Takaaki Nakagami notched up another top 10 finish in the MotoGP class as he took ninth position at the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday. Starting from 13th on the grid, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider produced a consistent performance to guarantee a strong points finish in a race that was delayed by 45 minutes following further rainfall in Brno.
After going 11th fastest in warm-up, Nakagami and the rest of the field had to play a waiting game as officials opted to delay the scheduled start due to the inclement conditions. Once underway, Taka started well start and then lapped in tenth for most of the race before getting the better of Pol Espargaro in the closing stages to secure ninth spot.
Takaaki Nakagami: “It was really hard to concentrate because I think everyone was ready to go and then we had a 40-minute delay. I tried to stay focused, then I made a good start and at the beginning I was behind Cal and tried to follow him. It was a tough race, it was hard to keep the lap times and maintain your position. I was always P10 but at the end I had a chance to pass Pol (Espargaro), so it’s not a fantastic result but I’m happy to finish another race in the top 10. It’s very important for us and I must continue to try and keep improving my riding. We have a test tomorrow and we have some ideas to try, so let’s keep working hard for the next race.”