Taka Nakagami claims points finish with 15th in #SanMarinoGP
Takaaki Nakagami fought his way to a points finish at the San Marino Grand Prix after a tough 27-lap MotoGP race at Misano. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider showed trademark determination throughout as he ensured he took something from round 14 of the 2022 World Championship on the Rimini Riviera.
Starting from the eighth row, the Japanese star got away well, but had to dodge an incident at the first corner which saw three riders crash out. He then battled with Honda colleague Stefan Bradl for much of the race, pushing hard in the second half and eventually moving up into the points places in the closing stages.
Takaaki Nakagami – 15th
I had a good start, but into turn one, just in front of me, there was a big crash (Pirro and Zarco). I was lucky to avoid it, but lost some positions. Also, at the start of the race it was difficult to find confidence on the bike, I was struggling a lot and the feeling was really bad. In the second part of the race, I was able to push and had some grip and our lap times weren’t too bad, but it was too late then. This weekend was really tough, but we’ll stay positive and Tuesday and Wednesday we have an important test here. We’ll keep working, I’ll get some rest and will be ready for the test.