Nakano to Announce Retirement?

A variety of sources are reporting that "Super" Shinya Nakano wiil announce his retirement from competition at a press conference in Japan tomorrow. Nakano, who raced for the Factory Aprilia team in WSBK this past season, had some good finishes but was plagued by injuries in the latter portion of the year. The highlight of  Nakano's twelve year career on the world scene was probably his 2000 season on the Chesterfield Tech 3 Yamaha 250, where he narrowly lost the 250cc world championship to teammate Olivier Jacque in a near photo finish at the season-ending race at Phillip Island.

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Wow. If this is true this makes me terribly sad. With the right equipment Nakano could really make an impact. Unfortunately, he got straddled with JIR which I am not sure has any idea how to set up a bike.

His 200mph crash on the Mugello straight will always be etched in my mind. He deserved a better ride than what he got in MotoGP.