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Q&A: Gianluca Montiron (Konica Minolta).

What is your opinion on Nakano's results this year?

Gianluca Montiron:
Regarding the sportive result I'm not satisfied; this year we have lost the advantage that we had with Honda until last year and even if we had great expectations we need to face the results and to evaluate the second part of the championship that could determine the future strategy. I believe this year is a transitory period for us linked to the new technical revolution.

What is your opinion about the future?

We are one of very few Teams that keep the same title sponsor for the last three years and we have been able to create a very good synergy with an attractive MotoGP programme with all the Konica Minolta branches around the world and they are integral part of our sportive project. My target will be to continue in this direction.

Can you give us your opinion about Shinya Nakano?

He is a very professional rider and a serious person. He is one of the last Japanese competitive riders and I really trust in his potential but a series of circumstances didn't give him the possibility to show his talent using Honda machine: at the moment he is not able to cover the technical problems.

What about your personal future?

My target for a long term programme will be to collaborate with a manufacturer; I'm interested to remain in MotoGP and also to do something for the future riders' generation. Using all the experience I've acquired, also having worked several years in the Aprilia racing department, I'm very motivated to make a step forward now, creating an interesting sport programme. In the past we could discover some young talents as Biaggi, Rossi and Melandri, thanks to the investments of the Italian manufacturers committed in the minor categories and in the various national championships.

At the moment only the Spanish Championship is able to make young talents emerge thanks to the high competitiveness reached, so, it is necessary to look ahead and let a new rider generation grow through highly competitive championships. This is my commitment for the future in a medium-long term. My goal is to create a sport project with a commercial vision for the investors of the different bike associations is essential as well as working in a direct contact with the manufacturers.

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Ngoli Desmodromic - Unregistered

August 03, 2007 3:43 AM

HRC were caught out by the rule change and for once are on the back foot.The RC212V does not enjoy the advantages the RC211V did and so their satellite teams,with the exception of factory supported Melandri at Gresini,are suffering quietly in HRC servitude.What can they really say ? The bike is underpowered,was so designed around Pedrosa that the bigger riders couldn't even tuck behind the fairing and the behaviour of the bike has led to massive front end issues for everyone EXCEPT WEE DANI.In deference to HRC heirarchy,the riders can't say much but Melandri did say "F%ck this" after Jerez,good man.Good luck.HRC will be trying pneumatic valves - oh wait,Aprilia debuted them in 2002 . . .

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