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No bad blood between Japanese pair

No bad blood between Japanese pair

There was no bad blood between Konica Minolta's Shinya Nakano and Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3's Makoto Tamada after their third lap collision in China and the Japanese pair are fully expected to report for duty in Le Mans.

There was no bad blood between Konica Minolta's Shinya Nakano and Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3's Makoto Tamada after their third lap collision in China and the Japanese pair are fully expected to report for duty in Le Mans, as a flurry of European Grands Prix begins on 20th May.

Nakano was not holding any grudges after his Sinopec Great Wall Lubricants Grand Prix of China race was ended by the man he replaced at Konica Minolta Honda – as Tamada missed his braking marker at the tight hairpin after the long back straight in Shanghai and both riders crashed out of the fourth Grand Prix of the season.

Neither rider was seriously injured and while Tamada was quick to apologise after the incident, his compatriot Nakano – a former Yamaha rider himself - was simply relieved that both riders were not badly hurt and immediately accepted the apologies.

Nakano commented: "Firstly I would like to say that I'm happy that neither Makoto nor myself is injured. I've banged my right hand in the crash, but it will be OK in a couple of days. Makoto and I are fine, it's a racing accident and crashes happen. It's a shame because our race set-up was the best of the weekend. I made a good start and was riding in 10th position but couldn't follow the top guys."

"My lap time was not so bad and I was concentrating on keeping that position to take advantage of any situation ahead, but then at the end of the back straight Tamada-san missed his braking point and clipped my rear tyre. I'm so sorry for the team that the crash happened and we couldn't get a result."

Meanwhile Tamada explained: "It was a shame my race only lasted three laps as I had a very good feeling with the bike and the tyres. I felt that this was going to be the best race of the year for me so far. I am very disappointed that I crashed as we had good speed, but I am also sorry for Shinya. I wasn't expecting to be going to past him then, but he was going a lot slower than I thought."

"I tried to avoid him by diving for the inside to take the corner but unfortunately we collided, we both went down and my bike was too badly damaged to continue. The tyres are also getting better so I am feeling better on the bike everytime I ride it. Hopefully we can continue the progress at the next race and I can get a good result for myself and the team."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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