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Nakano finding Sepang a slippery customer

Nakano finding Sepang a slippery customer

The aggressive approach pushed for by Team Manager Gianluca Montiron was taken to heart by Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano today, but the Japanese rider paid the price for a lack of feeling with the front end as he experienced two crashes either side of lunch time.

The aggressive approach pushed for by Team Manager Gianluca Montiron was taken to heart by Konica Minolta Hondas Shinya Nakano today, but the Japanese rider paid the price for a lack of feeling with the front end as he experienced two crashes either side of lunch time.

The 30 year-old Japanese rider has a lot at stake this weekend, but it would be unfair to say that nerves were the cause for the morning crash which saw Nakano limping off the track. The former 250cc World Championship runner-up collided with MotoGP newcomer Chaz Davies as the Briton slowed up, only damaging his Honda RC212V in the end. The second time that Nakano fell to ground was when he suffered the consequences of pushing too hard on a slippery Sepang track, something that the team expect to rectify with a change in tyre and setup strategy.

Its not been my day today! bemoaned Nakano after the afternoon session, where he finished 18th. This morning Chaz Davies was ahead of me and he had a problem with his engine; he suddenly slowed in front of me and I hit him from behind. This afternoon I was pushing hard and lost the front, maybe because of the combination of our tyres and suspension not being perfect. The new asphalt and weather conditions makes things very difficult for all the riders. There are fewer bumps than before, which is good, but much less grip. Tomorrow we will work hard to improve our situation.

Technical Director Giulio Bernardelle was also adamant that the two crashes would not setback Nakanos attempts to qualify high up the grid tomorrow.

Conditions have again been so difficult for us and weve had the two crashes, but these things happen. In the afternoon conditions were finally coming better and better. We started with rain tyres and then slicks, but the track was not completely dry, as it had wet patches in some corners, he explained. Shinya had problems with both the contact feeling and grip from the front tyre and this was the reason behind his second crash. He was behind Dani Pedrosa and trying to push hard, but lost the front. Whatever the conditions it seems we have to find more feeling and grip from the front-end of our Honda RC212V. Conditions have been difficult for all the riders today with the wet and the new asphalt, so if the weather improves tomorrow we will all be starting again to find a good setting for the race.

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

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