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Taka Nakagami takes points in Jerez, whereas Johann Zarco has an unlucky weekend for LCR Honda

Unlucky Sprint for Johann Zarco in Jerez
CASTROL Honda LCR rider Johann Zarco crashed on Saturday’s Sprint in Jerez. At the very last corner of the last lap, when he was about to cross line 5th, and while trying to defend his position, Frenchman Zarco crashed. He managed to rejoin and finish 11th, proving his commitment.
The rider had carried out a tremendous Sprint after classifying 13th this morning, and he would have been the first Honda on the timesheets. Despite the crash, his strong performance in the Sprint gives us optimism for the upcoming races.
Johann Zarco 11th
“It was a thrilling battle out there. In the last two laps, I pushed hard to keep up with my rivals, and on the final lap, I managed to create a gap. However, one of my competitors made a move and overtook me, leading to my crash when I tried to regain my position. This is part of racing; we’ll try again tomorrow.”
Demanding Sprint for Nakagami in Jerez
IDEMITSU Honda LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami has finished 10th on Saturday’s Sprint in Jerez. After struggling during the qualifying session, Nakagami faced a comeback Sprint starting from the 24th spot on the grid. Due to a lack of feeling with the bike’s front end alongside tricky conditions on track, the Japanese crossed the line 10th, almost getting to the points.
Taka Nakagami – 10th
“Today’s Sprint was chaotic; there were many crashes. I tried to analyze the situation and avoid mistakes as the conditions were tricky. I did my best, and after the gathered information, we’ll make some small modifications to take a step forward on tomorrow’s race.”
Difficult Race for Zarco in Jerez
CASTROL Honda LCR rider Johann Zarco crashed in Jerez on Sunday’s race. After a solid start to the race, Frenchman Zarco was fighting for the points when a contact with another rival caused him to crash. It was declared a race incident, and the rider didn’t suffer any consequences, which was the most important thing.
Johann and the crew took a step forward over the weekend. Despite the race setbacks, their performance has improved significantly, giving hope for the following events.
Johann Zarco – DNF
“One of my rivals tried to overtake me, but he was late on the maneuver, lost the front, and hit my bike. These things can happen; it was a race incident. We’d done a good job until that moment, which is positive. We’ll keep pushing to improve and consistently fight for the points.”
Nakagami Takes Points in Jerez
IDEMITSU Honda LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami finished 14th on Sunday in Jerez. Facing an intense comeback race from the 24th spot on the grid, Japanese Nakagami made a good start and consistently recovered positions as the laps went by. Despite the difficulties over the weekend, the rider has proved his determination and passion for this circuit, as he’s crossed the line 14th, grabbing points for the classification.
Taka Nakagami 14th
“It was a tough race; however, I had a consistent pace. The main issue was the lack of front feeling, but we are working hard to fix it. Tomorrow, we’ve got a test, which would be crucial to deciding which areas can improve for the next Grand Prix.”

Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2024 in News

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