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Nakano looking to improve results

Nakano looking to improve results

This weekends visit to the updated Misano circuit for the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini will give Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano an opportunity to improve his form following some disappointing results of late.

This weekends visit to the updated Misano circuit for the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini will give Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano an opportunity to improve his form following some disappointing results of late.

Having commenced the year with two top tens Nakano now sits 17th in the general standings after the trickle of low point-scoring finishes which tell the story of his season since that relatively bright start.

The 13th round of the World Championship, however, could provide the 29 year old rider with an opportunity to step up his game on a track which could be something of a leveller due to its unfamiliarity to the entire MotoGP grid.

After a 14 year absence from the Grand Prix calendar not only has the 2.5 mile Misano circuit been resurfaced, its also now running in the opposite direction clockwise instead of anti-clockwise.

With the racetrack effectively being completely new to all the teams, and with some new parts in place for Nakanos Honda RCV212V machinery after successful tests in the Czech Republic, Konica Minolta Team Manager Gianluca Montiron is hopeful that the Japanese competitor can do well on the visit to Italys Adriatic coast. He commented: The interesting thing for this race is that the circuit is new to everyone and to the tyres, so it should make this weekend a very exciting one for race fans.

The test at Brno was vital for us to give us information for the final part of the season, added Montiron. With new parts our expectation is higher than before, but it does take time to get data on these parts and find an improved setting. Shinya has not been able to push because of a front-end chatter problem, so we will be hoping that this does not affect him in Misano.

Nakano himself is aware that there is still a big challenge ahead, commenting: The test after the Brno round was very important for us and we are hoping to continue our hard work at Misano. We didnt find a solution for the chattering problems which afflicted us at Brno, so thats still our main aim, but we were able to find some improvements in the bikes settings which hopefully will give us a base from which to work from when we arrive at Misano. Its going to be interesting to head out in the first session, knowing that its a new track to all of us.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Shinya Nakano

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