Takaaki Nakagami was eager to finish the season on a excessive notice in Portimão, having fallen in two of the three earlier races, at MotorLand Aragón, the place he began from pole, then in Valencia, whereas he was vying for his first podium in MotoGP.
Still on the bottom in Free Practice 4, the LCR workforce driver suffered from his left hand throughout qualifying, concluded in eleventh place, however he however ensured that the ache was good “a little disturbing in some bends” and that she was not the trigger of this end result beneath his expectations.
In the race, Nakagami gained solely two positions in the primary ten laps, earlier than passing ten extra laps in ninth place. The finish of the race was extra vigorous because the Japanese took benefit of the struggles in entrance of him to realize three positions in a few moments, in the primary sequence of turns of the circuit, earlier than overtaking Andrea Dovizioso and seeing the end in fifth place. with which he’s glad.
“It wasn’t easy from 11th place on the grid”, he confided after the arrival. “There was a big group right from the start of the race. Anyway, I did my best the whole race. I also had good lap times at the end. I think I did. my best time on lap 23, which is pretty good. It was really hard, really hard to have a strategy. At least I did my best in the race. It’s still a fifth place. I’m pretty happy with the result and the performance in the race. It’s good to finish the 2020 season with a good result, so I’m happy. “
In the 12 Grands Prix he has seen this season, Nakagami has at all times been ranked in the highest 10 and he has seen the end twice in fourth place, which stays his best end result in the class to this present day. Queen. Although he did barely worse on the Algarve circuit, he considers this final race to be “perhaps“his best of the 12 months, because of the tempo displayed.
“I’m happy with my performance in the race. It was a big fight but you know I did my best and I’m pretty happy to have finished at the front of the group and very close to Pol [Espargaró]. It was good, a good race. Perhaps [que les meilleures ont été] the second race of Jerez and Portimão “, he held again.
This fifth place was nevertheless inadequate in the face of the victory of Miguel Oliveira, in opposition to whom he was competing for ninth place in the championship. It is due to this fact lastly tenth that the Japanese rider has completed this season, undeniably his best in MotoGP, with all the identical 42 factors greater than final 12 months.