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Points for Kawasaki at end of hard weekend

Points for Kawasaki at end of hard weekend

Anthony West and John Hopkins brought their Kawasakis home in the points on Sunday at Misano.

At the end of a tough weekend for the Kawasaki Racing team at the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Anthony West and John Hopkins respond to finishing outside the top ten at Misano.

Anthony West - thirteenth

`I just didn't have the confidence to push the front all weekend, and I couldn't found a solution to this, which was obviously reflected in our result today. On a positive note we did manage to set the fastest lap time of the weekend in the race, and had we been further up the grid, I am sure we could have been battling for stronger positions. John and I were locked together for most of the race and although I had to push quite hard, I managed to hold him off to the flag. At the post-race test in Brno we tried a revised specification front tyre from Bridgestone, which definitely was an improvement, but we couldn´t get it to work comfortably with the bike here, so this is an area we need to concentrate on as I believe this can help us achieve better results.´

John Hopkins - fourteenth

`This weekend has been frustratingly tough for us. Having aggravated the injury to my rib we missed two sessions and basically ran out of time to set the bike up. We got a good start to the race, but I was suffering with quite a lot of discomfort from the injury and I just couldn´t push as hard as I wanted to. We´re struggling with a few problems with the front-end feeling, but again, that´s simply down to a lack of track time. All of the other Bridgestone riders are on a different specification tyre, and this is something we need time to test as I think it will make a big difference for us. I´m having some intense treatment overnight and hopefully we can get plenty of laps under our belt tomorrow to put us in better stead for my home race in Indianapolis.´

MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, John Hopkins, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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