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Nakano set to join the MotoGP 100 club

Nakano set to join the MotoGP 100 club

MotoGP rider Shinya Nakano will be celebrating a special milestone at the Grand Prix of Turkey later this month.

MotoGP rider Shinya Nakano will be celebrating a special milestone at the Grand Prix of Turkey later this month. The 29 year old Konica Minolta rider will be making his 100th appearance in the premier class at Istanbul Park, and during his seven year tenure in MotoGP Nakano has been almost an ever-present fixture on the grid.

The Japanese rider competed in his debut MotoGP race at the beginning of the 2001 season, coming off the back of a great 250cc campaign the previous year when he just missed out on the title. It was during his maiden year in the class that he missed his only race so far, the Czech Grand Prix, due to hand injuries suffered in practice. Riding a two-stroke machine for his entire first season and all but the last two races of 2002, Nakano finally switched to the four-stroke Yamaha in 2003, and moved to Kawasaki the following year.

It was onboard the green machine that Nakano enjoyed his best result to date in the dry, at last season's A-Style Dutch TT Assen. Still looking for his first victory before he hits 30 years old, Nakano now rides for Konica Minolta Honda and will be looking to improve on his eighth place finish at last year's visit to Turkey on April 22nd.

Nakano joins only two of his countrymen in the MotoGP 100 club, Norick Abe and Nobuatsu Aoki being the only other riders to reach the participation milestone.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Shinya Nakano

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