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Kawasaki duo cautious about practice results

Kawasaki duo cautious about practice results

Despite placing first and third on Friday in Mugello, John Hopkins and Anthony West are still left searching for solutions hoping for more stable conditions.

Mixed weather conditions may have given John Hopkins and Anthony West promising results in practice at Mugello, but the duo are hoping for consistency in order to push forward their work with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR. Both the Anglo-American and the Australian surprisingly struggled with their full wet setting, but are aware that further direction is needed.

John Hopkins– 1st

`This morning started out very wet and we concentrated on our set-up to cope with the conditions out on circuit. We found something that worked quite well for us, and we gradually worked to a dry setting as the sun came out. On full slicks we found that there is quite a bit of work to do, although we did manage to finish the session at the top of the time sheets. In the second stint it was wet again and there was a lot of standing water around the circuit. We went in a different direction with our wet setting, which didn´t really work for us. If it´s going to be dry on race day I hope that tomorrow we have two dry sessions to set the bike up, if not then we'll go back to our original wet setting and work from there.`

Anthoy West – 3rd

`This weekend has got off to a bit of a strange start for me. The first practice session we went out on track with a full wet set-up and I didn´t feel very comfortable on the bike. However, as the track dried out we switched to full slick tyres and I was able to put in some reasonable lap times, finishing third overall. It´s usually the wet I´m more comfortable with and today it felt better in the dry! In the second wet practice session the bike was struggling to grip, particularly at the first corner and I couldn´t get out of the turns well enough without the rear spinning, which cost us a lot of time. It´s also pretty scary aquaplaning a bike at speeds of around 300kmh, so I had to change my lines in some places to avoid hitting the water at an angle. We need to find better traction and make the bike more stable, especially if it´s going to continue raining.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, John Hopkins, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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