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Hamish Jamieson satisfied with first Kawasaki test

Hamish Jamieson satisfied with first Kawasaki test

Hamish Jamieson satisfied with first Kawasaki test

Experienced technician Hamish Jamieson, recently appointed Technical Director for the Kawasaki Racing Team, oversaw his first complete test with the factory squad at Catalunya earlier this week and said he was satisfied with the progress made. Jamieson, who was lured out of retirement by Kawasaki team boss Harald Eckl, spent over 20 years working in Grand Prix and has been drafted in to add valuable experience to the struggling MotoGP project. The team stayed on for two days at Catalunya under the watchful eye of the Scotsman, with Alex Hofmann joining regular riders Andrew Pitt and Garry McCoy to refine base-line chassis settings and evaluate revised specification of Kawasaki´s 990cc, in-line four motor.

`We came here with the aim of identifying a frame and swinging arm combination that all three riders are able to use and we´ve achieved that,´ commented Jamieson, who also worked with McCoy at Red Bull Yamaha in recent seasons. `Now we have a baseline chassis set-up, information we get from individual riders will be relevant to all of them and that should go some way to speeding up the development process. It will certainly make things easier with chassis and suspension set-up on race weekends, as we will now be able to directly compare data collected from each bike, regardless of who the rider is.´

McCoy, who has blamed his relatively slow progress on the Ninja ZX-RR on lack of track time, was also pleased with the test. `We´ve made some progress, but the most important thing is that we´ve had plenty of track time, which is something we need right now. With only two hours on track each day, GP weekends aren´t ideally suited to testing, but now we´ve been able to try a number of different chassis settings, which has allowed us to identify a frame and swinging arm combination that all three of us can use. It´s good for now, but we´ll obviously be looking to improve things further in the future.´

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MotoGP, 2003, Kawasaki Racing Team

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