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Andrew Pitt's best ever in Sepang

Andrew Pitt's best ever in Sepang

Andrew Pitt's best ever in Sepang

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Andrew Pitt concluded three days of testing in Sepang with a personal best time of 2.06,3 minutes, more than four seconds faster than on his MotoGP premiere at the Malaysian Grand Prix on October last year.

Whereas Pitt boarded a plane on Wednesday night to attend his best friend's wedding, and will re-join the team at their next session in Phillip Island, Australia, his team-mate Garry McCoy decided to add another half day of testing on Thursday to his schedule, before the crates had to be packed. McCoy improved his previous best time by a tenth of a second, and could have gone much faster if a clutch problem hadn't slowed him on his best run.

German Alex Hofmann and Japanese test rider Akira Yanagawa joined McCoy on the extra fourth day of testing, with Hofmann narrowing down the choice of new generation Dunlop tyres, and Yanagawa successfully working on the set-up of a new front fork and a new rear shock absorber.

Harald Eckl (Team manager) explain: `I am happy with the outcome of this test. We made another step forward in comparison to our last test session in December, with our riders being over two seconds quicker than back then. If we compare Andrew Pitt's lap times now with his race times back in October, there is a gap of almost five seconds, which is down to improvements on the bike, improvements on the tyres, and the growing experience of Andrew as a rider. The rear shock pumping that the riders complained about earlier on is all but gone, which is a relief, because in the beginning you never know if such a problem stems from a mismatch of components or if it's just a matter of getting the set-up right. Luckily, it turned out that we could solve the problem. Our next aim is to improve the fuel injection system. Of course there are many things that we didn't have a chance to try yet. But it's also very good to know that we are far from having explored the limits of our bike. I am confident that we still have full seconds and not just tenths or hundredths up our sleeves. Looking back at what we've done and what we have the chance to do in the remaining weeks before the season starts, we are well on schedule´.

MotoGP, 2003

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