Kanemoto Honda Looks to Jerez

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Kanemoto Racing bring five valuable championship points, gained at the lastround in South Africa, to the start of their European campaign at theSpanish Grand Prix at Jerez on Sunday 5 May. The Team's Honda NSR500-drivenchallenge to the so far reigning four-stroke entries continues at the4.234km circuit which Kanemoto Racing have tested at extensively over thelast two years during their tire development program with Bridgestone. Afrenetic atmosphere is guaranteed as MotoGP fans in excess of 150,000 areset to converge on the Andalucian venue for what has become one of Europe'sbiggest annual sports events...

Round three of the MotoGP World Championship launches a five-month,nine-circuit tour of Europe with Kanemoto Racing set to continue theirdevelopment program, which made excellent progress at Welkom at roundtwo. The Team left the Free State Province in confident mood, knowing thefull-race distance data recorded from the event will provide invaluablematerial as the new challengers compete against established teams,advantaged with data collected from previous outings across the MotoGPcalendar.

"In some ways along with Brno, in the Czech Republic, Jerez is a circuit wehave the most data on after extensive testing there during our programwith Bridgestone. However, the track has been resurfaced so we wait to seehow that information relates to the new surface. We are developing bothtires and focusing especially on a new front tire, which we are excited toget out in race conditions," explained Team Owner and Manager Erv Kanemoto.

Nestled in a valley amongst the hills of this Sherry producing region,Jerez hosts a blend of slow, medium and fast corners. All eyes will be onthe 600m straight, offering a direct comparison between the two-strokesability to match the straight line speed of the new 990cc four-strokeentries, which put an eight second gap between the winners time and thenearest two-stroke rider in Welkom.

Dutch rider Jurgen van den Goorbergh was pleased with his race strategy inSouth Africa and appreciates while championship points are very much in hissites, experience for his new Team at each of this year's events is vitalfor future campaigns.

"Consistency is vital for us at the moment and the next two or threeraces are focused on continuing to gather data on our tires and set-up atthe circuits. However, we are setting ourselves targets to move up thefinishing places. I was pleased with the 11th place in South Africa butknow I could have gone faster, I'm now looking to finish around the eighthplace mark. Later in the season we'll be looking to challenge for theplaces higher than that," remarked Van den Goorbergh.

Fireworks are guaranteed on and off the track in Jerez as the150,000-strong party reaches crescendo, as the start light goes out for114kms of adrenalin-fuelled racing at round three of the 16-round series.

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