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Reaction from Jerez: Kawasaki

Reaction from Jerez: Kawasaki

Reaction from Jerez: Kawasaki

Shinya Nakano: "We were lucky with the weather yesterday (Wednesday), but it was a different story today. It started raining this morning and it hasn't stopped since. We collected a lot of wet weather data during the Catalunya test, so there was no real reason for me to go out and risk injury in such difficult conditions today.

"While it is a little disappointing that the weather caused us to miss our final day of testing before we head out to South Africa for the first race, I am confident that we have made enough progress during our winter test programme to make a top ten finish at Welkom a real possibility. I just can't wait to get the season started now, and I'm looking forward to lining up for my first race as a Kawasaki rider."

Alex Hofmann: "It would have been good to get in one more day of testing before heading to South Africa, but I guess you can't control the weather. We've made a lot of progress with the new bike since the first test at Valencia at the end of last season.

"Winter testing has gone well and we've seen a big dip in the lap times, which means we go into this season in a much stronger position than we started last year. I can't wait to start my first full season in the MotoGP class and, although this will be a learning year for me, I still want to finish every race in the points.

"Unlike last year, when most of my wild card races were spent riding alone, the new bike should definitely give me the opportunity to mix it up with the other riders on track and actually race for position. I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun this year. South Africa can't come soon enough for me."

Harald Eckl (Team Manager): "There is no denying the fact that the bad weather here in Spain has seriously disrupted our planned test programme. We were hoping to confirm during the IRTA tests at Catalunya and Jerez what we learnt at our overseas test in Malaysia and Australia, but the near constant rain means that this just wasn't possible.

"While we would have preferred to have completed our test programme before the first race, I'm confident that the progress we made with the new bike over the winter months will allow Shinya and Alex to push for top ten finishes from the off.

"It's been a long, hard winter, but as the lap times of both riders proved during the brief dry periods we had at Catalunya and Jerez, it has all been worthwhile. I am looking forward to the season ahead and I am confident that the new bike will continue to improve as the year progresses."

MotoGP, 2004, Kawasaki Racing Team

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