THANK YOU BAYLISS, THANK YOU NAKATOMI
The last race of the 2008 Superbike World Championship was very emotional for everybody. Troy Bayliss, 3 times champion on a Ducati, ended his career with 2 fantastic wins and the pole position and the lap record. Shinichi Nakatomi, for his last event with our team, did his best ending up 13th and 17th with good lap times. It has been an honour and a pleasure to have with us during 3 years such a friendly gentleman.
On the new track of Portimao, Troy Bayliss dominated both races and he can go now back to Australia with plenty of good memories. Shinichi Nakatomi did the best he could and his results are good considering that the rain did not help to set up the bike during the practice sessions.
Shinichi Nakatomi: "I had a good start in the first race, but my average pace was not so good. I pushed more, but the rear tyre went down, especially in the last 4 laps. So we changed the tyre for race 2 and I had a better feeling. I made small mistakes trying to pass other riders and I finished 17th. I was pushing 100%. Thank you to my team for these 3 years."
Team-manager Martial Garcia: "In the first race, we did not expect such a good result because the practice sessions were not easy. This 13th position with good lap times made us strong mentally for race 2. We finished 17th of the second heat but we were faster than in race 1. We were at the end only 30 seconds behind the winner so it's a good result. I am sad to leave Nakatomi and I wish him a lot of success in his future."