De Angelis lifts Gresini with fourth
1 June 2008 – Alex De Angelis was one of the star performers at the Italian Grand Prix today, delighting over 90,000 home fans with an incredible charge through the field at Mugello. The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider brought his Bridgestone-shod Honda RC212V home in fourth place - the best result of his rookie MotoGP season so far.
"I am so happy with this result - this has been an unforgettable day for me," said de Angelis. "I was fastest in the warm-up and then we've had this fantastic result in the race. We knew that the bike was running really well but we were a little down on top speed and we weren't sure we could stick it out with the other riders in the early battle. I made a disastrous start and was down in fourteenth at the first turn but I refused to give in and at one point I even thought I was in with a shout of a podium because Pedrosa had lost touch with Stoner and he was lapping slower than me. Anyway that wasn't to be and fourth place is a real bonus, especially in front of our home crowd and all the fans who came to support me."
Shinya Nakano commented, "It was a difficult race for us today. The start wasn't bad and I could see the lead group ahead of me so my intention was to try and catch them. Unfortunately I lost too much time behind Nicky Hayden and when you're fighting like that it's hard to keep a consistent rhythm. So basically I lost touch with the group ahead of me and lost the opportunity to finish any higher up. I'm disappointed with the result here but confident about the Catalunya GP."