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  • Kawasaki Hoping for a better year in Moto GP 2004

    A new version of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Moto GP machine, together with two new riders and a change in tyre supplier for 2004 means that expectationa are high as the Kawasaki Racing team heads for Sepang for the first of three overseas tests.
    Kawasaki's assault on the 2004 championship will be spearheaded by seasoned Grand Prix campaigner Shinya Nakano. Twice a winner of the prestigious Rookie of the year award, Nakano will test the new Kawasaki for the first time at Sepang next week.
    Joining Nakano on the Kawasaki will be former Kawasaki test and development rider Alex Hofmann. The 23 year old will be the only German competing in the Moto GP, he is determined to build on his impressive wild card performances in 2003, with a regular points scoring finishers on the new Kawasaki ZX-RR.
    Development using the lessons learnt during Kawasaki's debut season, the latest version of the ZX-RR machine features a revised 990cc inline 4 cyclinder engine, housed in a new chassis, designed jointly by engineers in Japan and Europe. The new chassis, which will be built in Europe, has resulted in a much more compact Ninja ZX-RR.
    Also new on the ZX-RR for 2004 are Bridgstone tyres, the Japanese tyre company has invested heavily in research and development in recent years and this commitment has been rewarded on the track with bridgstone securing their first Moto GP podium finish in 2003. Initial tests of the new tyres have been extremely positive, with Hofman managing to improve his previous best lap time by almost two seconds during end of the season testing.
    Harald Eckl (Team Manager) said, this being our second year in Moto GP, is obviously very important to us and excuses about being beginners in this class just wont cut it anymore. We have applied the lessons learned in 2003 and, as a result we head into the coming season with a new team structure, an updated version of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, a new tyre supplier and two new riders. Expectations are high!

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    We will see. I hope for Nakano's sake that Kawasaki have got their shit together. He is a good rider.

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    • #3
      Everyone wants to see close racing, fingers crossed they have got there shit together to be up there / somewhere! :?

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