• Dec 31st 2008 at 10:29AM
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These are not happy days for Japanese motorsport fans. Following Honda's withdrawal from Formula One and Suzuki and Subaru's dual withdrawals from the World Rally Championship come reports that Kawasaki is pulling out of MotoGP.

The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer entered the premier two-wheel racing series in 2003 with hopes to take top honors, but in its five seasons of competition, it has failed to record a single victory. The factory team had hoped to make a go of it with a pair of new riders and their new ZZ-XR racing bike, but hard times mean that it's time to call it quits. Confirmation of Kawasaki's decision is expected to come on January 5, leaving MotoGP in an even tougher spot as it watches rival series World Superbike Championship gain BMW and Aprilia.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree that the Honda deal was pretty substantial, especially with the success they had in those series. But Kawasaki wasn't exactly leading any charges in MotoGP.

      And this looks like it's going to be a good year to get back into watching World Superbike. With Ben Spies joining the fray and BMW's new bike in the mix, it should be quite exciting.

      Where's the dead pool for NASCAR?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, they are taking their ball and going home because they can't win?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda also withdrawing from AMA was huge, in the same league as Subaru leaving WRC, if not more so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe WSBK is going to return to it's glory years when it was more popular than the GPs. WSBK will have 7 factories in the fray and many riders that will be in Moto GP or have been there already. Excepting the AMA/DMG debacle, it should be an awesome 2 wheeled racing season!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sadly for Kawasaki, but I hope that Harley Davidson will bring back MV-Agusta to the VM for motorcycles the MOTO-GP
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that knows Kawasaki is a US company, started in the 60's?

      I mean really.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, that's not true at all. What was started in the 60's was a DISTRIBUTION network only. They imported bikes from Japan and renamed them Omegas for a number of years, before switching to the Kawasaki name. The motorcycle division is owned by Kawasaki Heavy, which is a Japanese company based in Kobe and Tokyo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        fair enough. I stand corrected.

        just always knew them as a US company, even as Kawasaki Motors Corp USA from the early days
      • 6 Years Ago
      I never understood the need for 4 Big Japs. To me, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha is pretty much the same thing with different brand colors. Chevy and Pontiac. Remove any two of them, it nothing will change.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is quite an inaccurate assessment of the situation. If you actually were familiar with each manufacturer's machines, you would see quite a lot of differences.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol....what're you doing here on autoblog just leave and browse some other website. There's internet sites catered to morons with your mindset.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You do realize they're all different companies, right? That's like saying sony TVs are pretty good, so they should be the only one allowed to make them.

        You're an idiot.
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