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Nakano aims to shine at Jerez

Nakano aims to shine at Jerez

Japanese rider Shinya Nakano and his new Konica Minolta Honda team are hoping to improve on a tenth place finish in Qatar at this weekend's Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

Japanese rider Shinya Nakano and his new Konica Minolta Honda team are hoping to improve on a tenth place finish in Qatar at this weekend's Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

The 29 year-old earned himself six points to start the Championship with a steady but unspectacular performance on his Honda debut at the desert circuit, where three of his competitors crashed out of the race.

Nakano's aim was to complete the 22 laps of Losail and earn some points, but having achieved that he intends to push himself higher up the field at Jerez - where he finished 5th in 2005 and 7th last year.

Analysis of data from Qatar ten days ago by his team at their technical headquarters in Verona showed that the former 250cc World Championship runner-up lacked confidence on corner entry. Therefore the team intend to try a new front tyre in the first free practice session at the southern Spanish circuit on Friday morning.

Nakano is hopeful that the tighter Jerez track should suit both his Michelin-equipped RC212V and his riding style more closely, commenting: "We learned a lot about the bike at Qatar, but we didn't get a good start, and this is so important at Jerez, so hopefully we can adjust something for this weekend. Everyone tells me I have a classic 250cc style, which is smooth and hopefully as we progress this will suit the new 800cc bike."

"I need a good contact feeling with the front tyre, but being smooth should also be better for longer tyre life. I like the Jerez track a lot as it's very technical and for the last two years I've had good qualifying and race positions, so I'm hopeful of a good result."

Nakano also revealed that he will have some extra special support from the packed stands, explaining: "I'm very excited that my father is flying in from Japan to watch! My parents have flown in a few times to Europe to watch races, but never Jerez. With its unique atmosphere I wanted to show him the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. I think he will love it!"

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Shinya Nakano

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