The Australian venue of Phillip Island will round out the 2003 MotoGP World Championship's fly-away 'Asian' tour this weekend, with d'Ant?n Yamaha's Japanese rider Shinya Nakano looking forward to a good result at a track he knows well - and which fits his riding style to a tee.

Phillip Island is a flowing track, where a high corner speed is something crucial. It's also the second fastest track of the MotoGP calendar, after Assen, with an average speed of 178.297kph (110.789mph).

"I know well Phillip Island and I'm looking forward to make a good race there," Nakano said, "I hope to be doing okay in practice and the qualifying sessions to take the best possible position on the grid. I'm anxious to get a good result before going back to Europe for the end of the season."

"Phillip Island should be good for us," confirmed team manager Kaneko, "It is a flowing track, with only two hard braking corners. The corner speed is crucial, but Shinya does it very well. I am hoping for stable weather conditions, though, because rain won't be good for us."

Immediately after last Sunday's race at Sepang, the d'Ant?n Yamaha team crew packed its equipment into crates for two massive Boeing 747 jets, chartered to transport the 44 teams' freight, to fly it from one country to another. This process has to be made in a record time because the payload needs to arrive in Australia, clear customs and get to the track by Tuesday evening.

This process will be carried out one more time, albeit with a little less haste, this Sunday, after the Australian GP, when almost 300 tons of freight will be back in Europe for the season ending 2003 MotoGP World Championship GP in Valencia, on 2 November.

 

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