Guim Roda denies rumors and any possibility of Kawasaki entering MotoGP
Suzuki’s departure at the end of the current championship came at the end of the Jerez test day just after the Spanish Grand Prix. Since then, the successor to the place still occupied by Suzuki on the grid remains uncertain and it remains to be seen whether there will even be a team or a manufacturer to take the place of the two GSX-RRs.
On the side of Dorna, there is no chance that a private team will join, the objective being to attract a new manufacturer. The entry of GasGas, with two RC16s, seems to be a possibility on the table. On the other hand, BMW’s entry has been pushed towards the Bavarian brand while MotoGP is constantly in the news, at the same time as Kawasaki shows no desire to return.
Concerning Kawasaki respectively, there was talk of the possibility for the Japanese manufacturer to enter MotoGP. Guim Roda, Team Manager of Kawasaki’s official WSBK team, spoke to GPOne recently and denied any rumors linking the manufacturer to MotoGP.
“I read these rumours, but I want to emphasize that there is nothing true about them. I never asked Dorna or Carmelo Ezpeleta to [Kawasaki] enter MotoGP with a team to replace Suzuki in 2023. The only thing I did, talking to some managers and journalists, was just asking why Suzuki decided to leave and to understand what the evolution would be. That was it, nothing more’, he stated.
However, Roda tried to figure out in the past if there would be a wildcard possibility with Jonathan Rea. The idea was to take the ZX-10RR to race alongside competition prototypes:
– In 2019, after the Suzuka 8 Hours, I spoke with Gregorio Lavilla. I was curious to understand whether or not there was a possibility of a wildcard with [Jonathan] Rea on a Kawasaki. However, the MotoGP regulations are clear, since prototypes are allowed, we have a production-derived motorcycle. Therefore, the idea disappeared right away.