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Delight and disappointment for De Angelis and Nakano

Delight and disappointment for De Angelis and Nakano

Fourth and ninth place finishes at Sachsenring drew contrasting conclusions from San Carlo Honda Gresini´s two MotoGP riders.

An unexpected podium push by Alex de Angelis equalled his best MotoGP finish to date, although his joy at fourth place was not matched by teammate Shinya Nakano´s thoughts on his own ninth place finish.

Alex de Angelis – Fourth

`Considering the dreadful weather today, the last thing I expected was to be fighting for the podium. Of course, I thought I could have a good race but for me that meant fighting for eighth or ninth place, so to finish fourth is very satisfying – even if a podium wouldn´t have been bad either! I went for it but I was held up at the end by Elias – both Vermeulen and myself were forced to change our line to get around him. It´s a shame because I was really strong in T3 and I could have tried something at the top of the hill. Anyway, I´m happy with my race because I didn´t have any bad moments, I got a good feeling straight away and feel I rode really well.´

Shinya Nakano – Ninth

`I´m really disappointed with this result; unfortunately I didn´t manage to find a good feeling with the bike at the start of the race. I lost grip on the front for a couple of laps and just wasn´t comfortable in those conditions generally. I tried to keep my pace up but the amount of water on the track made it really difficult for me. I´m disappointed for the team but looking ahead to the next race at Laguna Seca with optimism.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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