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MotoGP Jerez #2: Nakagami targeting podium after extra HRC love

Taka Nakagami has a good relationship with Jerez and his MotoGP weekend was made easier with the extra love shown by HRC bosses in the absence of Marc Marquez after qualifying one.

Takeo Yokoyama, HRC technical manager, elected to spend more time with his countryman in the Idemitsu Honda garage and was able to look at dates in more detail.

It all culminated in Nakagami staying as cool as he could in the searing temperatures and bagging fourth place - his best result yet and he now looks to the podium soon.


"This weekend Marc was not able to do the race and Takeo was many times staying in our garage," said Nakagami, speaking at the track.

"He checked my riding on the data compared to Marc, and gave some advice on how to stop the bike, 'Marc is doing this, let’s try'.

There was very warm support from HRC and this is good for the future. Now I think they understand how important, I finished close to the podium.

"I’m proud but disappointed because it was a Yamaha 1-2-3 and if I got the podium maybe it would be another story. But anyway, I did my best.

"I was following them and compared to the Honda the Yamaha is quite different. For me, it’s really good to understand for the future and to fight for the podium every race."

"Now I start to understand this ’19 bike. It’s a difficult bike but there is a big potential. We can keep learning and always look at Marc’s data and try to understand very well.

"The next will be at another track, completely different, also Marc will come back and I want to keep watching and keep focused on Marc’s data. And if I manage very well, I can fight for the podium very soon."

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