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Nakano thanks Kawasaki for team effort

Nakano thanks Kawasaki for team effort

Nakano thanks Kawasaki for team effort

Reaction from Kawasaki after the second day at Welkom:

Shinya Nakano: "The turning point for me this weekend was switching to my second bike this morning. It worked well around this circuit from the off and there was a definite improvement in rear grip over yesterday. This additional rear traction definitely came in useful when it came time to put a qualifier in the bike this afternoon!

"Of course, I'm happy to be on the second row of the grid, but I have to say that it has definitely been a team effort. I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone in the Kawasaki Racing Team, as they have worked so hard during the winter to get us to where we are today. I'm ready to race tomorrow and, hopefully, we can carry on the momentum that put us on the second row of the grid today."

Alex Hofmann: "Without looking at the data it's difficult to know exactly why I crashed. The rear just let go without any warning at all and down I went. I had to change my leathers before heading back to the pit box; I was okay, but my original leathers were a bit the worse for wear! I guess I'm real lucky not to have injured myself.

"Once back in the box I calmed myself down and went out to test a couple of tyres while I regained my confidence. From then on it was just a case of chipping away at the lap time and trying to improve my grid position. I'm still not completely happy with my race set up for tomorrow, but I think this is something we can work on during morning warm up. Today could have gone better, for sure, but I'm pretty happy overall."

Harald Eckl (Team Manager): "Both riders did a good job today. Alex came back strong after a high speed crash and Shinya proved that he's one of the best riders in the World with his sixth place qualifying position.

"The fact that we're just over half a second off pole position proves that the direction we took with both the bike and tyres over the winter was the right one. Today has provided the whole team with a huge confidence boost after a winter of hard work, and we're now looking forward to both riders scoring points in the race tomorrow."

MotoGP, 2004, BETANDWIN.COM AFRICA'S GRAND PRIX, Shinya Nakano, Kawasaki Racing Team

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