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Tough qualifying session for San Carlo Honda Gresini

Tough qualifying session for San Carlo Honda Gresini

Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis will start from 13th and 15th places respectively at round five, after a hard qualifying run.

Despite showing good form during free practice, Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis were unable to translate that pace into a hot lap on soft tyres during this afternoon´s qualifying practice at Le Mans.

Shinya Nakano - 13th

`Today was an extremely difficult qualifying session but having said that my lap times were improving right up until the end of free practice this morning. In the afternoon I was unable to go as fast as I would have liked on a qualifying tyre even though I was pushing as hard as I could. We obviously have to improve in certain areas, particularly in the set-up of the bike on qualifying tyres and getting the best out of the engine.´

Alex De Angelis - 15th

`Again, today we haven´t managed to secure a place on the grid that is a true reflection of our potential. It is clear that we have to improve something before tomorrow´s race – we´ve tried a couple of different settings on the two bikes so we have to take a look at the data and work out a configuration that is competitive and most adapted to this track. On top of that, when I was on my best lap with a qualifying tyre the seat unit came loose and gave me some problems with balance. In any case we have to stay strong and work hard to get through this difficult period.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Alex de Angelis, Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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