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Shinya Nakano ready for home Grand Prix

Shinya Nakano ready for home Grand Prix

Shinya Nakano ready for home Grand Prix

Having ending a long association with Yamaha at the end of last season, Shinya Nakano has taken Kawasaki on to a different level this year, pushing them ever-further up the grid and getting their best results since they returned to MotoGP at Motegi in 2002. His role as the factory's number one rider makes his home Grand Prix even more special than ever this weekend, and the former 250cc star says he can't wait to get going.

"Every year the Japanese GP is a very special race for me, to race in front of the Japanese fans, the Japanese factory, I'm very excited," says Nakano, who took victory at Motegi in the 250cc race five years ago.

"Of course I'm very happy with Kawasaki. I'm a factory rider, the team work as I want, also with the development and everything. I'm happy. Just we need some more horsepower or something.

"Kawasaki are working hard for Motegi, as are Bridgestone, normally we should receive some new parts or tyres for Motegi. I feel more confident, because it's my home GP, and I know the circuit well. Bridgestone knows the Japanese circuits and surface so I am confident with Bridgestone.

"I like the track anyway, I won there in 1999 so I have good memories of Motegi, so I will try my best."

To hear this interview in full, including Nakano's thoughts on next season, and watch footage of some of the best moments of the Japanese rider's season so far, simply click the link at the top of the page.

MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Shinya Nakano

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