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


Kawasaki's trio of factory riders delivered a near perfect team performance in
today's qualifying session for tomorrow's German Grand Prix.

Japanese rider Shinya Nakano led the Ninja ZX-RR charge by claiming position
twelve on the third row of the grid, although he was hard pressed by teammates
Alex Hofmann and Olivier Jacque.

German ace Hofmann, riding in his home race, was bidding to be the top Kawasaki
rider, but just missed out by two hundredths of a second. He will start 13th at
the head of the fourth row and, importantly, on the inside part of the track for
the run to the tight first corner.

Hofmann had a satisfying day after working with his technical crew to improve
front end feel, after he struggled in yesterday's free practice.

Just 0.3s behind, from 14th on the grid, is Jacque, the Frenchman making a
welcome return to the Kawasaki squad as a wild card for this race.

All riders had use of the latest tyres from Bridgestone today, including
dual-compound rear tyres to handle the special demands of the Sachsenring.

Interestingly, the seven factory riders across three teams using Bridgestone
tyres were grouped together on the grid, separated by just 0.6s from eighth to
fourteenth positions.

Today's set-up work included continuing evaluation of various engine
configurations and chassis balance to handle the short, bumpy and rollercoaster
layout of the Sachsenring.

Track conditions for qualifying were much cooler than for yesterday's free
practice after a torrential, overnight storm lashed the Sachsenring area.

It was sunny and warm today with a track temperature of 42 degrees, down from
yesterday's tropical 52 degrees.

Shinya Nakano: #56 - Twelfth - 1'23.382

"I expected a little more from qualifying, I thought at least the second row was
possible, but I'm much happier than a week ago at Donington. I didn't really
have any problems and all the riders on Bridgestone qualifying tyres are grouped
together; I think this is our level at the moment. The race set-up is
consistent, but I will need a very good start here, it is very difficult to

Alex Hofmann: #66 - Thirteenth - 1'23.405

"That's more like it, a very satisfying day although I must admit my aim was to
be the fastest Kawasaki rider. Yesterday I struggled but the team did a good
job, we spent a lot of time focussing on the problems and analysing the set-up.
From this morning the feedback from the front end was much better and I have a
good pace. Thirty laps here is not going to be easy for us, but hopefully I can
keep all my home fans happy tomorrow."

Olivier Jacque: #19 - Fourteenth - 1'23.715

"I was much happier this afternoon than in morning practice, we went the wrong
way on set-up but found the right direction for qualifying. I only had one run
on a soft qualifying tyre but I did a lot of laps at a comfortable rhythm on
race tyres. You need to be precise and have a relaxed set-up for this track, so
I'm feeling positive for the race tomorrow."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Manager

"There was a big temperature difference from morning to afternoon when it was
much hotter. This made tyre evaluation a little difficult, but it seems our race
tyre options here will be competitive and consistent."

Harald Eckl: Team Manager

"The Kawasaki squad is together on the grid, a strong team performance. But
overall I was anticipating our bikes could be closer to the front given the
layout of this track and the current ZX-RR package. We continue to work hard and
improve, but clearly our competitors do the same, so we have to understand that
this is a very tough level of racing. This is never an easy track, but Kawasaki
has three riders capable of finishing in the top ten tomorrow and that is our


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