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Shinya Nakano recovering in Barcelona

Shinya Nakano recovering in Barcelona

Shinya Nakano recovering in Barcelona

Other than current series leader Valentino Rossi, Shinya Nakano is the only rider to have scored points in every round of the 2003 MotoGP World Championship so far. The Japanese rider maintained his excellent record at Brno last weekend, finishing the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky in fourteenth place despite a huge crash in the second official free practice session which saw him airlifted to hospital by helicopter. Nakano spent the rest of Saturday afternoon in a hospital bed but was incredibly back on board his Yamaha M1 on Sunday morning.

I felt comfortable from the start at Brno because we had tested there one month earlier, explained the former engineering student. I was third fastest in the first free practice and eighth on the provisional grid but everything went wrong on Saturday morning when the rear wheel lost grip and I highsided. I was knocked out, hurt my head and my hip and suffered short term memory loss from the concussion, but thankfully I didnt break anything.

On Sunday morning my hip was still hurting a lot but I went out and felt good to race, although I was careful opening the throttle into that corner!! It was a real shame because I was hopeful of doing well at Brno and I felt so comfortable before the crash. Even so, I was happy to finish the race and pick up some more points. I am very thankful to Dr. Costa and all the people who helped me. Now I am back at my flat in Barcelona, resting and trying to get back in good shape for Estoril.

MotoGP, 2003, Shinya Nakano

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