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Nakano ready for a rest

Nakano ready for a rest

Nakano ready for a rest

Shinya Nakano said he was looking forward to a good rest after five days of intense track action on board the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR at Brno this week. Nakano was one of several riders to stay on for two extra days after the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky, using the first day to eliminate some of the chatter problems he experienced during the race before moving on to engine, clutch and tyre tests.

"For most of the first day we didn't seem to be making much progress with the chatter, but a change to the new Öhlins front forks and some modifications to the chassis balance for the final hour of testing made a big improvement," explained Nakano. "The new forks definitely feel more stable under braking and they also give more feedback from the front tyre."

On Tuesday the Japanese rider ran back-to-back comparison tests on two different specifications of engine and crankshafts, in order to identify the best combination for the next race on the MotoGP calendar at Estoril.

Nakano also tested new clutch components, designed to make the operation of the slipper clutch both smoother and more predictable, before moving on to evaluate a range of Bridgestone rear slicks and new fuel injection parts, developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli.

"We spent most of today's test comparing different engine and crank specifications, to identify a combination that will work best around the Estoril circuit," explained Nakano, who completed 115 laps over the two days with a best time of 1'59.73.

"The new engine had good top speed, but we still need to do some work on the way it delivers its power. The new clutch components gave a smoother, more predictable feel, which was most noticeable when launching the bike off the line.

"Getting away from the start has been a bit of a problem for us this year, but after making a few practice starts from the grid today, I think we've made quite a bit of progress in this area.

"After five hard days on track, I'm looking forward to getting back home to Barcelona and relaxing for a few days, but then I'll be back out training at the weekend, to make sure I'm in good condition for the Portuguese Grand Prix."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Shinya Nakano

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