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Nakano chasing best-ever result

Nakano chasing best-ever result

Nakano chasing best-ever result

Just one year on from clinching Kawasaki Racing's maiden MotoGP podium, Shinya Nakano will be gunning for glory again at the Twin Ring Motegi aboard the Ninja ZX-RR.

The Japanese rider, who scored his first win in Grand Prix racing at the Motegi circuit back in 1999 in the 250cc class, is confident going into his home round with both Kawasaki and tyre supplier Bridgestone having made significant progress lately.

At recent the test sessions at Brno and Autopolis (in Japan) an upgraded engine specification has shown improved top-end power, at increased engine revs, while maintaining bottom-end acceleration.

"I'm chasing my best result of the season, I want to show that fifth in Jerez, or even higher, is the potential of the Kawasaki team," said Nakano. "The latest engine parts have improved top-end power, with more over-rev, and we have also found a good balance with bottom-end power, which is very important at Motegi."

"My podium last year is a very nice memory but everyone is going much faster now - even a top four result will not be easy. Tyres will be critical and Bridgestone have been working very hard, I'm sure we will have something special for this race. I understand the Motegi track very well and combined with the latest engine and chassis parts I'm confident the ZX-RR will be very competitive."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Shinya Nakano

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