With Suzuki going out of MotoGP at the end of the season, speculation about which manufacturer might replace the Hamamatsu -based brand remains an important topic.
Aprilia and Yamaha have been mentioned in the form of a satellite team, but one manufacturer that we can officially come out of is replacing Suzuki Kawasaki.
Winner of eight WorldSBK championships since the series began in 1988, six of which have come into the hands of Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki chose to leave MotoGP in 2009 for financial reasons.
And while rumors have spread in previous seasons about a possible return, it’s ‘difficult’ [for a lack of a better word] the relationship remains between Kawasaki and those in charge of MotoGP.
But with Kawasaki often the benchmark in Superbikes, plus a team that owns Rea, many riders would agree that given the chance to compete in the Grand prix paddock, Suzuki’s retreat could be the perfect opportunity to produce a surprise, but it’s amazing.
After speaking with KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, it became clear that the move was not in Kawasaki’s interest.
Speaking with Crash.net, Roda made a statement to Kawasaki, which read: “Regarding Suzuki’s affairs, every company has its own strategy and it’s not true that I give my opinion on strategy because I don’t know everything. Fact. Indeed, over the years, life is changing and the world is evolving, so businesses and companies have to adapt.In any decision there are always good and bad points, but, as I said, this is Suzuki’s business and not theirs.
“I’m sure Suzuki and Dorna will find the best solution to get out of this, because everyone loves this world of racing. Racing is definitely expensive, and companies need to constantly check the reasons why they race and correct them properly to make sure. It’s an investment that’s worth it.” good and understood by everyone involved.
“From Kawasaki’s point of view, several years ago, I believe KMC Japan decided to focus on the WorldSBK Championship for a number of major reasons and there are still those reasons.”
Selling mass production road bikes trumps MotoGP racing says Kawasaki
“The brand value of the media exposure embodied by WorldSBK is excellent and shows Kawasaki’s quality and serious work ethic. At KRT, we feel this helps sell many other models, not just Ninja. Motorcycles are a passion and, with racing., We confirm. this passion KRT tries to share this with all Kawasaki fans in the world.
“Technically, at WorldSBK we use a mass production model, it is more logical to race this way than to make a new chassis, engine or aerodynamics every year like in MotoGP. For Kawasaki and KRT it is easier to manage internal resources connected with R&D and mass production street bikes from trying to make a racing show with bikes final customers can’t buy to use street.
“At KRT, we try our best in every race and every test to improve the package and also inspire Kawasaki fans around the world, whatever engine they ride. I personally believe that is the spirit of Kawasaki racing.”
While the return to MotoGP for Kawasaki will attract fans around the world and give us the opportunity to see Rea fight with MotoGP world champions Fabio Quartararo, Marc Marquez and Francesco Bagnaia, Suzuki’s replacement is unlikely to come from the manufacturer. outside the current MotoGP racing brand.
Kawasaki and Rea are now leading the way about winning the WorldSBK in 2022 with five, one more than Alvaro Bautista who led the world championship.