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Kawasaki to withdraw from MotoGP

There has been some Internet rumor going around that Kawasaki is going to withdraw from MotoGP competition. That would be bad news for the sport of motorcycling - indeed!

It's a sign of the times though, and just shortly after Honda announced it's withdrawal from F1, and Suzuki and Subaru leaving the World Rally Championship. It seems that the global economic crisis is taking a heavy toll on motorsports of every kind. Motorcycle sports, it would appear, aren't immune to shrinking budgets.

Spanish Motorcycle magazine, Motorciclismo.es is reporting that it's official, and that Kawasaki is going to leave MotoGP. Tuttosport, another motorcycle magazine has also said that Kawasaki has already decided to leave MotoGP as well.

So, that's a few sources who've been seemingly well informed in the past saying it'll happen very soon. Official word may come as soon as this Thursday.

CycleNews has apparently spoken with John Hopkins who (according to them) confirmed reports that Kawasaki may be on the verge of pulling out of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, though he hadn't heard anything official.

"I heard it’s up in the air, but I haven’t heard anything confirmed yet,” Hopkins said from his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, today. “I got some calls from the team manager [Michael Bartholemy] and he said that everything could be up in the air as to whether they run it or not, but nothing has been confirmed. I don’t know what it would do to me. I’m really not sure. I’ve been talking to my managers and seeing what the plan is and they’ve been on the phone to Japan trying to figure it out as well. Right now I’m still contracted to them so I’m not sure what the plan is.”"

There's quite of bit of contradicting information out there but many signs are indicating that this may happen.

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