10th place finish for Taka Nakagami at #QatarGP
Takaaki Nakagami started the 2022 MotoGP World Championship in solid style with a hard-fought top 10 finish at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider showed patience and consistency to claim 10th position, having begun Sunday’s race from the sixth row of the grid at the Losail International Circuit.
Encouraged by his strong display in FP4 on Saturday, Taka got the fast start he was looking for as he climbed from 16th into 13th spot on the opening lap. With a number of fallers ahead of him, the Japanese star maintained his focus throughout to ensure he saw the chequered flag and secure six valuable championship points.
I started from P16 and I made an amazing start – by turn 1 I was in a good position. Then in sector 1 and sector 2, I just lost my line a little and lost positions, but the beginning of the race was good. During the race, I saw a couple of riders crash in front of me, so I just tried to stay calm and make sure I finished the race. We had good pace, the same as in FP4. I’m quite pleased, it was a little bit difficult on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday we finished in the top 10 and I’m happy to see the team smiling. I want to thank all of them. We’ll work really hard to improve our potential in Indonesia.