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January 11, 2007

Konica Minolta Sponsors the World's Most Prominent
Motorcycle Road Racing, "MotoGP Class," as
"KONICA MINOLTA Honda" Team Again in 2007

Tokyo (January 11, 2007) - Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. has decided to participate in the World Championship "MotoGP Class"--the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world for consecutive three years since 2005 under the same team name -- "KONICA MINOLTA Honda" team. This year, the Japanese top class rider, Shinya Nakano will race with this team and will continue to challenge 2007 championship.

The MotoGP is a motor sports event enjoying top exposure levels in countries around the world in terms of broadcasting frequency. The event is also noted for a vast number of visitors, approximately 2.2 million, to the circuits during the season. It is one of the three most popular sporting events in Europe, along with the F1 and soccer, and in recent years, it is becoming more well-known in Japan as well. The "speedy, youthful and powerful" image of the MotoGP race matches the corporate image of Konica Minolta, which is aiming to provide innovative and creative products and services. The company also has confidence in that sponsoring the MotoGP will serve to further bolster its brand worldwide.

MotoGP, promoted by FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme), is the world's most prominent series of annual motorcycle road racing event held worldwide. Its official name is "FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix." The MotoGP has three categories - 125cc class for racing machines under 125cc, 250cc class for racing machines under 250cc, and MotoGP class for four-stroke machines under 800cc. Through regulation changes in MotoGP class, engine capacity has been reduced from 990cc to a maximum of 800cc from this season. The "KONICA MINOLTA Honda" team will participate in the premier "MotoGP Class."

The racing events will take place in "Twin Ring Motegi" in Japan, and such circuits as Sachsenring (Germany), Jerez (Spain), and Assen (Netherlands) in Europe. We are expecting further increase in its popularity in Asia and the U.S.A. as well as in Europe.

MotoGP is the world's most prominent motorcycling events for its "Speed," "High Technology," and "Internationality." In terms of "Speed," the machines compete in maximum speed of more than 300km per hour, which is the same level as F1. In terms of "High Technology," it is a fusion of top-notch engine and machine technologies, and also the combination of human wisdom and technology. In terms of "Internationality," starting with European countries, it is widely broadcasted in about 200 countries and viewed by 5.2 billion enthusiastic racing fans.

About "KONICA MINOLTA Honda" Team

Title sponsor Konica Minolta
Machine Honda RC212V
Rider Shinya Nakano
Team Management JiR (Japan Italy Racing)

Profile of Rider, Shinya Nakano

Date of birth  -  October 10, 1977

Place of birth  -  Tokyo, Japan

Residence  -  Chiba, Japan

Origin of the given name  -  To grow up straight as an arrow

Height  -  167cm

Weight  -  58kg

Blood type  -  O

Hobbies  -  Sports in general, driving a car

1983 Started to ride on a pocket bike at the age of five
1995 Started his career in All Japan Road Race Championship 125cc class
1997 Started his career in All Japan Road Race Championship 250cc class
1998 Became champion in All Japan Road Race Championship 250cc class (Eight wins in nine races)
1999 Participated in the World Championship 250cc class
Won "Rookie of the Year" and took his first victory at Japan GP
2002 Started his career in the World Championship MotoGP (Positioned 11th in the world ranking)
2005 Participated in the World Championship MotoGP (Positioned 10th in the world ranking)
2007 Scheduled to participate in the World Championship MotoGP (Moved to "KONICA MINOLTA Honda" team)

About JiR

Official name Japan Italy Racing
Location Place des Moulins-Le Continental-B98000-Principaute 'de Monaco
General Manager Gianluca Montiron

MotoGP Schedule for 2007

  Date Circuits
1 March 10th Qatar (Losail)
2 March 25th Spain (Jerez)
3 April 22nd Turkey (Istanbul)
4 May  6th China (Shanghai)
5 May 20th France (Le Mans)
6 June 3rd Italy (Mugello)
7 June 10th Catalunya (Catalunya/Spain)
8 June 24th United Kingdom (Donington Park)
9 June 30th Netherlands (Assen)
10 July 15th Germany (Sachsenring)
11 July 22nd U.S.A.(Laguna Seca)
12 August 19th Czech Rep. (Brno)
13 September 2nd San Marino & Della Riviera Di Rimini (Misano/Italy)
14 September 16th Portugal (Estoril)
15 September 23rd Japan (Twin Ring Motegi)
16 October 14th Australia (Phillip Island)
17 October 21st Malaysia (Sepang)
18 November 4th Valencia (Valencia/Spain)

WEB site

We will timely introduce Shinya Nakano's talk about the Grand Prix events, photo gallery, wallpaper for downloading and so forth within our WEB site


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