As we recently reported, Suzuki is well along in its preparations to return to the MotoGP grid next year, including scheduling a test in June alongside the current MotoGP participants. Is Kawasaki planning a return, as well?
The CTR team Forward Racing switched from BMW to Kawasaki Power this year, and its owner John Cuzari has told European press representatives that he has already had discussions with Kawasaki about Forward being the base for Kawasaki’s official return to factory MotoGP racing. The use of Kawasaki engines in an FTR chassis this year clearly should help cement relations between Forward Racing and the Japanese factory. Kawasaki’s ability to obtain grid positions next year likely hinges on its use of an existing CRT team, as the owner of the MotoGP series has expressed the intention to add no new grid spots in the coming year. Stay tuned for further developments.