Takaaki Nakagami saw his hopes of strong finish at the British Grand Prix ended by a crash midway through Sunday’s showpiece at Silverstone. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider started from tenth on the grid and rode well in the first half of the race to put himself on track for another impressive top 10 finish.
However, with 13 laps remaining and when positioned in eighth, the Japanese star made a mistake coming out of turn 16, causing him to lose the front end of his RC213V. Although he was able to rejoin, Taka found himself at the back of the field and had to settle for 17th position when he finally saw the chequered flag.
Takaaki Nakagami: “I didn’t expect this crash during the weekend, from Friday to the warm-up we did a great job and gradually close the gap. I expected our pace to be about 2 minutes high to middle and we made a good start. In the beginning I lost a bit of time with Pol (Espargaro) but once I overtook him I started to recover my pace and followed Jack (Miller) again. But at turn 16, after the apex when I came off the brake and started to touch the throttle, I lost the front grip and had no chance to recover it. I’m very disappointed and sorry for the team because the weekend was not so bad and our pace suggested we could fight for the top seven or eight. But we lost this opportunity and I’m very disappointed in myself, but these things happen in racing because I was pushing.”