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Ninja ZX-RR made stronger by Hopkins arrival

Ninja ZX-RR made stronger by Hopkins arrival

Team Green made use of their time to continue the adaptation of the Ninja ZX-RR to both John Hopkins and team-mate Anthony Wests requirements.

Kawasaki may have only had one bike on track for the 40 minute shootout session last Sunday, with John Hopkins choosing against riding in the wet, but Team Green still made use of their time to continue the adaptation of the Ninja ZX-RR to both the Anglo-American and team-mate Anthony Wests requirements.

West was strong in the rain, as would be expected of the hydrophilic Australian, but the main focus was on the injured Hopkins, who is undergoing some intense rehabilitation work on his groin in the U.S this week. Kawasaki have been working with the 2008 bike on his advice, as noted by Kiyoaki Maeda, Technical Director for the Japanese factory.

We have improved the RPM and horsepower, and we are still working on the endurance capability of the bike to make it go to race distance, commented Maeda on the engine change that has not included a move to the screamer version tried out by the test team in Sepang.

We changed a lot of the chassis to suit John Hopkins, and these changes have made it stronger than last years machine.

Weve also looked at new clutch and engine management systems. Hopkins riding style, which is very hard, is definitely making our machines stronger, he concluded.

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MotoGP, 2008, Kawasaki Racing Team

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