Nakagami – “I cried” after being six tenths away from podium”

Takaaki Nakagami. Credits: Getty Images.

Takaaki Nakagami finished the Jerez GP in fourth. He said he was happy about the result, but also admitted that he was kind of disappointed since the podium was only six-tenths away. 

Honda struggled a bit at the start of the season, but in Jerez, everything seemed a lot better after that Nakagami managed to put his bike in P4, very close to the podium. 

The Honda rider enjoys Jerez, where he already finished P4 in 2020. Last week it was the third time for him to finish in fourth, after Jerez and Valencia last year. 

“The race pace was really fast but we were able to keep the rhythm and have a really good feeling on the bike from the beginning to the end,” said Nakagami.

“Close to P3 which is a podium, six tenths I think. I have mixed feelings after the race; I was screaming. 50% I was very proud and happy and 50% not disappointed but… I don’t know how to explain how I feel. When I came to the box I cried. I’m happy how we came back, and P4 is a good result for us.”

This year’s conditions at the Spanish venue were much better compared to the one found last year since the race was held in July due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nakagami also admitted that he wanted to give up during last season’s race, underlining how difficult it was. 

“Physical condition was pretty good. Last year it was much worse because of different temperatures, and at the end of the race, I was thinking of giving up. But today was good, no problem and nothing from the injury from Portimao.”

Nakagami was very emotional after the race, and he admitted it when he came back into the box. 

“I don’t know if the TV was following me, but after the race, I cried because I was a bit disappointed to miss the podium.”

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