Nakagami throws away career-first win

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Nakagami throws away career-first win
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Takaaki Nakagami was left bitterly disappointed in France on Sunday, having lost the chance of his maiden career victory because of an unforced error at Musee corner.

Just a handful of laps after Tuenti HP 40 teammates Esteve Rabat and Pol Espargaro had fallen in harmony, Nakagami found himself with a three-second advantage at the front of the field. However all was to turn sour for the Japanese rider, who saw the front end of his Italtrans Racing Team bike slip away from him when drifting wide.

“It was just a small mistake at Turn 5,” Nakagami, who had achieved a career-first podium in the Qatar Grand Prix earlier this season, told motogp.com. “I entered and went off-line a little but. I tried to get it back but after a few metres dropped the front wheel and crashed out. That crash was a very, very small mistake from myself but I’m really disappointed with it. I lost the race and I thought I could have won it.

“Now we just have to think positively. I’m really sorry for the team and for the fans. The grip and temperatures were very low and it was very slippery. It was a very difficult situation; I saw many riders crashing and going off the track. Now we just have to think about Mugello. Congratulations to those three guys (on the podium).”

The loss of a potential 25 points resulted in Nakagami leaving Le Mans with the same sum of 29 with which he had arrived. He is now placed eighth in the Moto2™ standings.

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