Shinichi Ito ready for an emotional race at Motegi

2011-10-01 08:15
Tomorrow, Shinichi Ito will experience one of the most emotional races of his career in the Japanese Grand Prix.

The HRC test rider, riding for Team HRC this weekend after four years of retirement, will start the race from the last row on the grid. Unfortunately, he lost valuable time to work on the set up of his RC212V machine this morning when he crashed after just four laps, and in the afternoon he was unable to improve his lap time from yesterday.

Ito will aim to improve the feeling in tomorrow's warm up and finish the race to honour the Japanese victims of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.

SHINICHI ITO – 19th 1'49.971

"After this morning's crash, I lost some confidence and was unable to find the pace I needed for qualifying. I worked hard to find a good setting but I wasn't able to get the best possible. Tonight, I will speak together with my technician and we will try to find a solution tomorrow morning in warm up. Apart from this, the atmosphere here in the paddock is very nice, I like it very much and I'm so happy to be here as a GP rider. We will do our best tomorrow to have a good race"

Source: Honda Racing Team

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