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Kawasaki fans warm up for Mugello with Imola party

Kawasaki fans warm up for Mugello with Imola party

Kawasaki fans warm up for Mugello with Imola party

The Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia may still be two weeks away, but the historic Imola circuit reverberated to the sound of MotoGP engines today, as Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann gave Italian Kawasaki fans their first glimpse of the 2004 Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP machine.

The annual Imola weekend, which is organised jointly by Kawasaki Italy and the Italian arm of the Kawasaki Racing Team's title sponsor Fuchs, has traditionally attracted Kawasaki owners from all over Italy, but this year the event was bigger than ever.

Upwards of 3,000 Kawasaki owners descended on the Imola circuit, where they had chance to chat and have their photographs taken with Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, before watching the two Fuchs Kawasaki riders tackle the world famous track aboard the Ninja ZX-RR machines they will be riding at Mugello in two weeks' time.

And while the bikes may have been too fast to get a good look at during the demonstration laps, there was ample opportunity for close inspection of the 230BHP machines as they were put on display all weekend in front of the Fuchs Kawasaki race transporter.

In addition to autograph and photo sessions with the Fuchs Kawasaki pilots, visitors to this weekend's event also had the opportunity to win a set of Alex Hofmann's leathers, whilst one lucky female visitor won the chance to stand on the Mugello grid next to Hofmann or Nakano.

MotoGP, 2004, Kawasaki Racing Team

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