Con un laconico comunicato Kawasaki annuncia che a fine stagione terminerà la collaborazione ultra decennale con MX ESCA (che sostituì il team De Groot dopo la morte del compianto Jan) che gestisce le moto factory. Non vi sono spiegazioni e non vi è alcun annuncio in merito alla gestione del team factory a partire dal 2022. Anzi sulla prossima stagione non si dice proprio nulla. Già alla fine dello scorso anno si parlava di un impegno ridotto della Kawasaki con una sola moto per Febvre. Speriamo che Kawasaki non imiti Suzuki.
Di seguito il comunicato (stavolta in lingua originale, poichè non abbiamo il tempo di tradurre…)
The relationship, which has run for thirteen seasons, will formally conclude at the end of the current contract period which includes the 2021 World Motocross MXGP Championship.
Speaking about the decision, Steve Guttridge, Race Planning Manager for Kawasaki Motors Europe (KME), offered his thanks for work the team had done in over a decade of competing as the official Kawasaki factory entry in MXGP.
“I would like to put on record our thanks to Thierry Chizat-Suzzoni, the owner and driving force behind the MX ESCA team. His hard work and commitment over such an extended period have been considerable and both KME and KHI appreciate his highly professional approach and obvious passion for MXGP.
KME and KHI would additionally also like to offer our gratitude and thanks to all team staff both past and present plus all those riders that have offered so much commitment and contributed so much to this project.
For 2021 there is still a job to do, and Kawasaki maintains its commitment to KRT according to our mutually agreed and legally binding contract. Our clear focus remains winning and working alongside the team to achieve the best results possible across the 2021 season”.