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Kawasaki present 2007 project with added horsepower

Kawasaki present 2007 project with added horsepower

Kawasaki last night officially presented their 2007 project in Jerez, and chose the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art as the setting to show off their new season's horsepower.

Kawasaki last night officially presented their 2007 project in Jerez, and chose the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art as the setting to show off their new season's horsepower.

The presentation opened with a performance from the school's prize steeds, who cantered and pranced to a selection of classical music. They then made way for a video reviewing Kawasaki's preseason performances, including an explanation of the team's decision to take business in-house this year. Kawasaki Racing Communications Manager Ian Wheeler, who explained the process in detail to the gathered media, took to the stage to make the announcement of the formation of Kawasaki Motors Racing, an independently managed company based in Heerlen, Holland. This new group will oversee all of Kawasaki's MotoGP activity, and will receive support from Kawasaki Japan.

After the format of the company was run through, it was the turn of Kawasaki Racing's most important figures to give short speeches. Ichiro Yoda, Yoshio Kawamura, Kiyoaki Maeda and Michael Bartholemy illustrated their goals for the season at the event, listing objectives such as 2 podium finishes, 1 pole position and 1 rider in the top 9 as achievable targets.

Riders Randy de Puniet and Olivier Jacque were next up, posing in front of the freshly unveiled Ninja ZX-RR800. The former explained his change of bike number, from 17 to 14, which comes from both a desire to forget a bad 2006 season and recognition of his date of birth.

Jacque, a veteran in the World Championship, commented that he is "still young, because I made a stupid mistake in Qatar last week on cold tyres," referring to the crash which set back his testing last week at the Losail International Circuit.

Both riders will be on track today for the first of three days practicing at the MotoGP Official Test.

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MotoGP, 2007, Kawasaki Racing Team

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