“We improved a little bit this afternoon”
The KONICA MINOLTA Honda Team finally saw the sun shine today in time for the extended practice session and the qualifying hour for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix.
Team rider Shinya Nakano spent the extended morning session
acquainting himself with the 2.6mile circuit in sunnier conditions, making important changes to the set-up of his Honda RC212V before tomorrow's 28-lap race.
Tomorrow's San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix is the 13th round of the 18-round 2007 MotoGP championship.
Gianluca Montiron – Team Manager KONICA MINOLTA Honda
“Today we have found that Shinya has not enough grip in some areas and is lacking traction in some corners. We think this is maybe due to the weather conditions we have experienced at Misano and I think things will improve tomorrow as the grip level increases and more rubber is laid down on the track. For Shinya it has been necessary to learn the characteristics of our updated machine, but he improved this afternoon and I hope that we can improve again in the warm-up. We have to approach the race and be aggressive, but I think we are in a better shape for this Grand Prix than at Brno, because we are still learning the characteristics of the track. As always the first corner of the race tomorrow will be important to determine if Shinya can overtake other riders and then get into a good rhythm.”
Shinya Nakano – Rider, KONICA MINOLTA Honda (76 laps – 1' 35.389”)
“Today was much drier! Yesterday we had such terrible weather, so thankfully the conditions were much better today. This morning our problem was that we couldn't get a good feeling from the bike. Maybe it was due to the track conditions and also the settings. We improved a little bit this afternoon, but we are still looking for more braking stability and rear traction overall. Having had some time on the track, I enjoy it a lot, but it's harder to learn than some tracks, thanks to the combination of low and high-speed corners. We may try a different front setting tomorrow to get more confidence under braking.
I will need a good start tomorrow as at Misano it's not easy to overtake as it is a high-speed but narrow track.”
Giulio Bernardelle – Technical Director, KONICA MINOLTA Honda
“Thanks to the storm, it was possible only to make a few laps in the wet conditions yesterday morning. This was pretty much for nothing as it wasn't enough time even for Shinya to really get to know the track. Thankfully it was sunny this morning but the temperature was not so high and for this reason we used a softer tyre and spent time working on our machine setting. It was a long, hard practice as we had two hours to work on the RC212V. We had to make a lot of changes, and finally things were coming better. This afternoon the temperature was higher so we could use a race tyre and we improved by more than two seconds. Misano is a narrow track and in some areas it's not so easy to find the best line through the corners. To help we made some transmission changes to see what effect they had on the three consecutive corners in the third sector of the lap. We are still around 0.5 to 0.6 away from a mid-lap time, but we hope that tomorrow morning we can make small adjustments so we can get into the top ten. We will also be choosing our race tyre after seeing what the conditions are likely to be.”
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