NAKATOMI 12TH AND 15TH Thanks to two fast and consistent races, Shinichi Nakatomi earned some championship points in Brno in both races. He is now in 19th position in the World Superbike standings, where the level of competition is very ...
NAKATOMI 12TH AND 15TH
Thanks to two fast and consistent races, Shinichi Nakatomi earned some championship points in Brno in both races. He is now in 19th position in the World Superbike standings, where the level of competition is very high.
Nakatomi was in 15th position after the first lap of race 1, when the leader was Troy Corser (Yamaha) in front of Max Biaggi (Ducati), Troy Bayliss (Ducati), Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) and Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki). Shinichi Nakatomi did some good lap times: 2'01.1 in the first heat and 2'01.0 in the second one. He raced again Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda), Karl Muggeridge (Honda) and Niccolo Canepa (Ducati) in the first event and did a great job finishing in front of the wild card Italian factory Ducati rider.
Starting 14th in the second race, the Japanese rider raced hard against Gregorio Lavilla (Honda) and David Checa (Yamaha), finishing finally in 15th position and receiving a point for the championship. This second race was the occasion for the Ducatis to finish in the top 3, with Bayliss winning in front of Fabrizio and Biaggi.
Shinichi Nakatomi: "In the first race, the beginning of the event was good, but then I ran into problems after 10 laps with the front tyre and it was difficult to keep a fast pace. I could not beat Sofuoglu and Muggeridge but I was happy to finish in front of Canepa that I passed in the last lap. I had a good start in the second race, then I had again some trouble with the front tyre. I kept on fighting, but it was not easy against the Hondas and Ducatis. There were a lot of changes in the positions and it was a hard race."
Team-manager Martial Garcia: "I am very satisfied because we earn points in both races. The distance with the winner is very small in the first race. After a good start in the second race, Shinichi could one more time finish in the top 15 and get some points. This shows the result of all the work that we have done during the first part of the season."