Hayate or Kawasaki Which Name Will It Be?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Just when you wrote off Italian MotoGP pilot Marco Melandri after his depressing season last year with the Ducati MotoGP squad, it seems that the Italian is back in form. What’s even more impressive is that he’s performing on what many consider to be the arguably most under developed motorcycle within the premier class paddock.
If Hayate Racing's Marco Melandri keeps on finishing on the box I wouldn't be surprised if Kawasaki ups the cash flow to the team and changes back to its original name.
With four rounds in the books this season, Melandri has continued to improve race after race. During season opening Qatar night race he netted a 14th finish. Then in Japan he stunned everyone with a 6th place finish right in Kawasaki’s home turf. He finished one position in better in Jerez and now yesterday in France he grabbed the runner-up spot, which equals the all-time best finish when the Hayate team was painted in Team Green colors and dubbed the Kawasaki Factory Racing Team.
Melandri admits that the remaining 14 races are going to be tough considering that his motorcycle isn’t suppose to receive any updated parts or engineering development for the rest of the year. However, if he keeps finishing on top of the box, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kawasaki somehow found some cash and green paint and suddenly rebranded the team back to normal.
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