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Tamada reveals tyre concern

Tamada reveals tyre concern

Tamada reveals tyre concern

Makoto Tamada has revealed that he retired from the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia on Sunday because he was worried he may suffer a similar accident to his compatriot Shinya Nakano.

Kawasaki rider Nakano crashed at around 200mph when his rear tyre exploded coming down the main straight on the thirteenth lap and Tamada, using similar Bridgestone rubber, pulled out just one lap later as he began to feel the rear end vibrate at the same point of the circuit.

"I'm so unhappy about having to retire, but the vigorous vibrations from the rear tyre as I came out of the Bucine corner became really worrying as I came down the straight," explained Tamada, who had taken a starring role in the first part of the race as he battled for the lead with Valentino Rossi.

"I knew something not quite right was going on with the rear tyre, and I preferred to stop. It's a real shame, because it was a fantastic Sunday. The duel with Rossi was fantastic - that's how I always want to ride. The bike was perfect and I was riding at the limit."

Gianluca Montiron, Team Manager for Tamada's half of the Sito Pons owned Camel Honda team, confirmed the problem. "Exiting the last bend before the start-finish straight, Makoto noticed a strange vibration in the rear which increased a lot as he went down the straight itself," commented the Italian.

"After a slight off-track moment at the San Donato corner, Makoto decided to shut off the gas and retire from the race because the rear tyre anomaly was becoming worrying. The engineers will now do an exhaustive analysis to find the issue."

MotoGP, 2004, Makoto Tamada

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