NAKATOMI IN THE TOP 15 After some complicated practice (30th time) Shinichi Nakatomi did a good first race, avoiding to crash, which was not the case for many riders. He finished honourably 15th and scored one point. He was 18th in race ...
NAKATOMI IN THE TOP 15
After some complicated practice (30th time) Shinichi Nakatomi did a good first race, avoiding to crash, which was not the case for many riders. He finished honourably 15th and scored one point. He was 18th in race 2.
Starting from the 30th position on the starting grid, Nakatomi was quickly 25th, and progressed to 23rd on lap 3. He did better and better, with the 21st place on lap 7, and then 18th when the race had to be stopped because of some oil on the track. After the restart, he was 17th after lap 12 and 15th after lap 17. Three laps later, the race was definitely stopped because of the rain. Nakatomi ended up 15th and scored one point. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) won the race and in the process made his advantage bigger in the World Championship standings.
In race 2, Nakatomi on the rain was 28th after 1 lap and 24th after 2 laps. He kept on progressing with regularity and was 22nd after 18 laps and 20th at the end of lap 20. Finally he finished in 18th position. The winner was Kiyonari (Honda) who did a very beautiful race.
Shinichi Nakatomi: "The conditions were difficult. We made a mistake when we decided to use intermediate tyres, when the other riders used slick tyres. After 10 laps, my feeling was coming better. For the second race, we changed a few things on the setting of the bike. In this race 2, I did my best on this very wet and difficult race track.""
Team-manager Martial Garcia: "The conditions were very difficult during the practice because of the rain. I would never have made a bet that we could finish in the points."