DIFFICULT FINAL QUALIFYING PRACTICE FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI AT VALENCIA Team San Carlo Honda Gresini contested the final qualifying practice session of the season today at the Grand Prix of Valencia. Shinya Nakano and Alex De Angelis ...
DIFFICULT FINAL QUALIFYING PRACTICE FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI AT VALENCIA
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini contested the final qualifying practice session of the season today at the Grand Prix of Valencia. Shinya Nakano and Alex De Angelis qualified in fifteenth and sixteenth position respectively, positions that are well below their expectations after another positive weekend in free practice, with the Japanese rider lapping second fastest this morning.
Nakano's qualifying attempt was spoiled by a crash on his second soft tyre, and although he escaped unhurt and was able to return to the track on his second bike, Shinya was unable to make major improvements on his lap time. De Angelis also had a difficult session, the San Marino rider unable to convert his good pace on race tyres to a qualifier. Tomorrow he'll need to get a good start to try and make up as many positions as possible.
Shinya Nakano (15th - 1'33''767): "This was the final qualifying session of the season and I pushed as hard as I could. My pace at the start was really good but unfortunately on the second qualifying tyre I lost the front in turn four and crashed. Maybe the tyre wasn't up to temperature. At that point I returned to the box as quick as I could and got back out on the second bike but I couldn't make any significant improvement because of the traffic on the track. Obviously I am disappointed because it's a repeat of the situation in Malaysia last week, when everything was going well but messed up at the end. Anyway, the race is tomorrow and I'll be trying to repeat my performance from Brno and Sepang, with another good result."
Alex De Angelis (16th - 1'33''848): "It has been a really difficult day for lots of reasons, from the weather to the bike setting. We went into qualifying without having ridden the bike in the dry and even though I went well at the start, running in the top six or seven, I wasn't able to improve on a qualifying tyre. Anyway, on race tyres my pace isn't bad and the obvious plan is to try to get a good start and make up some positions."
Fausto Gresini - Team Manager: "Qualifying hasn't gone well again today. We've had three wet sessions here and then it was dry for qualifying, which has obviously made life more difficult. Shinya crashed, luckily without injury. It definitely won't be an easy race tomorrow but it's the last one of a tough season and our objective is to finish it on a high before starting preparations for the next one."