Nakagami was comfortably the highest Honda rider all through the Jerez weekend, his kind boosted by a change to an older chassis giving him extra rear grip.
The Japanese rider certified fifth and fought his manner by way of to fourth within the latter phases of the Jerez race, piling stress on Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli in third with a robust tempo within the closing laps.
Nonetheless, Nakagami got here up simply brief, leaving him with blended emotions regardless of being “proud” of his outcome.
“I’m proud of myself, the race was fairly powerful and 25 laps was difficult,” he stated.
“However then again I’m very proud and actually completely happy in regards to the efficiency.
“The race tempo was actually quick however we have been in a position to hold the rhythm.
“[I had] a extremely good feeling on the bike from the start to the tip.
“I used to be actually, actually near P3, which is a podium. Combined 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 dissatisfied, 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 dissatisfied however that is racing.
Takaaki Nakagami, Staff LCR Honda
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“However I’m completely happy. We got here again to our place and P4 is an efficient outcome for us.
“We all know now we have now tempo, we have now good pace. So, I’m wanting ahead to Le Mans.”
Nakagami’s cost to fourth included a shocking 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 far [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 battle.
“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’ll be able to see on the correct shoulder a giant black mark as a result of his entrance tyre touched my proper arm. Nevertheless it was a superb transfer.”