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Tough time for Kawasaki at Losail

Tough time for Kawasaki at Losail

It was a difficult weekend for Kawasaki in Qatar, with the team's new recruit John Hopkins riding impeded by his groin injury and his colleague Anthony West never getting fully comfortable at the Losail International circuit.

It was a difficult weekend for Kawasaki in Qatar, with the team's new recruit John Hopkins riding impeded by his groin injury and his colleague Anthony West never getting fully comfortable at the Losail International circuit.

Hopkins had started the night in good form, finishing fourth overall in the warm up, and things were looking positive as he held his ground from tenth on the grid at the start of the race – but a problem with front-end grip and lingering pain in his groin as a result of his Phillip Island test crash in January restricted his progress and he eventually finished 12th.

In addition, it was a weekend to forget for Hopkins's team mate Anthony West, as he started last following a poor qualifying run and crossed the line in 16th position, after an uncomfortable time throughout the weekend.

Reflecting on the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar as a whole Kawasaki's MotoGP Competition Manager Michael Bartholemy told motogp.com: "It was a difficult race for us. My expectations after the warm up were higher, as things were going a little bit better than over the last few days here."

"Although the result was not what I was expecting and I don't want to look for excuses, when I saw John after the race he could barely walk so we can see that he is still suffering a lot from his crash in Australia. You know he needs some time, we have to be fair with him and at least he finished the race."

Speaking specifically about West's difficulties at Losail, Bartholemy added: "I think this whole time that we have been here in Qatar was not easy for Anthony. After the second day of the test last weekend we found something decent so we built him two bikes like that, because we wanted to give him the best support that we could. In the end he was just lacking some confidence and I look forward to seeing him back in good condition at Jerez."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Anthony West, John Hopkins, Kawasaki Racing Team

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