Melandri to start 2009 MotoGP season in one-rider team

February 26, 2009

FEBRUARY 26, 2009 - Kawasaki announces that after constructive talks between Kawasaki, Dorna and other involved parties, a new one-rider Team will participate in the 2009 MotoGP Championship season. This decision was made after negotiations that followed Kawasaki’s January 2009 announcement to suspend its factory supported MotoGP activities due to the economic crisis. Rider for the new MotoGP team will be the Italian Marco Melandri. The team will be equipped with Kawasaki motorcycles and supporting materials.

Kawasaki has come to this new team approach as result of the need for a strong reduction of MotoGP racing investments and the necessity to come to constructive solutions for all related parties.

Kawasaki will disclose more details about its 2009 season plans shortly.