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Konica Minolta expecting more from Nakano in Sepang

Konica Minolta expecting more from Nakano in Sepang

With just two races of the 2007 MotoGP season remaining, Konica Minolta Honda are looking to make a final push with rider Shinya Nakano to end a disappointing year on a positive note.

With just two races of the 2007 MotoGP season remaining, Konica Minolta Honda are looking to make a final push with rider Shinya Nakano to end a disappointing year on a positive note. The rider-team comibination have not reached the potential expected at the start of the year, and have yet to confirm their plans for 2008.

The JiR team may be involved in Andrea Dovizioso's move up to MotoGP, whilst Nakano has been linked with a sideways move to Gresini Honda. With all this up in the air, Team Manager Gianluca Montiron is urging an aggressive approach from his current charge at this weekend's Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

"Malaysia is well known to us. We tested there during the winter and I think the machine has made a big step forward since then and so have the Michelin tyres, so for this reason I expect to see some much better lap times from Shinya," says Montiron.

"We are very close now to the end of the season, so we are aiming for our best results of the year from these last two races. Sepang is a nice track and we have plenty of data from the winter test so we should be able to work through any problem we may have."

"For this reason I expect Shinya to be very aggressive as we reach the close of the championship. He really needs a good result and we really need a good finish before the end of the year and so I think this could be the place for Shinya to push hard and show his potential."

Nakano himself is well aware of the potential for improvement, and feels comfortable in Malaysia.

"I enjoy the Sepang track very much and I and the other riders know it well, because we go there often during the winter tests," states the Japanese rider. " It's almost home as it's part of Asia so that also makes it special for me. I know the track well and I know each and every corner."

"Because of this, we know what problems we've had there before so that helps and it means we can concentrate on getting a good set-up from first practice. I've had some good memories at Sepang, including a fourth place finish in 2001, and we all know that we've only got these last two races to fulfil our potential and get some good results."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Shinya Nakano

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