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Garry McCoy: Kawasaki failed to impact MotoGP™

Thursday, 5 August 2021

The Aussie brought a distinct flair to the grid.

The official Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode, featuring three-time 500cc race winner, Garry McCoy.

McCoy joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to discuss his take on the current championship, relive his iconic MotoGP™ career and shed light on why Kawasaki failed to make an impact in the premier class.

Garry McCoy is a former professional motorcycle racer that’s certainly hard to forget. The Aussie brought a distinct flair to the grid. His unique blend of speedway and road racing earned him the nickname ‘Slide King’ - if you watch any of his old races, it’s not hard to see why. While the Sydney-born rider enjoyed plenty of highs throughout his career, McCoy admitted he experienced tough times at Kawasaki.

“I expected a little bit more from them (Kawasaki). As I rode the bike it was a little bit scary. It was super fast, it didn’t handle and there was a lot of work to be done to it,” said McCoy.

“I gave a lot of information and asked for a lot of things, but they just didn’t have the budget for it.”

Looking at the current MotoGP™ grid, McCoy believes Jack Miller is proving to be a world champion contender.

“He’s still learning, he’s definitely got the ability - he’s got the bike at the moment,” said McCoy.

“It’s probably not the bike that suits every track, but if he can get the best out of it where it does work and just stay consistent on the rest - I think he’s up for a good chance.”

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts platforms.

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