MotoGP 2023
Round 5

Takaaki Nakagami takes ninth position in Le Mans

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LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami has finished 9th at the Grand Prix of France.

Takaaki Nakagami takes ninth position in Le Mans

The 27 laps-race in Le Mans has been one of the season's most exciting, challenging, and demanding, and Takaaki Nakagami has managed to be clever and not make mistakes. He made a good start and set a pace that allowed him to study rivals and make the most of the situation. Being constant and not losing concentration, the Japanese rider crossed the line 9th, scoring some valuable points for the championship.

LCR Honda CASTROL rider Alex Rins hasn’t finished the race at the Grand Prix of France due to a crash when fighting for the Top 10.

A disappointing feeling to close the weekend. Overall, it’s been one of the most challenging races of the season so far, in which difficulties in the braking area have prevented Alex and the crew from fighting for their goal. Today, starting from the 18th spot of the grid, Alex did a good start and recovered some positions. The rider was setting a solid pace when he lost the front at turn 9, 13 laps to the end. He’s fine and hasn’t suffered any consequences.

Takaaki Nakagami
Takaaki Nakagami 30
It’s been a tough race as from the first lap, I struggled to find the best feeling to push. I was quite on the limit and managed the situation to avoid mistakes or crashes. Our goal was the Top10 and we've taken it, we've done a good job. It was difficult at the braking areas. We’ll analyze the data to take a step forward in Mugello because we know we have potential.

Alex Rins
Alex Rins 42
I made a good start and was trying to recover positions as we had found something that made me feel comfortable on the bike, but after the 14th lap, the front end got closed, and I crashed. I was struggling with the rear side of the bike. However, this is part of racing, and we’ll keep pushing in Mugello.

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