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


The 2005 season opened at Jerez today with Kawasaki factory riders, Shinya
Nakano and Alex Hofmann, both performing impressively in the two free practice

Sunday's Spanish Grand prix will be the first of 17 races in the 2005 MotoGP

Japanese ace Nakano set the seventh fastest time, just 0.6s off the quickest lap
recorded by Sete Gibernau. In preparation for tomorrow's single, one hour
qualifying session for grid positions, Nakano tried a soft qualifying tyre on
his final lap.

Nakano's Ninja ZX-RR teammate Hofmann was 11th on the time sheets, and the 24
year-old German was delighted with his efforts after two hours of free practice.

Hofmann, now allocated two ZX-RR machines fitted with Kawasaki's big-bang firing
order motor, concentrated solely on race set-up and was not tempted to try for a
faster lap on a qualifying tyre.

Kawasaki's tyre partner Bridgestone has supplied three new race tyres for
evaluation at Jerez, and today's tests indicated improved overall consistency
and grip.

The tyres have the same compound as at the recent Jerez IRTA tests, but with
slightly stiffer case construction.

The four ZX-RR machines allocated to Nakano and Hofmann are in the same
mechanical trim as the recent IRTA tests at Barcelona and Jerez. Kawasaki
technical director Ichiro Yoda said today that the next stage of development of
the 990cc, in-line motor will be tested at Jerez on Monday, although no decision
has been made on when it will be raced.

Conditions today were cool and heavily overcast, with a maximum track
temperature of just 27 degrees, while the air temperature hovered at 19 degrees.

Under the new 2005 qualifying format the grid for the Spanish GP will be decided
only in tomorrow afternoon's one hour qualifying session.

The weather forecast is for fine and sunny conditions, with a predicted maximum
temperature of 20 degrees.

Shinya Nakano: #56 - 23 laps (1'41.424)

"On my final lap I tried a qualifying tyre to prepare for tomorrow's session,
but there really wasn't much difference in time compared to the race tyre. But
today was all about race set-up and trying the new Bridgestone tyres, which are
an improvement, although I need to look at the set-up to improve traction at the
rear. Overall I'm happy to be in the top ten."

Alex Hofmann: #66 - 25 laps (1'41.829)

"Today was a lot of fun and I feel much fresher now we are at the first race and
being out on the track at the same time with all the other riders. Bridgestone
have made a step forward with some new race tyres, I did a very consistent 12
lap run and I did not use a soft qualifier. We improved the overall chassis
balance compared to the test here and, as both of today's sessions were free
practice, I just worked on getting ready for the race."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Director

"The new Bridgestone race tyres have a slightly stiffer construction and are an
improvement from the Jerez test two weeks ago. With today's conditions the track
had less grip than the test here two weeks ago, so we had a lot of set-up work
to do, including adjustments to the engine control system. The engine braking
system is performing better, but is still not perfect. However, we have some new
parts that we will test at Jerez on Monday as part our next development stage."


 1. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP  1'40.801
 2. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda              +0.093
 3. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP        +0.133
 4. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP   +0.411
 5. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  +0.417
 6. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda                +0.623
 7. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team     +0.623
 8. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team   +0.857
 9. Colin Edwards (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team    +0.899
10. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                +0.927
11. Alex Hofmann (GER) Kawasaki Racing Team      +1.028
12. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda     +1.122
13. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Camel Honda               +1.320