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Jimenez assesses Nakano's Honda Gresini progress

Jimenez assesses Nakano's Honda Gresini progress

Following Shinya Nakano's recruitment by the Honda Gresini team for the 2008 season the Japanese rider's chief mechanic with his new team, Antonio Jimenez, gave motogp.com an update on the 30 year-old's early work with his latest employers at the conclusion of the opening day of testing in Australia.

Following Shinya Nakano's recruitment by the Honda Gresini team for the 2008 season the Japanese rider's chief mechanic with his new team, Antonio Jimenez, gave motogp.com an update on the 30 year-old's early work with his latest employers at the conclusion of the opening day of testing in Australia.

Wednesday's action at Phillip Island saw Nakano use new front suspension settings to clear up some of the chatter problems that had affected him last week in Sepang and he ended up seventh on the timesheet with a respectable best time of 1'31.111s after 91 laps of the Australian track.

"We knew that he was motivated at the end of last year," said Jimenez of the former Konica Minolta Honda rider. "At the November Jerez test we could see that his progression was really true because he had very good lap times and even with qualifiers, something he almost never had during the season last year."

"So then we went to Malaysia and now we're here (Australia) and he keeps going with this process," continued the Belgian mechanic. "He has confidence in the tyres and Bridgestone have been very good. Also the team is working together very well and he looks like he can get back to being the Nakano he was two years ago."

"Every time we have to improve, at every test. But at the moment the idea is to get up to maximum confidence and keep trying settings, new geometry, new tyres from Bridgestone. We still have a long way to go before the first race, but they way we are working everything will be done on time."

Meanwhile, in a positive frame of mind in the Phillip Island sunshine Nakano himself told motogp.com: "It seems good. We're in good shape, though for sure it's step-by-step because I'm coming back to Bridgestone and first I have to understand the tyres. But everything is going well."

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MotoGP, 2008, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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