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Kawasaki riders slash times in Sepang

Kawasaki riders slash times in Sepang

Kawasaki riders slash times in Sepang

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt slashed their previous best times on their first two days of testing at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, where they are currently lapping alongside Suzuki riders Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins. Small improvements on the chassis and suspension settings of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP racer made all the difference in the bike´s handling on the exit of the turns, with further improvements being expected from a new chassis featuring an adjustable swing arm pivot.

Japanese test rider Akira Yanagawa also rode to his best Sepang lap time so far, after having solved chattering problems on his Ninja ZX-RR. German Alex Hofmann continued his task of Dunlop tyre testing aboard a previous prototype of the Ninja ZX-RR with carburettors instead of the new fuel-injected version, concentrating on the best possible input for tyre manufacturer Dunlop rather than the chase for the best lap time around the fast and challenging Sepang circuit.

McCoy clocked a best lap of 2.06,55 after 39 laps, almost two seconds quicker than his best effort during the race there last October riding the Yamaha YZR500. After 44 laps Pitt had posted a best of 2.06,80 – over three seconds quicker than his qualifying lap for the same race, his first appearance on the ZX-RR.

MotoGP, 2002, Kawasaki Racing Team

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