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Kawasaki pair making steady progress

Kawasaki pair making steady progress

Kawasaki´s John Hopkins and Anthony West finished today´s opening Le Mans practice sessions in ninth and 16th positions respectively.

After focussing on refining machine set-up during the two, one-hour track sessions on Friday at the Alice Grand Prix de France, Kawasaki´s MotoGP duo John Hopkins and Anthony West gave their thoughts on their day´s work.

John Hopkins - 9th

`Le Mans is a track I quite enjoy and although the position isn´t where we want to be, I´m feeling confident. We´ve used the practice sessions today to find a tyre combination that works well in both the front and rear. At the moment we´re struggling a little bit with feeling in the front-end, which is costing us time. It´s nothing particularly major as we can lap quickly and consistently, but I feel that an improvement in this will reduce our lap time considerably. We have a few ideas on how to achieve this and tomorrow we´ll be aiming for a good qualifying position.

Anthony West – 16th

`I´m feeling a little bit more confident here today than I have in previous rounds. The circuit seems to suit our bike, as there are not so many turns here where the bike is leaned over for long periods of time, and this is where we´ve experienced problems in the past. We´ve made some alterations to my Ninja ZX-RR and I feel a lot more comfortable as I can use the bike´s strength on corner entry to put together reasonable lap times. The position isn´t anywhere near where we want to be, but I can lap consistently and this is a good sign as we were unable to do this before. There are two longer corners in the track where we need to improve traction, but we have some direction now and I hope we can continue with this tomorrow.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Kawasaki Racing Team

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