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Kawasaki pair experience more frustration

Kawasaki pair experience more frustration

John Hopkins and Anthony West face an uphill battle for satisfactory results in Italy after qualifying 14th and 19th respectively.

The spectacular Mugello circuit turned out to be a tough challenge during Saturday´s Gran Premio d´Italia Alice qualifying session for Kawasaki´s John Hopkins and Anthony West.

John Hopkins - 14th

`Today has felt like an uphill struggle for us. We had a few problems transitioning to a dry set-up in this morning´s practice session, after the two wet sessions yesterday. But we persisted on refining the set-up, as well as working closely with Bridgestone to find a suitable tyre combination for the race. In qualifying it just didn´t come together for us, which has left us with a less than ideal grid position. It´s going to be incredibly important to get a good start in the race if I'm to claw back some points tomorrow.´

Anthony West - 19th

`Yesterday felt good in the dry and to end up at the back of the grid after today´s qualifying is very frustrating. We have been trying many different ideas to improve the rear-traction of the machine, as I have been struggling to get out of the corners at previous rounds. This track is particularly tricky, especially the downhill, off-camber sections, but today we found ourselves with no front-end feeling and I just couldn´t push the bike into the turns. I did manage to improve my lap time on each qualifying run, and our race set-up isn't so far off, I just hope we can gain a solid result tomorrow.´

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

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