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074.21 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Press Release

 CHALLENGING QUALIFYING FOR TAKA AT MISANO23 October 2021 | Emilia Romagna GP Qualifying Takaaki Nakagami will start the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from the sixth row of the grid as conditions once again complicated matters for the MotoGP class at Misano. Having struggled in the wet on Friday, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider was faced with a damp track for much of the day and eventually settled for 17th position overall.

Early rain ensured FP3 was another wet session, although times began to drop in the closing stages. Taka improved his overnight time by over two seconds, but still ended down in 20th and then claimed 14th on a drying surface in FP4. Conditions improved again for Q1, but the Japanese star ultimately placed sixth in a competitive shoot-out featuring the likes of Fabio Quartararo, Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir. Due to a yellow flag, his flying lap ( 1’34.875) was cancelled and he will be starting from the 6th row of the grid, P17.   Takaaki Nakagami – 17th
(1’35.641)
“It was really tricky conditions this afternoon, especially Q1 with only 15 minutes. The beginning of Q1 was more difficult, it was really wet in sector 4, although conditions got better and better towards the end. Lap by lap we were improving the lap time, but it was not enough to stay in the top two and there were so many yellow flags also which made it difficult to concentrate. It’s not what we were expecting for the starting grid, but tomorrow is another day and it will be a dry race so I’ll try my best and hopefully we can make a good race.”

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