Taka Top Honda on day one in Spielberg
Takaaki Nakagami ended the opening day of free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix in 4th position on the timesheets after a mix of conditions in Spielberg. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider underlined his impressive speed at the Red Bull Ring in FP1 before rain complicated matters in the afternoon.
Following his impressive 5th place last week, Taka was quickly back in the groove on Friday morning as he finished a dry FP1 session as the leading Honda in fourth. Heavy rain ahead of FP2 ensured the riders were unable to improve their times and the Japanese star posted the 12th fastest lap on a drying circuit.
“P4 is a good result and we had a good feeling on the bike which is the most important thing. In FP2, same as last weekend, we had rainy conditions, but we had a much better feeling than last weekend. We need to improve some areas in wet conditions, but in the dry conditions we are going well and are really looking forward to qualifying. The most important session will be FP3, we need to stay in the top 10 and be ready for the qualifying session.” – Takaaki Nakagami – 4th (1’23.790)