The D'Ant?n Yamaha Team heads to Brazil eager to erase the memory of their last two outings, where their results were largely determined by the after effects of Shinya Nakano's huge highside at the Czech GP.

However, after receiving electric shocks on his injured shoulder in the two weeks since Estoril, the Japanese is cautiously confident he'll be back in fighting form for this Saturday's race.

"I've been in France under medical examination and I think I'll be 100 per cent recovered for the Pacific GP," explained Shinya, who sustained tendon damage in his right shoulder during his Brno accident. "I'm having electric shock treatment and come to Brazil looking forward for a good result, but until Thursday I wont really know how I feel on the bike."

Nakano was ninth at Rio in 2001 during his debut campaign in the premier class, but didn't finish last year's race - something he will need to do this year to keep his 100% finish record in 2003 alive.

Fortunately for Nakano, Brazil has frequently been good to Yamahas: The marque has taken three Brazilian GP victories: Eddie Lawson in 1988, when it was held at Goiana, Wayne Rainey won in 1992, at Interlagos and Luca Cadalora in 1995 at current venue Jacarepagua. In the last few years, Yamahas have boasted pole positions and podium finishes.

"Jacarepagua is a good circuit for our bike," confirmed technical director Naoya Kaneko. "Shinya is not totally recovered from his shoulder injuries but we expect a good result here. It is a flowing circuit without hard braking, it's a bit bumpy but we hope Shinya won't have big pain during the race so he can be up front."

 

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