Last month, Kawasaki quit MotoGP. Now, it seems that after some Geneva Convention-defying negotiations with Dorna, the team will race with one rider this year. Kawasaki’s decision to go with former Ducati rider Marco Melandri is already proving controversial; a lawsuit is expected from John Hopkins.
Kawasaki originally pulled out of the series citing costs, but Dorna
threatened to fine the manufacturer $28.7 million for breach of
contract. Since development of the 2009 ZX-RR was already completed, we
assume Kawasaki found it cheaper to enter Melandri in the series than
to pay the fine.
MCN reports that Hopkins is now due to ride alongside Leon Haslam for Stiggy Honda in World Superbike.
Expect an official announcement very soon, we’ll keep you updated.