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De Angelis and Nakano unlucky ahead of 200th Gresini race

De Angelis and Nakano unlucky ahead of 200th Gresini race

As the Gresini team prepare for their 200th race, their latest riders Alex de Angelis and Shinya Nakano both had a difficult time in qualifying.

After positive free practice sessions in Catalunya, San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Alex de Angelis and Shinya Nakano both fell just short of their expectations in qualifying for the Gresini team´s 200th race.

Alex de Angelis - Tenth

`Qualifying was a little unlucky for me today because I crashed on my out lap when I had just fitted a qualifying tyre, so I missed the chance to improve my time. The tyre was still not up to temperature so I probably should have stayed calmer and not pushed so hard. Luckily the crash wasn't at high speed and I've avoided injury. Anyway my race pace is good and I'm sure I can have a good race tomorrow.´

Shinya Nakano - Eleventh

`Considering the progress we made at Mugello, I was expecting a better result today. Here at Montmelò we haven't showed the same kind of progression as a week ago in Italy. In any case the general feeling with the bike is good, although I am losing some important tenths in the final two corners. The positive thing looking to tomorrow is that there isn't a big difference between my time on qualifiers and race tyres, which are really working well. I know it will be a tough race tomorrow because there are so many riders in just a couple of tenths but that means if we can stay in the fast group then a good result is within our grasp.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Alex de Angelis, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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