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McCoy and Pitt ready for home round

McCoy and Pitt ready for home round

McCoy and Pitt ready for home round

Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt bring their distinctive green Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR machines to Phillip Island this weekend looking for a ray of light in a dark season. The Australian pair, who have scored just eleven points between them over the last fourteen races, tackle their home event with renewed motivation and both plan to put on a show for their army of fans.

"It's always exciting racing at the Island with a big crowd, but it's also a lot of extra work with the media, team and sponsorship schedule - everyone wants some of your time," commented McCoy, who could be making his penultimate appearance aboard the Ninja today. "I would like to qualify on the front row again like last year, but that will depend on how the ZX-RR and our tyres shape up with the track and hopefully cooler weather. The Island is fast and the Kawasaki is not short of power, but the long, high speed corners make it hard for us to get on the throttle early - I reckon we'll be hanging off the bike through the fast stuff out the back."

Pitt, who today led a demonstration against drink driving at the circuit, echoed his compatriot's sentiments: "I just love racing at Phillip Island - it's almost like being on holidays with the beach and staying in Cowes. I think most riders enjoy racing here and, like Assen, it is one of the great tracks on the calendar. Phillip Island has always been a tough test on tyres but I'm sure the Dunlop guys are ready for that - they've made some good progress this season and the cooler weather should work in our favour. The speed of the ZX-RR will be strong on the first half of the circuit, which is really fast, but the back section, up past the hay shed to Lukey Heights, could be hard work for us."

MotoGP, 2003

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