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Nakano to mark his 100th GP in China

Nakano to mark his 100th GP in China

Nakano to mark his 100th GP in China

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Shinya Nakano will mark his 100th GP on Sunday when he competes in the historic first ever Chinese GP in Shanghai – celebrating the milestone amidst the glamour and excitement of what has been billed as one of the biggest races of the 2005 MotoGP calendar.

The Japanese rider is understandably excited about the occasion and will be aiming to make it as memorable as possible. Looking forward to the race, Nakano commented, "This will be my first visit to Shanghai and all I know about the track is from watching the Formula One race on TV last year.

"For me the race in China is very interesting, it is just a two hour flight from Japan, and is part of Asia and I'm always happy to racing in this part of the world. I think the Kawasaki team has a good chance here because nobody has tested at this track and the conditions will be the same for everyone. We had a very productive test in Portugal, so I'm aiming to stay in the top six of the championship points."

As if riding in the historic race and hitting the 100 mark wasn't occasion enough to celebrate, the Japanese rider's weekend will be spiced up ever further as he will be re-united with his old 250cc team-mate Oliver Jacque, who is standing in for the injured Alex Hoffman.

Riding in the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR squad for the China adventure is an opportunity Jacque is more than happy to apprehend.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of China and the Shanghai circuit in my first race for Kawasaki. After the test at Estoril I'm feeling more comfortable on the bike, although it takes time get back up to speed after being away from racing.

"One advantage for me is that the Shanghai track is new for everyone. The 2005 ZX-RR is clearly a step forward compared to the '04 model I tested last November and being part of the new China event is an unexpected, but timely opportunity for me."

Since starting his racing career in the 1998 Japanese GP, Nakano has had 99 races – 65 in GP and 34 in 250cc. In his career he has made 20 podium appearances – 18 in 250cc and two in GP – and he has won six grand prix in the 250cc class. Nakano´s last win was at Valencia in 2000.


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