Impressive Takaaki Nakagami To Start From Third Row In Jerez

Takaaki Nakagami impressed again at the Circuito de Jerez as he qualified at the front of the third row for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider was fast throughout Saturday’s qualifying schedule, claiming 7th in Q2, and looks well-placed to challenge at one of his favourite World Championship venues.

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Takaaki Nakagami

Sitting fifth overnight, Taka ensured automatic progress to Q2 in emphatic style as he went 3rd fastest in FP3, again finishing as the leading Honda, ahead of Marc Marquez in fourth. He showed encouraging race pace as he took 12th in FP4 and then was seventh in a competitive Q2, ensuring he’ll be in the mix from the start tomorrow.

“It was a positive day for us, we did quite a competitive lap time in the morning session and ended up in P3, so got into Q2 easily and then in FP4 – for the race pace – we had good pace and good feeling on the bike which is really important for the race tomorrow. In qualifying, to be honest I was looking for a little bit better position, but I did my best and P7 is not too bad. We’re ready to battle in tomorrow’s race and hopefully we can get a good result.” – Takaaki Nakagami – 7th (1’37.254)

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