Press Release
(2005 FIM Road Racing World Championship)
Kawasaki Racing Team


Kawasaki factory riders, Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, wrapped-up their
preparations for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship Season at the Jerez circuit
in southern Spain today.

On the third and final day of the IRTA test both Nakano and Hofmann recorded
personal best performances at the 4.2 km circuit.

Over three days Nakano completed a total of 190 laps, for a fastest lap of
1'41.328, which is 1.4s faster than Valentino Rossi's current track record.

Hofmann posted 179 laps for a quickest time of 1'41.453, with the final day of
testing being run in warm and dry, but slightly overcast conditions.

The final day programme for both riders was interrupted by some electrical and
software problems, which took some time for Kawasaki technicians to resolve.
Both Nakano and Hofmann are also seeking improved engine braking stability on
corner entry.

A mechanical problem in the afternoon forced Nakano to switch to his spare bike,
on which he set his fastest lap, despite this machine not having the Japanese
rider's preferred set-up.

The test brought to a conclusion an exhausting series of winter tests, made all
the more intense for the Kawasaki Racing Team by the introduction of the
big-bang firing order engine specification in February.

The engine has already confirmed its increased performance potential over the
previous 'screamer' version of the 990cc, in-line four cylinder motor.

Kawasaki Technical Director Ichiro Yoda has confirmed that both riders will race
the big-bang motor in the Spanish GP at Jerez on April 10. The next phase of
engine development will now continue in Japan, with further tests planned after
the second race of the season at Estoril.

Shinya Nakano: #56 - 55 laps (1'41.328)

"Today was definitely not my day. But, despite the problems, I'm positive
because it is better to have learnt these things in testing than to only find
out next week when we are here for the first race. After the engine problem in
my number one bike I had to switch to the spare, but I didn't have the same
feeling with this set-up. I tried a qualifying tyre at the end and did a good
time. Overall the test was a good outcome, and I'm much more confident than
after the Barcelona test."

Alex Hofmann: #66 - 43 laps (1'41.453)

"I put a soft tyre in for my final quick time, but I didn't get the best out of
that lap, I was a little disappointed with the time because I had done a 1.41.7
on race tyres. It was a difficult day until the team got the electrical problems
sorted, so I never got into a good rhythm. But we are not far off, and I think
we can look to the Jerez race with some confidence. I'm happy to finish testing,
now I just want to go racing."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Director

"Today neither Shinya nor Alex had a lot of time to go for fast laps, or to
complete a race simulation. We had some engine management system software
problems, which took time to correct. Shinya also had a motor problem, which
stopped his main race bike. From this test we understand that we need more
performance and to fine-tune the engine braking system. Although the performance
level is not where we want it to be, we are in a good position considering we
only started testing the big bang motor just seven weeks ago."

IRTA Jerez Day 3 - Final Times:

 1. Nicky Hayden - (Repsol Honda)                 1'39.983
 2. Marco Melandri - (Telefonica Movistar Honda)  1'40.291
 3. John Hopkins - (Suzuki MotoGP)                1'40.418
 4. Valentino Rossi - (Gauloises Yamaha)          1'40.539
 5. Loris Capirossi - (Marlboro Ducati)           1'40.559
 6. Alex Barros - (Camel Honda)                   1'40.569
 7. Sete Gibernau - (Telefonica Movistar Honda)   1'40.662
 8. Colin Edwards - (Gauloises Yamaha)            1'41.284
 9. Shinya Nakano - (Kawasaki Racing Team)        1'41.328
10. Makoto Tamada - (JIR Honda)                   1'41.380
11. Max Biaggi - (Repsol Honda)                   1'41.431
12. Alex Hofmann - (Kawasaki Racing Team)         1'41.453
13. Troy Bayliss - (Camel Honda)                  1'41.529
14. Kenny Roberts - (Suzuki MotoGP)               1'41.913
15. Nobuatsu Aoki - (Suzuki MotoGP)               1'42.121