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Vermeulen moves to SBK with Kawasaki

The Kawasaki World Superbike Racing team has announced Chris Vermeulen will move to the series next year after signing a deal with the Japanese manufacturer

Kawasaki team to use Hayate title

The sole Kawasaki in the 2009 MotoGP championship will run under the Hayate Racing banner

Melandri yet to decide on Kawasaki deal

Marco Melandri says his MotoGP future is still up in the air, despite the announcement from Kawasaki that they will run a one-bike team in 2009

Kawasaki commit to 2009 with Melandri

Kawasaki have announced that they will remain in MotoGP with a single bike for Marco Melandri

Melandri hopes Kawasaki will join test

Marco Melandri says he remains committed to the Kawasaki Racing team's efforts to run the ex-factory bikes in MotoGP this season, and is optimistic that they can join the next official test in Qatar

Kawasaki start testing 2009 bike

Kawasaki have begun testing their 2009 MotoGP machine at Eastern Creek, despite the factory team being withdrawn from the championship

Ezpeleta expects Kawasaki bikes to race

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says he expects a Kawasaki team to race in 2009, having confirmed that he has agreed to let the company withdraw from its commitment to stay in MotoGP until 2011 provided it participates this season

Stoner 'shocked' by Kawasaki exit

Former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner says he was shocked by Kawasaki's exit from the sport, but the Australian reckons it is no reason to start panicking

Dorna working on private Kawasaki plan

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed that efforts are underway to place the former factory Kawasakis with a private team for the 2009 season

Kawasaki confirms its exit from MotoGP

Kawasaki has officially confirmed that it will withdraw its works team from MotoGP with immediate effect

Aspar want long-term Kawasaki deal

Aspar team boss Jorge Martinez says he wants a long-term deal to run Kawasakis rather than just a short term fix to ensure a full MotoGP grid in 2009

Ezpeleta not worried by Kawasaki exit

Dorna's CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta says he is not worried about the sport following the withdrawal of Kawasaki from MotoGP

Aspar in talks to run Kawasakis

Leading 125cc and 250cc team Aspar are working on a deal to run the ex-works Kawasakis in MotoGP this year following the Japanese manufacturer's decision to quit the series

Kawasaki exit a shock for riders

Marco Melandri and John Hopkins have both been taken aback by news that Kawasaki is set to confirm its withdrawal from MotoGP within days

Kawasaki poised to quit MotoGP

Kawasaki is poised to withdraw from the MotoGP World Championship with immediate effect, autosport.com has learned

Kawasaki results "must improve"

The factory Kawasaki team must deliver much improved results in MotoGP next season, according to racing director Ichiro Yoda

Kawasaki complete Phillip Island test

The Kawasaki team on Friday completed their three-day test at the Phillip Island circuit, where the Japanese squad were again welcomed by poor weather

Rain hinders Kawasaki in Australia

The Kawasaki team were hindered by rain on their second day of testing at the Phillip Island circuit on Thursday

Melandri: Kawasaki move a tough challenge

Marco Melandri has acknowledged that joining Kawasaki for 2009 is a gamble, but says his priority is just to get a bike that suits his style after a miserable season with Ducati

West critical of Kawasaki

Anthony West has warned his Kawasaki replacement Marco Melandri that he will need to inspire change within the team if he is to be competitive in 2009

Aspar's 2009 Kawasaki deal falls through

Leading 125cc and 250cc team boss Jorge Martinez Aspar has confirmed that his plans to run a satellite Kawasaki team in MotoGP next year have been scuppered by a disagreement over rider choice

Improved Kawasaki target top ten

Kawasaki believe they are on course for a double top ten finish tomorrow after an improved performance in qualifying at Sepang

Kawasaki set to run third bike in 2009

Kawasaki are on the brink of announcing that they will run a third bike in MotoGP next year, and expect to confirm full details of the project within the next few days

Kawasaki struggle for traction

The first day's free practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island proved frustrating for the Kawasaki team as both their riders John Hopkins and Anthony West struggled to find traction

Kawasaki hope for strong home form

John Hopkins is determined to turn around his string of poor results at Motegi to give Kawasaki a strong showing on home soil

Melandri: Kawasaki will suit my style

Marco Melandri is confident the Kawasaki bike he will race with next season will suit his riding style

Kawasaki confirm Melandri's arrival

The Kawasaki Racing Team have confirmed the signing of Marco Melandri for the next two years

Kawasaki determined to bounce back

Kawasaki are pinning their hopes on tomorrow's post-race test at Misano after a disastrous race that saw Anthony West and John Hopkins finish at the tail of the field

Kawasaki to run satellite bike in 2009

Kawasaki is set to provide a third factory bike in MotoGP next year which will be run by an all-Spanish team fronted by Jorge Martinez - the boss of 125cc squad Team Aspar

Melandri to join Kawasaki next year

Marco Melandri will join Kawasaki when he parts company with Ducati at the end of this season

