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Nakano and Gibernaus woes continue

Nakano and Gibernaus woes continue

Nakano and Gibernaus woes continue

Shinya Nakano and Sete Gibernau both endured another miserable Grand Prix this weekend at Sepang as the Japanese and the Spanish riders clashed just two laps into the 21-lap race. The previous week Nakano was forced to retire in his home GP at Motegi because of an engine failure, while Gibernau had crashed out of the race when fighting for seventh.

Desperate to make up places after colliding with Carlos Checa at the first corner, the Movistar Honda rider misjudged his braking going into the tight left-hand hairpin and slammed into the side of Nakano´s Ninja ZX-RR, forcing the Kawasaki man from the track and out of the race.

The fact that Gibernau´s race also ended in the gravel trap was no consolation to Nakano. The Japanese star had charged through to second place after a brilliant start from the second row of the grid and was confident that he had a good enough package to finish on the podium.

I was already into the corner entry at the final turn when suddenly I saw Sete´s front tyre; he missed his braking point and hit me, explained the Kawasaki rider. Sete apologised to me and said it was his mistake, but it´s no real consolation and I´m bitterly disappointed, I was riding very well and everything was perfect, the ZX-RR was fast today and I really thought I had a chance at the podium - there was no doubt I could race with the front group. There was a lot of bumping at the first turn, also by Sete, but I was able to avoid that.

Gibernau, who has failed to take the chequered flag in the last three races, commented: Im really sorry that Ive failed to finish the race again theres not much else to say. We had a good warm-up this morning but once again weve been unable to finish things off in the right way on Sunday. All I can say about the crash is that Im sorry. I tried to pass Nakano on the inside on the brakes but made contact with his front brake lever and lost the front end.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Shinya Nakano

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