Kawasaki Drops Out of MotoGP

It’s official: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced Jan. 9, that it will suspend its factory MotoGP racing activities for the 2009 season.

Here’s what the company said in a prepared statement: “Amid a quickly changing business environment, Kawasaki has been promptly taking countermeasures to cope with the situation. As the world economy is not likely to recover in a short period due to the major impact of the financial crisis, Kawasaki decided to suspend its MotoGP racing activities from 2009 season onward and reallocate management resources more efficiently.”

The OEM says it will continue racing activities using “mass-produced motorcycles” and support privateers.

Kawasaki entered MotoGP in 2002. Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Ducati participated in the series during the 2008 season.

- Submitted by Guido Ebert