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Kanemoto and Bridgestone officially confirm collaboration with Honda for 2002

Kanemoto and Bridgestone officially confirm collaboration with Honda for 2002

In press releases today, both Kanemoto racing and Bridgestone Corporation announced their involvement in next year´s new elite MotoGP class and that they will be using Honda NSR 500 machinery. The two have collaborated this year on a project to get Bridgestone tyres into the top class of the World Championship, and despite the two parties having expected to have to wait until 2003 for an entry, this has come a year early for them. Kanemoto´s team will form part of the Honda factory effort for next year.

Erv Kanemoto´s well-respected team management has, in the past, produced 64 GP victories and taken seven World Championships, and this is a chance for the American to return to the fold he left in 1999 when he last raced in the series with John Kocinski. There was expected to be an announcement in the afternoon about who his rider and sponsors for next year would be, but that was postponed with no date being fixed yet due to his ongoing negotiations.

Bridgestone is looking to carry over the success it has enjoyed in Formula One, and also to build on its participation in the 125cc class, where a fair number of riders use the tyres. Kanemoto declared, ´I am very happy to be returning to World Grand Prix racing in 2002. My primary goal is to develop a team package that will lead to top performances and results during the season, and I look forward to racing on Bridgestone tyres as I know their goal is to develop and produce motorcycle racing tyres at the Championship level they have enjoyed in F1 racing.´

500cc, 2001

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