MotoGP: Lucio Cecchinello impressed with Nakagami’s improvement
There were some key points to work on this year, and I did expect an improvement but no such a significant one, as displayed in the second part of the season when he showed to be one of the strongest MotoGP riders.”
Nakagami was also the first Japanese rider since Makoto Tamada in 2004 to take a premier class pole position, doing so at the Teruel Grand Prix however the glory ended in tears with Nakagami registering his first DNF of the season following a crash in the first lap of the race but has said this will only be positive and spur him on to improve and do better next time.
In 2021 Nakagami will be running current spec machinery alongside Alex Marquez in the team, without a premier class podium the goal for the Japanese rider will be to stand on the rostrum for the first time and to try and manage pressure a bit more which was also confirmed by Lucio Cecchinello noting that it is a key area of weakness, “Regarding the improvements we have to make for next year, looking back on the missed opportunities of the 2020 season, I believe he needs to better manage the pressure.” His weakness with pressure was confirmed with his two DNF’s trying to reach the podium or a race win.
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