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Gresini outfit keen to impress on home turf

Gresini outfit keen to impress on home turf

The MotoGP World Championship´s sixth round of the year is a special occasion for San Carlo Honda Gresini, on home territory in Tuscany.

For Italian owned MotoGP team San Carlo Honda Gresini the Gran Premio d´Italia Alice is their home race and provides a chance to improve results, in line with their own expectations.

The team are based in Italy, owned and managed by Italian former 125cc World Champion Fausto Gresini and have an Italian title sponsor, in the form of snack producers San Carlo.

Furthermore, since joining the Honda satellite team during the 07-08 close season, Shinya Nakano now has his European base in Italy, while his new MotoGP rookie team-mate Alex de Angelis should have plenty of support at Mugello, being from San Marino.

Nakano and De Angelis have at their disposition a constantly improving package, with HRC promising accelerated development of the satellite Honda RC212V machines following the recent addition of a new clutch - and Bridgestone working hard to provide increasingly competitive rubber.

Previewing round six, team boss Gresini commented, `The Italian GP is a very important event for us. Racing at home always provides extra emotion and motivation. I think the test at Le Mans was useful to make some more steps forwards with the tyres – we did a great job together with Bridgestone and I think it could be the factor that brings us back to a competitive level and allows Alex and Shinya to get the most out of their ability as riders.´

`We´re all working extremely hard to close the gap to the fastest riders in the class and we´re hopeful of a top result in front of our home fans. It would be great if Mugello can be our trampoline towards the top positions.´

Gresini´s young charge De Angelis is yet to feature in the top ten thus far in his maiden premier class campaign but is hopeful he can change that at Mugello, even if he is realistic about the challenge of repeating some recent rostrum appearances on Italian soil.

`It is without doubt a special occasion for us,´ noted the 24 year-old. `I have been on the podium there for the past three seasons in 250cc. This year, barring a major surprise, that won´t be possible but obviously I´d like to put on a good show in front of my fans. Even if my real home race is in San Marino at Misano, I know my fans are planning to be at Mugello too and I´m sure their presence will give me a little extra motivation to produce my absolute maximum.´

Focussing on the technical aspects that the team will need to get right this weekend, Nakano, meanwhile, added, `We´re convinced we have a good package, especially after the test at Le Mans. Working together with Bridgestone we managed to find a rear tyre that makes the bike much more manageable – an aspect that will be of fundamental importance to tackle the fast direction changes of Mugello. So far we have scored a few top ten finishes but we need and want to do better. My objective for Mugello is the top six.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Alex de Angelis, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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