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Kawasaki to take up testing baton from Ducati at Suzuka later this month

Kawasaki to take up testing baton from Ducati at Suzuka later this month

Kawasaki to take up testing baton from Ducati at Suzuka later this month

Kawasaki have confirmed that they plan to continue their winter testing schedule later this month with a two-day session planned for the Suzuka circuit on the 26th and 27th November. Andrew Pitt is the only rider confirmed for the test. Garry McCoy, who has not yet been confirmed as a Kawasaki rider for 2003 although an announcement is expected soon, rode the Ninja ZX-RR at Valencia two weeks ago but would not be fit to travel to Japan as he is currently undergoing surgery to remove the metal rod fitted to his broken leg after a testing crash last spring.

The Japanese factory take over the baton of MotoGP 20003 preparations from Ducati, who completed the latest stage of their programme at Jerez on Wednesday. The final day of a three day shakedown was again disturbed by rain, with riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss able to complete only a few laps aboard their Desmosedici machines.

Ducati´s Track Technical Director Corrado Cecchinelli commented: `Unfortunately we haven´t been very lucky but day one gave us a series of positive indications. Loris lapped quite well on a track he loves, while for Troy it was his first time out on a new circuit. Both riders did very few laps due to the bad weather but despite this we look at the three-day session at Jerez as positive´.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Kawasaki Racing Team

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