Kawasaki to Focus on Superstock and Supersport in 2004

Company releases Eric Bostrom to pursue personal career objectives

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2003)--Bruce Stjernstrom, director of professional racing for Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., today announced the company's decision not to contest the 2004 AMA Superbike Series, and instead to concentrate on the Superstock and Supersport series races. At the same time, he indicated that Kawasaki would release the company's Superbike racer, Eric Bostrom, to pursue his personal career objectives.

"Our decision is to put our team effort behind the Superstock and Supersport series at a time when the AMA's Superbike series is being restructured," said Stjernstrom. "Eric's contributions to the team and Kawasaki have been enormous over the past several years, and there's just no way we could stand in his way once the decision was made to not race the Superbike series," he continued.

According to Stjernstrom, team management discussed the company's 2004 plans with Bostrom and a mutual agreement was reached, which the director of racing says "is a prime example of the respect that exists between the two parties."

"Kawasaki certainly wishes only the best for Eric in the future," concluded Stjernstrom.www.ericbostrom.comwww.kawasaki.com/