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Pitt happy with progress after three day Kawasaki test at Suzuka

Pitt happy with progress after three day Kawasaki test at Suzuka

Pitt happy with progress after three day Kawasaki test at Suzuka

Andrew Pitt has expressed his satisfaction at the progress made during three days of testing at the Suzuka circuit for the Kawasaki team, and his excitement at spearheading a two-pronged Australian assault on the MotoGP World Championship in 2003. Whilst an official announcement has yet to be made, Pitt expects to continue chassis, engine and tyre development alongside his compatriot Garry McCoy at Sepang next month.

`We have got through a lot of work with the engine and chassis at Suzuka, thanks mainly to the proximity of the track to the factory,´ explained Pitt, who rode the Ninja ZX-RR for the final three rounds of the 2002 season after Akira Yanagawa was injured during the machine´s debut appearance. `I am getting used to the bike now and we are getting some really good tyre feedback. This is a joint effort with Dunlop to develop tyres for next season and I am very encouraged. We have made a lot of progress in the two tests since the end of the season and I am looking forward to continuing at Sepang.´

`I am very excited to be riding in Grand Prix next season,´ he continued. `I think I proved to Kawasaki in Supersport and in the few MotoGP races I contested last season that I am capable of making the step up. I grew up watching GP racing on the television and my heroes as a teenager were Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan. I am over the moon to be following in their footsteps and my aim next year is to repay the faith shown in me by Kawasaki and Harald Eckl.´

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MotoGP, 2002, Kawasaki Racing Team

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