Kawasaki bosses have denied having second thoughts about the decision to release Randy de Puniet at the end of the 2007 MotoGP campaign.
The French rider has been in impressive form since he moved to Lucio Cecchinello’s Honda satellite team, and his winter form continued earlier this month when he topped the timesheets on race tyres in Jerez.
Having lured John Hopkins away from Suzuki with a big-money two-year deal, Kawasaki opted to secure Anthony West for 2008 instead of de Puniet, who claimed one podium in two years on board the ZX-RR.
Kawasaki boss Michael Bartholemy told MCN: “I think that we have no regrets about this.
“This was the decsion that was taken and in life you live with you’re decisions. We don’t regret it at all as we have two very good riders.”