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Third and fourth row starts at Assen for Nakano and De Angelis

Third and fourth row starts at Assen for Nakano and De Angelis

After once again demonstrating good potential in free practice, San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis struggled to repeat that form in qualifying at Assen.

With Shinya Nakano sealing ninth place on the grid at the A-Style TT Assen, with his team-mate Alex De Angelis behind him on the fourth row in twelfth, it will be another major challenge for the San Carlo Honda Gresini pair in Saturday´s MotoGP contest.

Shinya Nakano – Ninth

`I expected a better result because we´ve been working well on qualifying tyres recently and the bike setting was good. A fast lap just didn´t come though and that may be because the front end was not our strongest point today. In any case, a third row start is not a disaster and we can still do well in tomorrow´s race.´

Alex de Angelis - Twelfth

`We´ve shown over the past few rounds that we have a good package in race trim and thanks to the support of Bridgestone we also have a tyre now that suits my style of riding. However, I´m still having trouble adapting my pace to a qualifying tyre and I can´t get the maximum out of it. I will be limited by my starting position but I showed today that my pace is good again. I did a couple of laps around 1´37.2 on race rubber so I´m confident, even though it is not easy to overtake here.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Shinya Nakano, Alex de Angelis, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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