Kawasaki is quitting AMA/DMG Pro Racing citing
a lack of foresight that was pervasive throughout the industry the economy. Where does this leave DMG? Without Buell, without Kawasaki, without Honda, without Mat Mladin, without prize money; basically without a point. Much less damning press release below. >
KAWASAKI MOTORS CORP., U.S.A. SUSPENDS ROAD RACING FOR 2010 SEASON
IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) ? Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
announced the company will not participate in the AMA Pro Racing road
racing series in 2010.
“While we’ve always considered road racing an integral part of our
sportbike development process, the realities of the current economic
situation dictate the temporary suspension of our U.S. road racing
activities,” said Bruce Stjernstrom, marketing director.
Kawasaki’s long history of successful road racing includes 20 AMA
series championships. Among the many champions who have worn the
Kawasaki lime green racing leathers are Reg Pridmore, Eddie Lawson,
Wayne Rainey, Miguel Duhamel, Scott Russell, Doug Chandler, Eric
Bostrom and more recently Tommy Hayden and Roger Hayden.
“We expect to see eventual improvements in the general economic
condition and Kawasaki will reevaluate its road racing position as we
monitor those issues,” said Stjernstrom.