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Kawasaki make promising start

Kawasaki make promising start

In perfect, dry conditions on day one in China Kawasaki´s riders John Hopkins and Anthony West continued to experience mixed fortunes.

Kawasaki´s Pramac Grand Prix of China weekend commenced with John Hopkins in fifth place on the timesheet on Friday as he prepares for his 100th MotoGP race, while Anthony West was relatively happy despite finishing 15th overall.

John Hopkins - 5th

`Today we worked on setting up the machine to suit my preferences around this circuit. I really like this track and I´ve always gone quite well here. In the afternoon session we tried a few different Bridgestone tyre combinations to find a choice that will last the distance on Sunday. We also evaluated various parts and we´ve finished practice very positively. I´m feeling confident and tomorrow we need to qualify well to put us in the best possible stead for the race.´

Anthony West - 15th

`Although the times are not brilliant, we are making some progress and our fastest laps have been in the closing stages of each session. Hopefully, this means there is more to come, and we can continue going faster. Our biggest problem is with the power delivery and corner exit, where I feel we are losing a lot of time due to a lack of traction. Tonight we will review the data and try to find a solution to continue moving forwards.´

MotoGP, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, John Hopkins, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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