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Kawasaki pair looking for more at Sepang

Kawasaki pair looking for more at Sepang

Anthony West and John Hopkins will be looking for solutions on the second day of MotoGP´s visit to Malaysia, after a difficult time on Friday.

Although Anthony West was close to the top ten in terms of overall times in Malaysia on Friday he still struggled for confidence in free practice, whilst his team-mate John Hopkins was way down in eighteenth position on the timesheets.

Anthony West - twelfth

`Conditions weren´t ideal this morning, as the track was really dirty and it took quite a long time to clean up before we had the level of grip needed to start pushing. As soon as we did start to get faster then I encountered the same problem that we´ve been having almost since the start of the season. On the gas coming out of the turns the bike just goes sideways instead of driving forward, and it´s costing me a lot of time. We made some improvements for this afternoon, but I don´t know exactly how much of an improvement because the showers that were working their way around the circuit didn´t do much for confidence. When you´re flat on the tank down the straight here, even a slight shower looks like torrential rain as it bounces off the screen! We will look closely at the data tonight and, hopefully, we can continue to make improvements tomorrow. On a positive note, I´m not last on the timesheet this week, so we´ve definitely made some improvement already!´

John Hopkins - eighteenth

`We had to wait for the track to clean up before we could get down to evaluating tyres this morning, and then I had some problems with the front end of the bike. I was struggling to get the bike into the turns, because the front felt like it was going to tuck all the time. We made some major set-up changes this afternoon to counter the problem, but I think we maybe went in the wrong direction because we didn´t see the improvement we were expecting. We will look at our options tonight, ready for tomorrow. I´m not so worried about the situation, as we know we can go back to the set-up we ran here during winter testing, when our lap times were pretty good, if necessary. I´m pretty confident we can go faster tomorrow, but we could definitely do without the showers that made this afternoon's session quite difficult.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, John Hopkins, Anthony West, Kawasaki Racing Team

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