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Improvements please Nakano after brake and tyre tests

Improvements please Nakano after brake and tyre tests

Shinya Nakano wrapped up a weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya in third place on the Monday test timesheet having successfully tested some new material.

Shinya Nakano´s race results since his move to San Carlo Honda Gresini have been highly consistent but hovering around the bottom end of the top ten is not where the Japanese rider wants to be.

Undertaking an afternoon of testing at the Montmelo track just north of Barcelona in the company of the majority of the MotoGP grid on Monday Nakano focussed on improving the competitiveness of his Bridgestone-shod Honda satellite RC212V package, setting a consistently fast pace throughout the afternoon.

The introduction of upgrades from brakes suppliers Nissin helped the 30 year-old quicken his lap times, with favourable weather conditions also assisting his endeavours. A fastest lap of 1´42.039 on qualifying tyres, meanwhile, was 0.604s faster than his Saturday best and will boost Nakano´s confidence as he seeks to improve on a best grid position of ninth thus far in 2008 in forthcoming rounds.

Summarising his 50 laps of test work Nakano commented, `The track conditions were better than in the race on Sunday having not rained overnight and I managed to improve my lap times by a few precious tenths. We also made a notable improvement on the qualifying tyres by around half a second.´

`We also worked to adapt the bike more to my riding style and I tried to be smoother with it too, with the objective of improving tyre life. The results were satisfactory and I´m confident about the next race. We still need to improve on acceleration, because for me the engine is still a bit too aggressive. We need bottom-end power, not only top speed, so we have made adjustments on engine mapping and traction control but this is not easy to improve.´

Nakano´s teammate Alex De Angelis was also pleased with the progress he made as he concluded the day in fifth place on the timesheet, stating, `We tried a new front brake today and we´re satisfied with the results. Having a more powerful front brake has allowed me to improve my lap time so we´ll fit it from the next GP in England. We´ve also worked a lot with Bridgestone, testing race and qualifying tyres, with the aim of confirming the changes we made at Mugello. I´m happy with how the day went because we confirmed that we would have had a good pace in the race.´

Following the five hour Monday session the San Carlo Honda Gresini packed up their equipment following back to back Grands Prix in Italy and Spain, with a weekend´s break ahead of them before next week´s trip to England.

MotoGP, 2008, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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