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Shinya Nakano getting to grips with the M1

Shinya Nakano getting to grips with the M1

Shinya Nakano getting to grips with the M1

Great things are expected of Shinya Nakano this weekend. The Japanese rider, who was rookie of the year last season, switches to a four-stroke M1 for the Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix after a nightmare year aboard the YZR500. Recent riders to switch from two-stroke to four-stroke have shot to the top end of the time sheets and Nakano is confident that, despite a slow start to the weekend, he can do the same.

`Everybody is looking at Kato and Barros and saying that they went fast straight away, but they had a lot of four-stroke experience whereas I don´t´ commented the Japanese rider. `I have never ridden the Suzuka 8 hour, just tested a couple of times with this machine. It is just a matter of getting used to it and I am confident of hitting our target of a top six finish on Sunday.´

Nakano learnt the limits of the M1 the hard way on Saturday morning as he crashed out of the free practice session and caused extensive damage to his only machine. `It was a simple mistake by myself, nothing more. I was pushing to find the limit on the front end and I Iost it. The mechanics are working against the clock because we only have one machine, but I am not afraid to push it again and my confidence is still very high. This bike is a huge improvement on the 500 and we are very excited about competing at the front over the last three races.´

MotoGP, 2002, Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Shinya Nakano

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