The three-week break between Brno and Estoril proved not long enough for Shinya Nakano to recover from his huge Czech highside, and yesterday at the Japanese suffered 'unbearable pain' from his injured shoulder and fears the damage sustained may have been greater than first thought.

Nakano was a fighting sixth fastest in qualifying, but during 28 long race laps his injury returned to haunt him - although he fought to the bitter end, overtaking Olivier Jacque for twelfth on the last lap.

"I'm disappointed," winced Nakano. "After the practice sessions I was hopping for something more. I had a good start, but from mid-distance it was impossible for me to brake hard into the turns, the pain in my right shoulder was unbearable.

"This week I'm going to visit my usual doctor in France, he will do an exhaustive check-up because I think that the injury is more serious than we first thought," added the Japanese.

"The positive part of this race is that we didn't loose our position in the riders and manufacturers championship standings, and right now the priority for the team is that Shinya regains his form to be in optimum conditions for the Rio GP," stated team boss Luis D'Antin.

 

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