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After first breaking the news two weeks ago, Kyosho’s 1/8 buggy designer godfather has confirmed via Facebook that the Kyosho Masters in France next weekend will be his last time using his beloved RB engine.

“I leave the RB. The RB was a splendid engine. It becomes last to use an RB in France Kyosho masters of the next week. Thank you very much so far!”

Much like Michael Schumacher’s 2nd career in F1, Kanai’s ‘first time round’ with RB proved to be his true glory years – memorably wrapping up his IFMAR World Championship in a Las Vegas Casino parking lot in style – then running RB power – the company’s ‘heyday’ years between 1998-2006, going onto win 1998, 2000 & 2004 IFMAR Worlds.

However with RB’s sudden rapid demise, it seemed only a matter of time before Kanai would announce his departure, the question now turns to – where will he go ? Back to Orion ? Stay in Japan with OS, or perhaps an outsider like REDs or Novarossi ? Vote in our poll below!

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