Courtesy of LCR Honda Team

Takaaki Nakagami battled through the field to claim another top-10 finish in the Czech Republic Grand Prix on Sunday. Starting from down in 17 th on the grid, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider made the most of a strong start to force his way back into contention and ended in eighth place to maintain his consistent start to the revamped 2020 MotoGP season.
Knowing he needed to get away well from the sixth row, the Japanese star did just that and had fought his way up into the top 10 by the third lap. He then did battle with Maverick Viñales before passing another Spaniard, Aleix Espargaro three laps from the end to move into eighth where he remained. Given his difficult starting position, Taka admitted he was satisfied with his result in Brno. Takaaki Nakagami – 8th
“I had a really good start, I was really strong after the first and second lap. I had to be really aggressive to recover positions and keep a strong pace at the beginning. But after five laps I felt the tyre drop and it was very difficult to manage until the end of the race. We did the same as in Jerez, tried not to make any mistakes and stay calm and lap by lap we closed the gap to the front and finished in P8. We were a little bit unlucky yesterday and we started from 17th which makes it a difficult race, but in the end we managed P8 so I’m pretty happy. Thanks to the team, they did a great job all weekend and sorry to the team for yesterday as I made some mistakes.”

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