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Erv Kanemoto reflects on a difficult re-introduction to the big-time

Erv Kanemoto reflects on a difficult re-introduction to the big-time

Erv Kanemoto reflects on a difficult re-introduction to the big-time

Erv Kanemoto´s first season back in the elite class of World Championship racing has not gone to plan. The legendary American tuner was under no illusions about the task that lay ahead when he led his Kanemoto Racing outfit into the inaugural MotoGP championship, but 2002 has so far been a year of bad fortune as the team have endured one problem after another in a disappointing start.

After six rounds of the campaign, Kanemoto Racing find themselves looking up from the bottom of the team championship table after banking just a meagre twelve points. Rider Jurgen vd Goorbergh´s best result to date has been the 11th place finish he secured in Welkom, and yet this term has been as much about bad luck as bad performances for the Dutchman, with his first-lap retirement in Catalunya, (after being caught up in multiple crash), summing up his season. Kanemoto remains philosophical though; ´That (Catalunya) was just part of the racing thing really. It was one mistake by one person, maybe a bit of over-eagerness, and you can get dragged in. But this happens in racing and though it´s unfortunate, these things can and will happen in the sport´.

The American acknowledges that this is very much a development year for his set-up as they continue their collaboration with Bridgestone tyres. ´Our thing this year is working on the Bridgestone project. Basically what we are trying to do this season is build ourselves a base of information, once that is in place then we can start to think about building for the future. It´s a time consuming thing though, whether it´s tyres or machinery or whatever it might be, because at this level of competition the standard is so high.´

However Kanemoto accepts that while gathering experience is the main objective for the year, results will always be how the team are ultimately judged. ´We´re hoping of course that performance is going to increase as the season progresses, because there´s no question it needs to. Our season has been a disappointment so far, but a lot of that is from the lack of experience at running at each track. The performance may not be up to what we believe it should be at times, but finding the right set-up is not such an easy process when each step you´re taking is development´.

MotoGP, 2002

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