Jorge Martinez Optimistic about Kawasaki Deal

Jorge Martinez seems to be the best, if not only, answer to MotoGP organizers' hopes of fielding at least 18 bikes in the upcoming season. The Spaniard, currently involved in running a team inside the 125cc and 250cc classes of the FIM World Championship, admitted he is very optimistic about securing a deal with Kawasaki for running ex-works bikes in the Queen class next season.

“How do I feel? Optimistic, for this situation and more in general too. I offered my help to find a solution for Kawasaki, but up to now they haven't come up to me with any precise proposal, including details,” revealed Martinez for Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

However, Martinez insisted that he will condition his taking over of the Kawasaki operations inside the MotoGP on being offered the opportunity to run a MotoGP programme for at least three seasons.

“I'd prefer to have two riders, but if it was to be just one for the first year, I'd accept that. What's clear is that I'm not interested in a project limited to just this year: I want a programme for at least three years,” added the Spaniard.

Martinez is not at his first attempt to enter the MotoGP class this year, as he previously came close to signing a deal with Kawasaki for running a customer bike in the championship. However, all negotiations were ceased when the Japanese manufacturer conditioned the deal on keeping Shinya Nakano as seat holder for the new team (whereas Martinez and his team's sponsors wanted a Spanish rider).

Kawasaki are yet to officially announce their retirement from the MotoGP.
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