Kawasaki has not had a good year as far as racing goes...particularly on the international level. As many of you know, I'm a pretty big fan of team green...I might not be as hardcore as Human but I'm definately a Kawi guy to the soul.
The MotoGP effort has been nothing short of embarassing. Granted, Suzuki (the other small Japanese manufacturer) hasn't been doing very well either, but the smaller Italian efforts have really highlighted how far behind Kawi and Suzuki really are. It would be one thing if they were at least competitive half the time...but it seems more like they're just out there for the sake of being out there. I'd rather see team green withdraw, go back to the drawing board, and return with at least a *somewhat* competitive effort...instead of watching Pitt be a minute and a half off of Rossi's time.
The one arena where they have enjoyed some success in the last couple of years was 600SS. With Pitt winning the World Supersort crown, and Bostrom winning in AMA...it looked like they had a handle on being competitive in that class. Now it appears that they are withdrawing from world supersport competition completely.
To return in 2005? Why are they taking a year off, anybody know? They had a decent team this year with Foret and Riba...even had a new bike to play with. The 6RR is supposed to be improved for 2004...why not take advantage of that?
The only reason for some optimism was Bostrom's performance in the AMA...he was leading Mladin in points when he hurt himself. That was REALLY disappointing. It would've been great to see Eboz pull out an AMA championship in what was likely the last year of competition for the ZX-7RR.
I'll say it (just to get a reaction from the gixxer guys)...the only reason Mladin won was because Bostrom was injured.
Unfortunately the 600SS effort wasn't quite as dazzling as Eric's superbike attempts. There were a few glimpses of success...but nothing too consistent...too bad. They've been doing well in superstock with the 636...but how much pride is there in winning a (second string) championship by a factory team competing against a sea of privateers?
I was very disappointed by what I saw this season...I'm hoping they can pull up their socks for 2004, particularly in MotoGP. I'm not gonna stop routing for the underdog...but they better give me something to route for!