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Kawasaki complete three day test in Sepang
News, 18/12/02

Kawasaki Racing Team finished their three day-test in Malaysia on a high note, with further improved lap times of their riders, and with plenty of input for the Japanese engineers in their search for the best chassis and engine components on the new Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP racer. Australian team-mates Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt mainly focussed on different swing arm settings to improve driveability on the corner exits. Japanese test rider Akira Yanagawa continued his search for the best mapping of the Ninja ZX-RR’s new fuel injection system, whereas Alex Hofmann went through another stack of new Dunlop tyres.

`This test here was very positive and successful,´ reflected Team Manager Harald Eckl. `We did many kilometres and gained a lot of experience with all our four riders. Alex Hofmann completed a huge tyre testing program and is getting faster and faster. Andrew also continues to gain experience and expertise with every lap he is out there, and I am sure that he found another half a second a lap just in his own riding style.

Garry McCoy went through his first real test on our bike in convincing style, improved step by step, and we will make another giant leap ahead once the set-up is right for him. We are also very happy with what we´ve learned about the new Dunlop tyres even though it didn´t show in the lap times straight away.´

After a short Christmas break, the team will return to Sepang for another three-day session from January 15th – 17th, followed by three days in Phillip Island, Australia, from January 21st to 23rd.

Source: MotoGP website
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