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Nakagami: “I don’t know why I can be fast today”

Nakagami: “I don’t know why I can be fast today”

A welcome return to the top of the Moto2™ time sheets for Takaaki Nakagami at the German GP.

Many have seen Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) as an enigma, a great campaign in 2013 had many expecting him to challenge for the title but 2014 saw no podiums at all for the Japanese rider. Since then there have been hints of his former speed, a top five in Free Practice here, a third row start there. It seemed that Nakagami was always on the edge of returning to front runner he once was.

So far 2015 has been a much steadier season for Nakagami, five point scoring finishes including a best result of seventh in Le Mans. Opening practice for the German GP has seen him finish in second overall, just 0.040s behind Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) despite no major set up changes. This will no doubt provide a much needed confidence boost after several tough seasons.

Takaaki Nakagami: “For sure it’s a good feeling on the bike, especially in the morning session. We did the whole session with just one stop and 15 laps. After we pitted it was another 15. In FP2 there was some confusion as my teammate crashed and in the last outing we tried a new tyre. The feeling wasn’t as good as in the morning. Overall it’s a good start to the German GP. Nothing special has changed, there’s just a small change in the setting, simple. I don’t know why I can be so fast today. As always the team has done a great job and we’ll try to continue like this.”

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