Kawasaki 's test hampered by electrical issues
Kawasaki factory riders, Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, wrapped-up their preparations for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship Season at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain today. On the third and final day of the official test both Nakano and Hofmann recorded personal best performances at the 4.2 km circuit.
The final day programme for both riders was interrupted by some electrical and software problems, which took some time for Kawasaki technicians to resolve. Both Nakano and Hofmann are also seeking improved engine braking stability on corner entry.
Over three days Nakano completed a total of 190 laps, for a fastest lap of 1'41.328, which is 1.4s faster than Valentino Rossi's current track record.
"Today was definitely not my day. But, despite the problems, I'm positive because it is better to have learnt these things in testing than to only find out next week when we are here for the first race," said Nakano.
"After the engine problem in my number one bike I had to switch to the spare, but I didn't have the same feeling with this set-up. I tried a qualifying tyre at the end and did a good time. Overall the test was a good outcome, and I'm much more confident than after the Barcelona test."
Hofmann posted 179 laps for a quickest time of 1'41.453, with the final day of testing being run in warm and dry, but slightly overcast conditions.
"I put a soft tyre in for my final quick time, but I didn't get the best out of that lap, I was a little disappointed with the time because I had done a 1.41.7 on race tyres," explained Hofmann.
"It was a difficult day until the team got the electrical problems sorted, so I never got into a good rhythm. But we are not far off, and I think we can look to the Jerez race with some confidence. I'm happy to finish testing, now I just want to go racing."
Kawasaki Technical Director Ichiro Yoda has confirmed that both riders will race the big-bang motor in the Spanish GP at Jerez on April 10. The next phase of engine development will now continue in Japan, with further tests planned after the second race of the season at Estoril.