West And Kawasaki, Or How Not To Negotiate A Contract - Updated

Yesterday, I wrote about rumors from the World Supersport paddock that Anthony West is going to join Kawasaki. And today, those rumors look like being confirmed: A kind reader ("Windsok") posted a link to Ant West's MySpace page, which now bears the following message:
YEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA lean mean and green HI ALL LOOK OUT TEAM GREEN ANTWEST THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMENTS I DONT HAVE TIME TO MSG ANY OF YOU IM STILL ON THE ROAD OK GOTA GO SEE YA antwest

This would seem to suggest that West has actually done the deal, and will be replacing Olivier Jacque at Kawasaki. However, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that one of Ant's fans (and they truly are fanatical) has hacked West's page and added the message, in the hope of moving the process along. MySpace is, after all, just protected by a password, and the very briefest of introductions to Social Engineering should provide you with a good guess at what someone's password is likely to be. I hope to get clarification from Kawasaki soon. News as soon as it breaks.

~~~ UPDATE ~~~

Well, unsurprisingly, Ian Wheeler of Kawasaki could not confirm that a deal has been reached between the team and Anthony West. Interestingly, he also could not confirm whether the team was involved in negotiations with the Australian. Wheeler pointed out that West's MySpace message could refer to the testing that Ant had done for the Kawasaki team at Catalunya.

~~~ UPDATED AGAIN ~~~

The rumor is no longer just a rumor, confirmed at last.

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