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Antena 3 Yamaha

Antena 3 Yamaha

Norick Abe, affected by a flu and still struggling with his hand injury from the Portuguese GP, wasn´t able to give his best in Motegi, venue for 13th event of the season. The Japanese rider has finished in eleventh place and expects a weather improvement for tomorrow. Jose Luis Cardoso, meanwhile, has finished in 13th place and feels confident towards the race.

11. Norick Abe

During the morning wet session I had no problems with my left hand. But this afternoon it was difficult to ride when the track dried up and I had to control the power of the bike. Besides I have fever and I´ve been taking medicines since Monday and even today I took a fever-reducing injection. I hope I can improve my lap times tomorrow and obviously I´d like the weather to be better than today. The forecast is that it´ll be sunny on race day.

13. José Luis Cardoso

My bike isn´t still perfectly set and we´re trying different combinations. This morning´s rain disturbed our plans and the track wasn´t in good conditions. We´re not far away from our perfect bike set up, but we still have to work a little bit more. Last year I didn´t race here and I don´t have enough information. I crashed during Friday´s free practice and that didn´t let me ride. Anyhow, it´s not a difficult circuit.

500cc, 2001

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