UNLUCKY HOME RACE FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI: NAKANO TWELFTH AND DE ANGELIS OUT AFTER TWO LAPS The Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini took place at Misano today and it proved to be an unlucky affair for both Team San Carlo...
UNLUCKY HOME RACE FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI: NAKANO TWELFTH AND DE ANGELIS OUT AFTER TWO LAPS
The Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini took place at Misano today and it proved to be an unlucky affair for both Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders, who had high hopes for the team's home event.
Alex De Angelis got a good start but collided with another rider on the second lap and then crashed trying to recover lost ground -- fortunately escaping any serious injury.
Shinya Nakano also struggled in a tough race, coming home well below the positions that would meet the team's expectations.
Shinya Nakano (12th): "It was a really difficult race for us today. Despite making a decent start and getting a couple of good laps under my belt, I started to feel a chattering problem in certain corners and couldn't push hard. By the closing stages of the race my lap times had dropped off by three seconds compared to our pace in practice leading up to this Grand Prix. It is obvious that something isn't working but we'll have to analyse the data to find out what it is and work out a solution."
Alex De Angelis (DNF): "I'm really disappointed with today's race because I got a good start and could have had a good race. Unfortunately Melandri came past me down the straight and we touched in the next corner under heavy braking. We both lost a lot of ground on the riders ahead of us and as I pushed hard to try and close the gap I lost the rear of the bike and it threw me into the air. I tried to hang on but I grabbed the front brake and crashed."
Fausto Gresini - Team Manager: "I'm disappointed with the way this Grand Prix has finished -- both for Alex's crash and Shinya's result. Unfortunately these things happen in racing; we wanted to produce a good showing in our home Grand Prix but we weren't able to. Obviously now we look ahead and try to be positive and optimistic, even if we don't feel in the best mood for it right now."