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Nakano to continue at Kawasaki

Nakano to continue at Kawasaki

Nakano to continue at Kawasaki

Kawasaki have confirmed that Shinya Nakano will again spearhead their factory MotoGP challenge in 2006 aboard an all-new version of the Ninja ZX-RR. The Japanese rider will be partnered at Kawasaki next season by up and coming French star, Randy de Puniet.

The 2006 season will mark Nakano's third consecutive year with the Kawasaki Racing Team. In his debut year aboard the Ninja ZX-RR in 2004, the Japanese ace finished a creditable tenth in the World Championship standings - a result he is fighting to repeat this season with just two races remaining.

Nakano's build up to the 2006 season will start immediately after this year's final round at Valencia with two days of testing at the Spanish circuit aboard the new Ninja ZX-RR. Then, at the end of November, Nakano, together with de Puniet, will travel to Sepang in Malaysia for further testing, before taking a well-earned break over Christmas.

"I'm very happy to continue with the Kawasaki MotoGP project in 2006, which will be my third year with the team," commented Nakano. "MotoGP is more and more competitive every year and I'm looking forward to working with Kawasaki to develop the Ninja ZX-RR into a competitive package."

"I'm also pleased that I will be working with the same crew next year, including my crew chief, Fiorenzo Fanali. He is probably the most experienced person I have ever worked closely with during my career, and I feel I still have a lot to learn from him. And I'm happy that Randy de Puniet will be my team-mate because, like me, he comes from the 250cc championship. I think our styles are similar and that we can work together, although Randy will have many things to learn on the MotoGP bike. But now I need to concentrate on the last two races of this season; I'm still chasing a podium finish and I also want to secure a top ten position in the final standings once again."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Shinya Nakano, Kawasaki Racing Team

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