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Bartholemy hails ‘excellent' Motegi result

Bartholemy hails ‘excellent' Motegi result

One of the best performing teams at Motegi last weekend, Kawasaki Racing earned their best result of the season and first podium since taking their racing project in-house at the beginning of the year.

One of the best performing teams at Motegi last weekend, Kawasaki Racing earned their best result of the season and their first podium since taking their racing project in-house at the beginning of the year.

Randy de Puniet was on the podium for ‘Team Green', and Anthony West led a MotoGP race for the first time before having to enter the pits for a ride-through penalty. After the positive race for Kawasaki, Michael Bartholemy from the team spoke to motogp.com about a successful visit to Japan.

"For sure the result was excellent for us, and could only have been better if we had won the race," stated a beaming Bartholemy. "A first podium since we went in-house with the team. In Japan, for Kawasaki, it is a big deal, and to be leading the race with Anthony before the ride-through and then have Randy finish in second makes us pretty happy."

One of the problems experienced by many teams in flag-to-flag races is the unknown nature of exactly when their riders will come in to change bikes. The Kawasaki strategy was played somewhat by ear, but worked out for the best for both riders.

"Anthony was still quick with the wet tyre, so our decision was to let him stay out a little bit longer. He was still making 2'00 laps, faster than a lot of guys behind him on slicks. Randy decided when to come in, and that gave us a bit more time to leave Anthony out on track for a few more laps," said the Kawasaki manager.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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