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Konica Minolta Honda Team Manager Luca Montiron gave an exclusive interview to this weekend, ahead of the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland where his rider Makoto Tamada will be looking to improve on recent results.

What are your reflections on your 2006 season so far?

From a sporting point of view we are not satisfied, the results are well under our expectations. In our sport only the winner counts thus it is clear that there's a lot to do to get back on top. We based our project on a collaboration relationship between Honda and Konica Minolta, and now the first worldwide results of the synergies arisen between the two giants can be seen.

And how do you see the Championship in general?

This year the championship is for sure spectacular, with everything that's gone on. Several riders could be competitive in the different GPs but nobody could distinguish himself as an absolute dominator. This makes our regret of having missed such a great opportunity even bigger.

What are the reasons for this season's results?

Tamada arrived to MotoGP in 2003 as a perfect unknown and with us, he got important victories. We expected to see him making the step ahead which would have placed him in the short list of the best motorbike riders in the world. For a series of different reasons this was not possible.

What strengths does the Konica Minolta Team have at the moment?

I think my team is one of the few structures able to offer the Partners technical as well as managerial competence.

An analysis of what we created with our Partners gives better explanations than thousands of words about the basis on which we started developing our actions.

On a technical level, we started a collaboration with the Japanese company Bridgestone and only two years later we were on the top step of the podium. On a managerial level, we autonomously supported a Japanese rider and brought a technological sponsor like Konica Minolta to the MotoGP World Championship. Konica Minolta operates in a sector which rarely showed an interest in worldwide motorcycle competitions in the past.

These are facts, all the rest does not count.

Which are your aims for the future?

The basic structure is the present one, now we have to evaluate how to proceed and I have no kind of preclusion.

Will you have a two rider team for the 2007 season?

All in good time. It is not our present target. There can only be one race winner so…..

MotoGP, 2006

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