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Nakano hard to please despite sixth

Nakano hard to please despite sixth

Nakano hard to please despite sixth

Shinya Nakano continued his impressive qualifying form with the sixth fastest time in Friday's provisional qualifying for the Cinzano Rio Grand Prix, but revealed his frustration after battling for pole position in the frantic final minutes of the session.

After being in the leading group for much of the session, Nakano went second fastest with just two minutes remaining but ended up just three tenths of a second off the front row of the provisional grid as a late rush of riders posted quick times.

"I should be happy being so close to the front row, but I always want more," reflected Nakano. "At Welkom for the first race sixth on the grid was a very pleasant surprise, but now, seven races into the season, I'm looking for better results.

"I had some rear end chatter today and we need to work on this before the race, but we also need to concentrate on our tyre choice. Nothing has really changed with the bumps - the track is very rough every year. I just hope that I can either improve tomorrow or, in the worst case, keep today's qualifying position for the race."

Nakano's Kawasaki team-mate Alex Hofmann, was also in good form, qualifying eleventh fastest after an absence of three years from this track. "After being away for three years I'm now fully updated on where all the bumps are here," said Hofmann.

"The morning session wasn't good for me in terms of chassis balance and grip over the bumps, but in the afternoon we made a lot of progress. Rear grip is always the big struggle here, with the bumps upsetting the bike. That's our big challenge for the race set-up.

"Hopefully, when some more rubber gets laid down on the track, grip levels will go up and that will things a little easier. I had some traffic on my final qualifying lap, but I'm not complaining. Hopefully it will be my turn for a clear lap tomorrow."

MotoGP, 2004, Shinya Nakano

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