Kawasaki would really like to be back in the GP paddock, if only the rules were different.
At least that's the official line from KRT boss Ichiro Yoda and one I would probably stand by too if my team had won 2 out the last 3 WSBK titles (should have been 3, but I digress).
Yoda feels that not only is the cost of competition too high for Kawasaki, the rules are prohibitive and in fact somewhat anathema to their goals on track
"The necessary investment would not allow us [to compete],
"In the end, you have to sell motorcycles, and other brands sell several million more than us. For them, MotoGP is an investment equivalent to one percent of their sales."
Which is a fair defence when you consider Honda Motor has a market cap of nearly 7 trillion vs the 764 billion of KHI.
"If we were to return, several things would have to change," he said. "At present, the rules are very restrictive. We could not compete with a production-derived motorcycle, for example.
"There are technological solutions that have been adopted by other manufacturers, such as seamless shift gearboxes, that we would never use on our road bikes. It's too expensive, it wouldn't be worth it.
"Of course, if Dorna should change its philosophy and make the rules genuinely open, allowing all manufacturers to experiment freely, maybe we could go back to MotoGP."
What's interesting however is that Yoda tabled the idea of Forced Induction bikes to Dorna, rights holder to both MotoGP and WSBK.
Speaking to RidersMag "Definitely not in the solution of the engine, since the turbo is not allowed by regulation. But H2R is a great project, in the materials and in the frame. In fact we have repeatedly asked Dorna to be able to introduce the H2R in the league and they were open to compromise. They said they will think. Maybe even in MotoGP. We'll see."