Takaaki Nakagami will start the British Grand Prix from the fourth row of the grid, qualifying just a place behind his LCR teammate Cal Crutchlow at a sunny Silverstone on Saturday. The LCR Honda IDEMITSU man has been in impressive form this weekend, heading straight through to the qualifying final thanks to his pace during free practice.

The Japanese rider has consistently challenged for the top positions in qualifying this season, and secured his ninth top-ten grid slot of the year despite feeling that he hadn’t made the perfect lap. In Sunday’s race, Nakagami will be aiming for an eighth top ten finish of the year in what promises to be a gruelling race, given the physical nature of the track and the unusually high temperatures at the British venue.

#30 Takaaki Nakagami 10th (1’59.427)

“I was trying to follow another rider, but I did a big mistake in sector two, at turn eight before the chicane, and I lost a lot of time by going off line. This lap was eventually the best lap for me. I’m a little bit disappointed because I couldn’t put the perfect lap in”.

“Everybody is so fast here, and I didn’t expect so many to drop into the 1’58 bracket. It’s another top ten, but I’m frustrated to miss out on the front three rows. Let’s see tomorrow, because the weather forecast is good, and it will be warm. In FP4 I think we’ve found our race tyres, and I got a positive feeling from them, so let’s see how it pans out.”