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


Kawasaki Racing Team riders, Alex Hofmann and Shinya Nakano, have qualified
twelfth and fourteenth respectively for the teams' home race at Motegi tomorrow.

It was a frustrating day and both riders admit they face a tough assignment in
the 24-lap Japanese Grand Prix on the difficult-to-pass Motegi track.

Both Nakano and Hofmann used the standard specification Ninja ZX-RR motor in
today's practice and qualifying, as they will for tomorrow's race. The upgraded
motor, which was tested by Nakano yesterday, will undergo further evaluation and
development before making its race debut.

After thirty minutes of the one hour session Nakano had secured a place in the
top ten with the seventh fastest time. With 20 minutes remaining he was the
fastest rider on the track, and 0.4s inside provisional pole after two sectors,
when his Ninja ZX-RR stopped with an engine problem.

Nakano could not improve his time after switching to his spare machine.

With nine minutes remaining Hofmann was also in the top ten with the ninth
fastest time. The hard-riding German then set his best time on his 24th and last
lap, but slipped to 12th in the final burst of fast lap times.

Both Hofmann and Nakano have been highly impressed by the endurance, edge and
drive grip of the latest generation of Bridgestone tyres.

However the stop-go 4.8 km Motegi layout with tight corners and short straights
provides few overtaking opportunities, although both Kawasaki riders say they
have comfortable set-ups for the race distance.

The warm and humid conditions, with a track temperature of 40 degrees, continued
for today's qualifying with a similar forecast for tomorrow's race.

Alex Hofmann: #66 - Twelfth - 1'47.594

"My qualifying position is not what I was looking for at Kawasaki's home race,
but then I haven't been as close to Valentino Rossi on the grid before! It is
not easy for us, we are still giving away too much top speed to our rivals, so
we just have to fight with what we have at the moment. Overall I have a good
rhythm on the bike, but it will be tough in the race. I did my qualifying time
alone when there were a lot of guys turning this into a 125 session, waiting for
a slipstream and trying to follow other riders."

Shinya Nakano: #56 - Fourteenth - 1'47.787

"I am very upset about this situation. It is very difficult to overtake here and
to be starting on the fifth row makes my job tomorrow all the more difficult. I
had a good feeling on my main race bike using the standard motor, but then on my
attack lap for a fast time I had a broken engine. I switched to the spare bike,
but I had a different feeling and could not go faster. What is clear is that the
new Bridgestone tyres are very, very good here - both more edge grip and better
drive traction."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Manager

"I'm a little bit disappointed and, for sure, Shinya is a little angry. Shinya
did some fast laps but then he had an engine problem, perhaps some internal
parts, we need to check. Shinya used the standard ZX-RR motor today, we need to
modify and understand the new motor before we race it."


 1. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team  1'46.363
 2. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP         +0.498
 3. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda MotoGP    +0.504
 4. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda      +0.680
 5. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda                 +0.726
 6. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda               +0.803
 7. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP     +0.805
 8. Kenny Roberts (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP        +0.894
 9. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team       +0.960
10. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                 +1.199
11. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team   +1.200
12. Alex Hofmann (GER) Kawasaki Racing Team       +1.231
14. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team      +1.424