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Kawasaki get new tyres from Bridgestone

Kawasaki get new tyres from Bridgestone

Kawasaki get new tyres from Bridgestone

Kawasaki have confirmed that they have received a new batch of updated tyres from Bridgestone in time for the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix this weekend. Makoto Tamada already proved that the Japanese rubber can be effective around the bumpy and abrasive surface last season riding the Honda, and both Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann are confident of making steps forward with the new specification tyres this weekend.

"I like Brazil and this track," commented Nakano. "It will be my first time here on the Ninja ZX-RR and with no testing or previous data available finding a good race set-up in practice will be critical.

"The bumps and low grip levels are not easy to deal with, but the new 2004 Kawasaki chassis is a strong point for us. Like Assen I'm looking for a good qualifying position, although this time I want to see the chequered flag at the end of the race.

"It will be good if we have three days of dry weather to properly evaluate the latest Bridgestone tyres, which we did not get a chance to do in Assen because of the rain."

For Hofmann it is a welcome return to Brazil, where he has not raced for three years, with his previous appearance being in the 2001 250cc Grand Prix. "I'm happy to be back in Rio - I haven't raced here for three years," commented the German.

"It's my first time on a MotoGP bike here, so I'm sure it will take some time to settle in on the Ninja ZX-RR at this track which is usually bumpy and dirty for the opening sessions.

"My last race here was on a 250cc machine, so it's difficult for me to predict too much regarding the MotoGP bike, other than that Rio has some long and fast corners, which usually suit my style.

"I like the layout of the circuit, although the fast back straight needs a lot of top speed. Another strong finish and more championship points is my main aim this weekend."

MotoGP, 2004, Kawasaki Racing Team

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