Nakagami fit for FP1, then new controls

There was a great deal of uncertainty about Takaaki Nagami’s presence in the Motegi GB race. The Japanese rider was, in fact, the unfortunate hero of a bad fall during the first lap of the Aragon GP as he suffered lacerated bruises to his right hand with ligament damage and little fingers.

Immediately after the end of the race, Nakagami headed to Barcelona for Undergo a comprehensive examination Under the supervision of Dr. Xavier Meir, at the end of the visit it was decided to perform an operation.

The surgery was successful and Nakagami was able to travel to Japan in an effort to participate in his home race. For now, however, the pilot LCR . Team He received approval from the Medical Committee to compete only in FP1.

At the end of the only session on Friday, his condition will be reassessed and only then will it be understood whether Takaaki will be able to get on the track as well on Saturday and Sunday.

“Honestly, six hundred percent,” Nakagami said at the press conference. “On Monday I had surgery in Barcelona and after a few days it is difficult to recover fully. After the race I realized that my hands were not in good shape at all.”

“They gave me the green light for FP1, then we will check again and see if I can continue or if I should stop. It will not be easy.”

Takaaki Nakagami, Team LCR Honda

Photo by: Gold and Goose / motorsports pictures

Then the LCR driver explained what happened during the chaotic first lap of Aragon and cleared it Marc Marquez of all counts.

“I tried to get past Mark on the seventh turn and I missed the line a little bit. Then I think he activated the cut and when he did he veered to the left. I tried to avoid him, extending my arm, but it was impossible. I immediately realized it wasn’t Mark’s fault at all, it was An unfortunate episode.

“I got hurt, but it could have been worse. Altogether I was lucky because all the others managed to avoid hitting me and falling in turn.”

This weekend’s weather forecast predicts rain and unsettled weather could be an ally for Nakagami. In fact, the Japanese wouldn’t have to strain his injured hand, but Takaki admitted that he prefers a dry race even for fans.

“Everyone always wants to run in dry conditions, but the forecast is uncertain. There was a heavy rain a few days ago. From a physical point of view, the rain will help me because I will try to reduce the braking, but I will feel sorry for the crowd. We haven’t raced here since 2019, all the fans are waiting for , as well as all the riders, this weekend. Regardless of my problem with my hands, I hope there is sun.”

Nakagmi then admitted that he had good sensations from the new swingarm he had already tried out at Misano, but he wasn’t sure if the machine would also be certified in Japan due to his precarious physical condition.

“I tried Swingarm Calix in Misano and the impression was positive, I immediately felt good. Mark tried it in Aragon and I think he also gave positive feedback. We will see if we can install it this weekend, but it all depends on my hands. If I can push We will be able to make all necessary assessments.”