GOOD RACES FOR NAKATOMI Shinichi Nakatomi did a very good race 1, fighting with good riders such as Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki), Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki), Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) and Roberto Rolfo (Honda). He finished in 10th position. Race 2 was ...
GOOD RACES FOR NAKATOMI
Shinichi Nakatomi did a very good race 1, fighting with good riders such as Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki), Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki), Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) and Roberto Rolfo (Honda). He finished in 10th position. Race 2 was even more brilliant with his best result this year: 8th position! Nakatomi is now 18th in the World Championship standings.
Troy Bayliss (Ducati) got the best start in front of Max Biaggi (Ducati), Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) and Troy Corser (Yamaha). Then Haga took the lead until the chequered flag and won the race in front of Biaggi and Corser. Shinichi Nakatomi was 16th in the beginning of the race, and then had great fights with Fonsi Nieto, Roberto Rolfo, Lorenzo Lanzi and Yukio Kagayama. He finished finally 10th, with the second top speed.
In race 2, Nakatomi started well, but was slowed down by a crash involving Max Biaggi and Kenan Sofuoglu. Then he went back to 10th position, fighting for the 6th place with Carlos Checa, Fonsi Nieto, Yukio Kagayama and Regis Laconi. He finally finished in 8th position, his best result this year. The team is very proud of him.
Shinichi Nakatomi: "Yesterday, we had problems with the setting. This morning, the feeling was better. We made more changes in the right direction. The first race was good. In the second race, I lost a lot of time in the beginning because of Biaggi's early crash. Then I progressed forward. On the average, it's not so bad. The test we did in July at Vallelunga was useful. I hope to have a good result at the next race in Magny-Cours because this is my French team's home track."
Team-manager Martial Garcia: "All the work we have done during practice finally paid off. We ended up 10th, only 19 seconds behind the winner. Nakatomi's best lap (1'38.2) was 7 tenths of a second slower than the quickest time (1'37.5). One of the reasons of this good result is a good Pirelli tyre choice. We have one of the best top speeds. In race 2, he confirmed his talent. This is his best result this year. I am happy because this shows the qualities of the bike and the point in doing testing. Thank you very much to the team for the excellent job that has been done."
13th round of the Superbike World Championship: October 5th at Magny-Cours (France)
-credit: Team YZF Yamaha