Shinya Nakano

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Shinya Nakano
2005 0319 Shinya Nakano.jpg
Shinya Nakano
Nationality Japanese
Born October 10, 1977
Tokyo
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1998 - 2008
First race 1998 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 2008 MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix
First win 1999 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last win 2000 250cc Valencia Grand Prix
Team(s) Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
168 6 21 5 9 1282

Shinya Nakano (中野 真矢 Nakano Shin'ya?, born in Tokyo on October 10, 1977, and brought up in Chiba) is a retired Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Superbike rider.[1] He is not related to the former Formula One racer Shinji Nakano.

Early years[edit]

Nakano was All-Japan 250cc champion in 1998, the highlight of a long career in both 125cc and 250cc Japanese national championships.[2] Nakano moved to international competition full-time in 1999, adjusting to 250cc Grand Prix racing quickly, finishing fourth overall with five podium finishes.[1] In 2000 Nakano and team-mate Olivier Jacque battled with Daijiro Kato for the title, which ultimately went to Jacque.[1] Nakano set the fastest 250cc lap at Motegi in 2000, a record that stood until 2008 – the longest standing lap record in the series.

Grand Prix and MotoGP career[edit]

Shinya Nakano riding the Konica Minolta Honda

For 2001 the Tech 3 team moved up to the 500cc World Championship, which would eventually become MotoGP in 2002. Despite having semi-works machinery, Nakano only managed to finish fifth in the championship.[1] Nakano started 2002 on a 500cc two-stroke machine, but the team was able to provide the newer 990cc four-stroke by the end of the season. 2003 was less successful prompting a move to Kawasaki for 2004.[1]

Kawasaki suffered a disastrous debut year with Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt, before the team improved with Nakano on board. The team's first podium came at the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix and two seasons of consistent results earned him a pair of 10th place championship finishes.[1] In 2006 Nakano was able to produce strong qualifying runs but less competitive races, a trait of the Bridgestone tyres. Two jump-start penalties did not help Nakano’s results. At the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, Nakano started on the front row and lead the early laps, before switching to wet tyres too late and not being competitive on them.

For 2007 Nakano joined Konica Minolta Honda. Results were thin in 2007, with only a handful of top 10 qualifying and race results. Rumors began that that Nakano might make the move to the highly competitive World Superbike Championship for the 2008 season. However, Nakano ultimately joined Fausto Gresini's MotoGP team,[3] replacing Toni Elías. Bringing experience with Bridgestone tyres and Honda bikes, he had a solid if unspectacular season, scoring more points in the first half of 2008 than in the whole of 2007.[1] At Brno, Nakano was given the factory spring-valve Honda RC212V, beginning a string of greatly improved results. Nakano left the Gresini team at the end of the 2008 season, following the team's decision to sign Alice Ducati rider Toni Elías for 2009.[4]

World Superbike Championship career[edit]

In 2009, Nakano was signed by Aprilia along with Max Biaggi for their return to the World Superbike Championship after a three year absence. He finished the season in 14th place.[5] On October 28, 2009, Nakano announced that he would be retiring from professional motorcycle racing.[6] The decision followed a season in which he had struggled with injury problems, including a broken collarbone and a neck injury that kept him out of the final three rounds of the season.

Grand Prix career statistics[1][edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points Rank Wins
1998 250cc Yamaha YZR250 JPN
2
MAL ESP ITA FRA MAD NED GBR GER CZE IMO CAT AUS
4
ARG 33 19th 0
1999 250cc Tech 3 Yamaha YZR250 MAL
3
JPN
1
ESP
Ret
FRA
2
ITA
5
CAT
4
NED
5
GBR
3
GER
4
CZE
4
IMO
5
VAL
4
AUS
4
RSA
2
BRA
15
ARG
5
207 4th 1
2000 250cc Tech 3 Yamaha YZR250 RSA
1
MAL
1
JPN
3
ESP
15
FRA
2
ITA
1
CAT
3
NED
3
GBR
7
GER
3
CZE
1
POR
Ret
VAL
1
BRA
4
PAC
2
AUS
2
272 2nd 5
2001 500cc Tech 3 Yamaha YZR500 JPN
5
RSA
4
ESP
4
FRA
11
ITA
8
CAT
4
NED
5
GBR
6
GER
3
CZE
DNS
POR
9
VAL
7
PAC
6
AUS
7
MAL
4
BRA
9
155 5th 0
2002 MotoGP Tech 3 Yamaha YZR500 JPN
Ret
RSA
8
ESP
17
FRA
13
ITA
11
CAT
Ret
NED
8
GBR
10
GER
5
CZE
Ret
POR
12
BRA
Ret
PAC
16
68 11th 0
YZR-M1 MAL
6
AUS
13
VAL
6
2003 MotoGP d'Antin Yamaha YZR-M1 JPN
9
RSA
11
ESP
8
FRA
14
ITA
5
CAT
5
NED
13
GBR
9
GER
7
CZE
14
POR
12
BRA
8
PAC
9
MAL
8
AUS
7
VAL
Ret
101 10th 0
2004 MotoGP Kawasaki ZX-RR RSA
12
ESP
9
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
7
NED
Ret
BRA
9
GER
7
GBR
15
CZE
12
POR
11
JPN
3
QAT
Ret
MAL
8
AUS
12
VAL
7
83 10th 0
2005 MotoGP Kawasaki ZX-RR ESP
5
POR
8
CHN
Ret
FRA
8
ITA
10
CAT
9
NED
8
USA
9
GBR
Ret
GER
6
CZE
12
JPN
Ret
MAL
Ret
QAT
7
AUS
7
TUR
10
VAL
11
98 10th 0
2006 MotoGP Kawasaki ZX-RR ESP
7
QAT
11
TUR
8
CHN
8
FRA
12
ITA
11
CAT
DSQ
NED
2
GBR
Ret
GER
6
USA
Ret
CZE
8
MAL
Ret
AUS
8
JPN
Ret
POR
Ret
VAL
7
92 14th 0
2007 MotoGP Konica Minolta Honda RC212V QAT
10
ESP
10
CHN
13
TUR
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
13
CAT
15
GBR
14
NED
12
GER
Ret
USA
12
CZE
14
RSM
10
POR
11
JPN
16
AUS
13
MAL
16
VAL
14
47 17th 0
2008 MotoGP Gresini Honda RC212V QAT
13
ESP
9
POR
10
CHN
10
FRA
10
ITA
9
CAT
9
GBR
9
NED
8
GER
9
USA
10
CZE
4
RSM
12
IND
17
JPN
8
AUS
5
MAL
5
VAL
7
126 9th 0

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