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Konica Minolta hope to cash in on improvements

Konica Minolta hope to cash in on improvements

As the MotoGP grid descends on Phillip Island for the 16th round of the 2007 World Championship, the Konica Minolta team are hoping to bring some recent signs of improvement to fruition at the GMC Australian Grand Prix.

As the MotoGP grid descends on Phillip Island for the 16th round of the 2007 World Championship the Konica Minolta team are hoping to bring some recent signs of improvement to fruition at the GMC Australian Grand Prix.

Although Japanese rider Shinya Nakano was disappointingly 16th across the line in his home race at Motegi just over a fortnight ago, his pace in practice and qualifying at the last two Grands Prix has picked up, and team manager Gianluca Montiron is hopeful of a good race result this weekend.

Montiron commented: Phillip Island is one of the best tracks in the world and one of our favourites to visit. We hope that this weekend we have the possibility of seeing Shinya Nakano really showing what he is capable of. I still believe he has both the potential and capacity to ride our Honda RCV212V hard, but as we have seen this year he has found it difficult to adapt to the new technical package of new machine, new team, manufacturer and tyre supplier.

What we have seen is an improvement in our situation on Fridays and Saturdays so were closer to the front-runners in terms o ftimes, but we now need this to continue into Sundays race.

Of course for Nakano himself the venue for this weekends action was the scene of heartbreak seven years ago when he missed out on the quarter litre class crown by the tightest of margins, but he is still a big fan of the track itself.

He explained: I very much enjoy the Phillip Island circuit, even if it was where I lost the 2000 250cc title to my team-mate Olivier Jacque by just a few metres at the finish line! It is fast and flowing, but then there are always a few hard braking areas too - it really has everything. The only thing that can spoil the race sometimes is the very changeable weather! Im hoping for good weather this weekend as I know we have to get our best results of the year in these last three races.

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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