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Kawasaki confirm Nakano exit.

Kawasaki Racing team manager, Harald Eckl, has officially confirmed that star rider Shinya Nakano will not be with the team in 2007.

"Shinya has decided not to continue with Kawasaki next year, so we are looking at another rider to join our team (alongside Randy de Puniet)," Eckl told ***********.

Nakano, who has taken two podiums during his three seasons at Kawasaki, looks set to move to a satellite Honda team next season - most probably Konica Minolta Honda, replacing countryman Makoto Tamada.

Eckl, meanwhile, ruled out 250GP star Hiroshi Aoyama as a replacement for Nakano, due to an existing contract with KTM - and also dismissed recent rumours that former MotoGP star Max Biaggi would tear up his new Alstare Suzuki WSBK contract to ride for Team Green in 2007.

That was just a rumour. Even Max called me and said 'what's this about me coming to Kawasaki?' and I said 'no Max, we will not contact you about the ride' and that is the end of the rumour and any speculation about Max," explained Eckl.

Aside from Aoyama and Biaggi, Alex Barros, Sete Gibernau and Carlos Checa have also been linked to the Kawasaki seat - although the current lack of a 2007-spec 800cc machine is a concern.

"At the moment the 800 engine is on the dyno. I think Kawasaki will test it with a test rider in Japan in November and hopefully our (2007) riders will test it before the end of this year," said Eckl.
 

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"At the moment the 800 engine is on the dyno. I think Kawasaki will test it with a test rider in Japan in November and hopefully our (2007) riders will test it before the end of this year"

So team green will have another bike that takes 4 years to bring up to par and they will change the rules agin.
 

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sweet i hope he goes to KM..i think hell do better than tamada
 

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For some reason I liked the Kawi's..maybe because they're an underdog bike and you know it's mostly the rider that's contributing to the lap times..Nakano's one of my favorite riders, the guy is slick..Hopefully KM can give him a competitive package...That should make things pretty intresting..We might get to see another face battling it out at the front of the pack
 

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Nakano is a very talented rider, I could see him making more podiums on a Honda.
+1........
 

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Yeah Shinya will do much better on the Honda.

Kawasaki is making the same mistake they made 4 years ago: lagging behind with bike development.

They'll just end-up slapping a new engine in the current zx-rr frame and call it a day. Just like when they bored out a WSB spec zx-7rr for the first year of MotoGP. Man, what a disaster that bike was.

Good thing Shinya is leaving because that team is going nowhere fast - well slow if you consider the zx-rr's track record. I guess Kawasaki isn't very serious about winning in MotoGP.
 

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I thik one reason they lag behind is lack of major sponsorship.
As for the development time, i thik if they get the right rider development will be very quick, they need someone that can talk to em the way Rossi talks to the Yami mechs, so they actually know what to fix. Since biaggi os out of it, maybe theyll get ole boy back from WSBK, hes good to go, i think he'd be able to help make a better, faster bike.
 

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I thik one reason they lag behind is lack of major sponsorship.
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Wasn't last year that Biaggi tried to get a kawi ride with camel money and they argued with camel over the color of the bike?

I guess Kawasaki isn't very serious about winning in MotoGP.
I think the only thing they're serious about winning is the AMA Supersport circuit; Yamaha and Honda will have alot to say about that next year.
 

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Well either way Kawi willbe fine, their bike and other products sell well, and theyre owned by Fuji Heavy Industries, so its not like moeny is an issue for their parent comapny
 
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