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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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