Nakagami was comfortably the highest Honda rider all through the Jerez weekend, his kind boosted by a swap to an older chassis giving him extra rear grip.
The Japanese rider certified fifth and fought his approach by to fourth within the latter levels of the Jerez race, piling strain on Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli in third with a robust tempo within the closing laps.
Nevertheless, Nakagami got here up simply brief, leaving him with combined emotions regardless of being “proud” of his outcome.
“I’m proud of myself, the race was fairly robust and 25 laps was difficult,” he stated. “However alternatively I’m very proud and actually completely happy concerning the efficiency.
“The race tempo was actually quick however we had been in a position to preserve the rhythm. [I had] a very good feeling on the bike from the start to the top.
“I used to be actually, actually near P3, which is a podium. Blended emotions after the race.
“After the race I used to be screaming. 50% I’m proud, actually completely happy, however 50% I used to be… not upset, I don’t understand how I can clarify how I really feel.
“After I got here to the field I used to be crying as a result of I began to consider the primary podium was there. I’m a bit upset however that is racing.
“However I’m completely happy. We got here again to our place and P4 is an effective outcome for us.
“We all know now we’ve tempo, we’ve good pace. So, I’m wanting ahead to Le Mans.”
Nakagami’s cost to fourth included a surprising overtake on the skin of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro on the Sito Pons right-hander, with the pair making slight contact within the transfer.
Explaining the overtake, Nakagami stated: “It was many laps I used to be behind Aleix and I used to be considering the place I might overtake.
“Each lap I used to be considering to go contained in the final nook however after Flip 12 there was at all times a long way [between us].
“Then I noticed Fabio [Quartararo] begin to drop the lap time, then additionally Aleix began to go a number of tenths slower.
“Then I realised that is the purpose and if I miss this level, Mir will come and begin a giant struggle.
“So, I closed my eyes and tried to go inside at Flip four and at Flip 5 tried to shut the door. He tried to remain inside and we touched one another.
“On my leather-based swimsuit you may see on the suitable shoulder a giant black mark as a result of his entrance tyre touched my proper arm. But it surely was a great transfer.”