Takaaki Nakagami says he was left with “blended emotions” after ending simply 0.690s away from a maiden rostrum consequence within the Spanish Grand Prix.
Nakagami reverted to the ’20 spec Honda RC213-V for the Jerez encounter following crunch talks with Honda relating to his powerful first three occasions of the marketing campaign forward of the weekend, the Japanese ace instantly exhibiting improved kind in Spain as he topped FP3 earlier than qualifying a powerful fifth.
He managed to again up his pre-race tempo throughout the 25-lap Jerez contest as he lapped shut in efficiency to the chief all through, even closing onto the rear of third-placed Franco Morbidelli within the closing phases earlier than working out of time-matching his greatest ever MotoGP results of fourth within the course of.
He was additionally the very best categorised Honda pilot as the sphere took the chequered flag, crossing the road simply over seven second away from ninth-placed Marc Marquez in the long run.
The LCR rider admitted he had “blended emotions” regardless of his efficiency upswing after his tough begin to the ’21 time period, Nakagami’s look ahead to a primary ever podium look persevering with onwards in the direction of Le Mans in two weeks time the place he feels he has “good potential” for an additional sturdy run.
“I had blended emotions after the race, however general I’m pleased with myself for my efficiency this weekend as a result of we struggled within the earlier races,” stated Nakagami.
“Right here in Jerez we positively discovered the appropriate route and a very good feeling on the bike from Friday, the race tempo was fairly quick however we have been in a position to observe the main guys.
“For a lot of laps I used to be behind Aleix (Espargaro) and looking for a spot to overhaul him, however each lap I couldn’t discover a place to do it and I used to be working out of concepts.
“However then Fabio (Quartararo) began to drop again in the direction of us, and since the leaders had all break up into three teams I realised it was the final likelihood to have the ability to perhaps overtake the riders forward.
“I attempted to overhaul Aleix at Flip 4 however then bought him at 5, then I might get Fabio at Flip six (straight after) so this (overtake) was a very good one.
“On the finish of the race I attempted to push arduous to catch Franco (Morbidelli), however in the long run we missed the six-tenths to get the primary podium, however P4 remains to be an important consequence anyway so I’ve blended emotions however I’m trying ahead to Le Mans as I do know now we have good potential.”