The d'Ant?n Yamaha Team were left smiling this afternoon at Estoril when rider Shinya Nakano shot to sixth on the grid, despite still suffering from his hospitalising accident at Brno three weeks ago.

The result isn't the best by the Japanese rider so far this season, but it was certainly the toughest: Nakano had to ride while enduring considerable pain from his right shoulder, and was third fastest in the final minutes, before being bumped down in the last lap reshuffle.

"It's a very good result bearing in mind my physical condition," said Shinya, who will visit Dr. Costa again tomorrow before starting the race. "Today I was very confident riding the bike and lap by lap I was pushing harder. I enjoyed very much the last lap. Both the bike and I are at 80 per cent, but I aim to improve this in tomorrow's warm-up and hope to make a good race."

"We have changed some little things from the morning and it seems that they had worked," stated technical director Naoya Kaneko. "We have mainly focussed in the throttle connection with the rear tyre, but we still have to round up the set-up in tomorrow's warm-up. Overall we are very happy with the result because Shinya's still not 100 per cent recovered."

 

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