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Garry McCoy back in action at Kawasaki Sepang test

Garry McCoy back in action at Kawasaki Sepang test

Garry McCoy back in action at Kawasaki Sepang test

Garry McCoy returned to action with Kawasaki in Sepang today after recovering from an operation to remove a pin and several screws in his right tibia bone last month. The Australian joined his MotoGP team-mate Andrew Pitt and Kawasaki test riders Alex Hofmann and Akira Yanagawa for his first real session aboard the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR. The team enjoyed dry and hot conditions on the first of three days of testing and Grand Prix winner McCoy was glad to be united with his new machine. `It´s really my first test on the bike apart from a few laps that I did straight after the race in Valencia, and there are still a lot of things that we have to work out,´ said McCoy, who has ridden the Yamaha YZR500 for the last three seasons. `I have got to get comfortable with the bike and find a few settings to make it feel comfortable, and I think it´s just going to take time. Obviously, the new Kawasaki four-stroke machine is very different to the old two-stroke. It´s got a lot more acceleration right through the power-band, but it´s not as aggressive, not as snappy as a two-stroke, so it doesn´t feel as fast. Going into the turns is a little bit difficult for me also, because the bike has a slipper clutch that you don´t use on a two-stroke. Forcing a two-stroke into a turn is all about brakes, whereas on the four-stroke, you just back off, let the clutch out, and it starts to pull up on its own!´

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MotoGP, 2002, Kawasaki Racing Team

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