Takaaki Nakagami on the fourth row in Portimao

Takaaki Nakagami on the fourth row in Portimao

21.11.2020: Portuguese GP Qualifying Takaaki Nakagami had to settle for a place on the fourth row following the qualifying session at the Portuguese Grand Prix. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider looked in good rhythm on Saturday, but saw his momentum interrupted by

Portuguese GP Qualifying



Takaaki Nakagami had to settle for a place on the fourth row following the qualifying session at the Portuguese Grand Prix. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider looked in good rhythm on Saturday, but saw his momentum interrupted by a fall in FP4 and ended up taking 11th position on the grid for Sunday’s race.
 


Sitting in 12th overnight, Taka made full use of more perfect conditions at Portimao to ease straight into Q2 by posting the 5th fastest time in FP3. He then demonstrated strong race pace in FP4 before going down at turn four, just as he had on Friday. Although he walked away uninjured, he was unable to find his best in Q2 as he finished in 11th.





Takaaki Nakagami – 11th
(1’39.531)




“I had a crash during FP4 when we had a really positive feeling on the bike. We prepared two bikes, one with very long gearing – the same as (Stefan) Bradl – which was really positive, I felt really comfortable on it and the lap times were really consistent.

 

Then, for the first time we tried a hard compound on the front, and it was a little bit too hard for us. I lost the front end at the same corner as yesterday. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow because we found good race pace and I think we can fight for a good result in the last race of the 2020 season. As always, I’ll try to do my best until the last moment and hopefully I can get a great result for the team.”





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