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


Shinya Nakano showed pure class to ride his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR into a
brilliant ninth place under difficult circumstances in today's Catalunya Grand

Nakano was the first rider using Bridgestone tyres to finish the race, and just
failed to hold what would have been a deserving eighth place in the final

Nakano's brave fight against diminishing rear end grip forced him to unwillingly
concede eighth position with two laps remaining of the 25-lap race, which was
won by Valentino Rossi.

Nakano started 12th and by lap six had charged into eighth place after passing a
group of riders, including the Ducati of Loris Capirossi. For the next 18 laps
Nakano controlled his top ten position with a stylish performance in hot and
slippery conditions.

This was Nakano's fifth top ten result out of six races this season.
The race was a huge disappointment for German rider Alex Hofmann, who has been
out of luck since breaking his wrist in a promotional event more than two months

After an intense two days of tyre testing and set-up preparation, Hofmann was
primed for a strong performance. However, his race was spoiled when tyre induced
vibration at the rear of his Ninja ZX-RR forced the Kawasaki pilot to pit for a
change of tyre.

Hofmann had started the race with a slightly softer specification rear tyre
compared to Nakano, but felt comfortable with his choice for the race having
completed more than 20 laps on the same tyre earlier in the weekend.

Hofmann's pit crew made a fast rear tyre change to send their rider back out, to
eventually complete the race in 17th position, one lap down.

On his return to the race Hofmann said he was initially able to run at the pace
of Colin Edwards and Max Biaggi, which only added to his feeling of frustration.

Hofmann was having just his second race after an eight-week injury layoff.

Today's race was watched by a capacity crowd of 105,698, who again confirmed the
massive following that the MotoGP World Championship has in Spain.

Shinya Nakano: #56 - Ninth

"I enjoyed the race, even though I would have preferred to hold off Bayliss at
the end, but it was just not possible. Over the final ten laps it was very
difficult for me to control the sliding of the rear tyre. But I was the first
Bridgestone rider to finish, which showed that compared to other Bridgestone
teams our set-up for the race was the best it had been all weekend. My start was
fast and I pushed very hard in the opening laps and was able pass some riders,
but then I had a lonely race just trying to score top ten points."

Alex Hofmann: #66 - Seventeenth

"My luck has gone missing for the past two months, after such a good start to
the season at Jerez. After the warm-up this morning everything looked positive,
but the tyre performance was not the same as in practice and after 12 laps I had
to make a pit stop because of tyre induced vibration at the rear of the bike.
Straight after the pit stop for five laps I was able to run at the same pace as
Edwards and Biaggi, I just needed to be able to do that for the whole race."

Harald Eckl: Team Manager

"This was a tough race for Kawasaki given the track and tyre conditions today.
But Shinya saved some important points with another determined ride. Shinya's
strong start and opening laps showed positive potential for the Ninja ZX-RR. It
was not easy for Alex whose rear tyre was a softer compound compared to the tyre
that Shinya used. The endurance was not quite what we expected, so he had no
other choice but to make a pit stop for a fresh tyre."


 1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team  43'16.487
 2. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP       +1.094
 3. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP      +7.810
 4. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                   +8.204
 5. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda                 +8.273
 6. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda                  +12.051
 7. Colin Edwards (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team      +18.762
 8. Troy Bayliss (AUS) Camel Honda                 +42.631
 9. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team       +46.638
10. Ruben Xaus (SPA) Fortuna Yamaha Team           +46.692
11. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team      +1'00.357
12. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team   +1'03.864
17. Alex Hofmann (GER) Kawasaki Racing Team         +1 Lap