Ex-Kawasaki MotoGP boss eyes Moto2 bid

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Former factory Kawasaki boss Michael Bartholemy is planning to run a new team in the Moto2 600cc four-stroke world championship in 2010.

MCN understands the Belgian will run a two-rider effort in the 250cc replacement series with former MotoGP podium finisher Didier de Radigues working alongside Bartholemy.

Bartholemy is apparently in the process of recruiting team staff for the new project and MCN has learned that the new team could run a bike designed and built by Swiss engineer Eskil Suter.

Suter formerly supplied key parts to Kawasaki’s factory MotoGP squad.

Bartholemy ran Kawasaki’s factory MotoGP effort in 2007 and 2008.

But he was a high profile casualty of Kawasaki’s shock decision to withdraw from MotoGP with immediate effect in early January because of the global economic crisis.

Bartholemy and de Radigues attended the final race in Valencia this year for further talks on their Moto2 plans.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt