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Yoda looks forward to home challenge

Yoda looks forward to home challenge

Yoda looks forward to home challenge

After more than twenty years as a Yamaha employee, Japanese engineer Ichiro Yoda is now well into his first season in the Kawasaki Racing Team, where he has joined up with one of the youngest and most skilful riders in MotoGP, Shinya Nakano. Yoda has brought great technical knowledge and experience to the fledgling Kawasaki project and the Japanese engineer is hoping for a repeat of last year's result at the Japanese GP when Nakano clinched Kawasaki's first MotoGP podium of the season at Motegi.

`I think the number of people working in this MotoGP project is a little on the small side. Yamaha have many people, many engineers on the track and also many designers. But the number of people is not that important, we just need a few more.´

Speaking about Kawasaki's bike, he continued: `We have to improve the power, the characteristics of the engine, but the feeling is not bad at all. We should find some extra power; the chassis, I think, is quite good, especially the combination with Bridgestone tyres. My feeling is that the tyre and chassis combination is quite good.´

The big-bang engine has become Kawasaki's big hope for the MotoGP World Championship. A few days ago, during the double session at Brno, Nakano was able to test the development of the engine that could help him in coming races.

The Japanese GP is one of the main events for Kawasaki Racing and everybody at the manufacturer wants to put on a good show at the race. `At the moment there is a lot of pressure from Kawasaki's top management because last year Nakano did such a good job. We have to support him 100% at Motegi because this is the home Grand Prix and we have to help Nakano again´.

MotoGP, 2005

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