If anyone wants a reason to watch MotoGP they need look no further than Kawasaki star Garry McCoy.

The former Speedway ace has long been renowned for his incredible tyre smoking power slides on a 500cc two-stroke - but after signing to ride Team Green's 990cc four-stroke this season, the former GP winner only seems to have increased his acrobatics further.

Here, Crash.net's MotoGP photographers Gold and Goose have captured the Australian applying some opposite lock while murdering his rear Dunlop right to the exit of a Catalunya curve, during yesterday's Grand Prix.

Despite appearances - and in contrast to four-wheel racing - sliding the rear is a technique used by the brave to help turn the Motorcycle whilst staying on the power. Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi and even Sete Gibernau are all regularly seen leaving smoke out of corners this year... but none have yet reached the level of McCoy.

Unfortunately, McCoy's race pace on the currently uncompetitive ZX-RR couldn't match his style and he rode to a lonely 17th, but his slides through the series of fast right handers onto the main straight delighted the Barcelona fans, who acknowledged his display with the same level of enthusiasm accorded to race winner Capirossi.

"It was really slippery and I was actually slow but sideways in the corners. But, judging from their reaction, I guess the fans enjoyed it!" smiled Garry.

McCoy was the sole Kawasaki finisher after team-mates Andrew Pitt and Akira Yanagawa were involved in a crash at turn four on the opening lap.

The Fuchs Kawasaki Team will test at the Barcelona circuit today (Monday) and tomorrow with German test rider Alex Hofmann joining regular race riders McCoy and Pitt.