

Valentino Rossi doubts Kawasaki quit motives
+219837198237 see grinchy, not all Yamaha lovers like the new suzuki colors

The testing bike looks better, more like a race bike and not so much like a street bike
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Tommy, Ben, get the fvck out of the picture. You're ruining this for me.
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+219837198237 see grinchy, not all Yamaha lovers like the new suzuki colors
The testing bike looks better, more like a race bike and not so much like a street bike
dude, it does not look like a Suzuki but I do agree that the testing bike looks the dogs danglies
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