A high temperature and fever were Sete Gibernau's main rivals in final qualifying practice for tomorrow's Pacific Grand Prix.

After receiving injections before the session, the Spaniard headed straight to the hotel afterwards in order to recover fully for the race. Showing typical courage, however, Sete hung on to a front row position, in fourth, behind Max Biaggi, Makoto Tamada and Valentino Rossi.

"A tough day," declared the provisional pole sitter. "Instead of battling with the bike and the lap times, I spent today battling against myself. I feel pretty bad physically, I have a fever and it was difficult to hold my concentration. The Clinica Mobile gave me an injection which helped, but I have to recover more because if not then tomorrow will be very tough. Anyway, I was able to get one quick lap in and hold on to the front row. Now I will go and rest in the hotel and hopefully I will be fit enough to fight as I want to."

Meanwhile, team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari was aided by advice from countryman - and former 500cc GP winner - Tady Okada, to improve by over a second this afternoon, but still slipped to 20th out of the 26 riders.

"Thanks to the help of my team and advice from Tady Okada, I am improving my times," said the Japanese. "This morning I improved on my time from yesterday, and this afternoon I improved on my time from this morning. The only thing is that the other riders also improved so I am not too satisfied with my position. I feel in good shape and tomorrow I will do all I can to make the top six."

"(Kiyonari) is on the right lines," said team boss Fausto Gresini. "I think he could be a little higher up in the classification but hopefully he can do that tomorrow in front of the home crowd."

 

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