BEST RESULT OF THE YEAR FOR NAKATOMI With a very brilliant 9th position in the first race, Shinichi Nakatomi achieves his best performance so far this year. Last season, he finished 9th in Brno, and then twice 9th in Vallelunga. His best ...
BEST RESULT OF THE YEAR FOR NAKATOMI
With a very brilliant 9th position in the first race, Shinichi Nakatomi achieves his best performance so far this year. Last season, he finished 9th in Brno, and then twice 9th in Vallelunga. His best career result was in Brno in 2008 when he finished 8th.
After an excellent start, Nakatomi jumped from the 20th position on the grid to the 14th in the first curve. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) was the leader in front of Ruben Xaus (Ducati), Max Biaggi (Ducati), Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) et Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki). Xaus took the lead later, and then Troy Corser. After an average start, Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) passed everybody and grabbed the lead to keep it until the checkered flag. He won brilliantly in front of Corser and Bayliss.
Nakatomi did a very beautiful race, with fast and consistent lap times. This superb achievement gave him the 9th position and he gained one place in the World Championship standings.
In the second race, Nakatomi started well (15th) but the event was red flagged because of an oil patch from a crash. The restart was more difficult as Shinichi was blocked in 19th position in a group of riders. He progressed and finished 15th, while Ducati earned the top 3 positions with Xaus, Biaggi and Bayliss, in front of the Yamahas of Haga and Corser.
Shinichi Nakatomi: "On Friday, we could not find the right setting, even if we tried many different possibilities. I did not have enough feeling. On Saturday, we had a much better set up. I had a good start on race 1. I could follow Lavilla, but I made some small mistakes. I pushed really hard. I am happy with race 1. In race 2, the temperature was hotter. It was difficult for me to follow the riders who have traction control, because I don't have any and I had to accelerate later than them. The tyres started to move a lot after 10 laps, front and rear. I am happy with race 1 because I had a lot of stress because of not so good results before. Today, it was coming better."
Team-manager Martial Garcia: "After difficult practice sessions, we found a good set up during the warm up. This result is fantastic! Shinichi finishes 9th only 19 seconds behind the winner, in front of Noriyuki Haga. This is the opportunity to score 7 points and to make a progression of one position in the championship. Shinichi had a good start in race 2, but unfortunately it was black flagged because of Muggeridge's crash. At the restart, Nakatomi was blocked and it was difficult to pass. He still finished 15th, with one championship point. I am happy because everybody could see the progression."