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


Kawasaki riders, Shinya Nakano and Olivier Jacque, were the stars of a rain-hit
afternoon free practice session at the Sepang circuit today.

Nakano set the third fastest time on a drying track late in the session, with
Jacque in sixth place. Kawasaki was the only team with two riders in the top six
in the difficult and slippery afternoon conditions.

As tropical rain showers swept across the circuit, Nakano concentrated on
testing the new configuration Ninja ZX-RR motor, which is again being evaluated
at Sepang. In wet conditions the latest motor is Nakano's preferred option,
offering more flexibility on the over-rev with the predominance of second and
third gear sections.

Nakano's programme included back-to-back running with the standard specification
motor, and that will continue in tomorrow's two hours of free practice and
qualifying in advance of Sunday's race.

The afternoon rain was a blessing in disguise for wet-track ace Jacque, who is
replacing the injured Alex Hofmann for the Malaysian and Qatar races.

Jacque tested the full range of Bridgestone wet tyres, staying out on wets
throughout the session and posting the sixth fastest time.

However, the French rider admits he needs more dry track running as he prepares
to make his first race appearance since the German Grand Prix in July.

Both Nakano and Jacque were comfortable with their dry set-ups in the morning
free practice session and finished the day 12th and 16th overall on combined

Shinya Nakano: #56 - Twelfth - 2'04.560

"I had a very good feeling with the rain tyres in the afternoon session. And the
response of the new motor was positive, especially on the over-rev, which
enabled me to hold gears at important parts of the circuit. Now I just need to
confirm the performance of the new motor in dry conditions; hopefully tomorrow.
At the end of the session I switched to a rear slick tyre and a cut slick at the
front and I had a very fast lap until the final corner - the track was still
full wet! I lost about one second. Overall I'm confident in either wet or dry

Olivier Jacque: #19 - Sixteenth - 2'06.335

"I'm not sure if I was lucky or unlucky. I wanted a dry track in the afternoon
because I need time on the bike without rain to get up to speed. But then it
rained, so I went for it and I had a comfortable feeling late in the session
when the track was half wet and half dry. Tyre choice is difficult in these
conditions, but I stayed out on full wets. Earlier in the session I had a lot of
rear wheelspin and wasn't so confident, but it improved later in the session. In
the morning session I wasn't expecting to be so fast in the dry, so that gave me
a good feeling. I just need more dry track time."

Ichiro Yoda: Technical Manager

"I am satisfied with our performance in rain conditions, we are ready for a wet
race. Now we have to concentrate on our dry set-up, especially to confirm the
performance of the new specification engine. Shinya was happy with the wet track
performance of the new motor, so this should translate well to dry conditions.
Bridgestone have done some excellent work, they have three different compound
wet pattern tyres here, using the latest construction. OJ used the standard
specification motor today."


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 2. Kenny Roberts (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP        +0.136
 3. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team    +0.178
 4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team   +0.186
 5. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda                 +0.325
 6. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team       +0.489
 7. John Hopkins (USA) Team Suzuki MotoGP         +0.547
 8. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda      +0.652
 9. Colin Edwards (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team     +0.755
10. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda                 +0.799
11. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda               +0.921
12. Shinya Nakano (JPN) Kawasaki Racing Team      +1.261
16. Olivier Jacque (FRA) Kawasaki Racing Team     +3.036