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Nakano pleased with new fuel injection system

Nakano pleased with new fuel injection system

Nakano pleased with new fuel injection system

Shinya Nakano reported positive results after a full day testing a new fuel injection system designed by Magneti Marelli specifically for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR at Estoril on Monday. The Japanese rider felt that that the latest version of the fuel injection system gave more power, but also made this additional power easier to use.

"The main focus today has been on testing again the new fuel injection system, but we've also tried slightly different chassis geometry on the bike as well," said Nakano, who ran up 58 laps with a best time of 1'39.63. "The new fuel injection seems to offer more power, as well as improving acceleration.

"I think this new system has a lot of potential. The chassis changes also produced a positive result, providing better stability under braking and making the bike less prone to spinning up out of the turns. Now I'm looking forward to Motegi - it's my home Grand Prix and I'll definitely be looking for my best result of the season in front of my home crowd."

Nakano warmed up for his home race with a fighting display in the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal last Sunday, producing an impressive ride from the back of the grid to finish a creditable eleventh. Because of a leaking oil seal Nakano had to switch to his spare Ninja ZX-RR just before the start, forcing him to line-up in last place on the 21 rider grid.

The 26 year old made a lightning start and rode brilliantly to make up six places on lap one before settling into a consistent rhythm, catching and passing Aprilia rider Jeremy McWilliams on lap seventeen and securing eleventh place four laps later by overtaking Suzuki rival Kenny Roberts.

In light of his performance, Nakano couldn't help feel disappointed with a five-point haul. "I am obviously disappointed with the result," he said. "I really don't like racing this far from the front of the field - it's very frustrating.

"Because of the problem on the warm up lap I had to start on my spare bike at the back of the grid, which is never easy. My times were pretty consistent throughout the race, but starting so far back meant a better result just wasn't possible. My main focus now is on finding a good set-up for my home Grand Prix at Motegi."

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MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, Shinya Nakano

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