Taka finishes as top Honda at the Bull Ring
LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami claimed an impressive fifth-placed finish at an incident-packed Grand Prix of Styria. Sunday’s MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring had to be restarted following a dramatic early incident between Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Salvadori, but Nakagami showed his pace and battling qualities to end up narrowly outside the podium places.
Departing from tenth on the grid, Taka made a solid start only for the race to be restarted after three laps with the original grid line-up reinstated. Second time around the Japanese star made quick progress and, after getting the better of LCR team-mate Álex Márquez, battled towards the front of field throughout and was just edged out for fourth by KTM’s Brad Binder.
“I’m really happy with P5, it’s a great result and up to the last corner of the race we were fighting for P4. We had good pace and it was good battle throughout the race and to start from P10 and finish in P5 is quite good. I’m happy about my feeling on the bike and we were able to improve the bike from yesterday. We finished as the top Honda which is the most important thing and I’m really looking forward to the next race here in Austria and we can definitely fight for the top places”. – Takaaki Nakagami – 5th