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Points for Johann Zarco while Takaaki Nakagami finishes 19th in Qatar for LCR Honda

First MotoGP Sprint with Johann Zarco with LCR Team
CASTROL Honda LCR rider Johann Zarco has finished 16th on Saturday’s Sprint at the Lusail International Circuit. Starting from the 13th position of the grid, Frenchman Zarco faced the 11 laps Sprint, and despite losing some positions on the first lap, he immediately recovered his spot and fought for the Top 10. However, a lack of feeling with the bike at the last stages prevented him from nailing the job, and finally crossed the line 16th. The team will now analyze the data to make a step forward ahead of Sunday’s race.
Johann Zarco – 16th
“Despite the last two laps, in which I’ve lost some positions, the Sprint has been quite optimistic for us. I’ve managed to fight, be in the game with my rivals, and gather much information. At the end of the Sprint, I felt some chattering, which didn’t allow me to get to the points. Considering this has just been the first Sprint, we are working on the right way, and we are making progress session after session.”
Nakagami finishes the MotoGP Sprint in Qatar
IDEMITSU Honda LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami has completed Saturday’s Sprint at the Lusail International Circuit, crossing the line 19th. Starting from the 19th spot of the grid, the Japanese had to face a comeback Sprint to grab some points and despite making a good start and fighting against rivals, he felt some chattering at the last laps and couldn’t recover positions. To look at the bright side, Sprint’s information will be helpful to make a step forward ahead of tomorrow’s race.
Taka Nakagami – 19th
“I had a good pace during the Sprint and felt quite good until the end when I started to suffer due to some chattering. In any case, we’ve seen some positives today, and overall, many riders have struggled today for the same reason. We’ve improved our base, which is important. Let’s see how Sunday’s race goes. Our goal is to get to the points.”
Johann Zarco takes points in Sunday’s race in Qatar
CASTROL Honda LCR rider Johann Zarco has finished 12th at the Lusail International Circuit. After a difficult start to the race, Frenchman Zarco performed cleverly during the 21-lap distance: he studied the situation, pushed and fought against rivals, and overtook them on his way to battling for the Top 10 positions. He crossed the line 12th, grabbing the first points with LCR already in the first race, and he finished as the first Honda bike in the standings.
Johann Zarco 12th
“Today’s 12th position is proof that we’ve got potential. I’ve had fun during the race and being there in the fight means we can do a good job this season. Many thanks to the team for its work throughout the weekend; I know that step by step, we’ll reach our goals.”
Demanding race for Nakagami in Qatar
IDEMITSU Honda LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami finished 19th on Sunday in Qatar. Starting from the 19th spot on the grid, Nakagami had to face a comeback race to try and get to the points. Despite a consistent pace, the rider missed some feeling to push and couldn’t improve as the laps went by, finding difficulties in overtaking riders. After this weekend, the rider and the team are committed to finding a solution ahead of the second race in Portimao.
Taka Nakagami – 19th
“I’m disappointed with myself because although we’ve had a difficult weekend, I wanted to do better and get a positive result for me and the team. We’ll now get to Portimao with some data to try and improve, and reach our goals.”

Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2024 in News

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