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Bridgestone tests occupy Gresini pair

Bridgestone tests occupy Gresini pair

Alex de Angelis and Shinya Nakano were back on track at Le Mans on Monday, for one day of post-GP testing.

San Carlo Honda Gresini´s MotoGP duo Alex de Angelis and Shinya Nakano focussed on close work with their Bridgestone tyre technicians in testing at Le Mans on Monday, with the objective of improving their race pace.

With round six just around the corner on home territory for the Gresini team at Mugello, Bridgestone will analyse the data provided by the riders over the next few days and use it as a base to develop new material for the Italian contest.

Nakano completed 67 laps yesterday and was satisfied with a variety of tyres, especially after finding an improved feeling with the rear end of the bike.

De Angelis, meanwhile, recovered from a crash on his first lap, going round the Le Mans circuit 85 times and making significant improvements - knocking six tenths of a second off his best time from Sunday´s race.

`I´m happy with how the test went,´ said Nakano who was eighth on the test timesheet. `At the end of the day we were able to pinpoint a rear tyre that gave good results and allowed us to make another step forward with my race pace. We also focused on the general set-up of the bike with our minds on the Italian Grand Prix, which is an important event for the whole team.´

The Japanese rider´s team-mate De Angelis was ninth fastest overall and he added, `I´m satisfied with the test because I was quicker straight away on the new tyres and managed to knock some significant tenths off my best lap from yesterday. We didn´t try qualifiers because for us the objective right now is to improve my race pace and we´re not far off returning to the battle for top ten positions.´

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

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