Mugello : Honda Konica Minolta - Day 1
Heavy rain at the legendary circuit of Mugello this afternoon has meant that the Konica Minolta Honda team and their fellow competitors in the MotoGP class could not improve on their Friday morning times.
Rain began to fall
on the 3.2 mile circuit during the 125cc timed session, just 30 minutes before the MotoGP riders were due to be on track.
In the combined morning/afternoon times Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took top spot, with Carlos Checa the next Honda home in fifth. Konica Minolta Honda's Shinya Nakano ended up in 14th place, just behind French GP winner Chris Vermeulen and two places ahead of Le Mans pole-sitter Colin Edwards.
Gianluca Montiron – Team Manager : “This morning our start was not so bad but later the changeable weather conditions finally had a big influence on the day. This morning we started to test new tyres and Shinya's feeling with the new material has been very positive. Today's conditions were not ideal so we are not putting too much importance on the final times from today. As the weather conditions were not suitable to evaluate fully our settings and tyres, this work must continue tomorrow. In the coming days the weather is expected to improve, so tomorrow we will have to work hard and do our best to find a good qualifying position for Sunday's race.”
Shinya Nakano : “This morning we made some changes to the suspension balance and the feeling was pretty good. We had made some adjustments for this afternoon then it rained and we had a minor problem, so I had to wait in the pits while the team worked hard to correct it, then at the end we decided to adjust the set up of the second bike to run it on rain tyres.
We need to check the best settings for dry and wet weather if we can, so we all have a busy day ahead tomorrow whatever the weather !”
Giulio Bernardelle – Technical Director : “This morning we ran in dry conditions and this afternoon it was full wet with a lot of standing water on the track. This morning was productive, as we used a new rear tyre and the feeling was pretty good. This afternoon with an eye on the weather we decided to prepare one bike for dry and one for wet conditions. Despite Shinya starting with the wet setting bike, the quantity of water on the track meant that we had to make further changes in the pits, so Shinya was forced to stay in the pitbox longer than expected. At the end of the session we tried to adjust the setting of the second bike to the changed conditions of the track as the rain was less intense. Shinya only had time to go out for a few minutes before the chequered flag, but he was able to obtain a remarkable improvement in his performance. Shinya's feeling with the bike seems to be in an improving phase and this makes us hope for the best for tomorrow when we will have to improve our performance whatever the track conditions are. We will not have problems to race on a wet track but at this time, our main target is to give Michelin as much information as possible to continue improving the performance of their slick tyres.”
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