NAKATOMI IN GREAT SHAPE Shinichi Nakatomi arrives at the track of Magny-Cours in great shape after finishing twice in the top 10 during the last meeting at Vallelunga, near Roma. Tenth of the first race, he finished eight in the second one,...
NAKATOMI IN GREAT SHAPE
Shinichi Nakatomi arrives at the track of Magny-Cours in great shape after finishing twice in the top 10 during the last meeting at Vallelunga, near Roma. Tenth of the first race, he finished eight in the second one, his best result so far this year.
In the first Italian event, Nakatomi did a very good race, fighting with good riders such as Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki), Fonsi Nieto (Suzuki), Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) and Roberto Rolfo (Honda). In the second race, his opponents were Carlos Checa (Honda), Fonsi Nieto, Yukio Kagayama and Regis Laconi (Kawasaki). So Nakatomi in confident for this weekend at Magny-Cours.
Shinichi Nakatomi: "I hope to have a good result at this race in Magny-Cours because this is my French team's home track."
Martial Garcia (team manager): "Nakatomi will be motivated to confirm his excellent Vallelunga result."
The Magny-Cours circuit
In 1959, Jean Bernigaud, mayor of Magny-Cours, created a kart track which became quickly the Circuit Jean Behra (named after the French driver 4th of the 1956 F1 championship). In 1971 was inaugurated the longer (3.850 km) new track.
On July 7, 1991 was organized for the first time at Magny-Cours a F1 Grand Prix, with the President of the Republic and 100 000 spectators. There was only one motorcycle Grand Prix held at Magny-Cours and it was on July 19, 1992. Pierfrancesco Chili was on the pole position of the 250cc race. The first Superbike World Championship race was held in 1991, before coming back in 2003.
Practice record (2007):
1'38.501 James Toseland (Honda) 161.213 kph (Nakatomi: 1'41.846 / 17th)
Lap record (best race time 2007):
1'39.844 Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) 159.040 kph
Race 1 result 2007:
1-Haga (Yamaha), 2-Bayliss (Ducati), 3-Corser (Yamaha), 4-Neukirchner (Suzuki), 5- Nieto (Kawasaki) -- 11-Nakatomi (Yamaha)
Race 2 results 2007:
1-Haga (Yamaha), 2-Biaggi (Suzuki), 3- Nieto (Kawasaki), 4- Corser (Yamaha), 5- Bayliss (Ducati) -- Nakatomi (Yamaha) DNF
14th and final round of the Superbike World Championship: November 2nd at Portimao (Portugal)