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


With Alex Hofmann having completed his test programme ahead of schedule
yesterday, it was left to Shinya Nakano alone to continue development work on
Kawasaki's latest Ninja ZX-RR engine during today's final day of testing at the
Brno circuit.

The revised engine, which Nakano tested for the first time yesterday, produces
more peak power, but also retains the 'driveability' of the previous incarnation
of Kawasaki's 990cc, inline four-cylinder MotoGP motor.

Nakano, together with his regular crew and development engineers from Kawasaki
in Japan, concentrated today on evaluating changes to the engine management
system, and assessing revisions to the front-end geometry on his Ninja ZX-RR.

The 27-year-old Japanese rider also tested a new specification exhaust during
the afternoon session, collecting valuable data for Kawasaki's ongoing
development programme.

After a busy race weekend, followed by two days of intensive testing, Nakano
will spend a few days at home in Japan recuperating, before starting
preparations for his home Grand Prix at Motegi, scheduled for Sunday 18th

Shinya Nakano: #56 - 1'59.74 (48 Laps)

"It's been two hard days of testing, both for me and my crew, but we've achieved
a lot. We've done a lot of laps on the new engine and, while there is still some
development work to be done to realise its full potential, my overall impression
has been very positive. It has more top-end power, and the power doesn't drop
off so sharply on over-rev. Brno is not such an 'engine circuit' so it will be
interesting to see what advantages the new motor offers at Motegi, where I hope
to try it again during practice. Overall, although we haven't seen much of an
improvement in lap times, it's still been a very productive two days of testing
for us."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Manager

"This has been a very positive test for Kawasaki. The feedback and data we have
collected during these two days will allow us to continue our engine development
programme ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. We now have a clear
direction for our engineers, and I am confident that we can make further
improvements to the engine before the next race. Motegi is an important race for
Shinya, and also for Kawasaki, so we are focussing all our efforts on providing
our riders with the best possible package for this event. The same is also true
of Bridgestone, who have collected a lot of data on Motegi through their
involvement in the Japanese championship. I'm sure that the tyres they supply to
us for this race will offer some advantages over those of our competitors."