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Top ten finishes for San Carlo Honda Gresini pair

Top ten finishes for San Carlo Honda Gresini pair

Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis completed the 2008 MotoGP World Championship season in a positive manner at Valencia on Sunday.

The last race in MotoGP with San Carlo Honda Gresini for Shinya Nakano ended with the Japanese rider in seventh place, whilst his teammate Alex de Angelis was tenth.

Shinya Nakano - seventh

`I´m happy with seventh place today because it was important for me to get to the finish line, which is why I pushed hard but without taking too many risks. Considering that I started the race from fifteenth I had to be very focused to make up positions at the start, taking another couple of riders over the opening laps before catching Edwards, although it was difficult to get past him. We had gone for a hard tyre with an eye on the later stages of the race and I think we made a good choice. I´m satisfied with this season because over the final few races in particular we´ve had some good races and despite a couple of ups and downs I´m happy with how it´s all gone. I want to thank Team Gresini and my fans for their support and I will go away with great memories of the people I have had the pleasure to work with this season.´

Alex De Angelis - tenth

`With the way this weekend started we´ve managed to finish it off in positive style so I´m happy. Tenth place is gratifying even though we were hoping for better. Unfortunately the weather here proved a real setback for us and our preparations for the race – especially because we lost our way a little in the last races and we needed more time to sort the bike out. I want to thank everybody who has worked with me this season – they have all done everything they could to help me because for a rider the first year in MotoGP is always the most difficult. Tomorrow we start a new adventure on a new bike, with new technical staff, and I´m curious to see how the new season shapes up.´

MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO PARTS EUROPE DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Alex de Angelis, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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