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Kato reflects on his first RC211V experience in the wet

Kato reflects on his first RC211V experience in the wet

Kato reflects on his first RC211V experience in the wet

Daijiro Kato last weekend had his first taste of riding the four stroke RC211V in wet conditions at Estoril, having only made his debut on the machine two weeks earlier at Brno. Despite lapping second fastest in dry conditions on Friday and Saturday, Kato was one of the main victims of the rain on Sunday and he was unable to finish the race, crashing out after just seven laps.

´I had fallen in the warm-up and banged my head, so it was hurting at the start of the race,´ he explains. `I was also worried about the rain because it was the first time I would be riding the RC211V in wet conditions. I got a bad start because my rear wheel was spinning and I couldn´t get anywhere with the gas open. I tried to recover but I crashed and it was impossible to carry on. It is a shame because it could have been a very useful experience riding on wet´.

The reigning 250cc World Champion is notorious for his dislike of the wet, but he is happoy with the progress he has made with the RC211V in the dry. ´After the podium in Brno we went testing in Valencia and my adaptation to the new bike was of a pretty high level. The main difference with respect to the 500 when working with it is that we don´t have to spend so much time setting up the engine and we can dedicate time to different things´.

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MotoGP, 2002

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