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McCoy sums up his first real test on the Kawasaki

McCoy sums up his first real test on the Kawasaki

McCoy sums up his first real test on the Kawasaki

Australian rider Garry McCoy wound up his first test session with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR in Sepang yesterday. He first rode the bike in Valencia in November, however that was simply a brief stint to get a basic feel for the machine. Then at the team´s last test in Japan, McCoy was absent as he went under the surgeon's knife to have the pins and plates removed from the leg he broke in last year´s pre-season IRTA test in Estoril.

McCoy is now part of the duo who will ride the Ninja in next season´s MotoGP World Championship, and was happy with his first full test on the fledgling machine, `We have changed a lot of settings, like with the steering angle, and the dampening on the front fork. We just kept trying different things, so we could walk away from here with some answers about the direction that we want to go in for the next test, and what we want Kawasaki to concentrate on ´.

The Aussie though refused to be drawn however on how far the bike could go, ´These three days in Malaysia were my first real test on the bike, and it´s too early to say where we really stand. We concentrated mainly on the chassis, just so that the engineers could go back and get something ready for the next test. When we return in January, we´ll start to set up the bike properly for race conditions and rider´s preferences on this track, and that´s when lap times will start to count´.

So Sepang will see the return of the lime-green machines after the Christmas period. McCoy and team-mate Andrew Pitt, as well as test riders Alex Hofmann and Akira Yanagawa, will be at the Malaysian track for Kawasaki's next test on the 15th, 16th and 17th of January, 2003.

MotoGP, 2002, Kawasaki Racing Team

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