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Akira Yanagawa explains the problems with his Kawasaki after his World Championship debut

Akira Yanagawa explains the problems with his Kawasaki after his World Championship debut

Akira Yanagawa explains the problems with his Kawasaki after his World Championship debut

Official Kawasaki test rider Akira Yanagawa, who forms part of the backbone of the factory effort fielding Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt, made his debut in the World Championship with the ´Green machine´ at Suzuka. Here he talks about the opening race of his season and the problems he encountered running the Kawasaki in competition for the first time.

`I´m not happy with the race. On the back straight, negotiating the first lap I ran off the track; it's possible the brakes were not up to a decent enough working temperature. Fortunately there was a concrete zone in that spot and I could quickly recover. Entering the Dunlop curve on the third lap, I had a problem with the injection system and left the track. It was tricky exiting the gravel and when I got going again I was some 35 seconds behind. This problem re-occurred several time throughout the duration but I convinced myself to finish the race to gain as much data as possible.

In the race we adopted the new chassis that McCoy and Pitt used in the previous test that also took place at Suzuka, one week before. I could not work it thoroughly because of the rain but I liked it from the first time I tried it and took the setting for my race-bike. I believe that without the incidents in the first few laps it would have been possible to get in a points scoring position.

From last Tuesday to today we have been testing in the Japanese circuit Autopolis. After we went to the Johor, following the IRTA test in Catalunya, we suffered the same problem with the injection system, and in the Autopolis test we focused on finding the causes and then a solution. We also went through some different Dunlop compounds. My plan now is to participate in some European races the first of which I expect to be in Le Mans.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2003, Kawasaki Racing Team

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