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Suzuki and Kawasaki riders return to track for penultimate day in Sepang

Suzuki and Kawasaki riders return to track for penultimate day in Sepang

Suzuki and Kawasaki riders return to track for penultimate day in Sepang

An overcast day in Sepang meant that temperatures were much less oppressive than earlier in the week, and the Telefonica Movistar Suzuki and Kawasaki teams therefore had more comfortable conditions in which to resume their work. After an away-day from the circuit yesterday, Kenny Roberts and Sete Gibernau continued their task of developing Suzuki's XREO four-stroke prototype.

Developing a bike from its initial model is not easy, and both riders are still at the early stages of work, trying to find a good base line from which to then build on. With just one machine for each to work from, this means at times things appear to be going slowly and in short bursts for the two riders in blue. Roberts admits, 'We'll keeping going at it, just plugging away.'

With the engines now three days of information old, this also affects the results. 'The thing is,' commented Garry Taylor, Team Manager, 'that the engines will now be out of date, because the information we gather will be used by technicians in the factory to create the next generation of engines. These current engines are already two-weeks behind those now ready in Japan, and so on, you're always working slightly behind.'

Kawasaki, whose tests here are simply for information gathering purposes, were running four-stroke machines which appeared to have varied air intakes fitted to the nose. With the air-fuel mix being of high importance in running these four-stroke prototypes at an optimum level, these were the most notable aspect of their closely guarded project. Once again it was down to Yanagawa and Shimizu to pick up where they left off on Tuesday.

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