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Nakano and de Puniet reflect on Malaysian test

Nakano and de Puniet reflect on Malaysian test

Nakano and de Puniet reflect on Malaysian test

The Kawasaki Racing Team completed their 2005 season with an exhausting, but very productive, three-day test at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia with both riders, Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet, posting promising times.

Nakano rode the 2006 version of the Ninja ZX-RR for the first time clocking up 152 laps on the new prototype despite being hampered by bruised ligaments in his left hand, an injury suffered at Valencia three weeks ago.

"I wasn't sure I could ride here for three days because I still had some pain and stiffness in my left hand," explained the Japanese rider. "But in the end I could complete the test and was able to push for a fast time on the final afternoon. I'm very happy because we got through a big programme of work with the new prototype which has set a new direction with both improved handling and engine response. I tried two different firing order motors to provide our engineers with data to evaluate the best combination of torque and top-end power. I'm in a very positive mood after this test and I'm looking forward to the next stage of development after a short holiday."

His new team-mate Randy de Puniet continued his transition from the 250cc class to the much faster and heavier MotoGP machines. After the three-day test he was pleased with his progress on the '05 ZX-RR.

"I have a very positive feeling from this test because I found some good solutions with the set-up on the '05 model ZX-RR," said de Puniet. "I did my best time on tyres that had done 12 laps and I'm sure I could have been faster on new tyres, but this was not my target at this test - the main job was to learn and understand the base set-up of the bike after coming from 250s. On day one I concentrated on adapting my riding style and then completed some testing of engine management and fuel injection set-ups, with the chance to run some consistent laps on the third day. Coming from a 250, the weight, power and engine braking of a MotoGP machine is completely different, but I'm happy with my progress - I have a good feeling from both the bike and tyres."

MotoGP, 2005, Randy de Puniet, Shinya Nakano

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