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Nakano aiming for top ten finish

Nakano aiming for top ten finish

Nakano aiming for top ten finish

After finishing in an impressive twelfth place on his race debut for Kawasaki in South Africa, Shinya Nakano arrived at the second round of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship in Jerez this weekend determined mood. The Japanese rider likes the Andalusian circuit and, after testing successfully here in preseason, is confident that his Ninja ZX-RR - updated with new components for this race – says he is capable of giving the Fuchs Kawasaki Racing Team their first top ten finish of the season.

"Jerez for me always feels like the first race of the season, because it's the first time in the year we see the whole MotoGP paddock set up, with all the trucks and hospitality units," commented the 26-year-old.

"I like racing at Jerez - the circuit suits my style and the enthusiasm of the Spanish fans always makes for an exciting weekend. It's unusual to be able to hear the crowd when you're out on track, but with the sheer noise the fans produce here, not to mention the fireworks - they certainly let you know they're there!

"The opening race of the season didn't go quite according to plan, but we had a good qualifying run in South Africa and I'm hopeful that we can match that this weekend.

"We've got some new parts to test on the bike during practice and qualifying and, if all goes well, then I think that matching my eighth place in this race last year is a distinct possibility on Sunday."

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MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE ESPAÑA, Shinya Nakano

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