18 April 2021 | Portuguese GP Race
Taka Nakagami showed all of his bravery and skill to claim a brilliant top 10 finish at the Portuguese GP. Despite starting from the back of the grid, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider battled through the field to claim 10th position in Sunday’s race at Portimao.
After being forced to sit out qualifying on Saturday due to pain from his collarbone injury, the Japanese star declared himself fit to race. It proved to be the right choice as he made a fast start and then rode through the pain barrier to end a difficult weekend in superb style.
Takaaki Nakagami – 10th
“Well, it was a really hard race, starting from last position, considering also that this weekend we couldn’t do many laps because of my physical condition. I was happy to have tried to race. It was really difficult to overtake many riders, but right from the start I tried to be strong. At the end, I enjoyed the race, I did not expect P10. I was thinking that even just one point would be good, but in the end, we finished 10th which is really good. Now, I need to rest to be ready for Jerez. That’s the most important thing for me. I want to thank Clinica Mobile, they did a really fantastic job these past few days and of course, I’d like to thank my team, for their support, the good vibes in the garage I think also contributed to making this possible“