Magny-Cours: YZF Yamaha weekend summary

2 POINTS FOR NAKATOMI With his 14th position in race 1, Nakatomi earned 2 points for the World Championship. The next race will be the last one of this year, at Portimao in Portugal. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) was the quickest at the start of...

2 POINTS FOR NAKATOMI

With his 14th position in race 1, Nakatomi earned 2 points for the World Championship. The next race will be the last one of this year, at Portimao in Portugal.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati) was the quickest at the start of the first race in front of Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha). Then the Japanese rider took the lead and kept it until the end of the event. Behind Haga, Fonsi Nieto did a good race to finish second, in front of Troy Bayliss who was crowned World Champion for the third time. Nakatomi, who was 19th in the beginning, progressed to 14th position.

In race 2, there was a tremendous fight between Bayliss and Haga, and the Australian rider finally was the winner. Troy Corser finished 3rd in front of Carlos Checa. Shinichi Nakatomi, having shattering problem again, was 17th.

Shinichi Nakatomi: "In race 1, I had some shattering problem after 10 laps. It was difficult to push. For race 2, we changed the set up but the shattering problem came back. I crossed the front a few times. It was a difficult race. Magny-Cours was not so good, so I shall change my mind for the next event at Portimao."

Team-manager Martial Garcia: "Nakatomi earned a good 14th position in race 1, fighting with Sebastien Gimbert. He had some shattering problems, which happened again in race 2. It's why he could finish only 17th, close to the points."

-credit: yzf

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Carlos Checa , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Fonsi Nieto , Troy Corser , Sébastien Gimbert , Shinichi Nakatomi