Kawasaki in world championship change-of-mind
Kawasaki Kawasaki (käwä`säkē), city (1990 pop. 1,173,603), Kanagawa prefecture, central Honshu, Japan, on Tokyo Bay. Located in the Tokyo-Yokohama industrial area, it has steel mills, shipyards, oil refineries, engineering works, and , who last month said they were withdrawing from the world motorcycling championship as a consequence of the global economic crisis, announced on Thursday Thursday: see week. that they will run one machine in the 2009 series.
Italy's Marco Melandri Marco Melandri born July 7 1982 has been handed the ride with the factory team. is an Italian MotoGP road racer currently racing for Honda Gresini Team. Melandri also a former 250cc World Champion in 2002.
"Kawasaki announces that after constructive talks between Kawasaki, (world championship organisers) Dorna and other involved parties, a new one-rider team will participate in the 2009 MotoGP Championship season," said a team statement.
"This decision was made after negotiations that followed Kawasaki?s January 2009 announcement to suspend its factory supported MotoGP activities due to the economic crisis.
"The rider for the new MotoGP team will be the Italian Marco Melandri. The team will be equipped with Kawasaki motorcycles Kawasaki is one of the world's major manufacturers of motorcycles with an extensive product line. The Ninja sport bike and Vulcan cruiser are the primary models of today's Kawasaki line up. In racing their team color is green. and supporting materials."