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Dismal result on a dismal weekend for Kawasaki.

Following the highs of Brno, Kawasaki came back to earth with a considerable bump at Misano after struggling to just 13th and 14th place finishes on a weekend that saw them playing catch-up from day one.

Keen to capitalise on Anthony West's fifth place in the Czech Republic, Kawasaki were instead left with an uphill battle when they were restricted to just one bike during free practice as John Hopkins sat out to save himself from further injury.

Indeed, the Anglo-American was ailing all weekend with discomfort from the injury, picked up at Brno, and struggled to find a solution in time for the race.

Initially dicing with team-mate West, Hopkins would eventually finish 14th and last, while West fared little better in 13th. While it means they still scored five points for Kawasaki, it was a disappointing performance all round according to competition manager Michael Bartholemy.

"Today has been difficult for us, and this result is not what we had expected after Brno. Anthony has struggled with a lack of confidence all weekend and, although he set his fastest lap of all of the sessions during the race, it wasn't enough to bridge the gap to the other riders.

“John lost out on a lot of track time this weekend, so he was always going to be at a disadvantage today. After suffering with so many challenges lately, he is quite down. It's always tough coming back from an injury, but he knows that he needs to put that behind him, get his head down and get on with securing the results we know he's capable of.”

Hopkins, meanwhile, insists he will be fit in time for his home round at Indianapolis when he begins receiving intensive treatment

"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. 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."


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DFH - Unregistered

September 01, 2008 11:07 PM

What more proof do you guys need that the bike is off the pace, not the riders? Ant & Hopper had identical race pace, raced in each others pockets & complained of the same issues with the bike. The really pathetic part of all this is that Kawasaki team management seem as clued-up as Calvin, and by plugging in yet another rider hope for a miracle performance cure. The entire Kawasaki engineering staff should be sacked, but before they go they should be forced to line up in front of the riders, past and present, and made to apologise for wrecking their careers.

Patrice - Unregistered

September 01, 2008 11:20 PM

I guess someone is thinking the same. If someone thinks ******** and drinking is more important than racing he should not be a motoGP rider Posted by Jan Thiel - Unregistered (14 hours ago)



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