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Gresini set aside time for set-up discussion

Gresini set aside time for set-up discussion

Concerned by a lack of speed on qualifying tyres - an aspect of their winter test schedule to which much attention was devoted - and the exact race set-up required for the RC212V in Qatar, San Carlo Gresini Honda have taken urgent action to rectify the situation.

Concerned by a lack of speed on qualifying tyres - an aspect of their winter test schedule to which much attention was devoted - and the exact race set-up required for the RC212V in Qatar, San Carlo Gresini Honda have taken urgent action to rectify the situation. Team Manager Fausto Gresini is eager to ensure that riders Alex de Angelis and Shinya Nakano are given the best possible chance of a fruitful debut for the satellite outfit, with a round-table discussion scheduled for this week.

Both De Angelis and Nakano suffered crashes under the bright lights of the Losail International Circuit, placing the blame on colder temperatures experienced at the desert track late at night.

"The problem is that from 10 o'clock onwards it starts to get really cold and humid. The track conditions change a lot and I crashed. Luckily I wasn't badly hurt – I've got some pain in my right forearm but generally I'm okay," said De Angelis, the faster of the San Carlo Gresini Honda riders in Qatar.

"I'm optimistic for the race, although we'll have to pay attention over the first few laps, because it takes a while for the tyres to get up to the right temperature."

Like his Sanmarinese team-mate, Nakano was also caught out when the track cooled down, experiencing a crash under remarkably similar circumstances to that of De Angelis.

"I've worked a lot on refining my setting for the race. We had a good base setting until the conditions changed and when I tried to push a little harder to improve the lap time I crashed on the humid track," bemoaned the Japanese rider. "That interrupted the race simulation we were carrying out and actually made for an early end to the session. I didn't pick up any serious injuries and a few days' rest will be enough to prepare for the race."

Gresini himself was frank in his assessment of the two night test, and revealed the way in which the team will look to prepare for this weekend's season-opening Grand Prix.

"We have arranged a technical meeting to discuss the set-up we will need for next weekend, but we are confident," noted the former 125cc rider. "Alex has done a good job whilst Shinya had a few more problems and has room for improvement. It's a shame about the two crashes because we didn't need them."

"I'm happy with Alex's lap times in his race simulation – he went well. In general we have managed to find a good pace on race tyres but we know that we have to improve on qualifiers."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Alex de Angelis, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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