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Tamada confirms his recovery with his best result of the season

Tamada confirms his recovery with his best result of the season

Tamada confirms his recovery with his best result of the season

After a frustrating start to the 2005 season that saw him miss the Grand Prix races in Estoril, Shanghai and Le Mans due to injury, Makoto Tamada made a good comeback at Laguna Seca to finish in seventh position, his best result of the season so far.

Being plagued for the early part of the season by the lingering wrist injury he sustained during an Estoril practice session, Tamada's participation at Laguna Seca saw him get back into the points, having picked up nine points with his seventh place finish.

Before participating in the historic American race, the Konica Minolta rider's best result was eighth position, having achieved the result in both Jerez and Mugello. After his performance in California, Tamada explained his perception of the race.

"At the first corner of the circuit I had to leave the inside of the track to Barros and Nakano, who both touched the left side of my bike. I almost fell, but somehow managed to remain on my bike, although having lost precious time and some positions.

The RC211V and tyres were effective, allowing me to regain several positions. The bike felt better as the race went on, with the tank almost empty and therefore lighter. I consider this race, for both me and the Team, a positive experience. It is only now that I am back in good physical condition after a series of disturbing inconveniences."

After the weekend's result – which sees Tamada sit in 13th position in the overall classification – Konica Minolta Honda Director Gianluca Montiron expressed his satisfaction with the placing and his optimism about the rest of the season.

"All in all a satisfying race for us. An honourable seventh place in a competitive race. Makoto is recovering well from his physical condition and in spite of the last medical operation to his right forearm; he maintained a good rhythm throughout the entire race.

For us this has been one of the first races of the season where we have raced in almost optimal conditions and this makes us look positively towards the rest of the season. We consider this to be the starting base to obtain the results we are seeking."

MotoGP, 2005, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Makoto Tamada

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