Kawasaki's Public Relations Manager Receives WIMA USA 2005 Image Award

The Women's International Motorcycle Association U.S.A., (WIMA) honored Jan Plessner, Public Relations Manager at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. with their "2005 Image Award."

The WIMA U.S.A. Image Award is presented to women who are dedicated to the sport of motorcycling, and pave the way for future generations with their positive attitudes. The award was presented in Las Vegas, Nev. at the banquet dinner for Femmoto, an annual "all women" track day event which Kawasaki co-sponsored.

"Jan Plessner was chosen to receive the 2005 WIMA USA Image Award for her significant success in demonstrating the great things of which women riders and racers are capable," said Alice Sexton, President of WIMA USA. "No other motorcycle brand has shown the continued commitment to women riders as has Kawasaki."

When asked how it felt to receive such an honor, Plessner replied, "It's an incredible feeling to have everyone you respect and care about share in something so special. I am very fortunate to be working for such a leading-edge company within a thriving industry, which I truly love."

Plessner, who has worked in the motorcycle industry for 16 years, has been instrumental in helping raise awareness for women in motorcycling in a variety of roles and events. Kawasaki recently hosted a weekend ride and track day for women motorcycle journalists in conjunction with the AMA Superbike Races at Infineon Raceway. Not only is she a positive role model for women in motorcycling, she continues to increase awareness and encourage women that they too can ride a motorcycle.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and sells at wholesale Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and power products through a network of more than 1,500 independent retailers, with an additional 8,400 retailers specializing in power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 2,400 people in the United States, with more than 350 of them located at the Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki's tagline, "Let the good times roll.™", is recognized worldwide and the brand is aggressively carrying its heritage of leading-edge power, performance and exhilaration into the 21st century. Information about Kawasaki's complete line of recreational products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.

Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

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