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Nakano close to season objective

Nakano close to season objective

Nakano close to season objective

Shinya Nakano took to the track at Valencia today aiming to secure a top ten place in the MotoGP World Championship standings in the final race of the season. The Fuchs Kawasaki rider is involved in a tight battle with rivals Ruben Xaus and Marco Melandri for tenth place and is just three points adrift of his objective for the season.

"My target is the top ten in the championship, so I'm looking forward to that challenge against Marco and Ruben, who are close to me in the points," said Nakano. "I've always liked the Valencia track, even when I was racing in the 250cc class.

"It is very technical with 14 turns and only one straight, so hopefully that will suit the ZX-RR chassis, which is our strong point. Since Qatar the latest engine electronics package has improved throttle feeling and power delivery, which is also critical at this track.

"It is my first time here on the ZX-RR, so I expect to have a lot of set-up work to do in practice and qualifying."

This race marks the first anniversary of the public track debut of the second evolution of the Ninja ZX-RR using Bridgestone tyres, which first appeared in last November's post-Valencia test session.

"It is one year since we unveiled the current evolution model of the Ninja ZX-RR in testing at Valencia, and I'm sure our performance this weekend will reflect the progress we have made with the bike," said Team Manager Harald Eckl.

"We started the season aiming for a top ten finish and this weekend with Shinya that remains our goal. At recent races Alex (Hofmann) has shown he has the speed to finish in the top ten and, as usual, we will be working towards the best possible team result with both riders.

"Overall I'm happy with our development program this year, but already we are well advanced with planning for 2005 - there is still a lot to do, and I don't see any lessening in the intensity of the competition in MotoGP."


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