Front-end problems hamper Kawasaki

Kawasaki are searching for a solution to the front-end problems that plagued riders Anthony West and Jamie Hacking on the first day of practice for the United States Grand Prix

Kawasaki won't replace Hopkins for Germany

Kawasaki have confirmed they will not replace injured rider John Hopkins for this weekend's MotoGP race at the Sachsenring

Kawasaki express Melandri interest

Kawasaki have revealed that Marco Melandri is a surprise contender to replace the injured John Hopkins at the German Grand Prix, if the Italian rider parts way with Ducati

Kawasaki frustrated by West's crash

Kawasaki team boss Michael Bartholemy said Anthony West's crash at Assen was a 'disheartening' way to end a tough weekend

Kawasaki frustrated by qualifying slump

The Kawasaki team were deeply disappointed to tumble back down the order in Mugello qualifying after starring in wet practice

Kawasaki riders rue disappointing results

The Kawasaki Racing team were left disappointed after a difficult French MotoGP race at Le Mans that saw them scoring a meagre two points

Kawasaki evaluates in-line five engine

Kawasaki are considering building a brand new in-line five cylinder 800cc engine in an attempt to make them world championship contenders in time for the 2011 world championship

Kawasaki boss downplays Rossi link

Kawasaki team boss Michael Bartholemy has played down suggestions that the Japanese squad are trying to hire Valentino Rossi for 2009

Kawasaki thrilled with Hopkins' result

Kawasaki were delighted with John Hopkins' fifth place in Portugal, as the American rider scored his best result since joining the team

Kawasaki target Rossi for 2009

Kawasaki say they plan to approach Valentino Rossi in the next month with a view to signing him to a 2009 deal

Hopkins hails Kawasaki's progress

John Hopkins believes that Kawasaki has made significant progress with the latest ZX-RR despite the debilitating abductor muscle injury that hampered his own pre-season preparations ahead of Qatar this weekend

Kawasaki won't rush Hopkins return

Kawasaki will have to wait until Monday to find out whether or not John Hopkins will be able to return to action for their next test at Jerez in Spain later this month

Hopkins: Kawasaki ready for next step

John Hopkins is confident that Kawasaki are ready to make a step forward in MotoGP this year after an encouraging test at Sepang in Malaysia this week

Hopkins hails Kawasaki's step forward

John Hopkins believes that Kawasaki have made a step forward with their bike over the winter, after resuming testing with the Japanese manufacturer at Sepang in Malaysia on Tuesday

Kawasaki unfazed by testing times

Kawasaki insist they are far from concerned about the lack of headline-grabbing times in testing at Jerez in Spain this week

Kawasaki impressed by Hopkins

Kawasaki say that John Hopkins has made a big impression on the team since joining them after the final race of the 2007 season

Kawasaki pleased with practice

Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet was pleased with today's practice sessions which saw him end the day as the fastest rider around the Sepang circuit

Kawasaki riders confident for race

Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet is confident of a strong race tomorrow at Phillip Island, despite not achieving quite as much as he hoped for in qualifying

Kawasaki to retain West for 2008

Kawasaki have confirmed that Anthony West will remain with the team for the 2008 season, alongside recent signing John Hopkins

Kawasaki surprised by de Puniet's decision

The Kawasaki MotoGP team said they were surprised by today's announcement that Randy de Puniet will not be staying with them next season, having signed a two-year deal with Honda LCR

Pedrosa not in talks with Kawasaki so far

Dani Pedrosa has not had any contact with the Kawasaki team, despite reports suggesting the Spaniard is in negotiations with the Japanese team

Yanagawa to ride for Kawasaki at Motegi

Kawasaki have announced that they will field a third bike at Motegi, Japan, next month for local rider Akira Yanagawa

Kawasaki rule out second new rider

Kawasaki will not look beyond current riders Randy de Puniet or Anthony West to be John Hopkins' teammate next year, autosport.com has learned, with a decision expected in the next two weeks

Grapevine: Kawasaki switch to lime green livery

Kawasaki's MotoGP bikes will be painted in the Japanese manufacturer's more traditional lime green colour for the rest of the season

Kawasaki happy with team performance

Kawasaki were happy with their performance in the US Grand Prix as the team brought all three of their bikes home in the top 10

Kawasaki duo slowed by chatter

Kawasaki riders Randy de Punier and Anthony West are confident that the team can resolve the chatter problem that hampered their Friday practice at the Sachsenring

Kawasaki confirm two-year deal for Hopkins

Kawasaki have confirmed that John Hopkins will ride for them next season after signing a two-year deal

Kawasaki could run third bike regularly

Kawasaki could run three bikes more often in the future if they decide that the tactic is a success at Laguna Seca

Hopkins to join Kawasaki in 2008

John Hopkins is to switch to Kawasaki next season, his current team Suzuki have confirmed today

Kawasaki 'now showing full potential'

Kawasaki technical manager Naoya Kaneko believes the Ninja ZX-RR is showing its full potential now that Randy de Puniet has completely recovered from his recent injuries