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Pitt to make MotoGP debut for Kawasaki at Sepang

Pitt to make MotoGP debut for Kawasaki at Sepang

Pitt to make MotoGP debut for Kawasaki at Sepang

Former World Supersport Champion, 26-year-old Andrew Pitt, will make his MotoGP debut for Kawasaki at the Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang, after being called up to deputise for the injured Akira Yanagawa for the remainder of the 2002 season. The Australian's last minute call up came about as a result of Akira Yanagawa's seventh lap crash in this weekend's Pacific Grand Prix at Motegi. Although initially thought to have been uninjured in the crash, Yanagawa was eventually diagnosed with a fractured bone in his hip, which will rule the Japanese rider out of the final three rounds of the championship.

´I saw the crash on TV, but it was only when Harald Eckl phoned from Japan and told me to pack my bags and catch a flight out to Malaysia that I found out Akira had been injured,´ said Pitt. ´Every rider wants to compete at this level so this is a fantastic opportunity for me, although I'd have preferred it if it hadn't come about as a result of Akira's crash Sepang is a new circuit for me and I haven't even sat on the new ZX-RR yet, never mind ridden it, so I won't be going out there to set the world on fire in my first race´.

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MotoGP, 2002, Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Kawasaki Racing Team

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