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Kawasaki starting to improve and first top ten finish gives important morale boost

Kawasaki starting to improve and first top ten finish gives important morale boost

Kawasaki starting to improve and first top ten finish gives important morale boost

Kawasaki have good reason to look on with envy at the success and attention the new Ducati entry has won so far in the MotoGP Championship.

While the Italians get busy with podium results, fastest laps and pole position times in their first few races the Japanese are still manfully trying to take points and break into the top ten on a regular basis since the launch of their factory effort through the middle of last season. At present the MotoGP field resembles a long coloured snake with a very green tail as all three of the Ninja ZX-RRs riding by Garry McCoy, Andrew Pitt and either testers Akira Yanagawa or Alex Hoffman are trying to develop the four-stroke and emerge from the back of the pack.

In France last weekend the team gained their best result yet thanks to McCoy's ninth position in the second wet race at Le Mans. It was the highest finish by a green machine since Kork Ballington gained a seventh at Mugello back in 1982 on a KR500cc two-stroke.$$$ Prior to last weekend the team had managed just one solitary point for Pitt´s 15th place at Jerez. McCoy´s ninth position was his first top ten ride since the German GP last year, when he also took the same standing. He now lies 19th in the Championship and here is what he had to day after his performance last Sunday:

´This result is great for Kawasaki and great for me,´ said McCoy. ´It was a real poker game for tyres at the restart. From the back of the grid I could see all the tyre warmers coming off the other bikes and a lot of them had intermediates, not wets, and I thought; ´crikey, here we go I´ve picked the wrong tyre.´ But then the Dunlop wets have worked great all weekend, so in the end we had the tyre to do the job´.

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MotoGP, 2003, Kawasaki Racing Team

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