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McCoy still off the pace but insists focus is on development

McCoy still off the pace but insists focus is on development

McCoy still off the pace but insists focus is on development

Garry McCoy´s first major encounter with the competition in this year´s MotoGP World Championship proved more difficult than he might have expected this weekend, with the Australian struggling to close the gap to his rivals aboard the Ninja ZX-RR prototype. In the one-hour qualifying session McCoy set the 17th quickest time, dropping back to 20th later in the day when he resumed the normal development work rather than chasing fast lap times. However, he insisted that despite his frustration at not yet challenging Ducati, Honda and Yamaha for the top positions, the team´s focus remains fixed on development.

`It was good to have four days of testing on one track,´ reflects McCoy. `Usually we have just two, which doesn´t seem to be enough time for the amount of work we have to do. To have all the track time here was a big help, and even though I´m not really happy with my lap times, it is good that we keep improving. Everybody at Kawasaki knows that we have a big job ahead, and everybody is working overtime to accomplish as much as possible before the first race. We treated the one-hour qualifying session today as nothing more than additional track time for our development program, only at the very end we stuck a soft tyre in just to see what time I would be able to do. It was good to get into the 1:45´s!´

$$$ As circumstances conspired to wreck their efforts on qualifiers, test rider Alex Hoffman and McCoy´s MotoGP team-mate Andrew Pitt both set their best times on race tyres to finish the day in 22nd and 25th position respectively.

Meanwhile, second test rider Akira Yanagawa tried a new injection system with a big throttle body, reporting that it was easier to open the throttle early, but that the bike´s performance was a bit unstable in the lower gears. The team will continue their exhaustive preseason programme at Joho and Suzuka before the first Grand Prix on April 6.

MotoGP, 2003

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