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Shinya Nakano burst onto the Grand Prix scene in impressive fashion in 1999, racking up five podium finishes in his debut season in the 250cc World Championship. The following year Nakano amassed five race wins and seven podium finishes in the quarter litre class, but missed out on the championship title by a mere 0.014s.



Nakano stepped up to the 500cc World Championship the following year, finishing on the podium in Sachsenring and winning the Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season.

The Japanese rider switched to four-stroke power at the end of 2002, and it was his consistent performances aboard this machine during the 2003 season that brought Nakano to the attention of Kawasaki Racing Team Manager, Harald Eckl.

Eckl convinced the Japanese rider to spearhead Kawasaki's assault on the MotoGP World Championship in 2004 and was rewarded with Nakano scoring the team's first MotoGP podium in Japan and a top ten finish in the championship standings.

Nakano continues with the Kawasaki Racing Team for 2005, and is confident of good results aboard the new big bang version of Kawasaki's Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP Machine.

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Born: 10th October 1977 - Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Nationality: Japanese
Marital status: Single
Residence: Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Height: 167cm / 5'6"
Weight: 58kg / 127lbs
Hobbies: Keeping fit, reading, computers and fishing
First GP: 1998
GP Race Wins: 6 (250cc World Championship)
GP Podiums: 20 (18 x 250cc World Championship and 2 x MotoGP World Championship)
GP Pole Positions: 5 (250cc World Championship)

Career Summary

2005: Kawasaki Racing Team, MotoGP
2004: 10th, MotoGP World Championship (Kawasaki)
2003: 10th, MotoGP World Championship
2002: 11th, MotoGP World Championship
2001: 5th, 500cc World Championship
Rookie of the Year
2000: 2nd, 250cc World Championship
1999: 4th, 250cc World Championship
Rookie of the Year
1998: All Japan 250cc National Champion
1997: 5th, All Japan 250cc National Championship
1996: 6th, All Japan 125cc National Championship
1995: 12th, All Japan 125cc National Championship
1994: Suzuka 4-Hour Endurance Champion
Suzuka Sunday Auto-Bai Race SP250 Champion
3rd, Kanto Regional SP125 Championship
6th, Kanto Regional SP250 Championship
1985: Eastern Kanto Regional Pocket Bike Champion

Source: Kawasaki Racing Team
 
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