Konica Minolta Honda Brno test 2007-08-20

Konica Minolta Honda Team completes successful test at Brno Shinya Nakano and a number of his fellow MotoGP riders remained at the 3.36-mile Brno circuit in the Czech Republic today to take part in the last test session of the 2007 ...

Konica Minolta Honda Team completes successful test at Brno

Shinya Nakano and a number of his fellow MotoGP riders remained at the 3.36-mile Brno circuit in the Czech Republic today to take part in the last test session of the 2007 season. The main aim of the test for the Konica Minolta Honda Team has been to evaluate a range of new components received from HRC in time for last weekend's race. Nakano took to the track at 10am this morning, focussing on some new chassis and suspension settings for his Honda RC212V. After lunch the 29-year-old's work continued, this time trying some new Michelin front tyres. The test ended prematurely at 4.30pm when rain began to fall. In total Shinya completed 45 laps during the day, setting a best lap-time of 1'59.760". The MotoGP season now enters its final six races, with the series returning to the revised Misano circuit for the first time since 1993 in just over a week's time.

Shinya Nakano - Rider, Konica Minolta Honda (54 laps - 1'59.760")

"Even if we didn't find a final solution for the chattering problems which have afflicted us here last weekend, at the end of the day I can say that we were able to find some improvements in the bike's settings and improve our choices for the front tyre. We completed all the necessary tests that enable us to understand a little better how the new chassis works. Today has been very useful for us and vital for the next race in Misano."

Giulio Bernardelle - Technical Director, Konica Minolta Honda

"Today we have been able to make adjustments to the updated bike and see if there are any improvements out on track. This is very important for us, as the next MotoGP race will be at a completely renovated track, which is very different to the last time GP bikes rode there. Therefore at Misano, it will be important to start with a machine setting that we already have and one that Shinya understands so he can be confident on track as soon as possible. Today has allowed us to find some improvements in our performance even if we didn't find a final solution to the chattering problem. This remains the most important aspect of our machine that we need to solve at the next GP."

-credit: kmh

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Shinya Nakano