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McCoy back in action on final day at Phillip Island

McCoy back in action on final day at Phillip Island

McCoy back in action on final day at Phillip Island

Kawasaki Racing Team´s Garry McCoy was back in action on the third and final day of testing in Phillip Island. The Australian, who had suffered a heavy crash on the first day at his home circuit, tried different pivot positions for the rear swing arm of his Fuchs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR. When a small crack was discovered on his chassis later on, McCoy spent the remainder of the day with cross-checks on the motorcycles of his team-mate Andrew Pitt and test rider Akira Yanagawa.

`Yesterday, I was still a bit giddy after my crash on Tuesday,´ explained McCoy. `I was not feeling too well and I had headaches. But this morning, when I got up, I didn´t feel too bad. I still had a slight headache, and once I got out on the bike, I just took it easy for a few laps. I was still lost in my own mind about what was going on, because the team had been here for two days, and I had to start all over again. It was more or less like day one for me, and I had to get used to everything again. We had a different chassis, the one that had been held in customs, and we tried a few things. We didn´t get very far though. The bike started to feel strange, and my mechanics found a small crack close to the lower engine mount´. `This gave me the chance to do some cross-checks with the machines of Andrew and Akira. Harald likes these cross-checks, and they are certainly not a bad idea, but of course there are too many differences between the bikes to really go fast. Andrew has a set-up, Akira has another one, and I am somewhere in between with what I like. Probably a bit closer to what Akira´s got. Anyway, it´s good thing to compare, and to find pluses and minuses for yourself. Now, there are a few weeks before the next tests end of February in Jerez, and my main aim is to enjoy myself a little bit and have fun with my new Kawasaki Jetski, to train lots and to arrive at the next session in the best possible shape.´

Pitt tried a different swing arm and a different chassis set-up in the morning, but was unable to improve his lap time, and went back to previous settings in the afternoon. Yanagawa spent most of the day on improving the fuel injection system, whereas Alex Hofmann went through another marathon of tyre tests, until his first-generation, carburetted prototype machine surrendered with a broken sixth gear.

MotoGP, 2003

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