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Kawasaki reflect on best day yet

Kawasaki reflect on best day yet

Kawasaki reflect on best day yet

The Fuchs Kawasaki team enjoyed a perfect race at their home Grand Prix on Sunday, with both Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann clinching their best results of the season. With Nakano taking Kawasaki's highest ever MotoGP result in seventh, just over two seconds behind fifth placed Honda rider Colin Edwards, team-mate Hofmann completed the top ten to the delight of the capacity local crowd and to the satisfaction of his Team Manager Harald Eckl.

"I am absolutely delighted with the performance of the riders and the rest of the Fuchs Kawasaki team today," beamed Eckl after the race. "As always in racing you have to finish to be in the points, and both Shinya and Alex in the top ten is an excellent result considering the problems we have overcome.

"Friday was almost completely lost and our technicians made major revisions to the engine management components - plus chassis set-up - on Saturday. This result is because of all that hard work."

"This is a good result, which I did not really expect after the first day at the track, added Nakano. "Even after qualifying my technicians were making a lot of changes to the bike, so I must thank them for their hard work and dedication. On the start line I looked down and saw liquid on my right boot and lost concentration just as the lights went out.

"I was back in 12th and just kept pushing until I was able to pass Roberts on the Suzuki, and then I had some luck when Melandri and Abe crashed right in front me. It's great to see the team so happy after the problems we had on Friday and Saturday."

Hofmann admitted it had not been an easy weekend but expressed his relief that it all came together for the race. "I'm happy for the first time this weekend, and it is such a good feeling to be top ten again at my home race. I didn't make a fast start and lost two places on the first lap, and then I took at least eight laps to get past Xaus.

"It took too long, and by then the group in front of me had opened a gap. I just concentrated on getting a good result to try and make up for the all the troubles of the previous two days. I wasn't very confident after qualifying, but this shows that you should never give up in racing."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND, Kawasaki Racing Team

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