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Nakamoto urges Honda to keep pushing

Shuhei Nakamoto wants his Repsol Honda team to remain focused into the second-half of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship season.
HRC principal Shuhei Nakamoto insists his team cannot afford to get complacent in the fight for the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, despite winning seven of the opening ten races this season.

Heading into the second-half of the year, Casey Stoner currently leads the standings with five wins, but his advantage is being pegged back at 20 points to Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who has matched his rival for consistency, even if he has won just two races in comparison.

Indeed, though Honda is already enjoying its most successful MotoGP season since 2006 (when it won eight races over an entire year), Nakamoto remains wary of the threat coming from Lorenzo, labelling him as a 'tough competitor'.

“Honda has won seven out of ten races so far. Considering we only won four in the whole of the last season, you'd think we have it in the bag. But Lorenzo is a very tough competitor. He's not going to give up, and I think we will continue to see a pattern of wins and losses for the rest of the season.

“A single slip could upset the whole championship battle. We're going to be treating every race with the utmost seriousness, concentrating on avoiding any mistakes that could cost us points.”

Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, though Nakamoto is delighted with Honda's upturn in form this season, one that sees it occupy first, third and fourth in the standings, he is particularly eager to see an all-Honda podium before the year is out.

“We are facing some pretty strong competition so I can't say it [all-Honda podium] will be easy to pull it off. On the other hand, it's a dream we've been chasing for some time and we'll be going all out in the remaining races, to try and realise that dream as soon as we can, and also of course to take the Championship. I hope you all will keep following our progress and helping us with your support.”

Despite its success, Honda is tipped to return to a two-man factory Repsol team made up of Stoner and Dani Pedrosa in 2012, with Andrea Dovizioso switching to LCR Honda and Marco Simoncelli remaining at Gresini Honda.



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dinga - Unregistered

August 05, 2011 11:24 AM

Pedrosa has zero chance of winning this year, he sits 83 points behind Stoner with 8 rounds remaining. He would need Stoner to not take a point in 4 of those races, the best he can do is start looking to take some points out of Lorenzo and help Honda secure that title, same goes for Dovi. The main problem that has been for Honda this year is having 4 factory bikes that have been taking points out of each other (or in Sic's case taking out the riders literally) and helping Lorenzo. They are lucky that Spies hasn't had a consistent season as this would help Lorenzo more. Realistically if they are serious about winning this year they need to become bloody minded about it now at this point, they have only one rider with a chance to lift the title.

LCTanner,why is Stoner desperate? I fail to see any desperation in his actions this year.Can you explain exactly what you mean by desperate? There is only one team in the paddock right now who are desperate for some kind of a victory and it is not Honda.Know what i mean? I think the only people who are going to look like complete TW...S this season,are the ones who stated that Stoner was not riding the Ducati hard enough and that they could put the bike right in 80 seconds.



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