Kawasaki rider, Frenchman Randy de Puniet has signed a two-year contract with LCR Honda and will be joining the satellite Honda MotoGP team next year. Randy has raced with the LCR team earlier, in the 250cc class. Current LCR rider, Carlos Checa is said to be considering a move to WSBK in 2008, replacing James Toseland at Ten Kate Honda.
While de Puniet will be leaving Kawasaki, Team Green have already signed John Hopkins as one of their riders for next year. The other seat at Kawasaki might be taken by Anthony West or, surprisingly, Shinya Nakano! Nakano is said to be looking at coming back to Kawasaki, as his place at Konica Minolta Honda may be going to young charger, Andrea Dovizioso, who'll be moving up from the 250cc class.