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Tough day for Hopkins as West sees improvements

Tough day for Hopkins as West sees improvements

The opening day of practice for the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya was one of mixed fortunes for the Kawasaki Racing Team.

There is plenty of work to do for `Team Green´ on Saturday with Anthony West finishing 18th fastest, and John Hopkins setting the 14th fastest time on Friday, after a crash that sidelined him for most of the afternoon practice session.

John Hopkins - fourteenth

`The first few laps on the bike this afternoon felt quite good, but when I started to push the front tucked going into turn two. When I gave it some gas to pick the bike up the rear came round on me and spat me over the highside. I landed heavily on my back, and it was painful enough to stop me riding again during the session. I had the injury checked out at the Clinica Mobile, but they have insisted that I undergo another examination tomorrow before they pass me fit to ride. If I´m allowed to ride then my back is going to be sore, but I´ll just have to grit my teeth and do the best I can.´

Anthony West - eighteenth

`The position may remain the same, but we have made some progress with the bike today. We´ve all but eliminated the problems I had with the front-end of the bike in Mugello, and that´s given me more confidence to push the front harder. Now we need to refocus on improving rear traction, which is so important here at Catalunya. So, while I´m not yet happy with my lap time or my position on the timesheet, I´m pretty pleased with the small steps we´ve made today, and I hope we can continue in this way tomorrow.´


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