Ill Nakano stops early

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Shinya Nakano’s tough start to his Honda MotoGP career continued in Australia today, as sickness restricted the Japanese rider to just 48 laps at Phillip Island.

The illness left Nakano beating a hasty retreat back to his hotel room as he finished slowest of the 13 riders on track Down Under.

A Konica Minolta Honda spokesman said: “Shinya was quite sick today but he wanted to ride as testing is running out before the first race. 

“He should be ok to ride tomorrow after getting plenty of rest.”

Nakano clocked a best of 1.32.23, 1.6s adrift of fastest rider Alex Barros.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt