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Montiron hopes for top eight for Nakano

Montiron hopes for top eight for Nakano

With the biggest date of the season rapidly approaching for Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano at this coming weekends A-Style Grand Prix of Japan the 29 year-old riders team manager Gianluca Montiron has given him an enthusiastic backing ahead of his home race.

With the biggest date of the season rapidly approaching for Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano at this coming weekends A-Style Grand Prix of Japan the 29 year-old riders team manager Gianluca Montiron has given him an enthusiastic backing ahead of his home race.

The Twin Ring Motegi visit is a huge event for the Honda satellite outfit, being the home Grand Prix for Nakano, HRC and the teams principal sponsor Konica Minolta. The teams previous results at the Japanese circuit have been good, with their former rider Makoto Tamada taking a third place finish there in 2005, whilst Nakanos personal record includes a Motegi podium finish in 2004 with Kawasaki.

Whilst another rostrum appearance this time around might be beyond realistic expectations - given that Nakanos best results so far this season have been tenth at Losail, Jerez and Misano but Montiron is hopeful that the Honda man can be one of the first eight riders across the finishing line in Japan.

The team boss commented: After Estoril where we noted some improvements with the machine and tyre combination, I think a home race will give Shinya a better position to do well. I think he needs confidence to ride and enjoy the track, and from this comes a good lap time.

I think in the past hes not been able to do that, but things have been improving steadily since Brno and I also feel something has changed in Shinya so I think that hes coming to Motegi with more confidence than before. We have both trust and belief in Shinya at our home race of Motegi and so a top eight finish is our target.

Meanwhile, Nakano himself said: As you can imagine Im very much looking forward to my home race in front of the fans, the Honda factory and Konica Minolta. Being a Honda track its very important to do well here. I like Motegi very much, but it is a stop-and-go circuit with some hard braking and accelerating areas.

The overall grip on the circuit isnt too bad, although in the past Ive found the circuit pretty tough on tyres, so we will see what will happen with my 2007 package of the Honda RC212V and Michelin tyres. With the steady improvements that weve made over the last few races, I think that we will have a pretty good package for this, my home race.

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Shinya Nakano

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