2004 Pacific Grand Prix
Nakano takes the ZX-RR to its first ever MotoGP podium finish; third position on home ground at Motegi (round 12).
2004 Malaysian Grand Prix
Nakano qualifies third on the grid at Sepang for the ZX-RR's first front row start. Finishes eighth in the race.
2004 Valencian Grand Prix
Nakano finishes the season tenth in the world championship with 83 points and only four non-scores, while Hofmann collects 51 points for 15th position. Kawasaki also takes fourth in the constructors' championship (95 points) and seventh in the teams' championship (134 points).
2005 Spanish Grand Prix
Nakano and Hofmann both retained for 2005 and start the year with fifth and eleventh places at the Jerez opener. For Nakano, it is his best result of the season.
2005 Portuguese Grand Prix
Hofmann highsides during a demonstration ride to promote the Portuguese GP (round two) breaking his left scaphoid and forcing him to miss both Estoril and the next two rounds.
2005 Chinese Grand Prix
Injured Hofmann replaced for round three by Olivier Jacque, who promptly stuns by finishing in second position - just 1.7sec behind Valentino Rossi - on his ZX-RR debut in soaking wet conditions at Shanghai. That result remains the joint best for a ZX-RR rider and the closest that a ZX-RR has come to victory.
2005 Valencia Grand Prix
2005 ends with Nakano retaining tenth in the championship with a Team Green best of 98 points, despite no podiums, while Hofmann finishes 19th. Kawasaki holds fourth in the constructors' championship (126 points) and rises to sixth in the teams' championship during what was, on paper, its best MotoGP season.
2006 Spanish Grand Prix
Kawasaki raises eyebrows by 'reluctantly' dropping Hofmann in favour of rookie Randy de Puniet for the 2006 season, while Nakano remains for a third and final season. Nakano starts the year in style at Jerez with his first front row qualifying performance since Sepang 2004, but finishes seventh in the race. de Puniet doesn't reach the flag.
2006 Dutch TT
Nakano scores his second (and final) ZX-RR podium, and equals Kawasaki's best MotoGP result between 2002-2008, by finishing second at Assen in a race best remembered for a last turn showdown between Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards.
2006 Australian Grand Prix
In addition to his third place start at Jerez, Nakano illustrated his and the Bridgestone-shod ZX-RR's raw speed by qualifying second on the grid three-times during 2006, the last occasion being at Phillip Island.