Italtrans results mask potential at home round in Mugello

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Italtrans Mugello race review
Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Italtrans riders Claudio Corti and Takaaki Nakagami both put in tremendous performances at last weekend’s Gran Premio d’Italia TIM Moto2™ race, yet were unable to reap the rewards for very different reasons.

Corti was forced off track on the first lap, yet did well to keep his bike upright and re-join the race in 30th place. Nakagami on the other hand found himself leading the race in the early stages, something that the Japanese rider had not done this season. While Corti put in a valiant ride to finish the race an impressive ninth, Nakagami wore out his front tyre with his early charge, and dropped back to seventh. Nonetheless the team was optimistic, and feels that it has edged ever closer to another podium this season.

Takaaki Nakagami

"For the first time in a Moto2 race, I found myself leading it. A great feeling. Other times I had a good start, but never like this. All things have come easily. I had a big advantage over all guys on the brakes, and suffered just at the end, when the front tire was very bad. This was the team's home Grand Prix, and also mine, in a way. I'm very happy that I had the first taste of a first position right here."

Pierluigi Aldrovandi (Nakagami Race Engineer)

"We found the right solution, and our set-up was very good, though not yet perfect. Takaaki has made a huge step forward, and has also changed his style – he has always been more cautious in the early laps, and more free in the last. We're all happier now. Thank you everyone. We can still improve."

Claudio Corti

"I was resolute - I wanted to win. And after being forced to run wide and re-join almost in last position, I said to myself: let's have fun. I have been supported by an outstanding teamwork. I know: no more excuses. I must win."

Claudio Macciotta (Corti Race Engineer)

"Claudio has been wonderful: he gave us 45 minutes of pure adrenaline. When he was pushed out, he was nose to tail with Takaaki. When he re-joined, he didn't miss a move. I am convinced that this is an important moment, on which we can build."

Luigi Pansera

"For a moment, we all dreamed of a great result. Our riders gave every bit. Takaaki deserved the podium. We cannot call ourselves satisfied, because in the end, this time as well as others, we failed to get the target. But we can be quite happy."

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