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MotoGP goes green in Motegi

MotoGP goes green in Motegi

MotoGP goes green in Motegi

The MotoGP paddock turned a shade of green in Japan today, as many riders, mechanics, teams and journalists completed the weary journey east to be greeted by another pointer towards the bright new future of Grand Prix racing. Kawasaki added to the fervent local excitement ahead of the Gauloises Pacific Grand Prix of Motegi this weekend with the official unveiling of their Ninja ZX-RR four-stroke racer, whilst Alex Barros and the West Honda Pons team were able to dispense of their envy at factory success this season as they took delivery of a brand new Honda RC211V.

´I am happy to be back in MotoGP after a personal absence of six years, and we are all ready for a big challenge over the next few years,´ said Kawasaki Racing Team Manager Harald Eckl, who attended the unveiling of the machine alongside rider Akira Yanagawa. ´The machine we have here this weekend is still a prototype, and we will use the next four races as a testing period, gathering information to create our definitive machine for 2003. We will have a two rider team but we have not decided which riders as yet´.

Whilst Eckl is realistic about the chances of the ZX-RR over the remainder of the 2002 season, he is optimistic that they will reach a competitive level in 2003. ´Kawasaki have always made four-stroke machinery, so when the opportunity to return to MotoGP arose they took it straight away and I think my team will be competitive. After so many years in Superbikes we are structured to work with four-strokes, which is quite different, so we are well prepared´

MotoGP, 2002

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